Careers Education Lead

Juliet Alexander

Careers Bulletins

Summary

All students will have access to assemblies on the subject of careers advice and subject choices. A range of relevant trips, activities and events throughout the year and at subject teachers’ discretion, parents and alumni will be invited into the classrooms to hold sessions on careers in specific industries. Work-related Learning is also delivered across the curriculum via a team of Career Curriculum Leads and there is a specific focus on preparing for future education and employment in PPP lessons. Below, you will find an overview of what careers education students will partake in within each Key Stage as well as an activity plan.

Key Stage 3

Year 7 students will be encouraged to challenge stereotypes and research careers and pathways. They will have career assemblies. A raising aspirations university trip to Cambridge or Oxford. Plus Year 8 GCSE options preparations. As part of the Year 8 GCSE options preparation process, all Year 8 students will attend a GCSE Options taster day at a London University. Currently these universities include Loughborough, London; East London, Westminster, Goldsmiths, Queen Mary Middlesex and the London School of Economics. In school, students will take part in a Careers Carousel, where they can meet and discuss GCSE options with a range of professionals as part of a GCSE Options-themed day. Students will also attend option interviews with SLT and the Career Lead. With a parents evening, including one for parents of Statemented and special needs children and targeted assemblies. Year 9 students have the opportunity to attend a careers fair. Students will also take part in an inspiring young women and men event with a panel of professionals, where they will have an opportunity to ask questions about a range of careers and pathways. They will have career assemblies and preparation for work experience in Year 10 will begin.

Key Stage 4

All Year 10 students have the opportunity to undertake work experience placements, geared to their particular interests. Students will also attend a Careers Speed networking event in school. All Year 11 students will have a statutory interview with an independent, external, careers advisor. And have individual meetings with the school’s Career Lead. They will also have access to a sixth form Taster Day, showcasing subjects available in SNS sixth form and a selection of courses A level, BTEC, vocational and Apprenticeships available at local sixth form colleges.

Key Stage 5

In Years 12 and 13 numerous opportunities are promoted for students to gain knowledge and experience of a wide range of specific careers. In addition to events outside school, speakers and representatives from a wide range of professions present to and meet with students. Students applying to Oxford or Cambridge receive dedicated pre interview preparation training from the University teams. And specialist preparation for medical and dental degrees. All students in Year 12 will have an opportunity to attend a careers meeting and all students are encouraged and supported to arrange and attend work experience placements.

Careers Activity Plan

Activities

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Year 12

Year 13

Citizenship lesson on the labour market and careers

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Careers Assemblies

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Careers Related event during National Careers Week

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Careers Advisors at Student Progress Days

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Careers speed networking

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Year 11 Sixth Form Taster Day

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GCSE Option Choices Careers Carousel

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Register and use Unifrog

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One to one career coaching for those making subject choices

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Careers Fair

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Open Evening for Subject choices

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Information on post-school options

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Opportunities to attend university open days

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Opportunities for Work Experience

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Opportunities to take part in Enterprise activities

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Opportunity to access mentoring for medical careers

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Support with Personal Statements and CVs

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Provider Access

This section sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to students at the school for the purpose of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.

All students in years 7-13 are entitled:

  • to find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point
  • to hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options events, assemblies and group discussions and taster events
  • to understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.

Opportunities for access

Please speak to our Careers Lead to identify the most suitable opportunity for you. A provider wishing to request access should contact Juliet Alexander.

The school will then work with providers in order to identify the most effective opportunity for them to share information about education and training opportunities.

The school will make a suitable space available for discussions between the provider and students, as appropriate to the activity. The school will also make available ICT and other specialist equipment to support provider presentations. This will all be discussed and agreed in advance of the visit with the Careers Lead or a member of their team.

Providers are welcome to leave a copy of their prospectus or other relevant course literature with the Careers Lead so that they can be displayed within the school.

Gatsby Benchmarks

Stoke Newington makes every effort to improve its careers education provision against the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks. You can read how we do so here.

Measurement

The school measures and assesses the impact of the careers programme on pupils by:

  • Student survey data (e.g. careers fairs, work experience, feedback forms)
  • Data on student progress to destinations such as apprenticeships, further education, or employment. We use this data to assess how successfully students transition into the next stage of education or training, or into employment.
  • Regular consultation with students and parents and carers, and employers.
  • The next date of our annual careers education review is October 2022.

More information

Students, parents, and employers can access more information about the careers programme by emailing: jul.ale@sns.hackney.sch.uk

External resources

General careers advice, including support for choosing a career, writing a CV, and completing job applications

Work experience

Apprenticeships

Gap Years