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Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance
Careers education, information, advice and guidance at Spalding High School is delivered through the PSHCE Programme in Years 7-11 and through dedicated careers lessons in the Sixth Form. In addition to this, we have a wide range of careers related events and activities such as curriculum evenings, activities during National Careers Week and National Apprenticeship Week, a careers fair and talks from employers and other training providers. The careers programme aims to prepare and empower young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life, so that they can make and implement informed and realistic decisions about their future progression routes and career paths. Our students develop self-awareness and the confidence to aim high for the best possible outcomes for themselves and other stakeholders, including the school, businesses and employers, their communities and ultimately the economy.
From Year 7 students are encouraged to develop key personal skills, set targets and begin to explore the world of work learning about factors such as soft skills, introduction to STEM and Careers Stereotyping.
Year 8 students are given the opportunity to participate in the Real Game activity - a lifestyle, learning and earning resource, which allows students to explore adult life. Through the game students experience a range of different learning styles to develop employability and key skills. Students also spend time learning about STEM to widen their knowledge of future career paths and carry out a Buzz Quiz to enable them to consider their own strengths and skills.
Year 9 students are introduced to the Fasttomato programme, which helps them to find progression routes appropriate to their interests, current studies and career ambitions. The platform also makes labour market information available. Students receive a presentation from an independent careers advisor and begin writing their careers plans, which will be continually reviewed throughout the rest of their school years. In preparation for GCSE options, students also get the opportunity to attend the Options Fair, as well as the Options Evening, which takes place for parents. There is also a CV writing session in preparation for work experience in Year 10.
Year 10 students have a further careers presentation from an independent careers advisor and have time to revisit their initial careers plans and update these where necessary. This is then followed by time to research options outlined in the careers presentation. They spend the majority of the first part of the year preparing for their work experience. This takes place for 8 days in March/April, offering a valuable opportunity for students to experience the world of work and develop employability skills. In preparation for their placement, students learn how to produce a covering letter to accompany their CV and learn valuable skills such as interview techniques and Health & Safety in the workplace. There is also a session introducing aspects of apprenticeships, employability skills and higher education.
Year 11 students have further opportunities to revisit and review their career plans to help them focus on future aspirations. Students have the opportunity to experience life in the Sixth Form and are provided with information on other local Sixth Form/College open days and there are assemblies from other training providers. Any students requiring additional advice and guidance have the opportunity for a careers interview with senior staff and/or an independent careers advisor. Questionnaires completed by students enable us to offer a programme of targeted support.
Sixth Form students have a careers lesson every two weeks. This provides the opportunity to obtain information, advice, and skills in many areas and to research higher education/apprenticeships and the world of work. In April/May there is a Parents’ Information Evening for parents and students to find out about UCAS applications and student finance. In addition to this, in June, Year 12 students have a personal statement writing day to receive guidance on drafting their personal statements. The following day there is an enterprise day with a carousel of activities linked to employability skills. We offer a programme of presentations from outside speakers such as universities and employers.
Sixth form students are also encouraged to apply for roles of responsibility within school, such as subject prefects, school prefects and peer mentors.
Careers Policy and Provider Access Policy (please click on the links below)
Our Careers Policy contains our Programme of Content in Appendix 1. Please see also our Provider Access Policy for information on how to contact Mrs Bushell, our Careers Leader and Mrs O’Brien, our Work Experience Manager.