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Careers Programme

Year 11

In Year 11, we work with students to equip them with the necessary information to make choices about their post 16 options. All students have a one to one careers interview with priority given to those students who are PP and SEN. This gives them the opportunity to discuss their future plans and gain advice about what they can do.

We arrange information sessions/events including assemblies from colleges, training providers & information about Apprenticeships to support students in understanding what options are available to them. Along with this, all students register on the Help you choose website (link) which is the information, advice and careers guidance website for young people in Norfolk. Students can research courses, apprenticeships, colleges and lots of useful information relating to their options. In addition we offer CV Writing and Interview skills support to help them prepare for the word of work.

We monitor and track all of our students to ensure we are providing the necessary support. Tutors, Head of Year, Senior Staff and the Careers adviser work together to make sure we are supporting our students in the best way we can.

We also offer:

  • Enrichment activities such as university visits.
  • Support from business mentors on career path development.
  • Opportunities to attend career and employability based events.
  • Opportunities to explore careers in different industries.
  • Use of other websites and Work Based Learning hub resources.
  • Career-based assemblies.
  • College Open days/Taster days.
  • Promotion of college events to both students and/or parents/carers.
  • Link careers education in the curriculum.
  • Support during subject clinics for students and parents/carers.

Year 10

During Year 10, students undertake a 2 week Work Experience programme. All students take part in the opportunity which provides them with an excellent insight into the world or work. More information on work experience can be found on our website page for work experience

We also offer:

  • Enrichment activities such as university visits.
  • Support from business mentors on career path development.
  • Opportunities to attend career and employability based events.
  • A careers interview for each student on request.
  • Opportunities to explore careers in different industries.
  • Use of other websites and Work Based Learning hub resources.
  • Career-based assemblies.
  • Link careers education in the curriculum.
  • Support during subject clinics for students and parents/carers.

Year 9

In Year 9, students get the opportunity work with Business Mentors from local business to raise the aspirations of our young people, and close the gap between those aspirations and their attainment. Our mentoring programme is designed to provide positive role models for our students, who inspire, motivate and improve their self-confidence as well as developing their ‘soft skills’ to improve their long-term employment prospects. Mentors work with students from Year 9 – 11 meeting once every half-term.

We also offer:

  • Career-based and inspirational speaker assemblies.
  • Opportunities to attend career and employability based events.
  • Enrichment activities such as university visits.
  • Support during subject clinics for students and parents/carers.
  • Linking careers education in the curriculum.
  • Supporting Option choices.
  • A careers interview for each student on request.

Year 7 and 8

We offer our Year 7 and 8 students the following:

  • Career-based and inspirational speaker assemblies.
  • Opportunities to attend career and employability based events.
  • Year 8 reception duties to experience working life in the school office reception.
  • Enrichment activities such as university visits.
  • Support during subject clinics for students and parents/carers.
  • Linking careers education in the curriculum.
  • Supporting Option choices.
  • A careers interview for each student on request.
       

Year 8/9 Options

At the end of Year 8, students can select their option subjects to start to study in Year 9. More information about subject choices can be found on Help You Choose https://helpyouchoose.org/content/. Also students can request a careers interview with the Work Based Learning Officer.

Monitoring and Evaluation

The provision will be quality assured using a variety of methods to ensure the school maintains a high quality provision to all students.

Evaluation will be both informal and formal through evaluation forms, observations, feedback sessions from students, employers and/or parents/carers. This will allow the team to develop and improve where necessary future provision.

Working with Norfolk County Council, the school will also utilise local destination data to access the success in supporting students to take up education and/or training, whilst looking at their ability and choice post 16 options.

What other help is on offer?

You can also contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900 or visit their website at https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/. They can provide information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work.

Where students may not have an idea of what they would like to do, we would recommend them using the survey on the National Careers Service website ‘The Skills Health Check’ at https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/skills-health-check/home