Careers is an integrated part of the curriculum. All subject areas make reference to and discuss career opportunities specific to individual areas, as well as exploring the transferable enabling skills which each enables pupils to develop across all year groups. The PSHCE programme plays a key role in supporting the delivery of the Careers’ Strategy. Pupils with SEND are further supported by staff in Learning Support; our school SENCo liaises with our Careers’ Leader, Learn to Work staff and additional outside agencies for pupils as necessary. 

Year 7 

Pupils develop an awareness of ‘community’ and the importance of employment opportunities being available in the local area as part of the PSHCE programme. 

Pupils develop an awareness of citizenship and the qualities of good and bad citizens as part of the PSHCE programme. 

Pupils develop an understanding of financial management – including overdrafts, debit and credit cards – and how expenditure needs to be linked to income.  

‘Aspirations Day’ focus for Year 7 is ‘Thinking About my Future’. 

Pupils are able to attend workshops and enrichment sessions offered by external providers and facilitated by school to support awareness of future pathways and careers. 

Growth Mindset workshops to support pupil aspirations for targeted pupils. 

Pupils are able to attend drop-in sessions with our Learn to Work Careers’ Advisor in school. 

Pupils can request or be directed towards specific careers’ guidance interviews with our Learn to Work Careers’ Advisor in school. 

STEAM focus week to correspond with Science Week includes opportunities to raise further awareness of STEAM-specific careers. 

 

Year 8 

‘Think Future’ as part of the PSHCE programme enables pupils to explore their skills and how they could use these to support their chosen careers. 

Awareness and development of resilience and emotional well-being as part of the PSHCE programme to support successful futures. 

Awareness and development of enterprise skills as part of the PSHCE programme. 

Growth Mindset workshops to support pupil aspirations for targeted pupils. 

Pupils are able to attend drop-in sessions with our Learn to Work Careers’ Advisor in school. 

Pupils can request or be directed towards specific careers’ guidance interviews with our Learn to Work Careers’ Advisor in school. 

Pupils are able to attend workshops and enrichment sessions offered by external providers and facilitated by school to support awareness of future pathways and careers. 

STEAM focus week to correspond with Science Week includes opportunities to raise further awareness of STEAM-specific careers. 

 

Year 9 

Careers’ lessons as part of PSHCE lessons focus on further development of Year 8 learning about personal skill awareness and potentially matching these to appropriate careers. 

PSHCE, assemblies and individual subjects raise awareness and support pupil understanding of Key Stage 4 pathways to support future career aspirations. 

Civic Project and enterprise activities as part of PSHCE lessons enables pupils to develop teamwork, communication and presentation skills. 

‘Aspirations Day’ focus for Year 9 is ‘How will I ensure I succeed in the future?’ 

Growth Mindset workshops to support pupil aspirations for targeted pupils. 

Pupils can request or be directed towards specific careers’ guidance interviews with our Learn to Work Careers’ Advisor in school. 

Pupils are able to attend drop-in sessions with our Learn to Work Careers’ Advisor in school. 

Pupils are able to attend workshops and enrichment sessions offered by external providers and facilitated by school to support awareness of future pathways and careers. 

STEAM focus week to correspond with Science Week includes opportunities to raise further awareness of STEAM-specific careers. 

 

Year 10 

Pupils participate in a week of Work Experience, led and facilitated by Learn to Work in partnership with the school’s Careers’ Leader and pastoral staff. As part of this process, Learn to Work staff lead a series of school assemblies to support pupil preparation for work experience. 

All Year 10 pupils receive a timetabled careers’ interview with our Learn to Work Careers’ Advisor in school. 

Pupils are able to attend drop-in session with our Learn to Work Careers’ Advisor in school. 

‘Aspirations Day’ focus for Year 10 is preparation for Work Experience; this includes, later in the school year, interviews with professionals from the world of work who provide feedback on pupil performance in work-related interview sessions. 

Pupils participate in the ‘Careers’ Convention’ as part of Aspirations Day. 

PSHCE lessons support the development of CV writing skills, personal statements for post-16 education and preparations for interviews. Enterprise skills are further developed in PSHCE, with a particular focus on teamwork, presentation and marketing skills. 

Princes’ Trust ‘Mosaic’ programme run by Princes’ Trust and school pastoral staff for targeted pupils. 

Growth Mindset workshops to support pupil aspirations for targeted pupils. 

Pupils are able to attend workshops and enrichment sessions offered by external providers and facilitated by school to support awareness of future pathways and careers. 

STEAM focus week to correspond with Science Week includes opportunities to raise further awareness of STEAM-specific careers. 

Pupils visit Joseph Chamberlain College for the day to learn about post-16 education and preparation in courses of their choosing. 

 

Year 11 

Pupils evaluate and participate in reward activities linked to their Year 10 Work Experience placement. 

PSHCE lessons and ‘Aspirations Day’ support the college application process and exploration of available options after the end of Key Stage 4; this could include workshops on apprenticeships and university education. 

Growth Mindset workshops to support pupil aspirations for targeted pupils. 

Pupils are able to attend workshops and enrichment sessions offered by external providers and facilitated by school to support awareness of future pathways and careers. 

STEAM focus week to correspond with Science Week includes opportunities to raise further awareness of STEAM-specific careers. 

Pupils can request or be directed towards specific careers’ guidance interviews with our Learn to Work Careers’ Advisor in school. 

Pupils are able to attend drop-in session with our Learn to Work Careers’ Advisor in school. 

(Reviewed September 2018)