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, talks from employers and other training providers. All students have access to the Unifrog careers platform. 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, learning about themselves and how this might link to future career decisions. We also run a ‘Dragons’ Den’ challenge and students have the opportunity to meet a local employer.
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. An employer encounter towards the end of the academic year helps them to meet and learn about a local employer and opportunities available within their sector.
Year 9 students receive information about their next steps in their education and complete a self-evaluation questionnaire, which is regularly reviewed. Students and parents/carers are supported in preparation for GCSE options. Towards the end of the academic year they have the opportunity of an employer encounter, where they get to meet and learn about an employer and opportunities available within their field of work. They are also introduced to the Work Experience process and undertake a CV writing session in preparation for work experience in Year 10.
Year 10 students have a further session on post-16 plans and update their self-evaluation questionnaires. They prepare for their work experience which takes place for 5 days in March offering a valuable opportunity for students to experience the world of work and develop employability skills. In preparation for their placement, students learn about health and safety in the workplace and practise interview techniques. In term 6 students have a ‘Futures Day’ during which they take part in a carousel of activities with external providers covering topics such as apprenticeships, further and higher education and sessions from NCS (National Citizen Service). One-to-one personal guidance appointments start with a careers adviser and these continue in Year 11.
Year 11 students have further opportunities to revisit and review their self-evaluation questionnaires to help them focus on future aspirations and to enable staff to offer a targeted programme of support. 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. Personal guidance appointments continue with a careers adviser.
Sixth Form students have a careers lesson every two weeks. This provides the opportunity to obtain information, develop skills in many areas and to research higher education, apprenticeships and the world of work. Students receive guidance on writing their personal statements for applications. We offer a programme of presentations from outside speakers such as universities and employers.
Sixth form students are encouraged to apply for roles of responsibility within school, such as subject prefects, school prefects and peer mentors. In Year 12, students take part in work experience in July.
Careers Policy and Provider Access Policy (please click on the links below)
Our Careers Policy contains our Programme of Content in Appendix 2. 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.