Careers Web

Careers Education

Throughout the year our careers team organise different events and activities to enrich the students' experiences of the working world and teach them all aspects of careers education. They are often supported by inviting external organisations into the Academy and are included on our website and in our Twitter feeds. A synopsis of the events and activities include -

Year 7 and 8
• Careers education as part of the PSHE programme – with a range of activities with key topics for class discussions, the completion of personal quizzes for students to identify achievements, recognise own skills and abilities and begin to understand the labour market and jobs. With a range of differentiated activities for those students with SEN.
• Assemblies for both year groups on developing links between school subjects and careers and to raise awareness of general options post 16.
• A collapsed curriculum event for each year group solely on careers, employability and enterprise, involving a national competition with differentiated resources for SEN, employer involvement and talks.
• KS4 Options event evening for Year 8’s.
• STEM career workshops, events and visits to various employers.

Year 9
• Tutorial programme – range of termly activities with key topics for class discussions, the completion of personal quizzes for students to identify achievements, recognise own skills and abilities, researching key websites to make sense of options at KS5 and further understand the labour market and jobs. With a range of differentiated activities for those students with SEN.
• Assembly on general options, exploring models of decision making and HE awareness, plus assemblies from employers and the professional community including volunteer agencies and clubs.
• Two collapsed curriculum events, one focusing on raising awareness of HE, an employer led enterprise activity, linking qualifications and the world of work and navigating qualifications. The other on identifying personal skills set and writing personal statements.
• STEM activities, visits and events over the year for select students.
• 1-1 careers guidance interviews differentiated according to need for those students at risk of disengaging or with a CAF in place.
• South West Next Step project for targeted students incorporating mentoring, career workshops and articulacy programme.
• Annual careers fair.
• Employer talks and visits.

Year 10
• Tutorial programme – range of termly activities with key topics for class discussions, the completion of personal quizzes for students to identify achievements, recognise own skills and abilities, researching key websites to make sense of options at KS5 and advice to make sense of the options linking to careers. With a range of differentiated activities for those students with SEN.
• Assembly on general options, exploring models of decision making and HE awareness, plus assemblies from employers and the professional community including volunteer agencies and clubs.
• Two collapsed curriculum events run by the RAF Employability Engagement team with all students also attending a WorldSkills lesson on employability skills and a CV workshop led by a local University.
• 1-1 advice and guidance sessions for those targeted students during the summer term.
• All students to complete a questionnaire in the summer terms on their preferred choice at KS5 and interest area(s) for a future career.
• South West Next Step project for targeted students incorporating mentoring, career workshops and articulacy programme.
• Work experience placements for those students not embarking on an activity for Curriculum Enhancement Week.
• STEM activities, visits and events over the year for all students.
• 1-1 careers guidance interviews differentiated according to need for those students at risk of disengaging or with a CAF in place.
• South West Next Step project for targeted targets incorporating mentoring, career workshops and articulacy programme.
• Annual careers fair.
• Employer talks and visits.

Year 11
• Tutorial programme – range of termly activities with key topics for class discussions, the completion of personal quizzes for students to identify achievements, recognise own skills and abilities, researching key websites to make sense of options at KS5 and advice to make sense of the options linking to careers. With a range of differentiated activities for those students with SEN.
• Tutorial sessions delivered by Careers and Employability Department in the autumn term on KS5 options and qualifications.
• Various assemblies held over the year – Option Choices at KS5, Social Media and Recruitment, Interview Skills and CV Writing.
• Three collapsed curriculum events organised including a morning with presentations and an exhibition from all the local FE providers. An Industry event, with students attending two employer led enterprise sessions and a mock interview event.
• 1-1 careers advice and guidance interviews offered to all students with the Careers and Employability team, plus support on applications, CV writing, personal statements and finding work placements.
• Information, advice and guidance sessions with 6th form team for all students.
• Parental support and advice should the need arise.
• Transition support from CSW for those students with an EHC Plan and leaving Stoke Damerel.
• South West Next Step project for targeted students incorporating mentoring, career workshops and articulacy programme, plus 1-1 advice and guidance for those targeted from an independent careers company.
• 1-1 careers guidance interviews differentiated according to need for those students at risk of disengaging or with a CAF in place.
• Employer talks and visits.
• STEM activities, visits and events over the year for select students.
• Destinations data collected and distributed to CSW for collation.

Sixth form
• 1-1 careers advice and guidance interviews offered to all sixth form students on request from the Careers and Employability team.
• 1-1 careers guidance interviews differentiated according to need for those students at risk of disengaging or with a CAF in place.
• Intensive support from UCAS Co-ordinator on university choice and personal statements
• Tutorial programme – range of termly activities with key topics for class discussions, the completion of personal quizzes for students to identify achievements, recognise own skills and abilities, links to researching key websites to make sense of options at HE and research and find Higher and Degree Apprenticeships. With a range of differentiated activities for those students with SEN.
• Future Talks event organised in autumn term for all 6th formers based on TEDx style conference.
• Two collapsed curriculum events including social media, recruitment and interview skills, employer workshops, UCAS personal statement writing and job centre support for those year 13’s wanting to find work.
• Parental support and advice.
• South West Next Step project for targeted students incorporating mentoring, career workshops and articulacy programme, plus 1-1 advice and guidance for those targeted from an independent careers company.
• Employer talks and university visits periodically.
• STEM activities, visits and events over the year for select students.
• Destinations data collected and distributed to CSW for collation.
• Engineering Education Scheme in place for select students.
• STEM activities, visits and events over the year for select students.
• Work experience placements organised for all year 12’s in summer term.
• Destinations data collected and distributed to CSW for collation.

Whole morning mock interview event matching students to their career interest area.