At Key Stage 3 Careers Education aims to:
• raise awareness of individual skills and abilities and their relation to different career areas
• raise awareness of local opportunities both in employment and training andexperience of a ‘Work Experience’ through Take Your Child to Work
• raise awareness of and provide opportunities to use the variety of information which is available in written format and through the use of IT programmes, the internet and the VLE
• enable students to make realistic and informed choices at the end of Key Stage 3
• ensure students are aware of the importance of issues related to Economic Wellbeing and Financial Capability
A programme of work is delivered by Citizenship teachers to raise awareness of individual skills through both written work and the use of IT. Students can identify their skills and qualities and recognise the importance of these in future career planning and achievement of their goals and ambitions. Students identify their preferred learning style and recognise how these can relate to specific employment/career sectors. Students use other network and internet programmes to begin to research alternative career options and relate these to their school work, skills and qualities. Students begin to formulate an Action Plan highlighting their skills and qualities and beginning to formulate their aspirations for the future.
During Year 7 students also complete modules of work with their tutors in IAG about responsibility, emotional wellbeing, understanding others and enterprise.
The Careers Programme is delivered by Citizenship teachers and tutors. The students begin looking at real life issues, relating to adult life and employment through a role play activity exploring careers and the adult world of work and change. This also includes the financial implications and decisions which must be made according to the salary received. This is then related to local opportunities in employment and training through the ‘Take Your Child to Work’ programme which gives a ‘real’ experience of the workplace and also helps students to identify the skills used in the work place. Students continue to assess their own skills, abilities and personal qualities and identify how these relate to the world of work.
During Year 8 students also complete modules of work with their tutors in IAG about The Global Village, emotional wellbeing, rights and responsibilities, conflict resolution and a bespoke unit on CEIAG.
The Year 9 programme is delivered by Citizenship teachers and tutors in IAG. Students are prepared for making their Option Choices by providing them with the information and skills necessary to make informed choices both through timetabled IAG lessons and through collapsed curriculum sessions run through IAG where they are given specific information relating to the choices available to them and are able to identify the implications of making certain choices..
During Year 9 students also complete modules of work with their tutors in IAG about British Values and PREVENT, emotional wellbeing, skills and bills. In addition Year 9 students all attend a residential and a full week of CEIAG titled ‘Kick Start to Key Stage 4’ (KS2KS4). During this week student’s work with members of the Educational Business Partnership (EBP) to help all students make the correct informed choices about their futures.
Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4 the programme concentrates primarily on the World of Work and aims to:
• raise awareness of choices available locally in terms of education, training and employment
• provide students with impartial information, advice and guidance on the routes and pathways available
• develop the skills needed to make informed choices
• ensure students are aware of their own skills and abilities and how these relate to employment
• provide students with the opportunity to discuss their future career plans individually with trained Careers professionals
• provide students with ‘real’ experiences of the world of work which can be cross referenced to the CEIAG Programme in school.
• develop skills in writing letters of application in response to specific job adverts
• develop skills in writing a CV in preparation for an interview
• develop and improve interview techniques
The Year 10 programme for Careers Education is delivered through IAG and tutor time.
Students apply for specific jobs by writing letters of application and completing CVs,
and then prepare for interviews. Students prepare for the interview using videos, role play and discussion groups and are given feedback on their interview by their tutor.
During Year 10 students also complete modules of work with their tutors in IAG about mental health and emotional wellbeing, preparing for work experience and financial capability. In addition Year 10 students have a series of CEIAG presentations organised by sixth form staff at Launceston College. Furthermore external careers professionals are brought into weekly IAG sessions to deliver on CV writing and interview technique.
Work Experience Programme in Year 10
Students undertake a 5-day placement in the summer term and are also offered the opportunity of placements with the Armed Forces. Students are encouraged to organise their own placement by writing letters of application or by visits to the organisation.
The work experience programme is supported by the Work Related Learning Coordinator, the IAG Co-ordinator, Head of Year and tutors to ensure adequate standards of preparation, safety and quality.
The WRL Co-ordinator is responsible for all the administration of the Work Experience Programme and liaises with employers and with The Education Business Partnership.
Health and Safety preparation will be through a collapsed curriculum day with additional day courses for high risk placements in specific employment sectors. The programme is supported by the Work Experience Policy and Action Plan drawn up in consultation with Cornwall and Devon Education Business Partnership.
Some students following Vocational Courses undertake Work Experience on one day (occasionally 2 days) per week. These placements are individually agreed with students, parents and College staff. These placements are closely monitored by the WRL Co-ordinator and Head of Vocational learning and the students are supported and mentored.
The Year 11 programme for Careers Education is delivered through IAG and tutor time.
Individual careers interviews are available to all students in Year 11 but priority is given to those students who have been identified as being ‘at risk of being NEET’ and also to individual requests by students and/or parents.
Students have the opportunity to research their options Post 16 and workshops are held to give specific information regarding training schemes and Apprenticeships. Students are advised on the implications of the different options and the progression routes available to them.
Students are prepared for making their college applications through the IAG identifying their strengths and weaknesses, their aims and preferences and by researching and discussing the available courses and their suitability.
Destinations information is used to further inform students of the trends and changes in employment in different employment sectors.
Specific careers forms are used by the Car