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Careers Programme 2018-2019 - An introduction

Pedmore High School Careers Programme

Whilst undertaking studies at Pedmore High School, students can be assured of receiving a wide range of experiences, support and guidance to help them make decisions about their future.  This starts in Year 7, and supports students through to leaving us in Year 11 (or Year 13 after their Sixth Form years in future)

The programme is based on evidence from the Gatsby Foundation and aligns with the recommended Gatsby Benchmarks (displayed as GBM on our Careers Programme).   These are:-

1. A stable careers programme

2. Learning from career and labour market information

3. Addressing the needs of each pupil

4. Linking curriculum learning to careers

5. Encounters with employers and employees

6. Experience in the workplace

7. Encounters with further and higher education

8. Personal guidance

 

Students leaving Pedmore will have the skills, knowledge and dynamism to reach their full career potential, to meet the needs of employers and to contribute to the economic growth of the nation.

Year 7 students

Students will, during their lessons and tutor time, have the opportunity to explore aspects of employability.  The programme will be called ‘Future Thoughts’.  This aims to provide students with the opportunity to understand what employability skills are and how they can develop them in school.  In addition there will be the opportunity for enterprise challenges which will introduce students to the concept of enterprise and business in a competitive but fun way. 

Year 8 students

Students will have independent advice and guidance about their futures through discussion with careers professions, assemblies and careers related events. This will include small group mentoring and programmes designed for specific student’s needs. In addition to this, in lessons careers related activities/information will take place when appropriate. 

PSHE days will enable them to reflect on their employability skills and work on projects with local employers and training providers. Students will also prepare for their option choices for Key Stage 4 examination study by using the online careers tool such as Kudos to explore how and if their subject selection is in line with their future career and study pathways.

 

Year 9 students

Students will have PSHE days that will develop their understanding of the World of Work.  The content will enable them to think about their pathways and work in more detail working with specialists delivering employability sessions and with employers to experience solving real business problems.   In addition to this, students will be encourage to think about their choices at 16+ by attending taster events at local FE providers and private training providers and these providers visiting students in school based activity/events. We also aim to develop our student’s aspirations and as such they will be introduced to Higher Education through our Aspire to HE events and programmes. In lessons careers related activities/information will take place when appropriate. 

Students and their parents will be encouraged to join us on our annual Careers Fair held in school in the Autumn Term where they can meet employers and Further and Higher education providers and specialist training providers.

Year 10 students

Students will have abundant opportunities to work with local employers, considering a wide range of career pathways taken by local companies, parents, teachers and ex-students. This will include;

  • Attendance at the World Skills Show
  • Taster/College days
  • Work Experience
  • Employer in school events
  • One to one guidance opportunities
  • Apprenticeship events
  • Subject specific employment events
  • FE/HE in school events in PSHE days and in curriculum
  • Development of their CV’s

In addition to this, in lessons careers related activities/information will take place when appropriate. 

It is expected students and their parents/carers join us on our annual Careers Fair held in school in the Autumn Term where they can meet employers and Further and Higher education providers and specialist training providers.

Year 11 students

Students will focus on their examinations and securing their place of further student/apprenticeships.  In the Autumn term, PSHE activity will finalising CV’s and applications to colleges and employers, interview practise and all students will have the opportunity for careers advice meetings our independent adviser.  It is expected students and their parents/carers join us on our annual Careers Fair held in school in the Autumn Term where they can meet employers and Further and Higher education providers and specialist training providers.

In addition to this, in lessons careers related activities/information will take place when appropriate. 

Throughout the year, we work closely with Year 11 to track their progress with college applications/apprenticeships and work with specialist agencies such as Connexions where necessary.

 

For full details of the activities included in our programme,  please click here or click on the option from the menu