Careers Education

Overall Aims and Objectives

 
Careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) at St Joseph’s RC High School aims to encourage students to consider a wide range of options and opportunities and ultimately to go into courses and jobs which suit their needs, talents, skills and qualities.
 
Within this, they will:
 

  • Develop a broad understanding of the world of work and an ability to respond to changing opportunities
  • Make the best use of information, advice and guidance (IAG) and their networks of support, both independently and with guidance
  • Develop essential career skills including resilience, adaptability, enterprise, employability and self-presentation
  • Manage transitions in their lives such as the change from school to university or work
  • Raise their aspirations, broaden their horizons and counter stereotyped thinking about what they and others can do in our society

 

Commitment

 
The governing body, head teacher, senior leadership team and staff are committed to:
 

  • Meeting our statutory careers-related responsibilities and the Gatsby Benchmarks
  • Providing resources and advice to enable students to understand and develop career choices, including securing independent and impartial careers guidance for Years 7- 13
  • Ensuring that careers education is seen as a key part of the overall curriculum and learning framework for all years, with a planned programme of CEIAG activities that meet students’ needs
  • Ensuring that careers advice provided is both independent and impartial, and is offered equally to all students regardless of gender, ethnicity or disability
  • Involving students, staff, parents and carers in the further development of careers work
  • Working with a range of external partners and organisations, including providers of careers advice and guidance and local education-business partnerships.

 

Delivery

 
Careers guidance is provided in partnership with an accredited careers guidance provider and includes individual and group activities. The school encourages the development of employability skills in various aspects of school life – in other curriculum lessons, for instance, or in specific activities such as CV preparation. These skills include meeting deadlines, meeting high expectations of attendance and punctuality, adhering to a dress code, a typical working day, flexibility, thinking skills, the ability to work independently and as a team and using a wide range of different communication skills. Students are provided with opportunities to reflect on how these skills would be relevant to the world of work.
 
Students’ opinions are sought after a series of careers lessons or activities – responses are collated and fed back to teachers concerned. Student evaluations are also carried out after individual and group careers guidance sessions in addition to careers activities undertaken. Destination measures are analysed and used to ensure that the school is providing the right advice and guidance to head students in the right directions so that they are successful.
 

Contact Details:

 
Careers Leader – Mrs A-M Fenn
a.fenn@st-josephs.slough.sch.uk
 
Head of VI Form – Mr G Clark
g.clark@st-josephs.slough.sch.uk
 
Adviza – Independent and impartial Careers advice
www.adviza.org.uk
 
We have a dedicated careers adviser who is available to students throughout the year through our links with Adviza.
 
A provider of careers information wishing to request access to speak to students should contact Mrs A-M Fenn
 

Premises and Facilities:

 
St. Joseph’s will make the school hall, classrooms or private meeting rooms available for discussions or presentations between provider and students, as appropriate to the activity. This will be discussed and agreed in advance of the visit with the careers leader.
 

Useful Websites:

 
www.eclips-online.co.uk
 
www.apprenticeships.org.uk
 
www.thebigchoice.com/school_college_leavers
 
www.notgoingtouni.co.uk
 
https://www.startprofile.com
 
www.icould.com
 

Careers Delivery 2019-2020

 

Unlocking Employability and Potential

 

Year 7

 

ACTION Skills Development
Careers action plan booklets Self-awareness
Careers action plan booklets Self-determination
Careers action plan booklets Self-improvement
U Start sessions during registration Exploring Careers and Career development
U Start sessions during registration Investigating work and working life
U Start sessions during registration Understanding Business and Industry
Pixl Edge Preparing for Employability
Pixl Edge Self-improvement
Careers Module Self-awareness
Careers Module Self-determination
Careers Module Self-improvement
Careers Module Preparing for Employability

 

Year 8

 

ACTION Skills Development
Careers action plan booklets Self-awareness
Careers action plan booklets Self-determination
Careers action plan booklets Self-improvement
U Start sessions during registration Exploring Careers and Career development
U Start sessions during registration Investigating work and working life
U Start sessions during registration Understanding Business and Industry
U Start sessions during registration Investigating jobs
IAG evening/subject fair Managing changes and transitions
IAG evening/subject fair Planning and deciding
IAG evening/subject fair Addressing the needs of each student
IAG evening/subject fair Personal Guidance
Pixl Edge Self-improvement
Careers Module Self-awareness
Careers Module Self-determination
Careers Module Self-improvement
Careers Module Preparing for Employability

 

Year 9

 

ACTION Skills Development
Careers action plan booklets Self-awareness
Careers action plan booklets Self-determination
Careers action plan booklets Self-improvement
U Start sessions during registration Exploring Careers and Career development
U Start sessions during registration Investigating work and working life
U Start sessions during registration Understanding Business and Industry
U Start sessions during registration Investigating jobs
Slough Careers Fair Managing changes and transitions
Slough Careers Fair Planning and deciding
Slough Careers Fair Addressing the needs of each student
Slough Careers Fair Encounters with further and higher education
Pixl Edge Self-improvement
Pathways – Destination Success Managing changes and transitions
Performance (If offered again this year) Planning and deciding
  Addressing the needs of each student
Speaker from Oxford University (provisional) Making the most of CEIAG
Speaker from Oxford University (provisional) Encounters with further and higher education
Careers Module Self-awareness
Careers Module Self-determination
Careers Module Self-improvement
Careers Module Preparing for Employability

 

Year 10

 

ACTION Skills Development
Careers action plan booklets Self-awareness
Careers action plan booklets Self-determination
Careers action plan booklets Self-improvement
Careers Assemblies: (Example of talks from Exploring Careers and Career development
Accountant, Sky Sports Journalist Investigating work and working life
Pinewood Studios and Heathrow) Understanding Business and Industry
Pixl Edge Preparing for Employability
Pixl Edge Self-improvement
Duke of Edinburgh offered Self-awareness
Duke of Edinburgh offered Self-determination
Duke of Edinburgh offered Self-improvement
Careers Module Self-awareness
Careers Module Self-determination
Careers Module Self-improvement
Careers Module Preparing for Employability
Oxford/Cambridge University visit Encounters with further and higher education

 

Year 11

 

ACTION Skills Development
Careers action plan booklets Self-awareness
Careers action plan booklets Self-determination
Careers action plan booklets Self-improvement
Individual interviews with independent Careers adviser Making the most of CEIAG
Individual interviews with independent Careers adviser Planning and deciding
Individual interviews with independent Careers adviser Addressing the needs of each student
Individual interviews with independent Careers adviser Personal Guidance
Individual interviews with SLT Planning and deciding
Individual interviews with SLT Personal Guidance
Duke of Edinburgh offered Self-awareness
Duke of Edinburgh offered Self-determination
Duke of Edinburgh offered Self-improvement
Slough Youth Services careers interviews Self-awareness
Slough Youth Services careers interviews Self-determination
Slough Youth Services careers interviews Self-improvement
Slough Youth Services careers interviews Making the most of CEIAG
Slough Youth Services careers interviews Planning and deciding
Slough Youth Services careers interviews Addressing the needs of each student
Slough Youth Services careers interviews Personal Guidance
National Citizenship Service Assembly Self-awareness
National Citizenship Service Assembly Self-determination
National Citizenship Service Assembly Self-improvement
VI Form Open Evening Making the most of CEIAG
VI Form Open Evening Planning and deciding
VI Form Open Evening Personal Guidance
VI Form Taster Day Making the most of CEIAG
VI Form Taster Day Planning and deciding
VI Form Taster Day Addressing the needs of each student
Careers Module Self-awareness
Careers Module Self-determination
Careers Module Self-improvement
Careers Module Preparing for Employability

 

All Students

 

ACTION Skills Development
STEM activities Exploring Careers and Career development
STEM activities Investigating work and working life
STEM activities Understanding Business and Industry
STEM activities Linking curriculum learning to careers
Subject and skills links to careers Linking curriculum learning to careers
Visitor talks Exploring Careers and Career development
Visitor talks Investigating work and working life
Visitor talks Understanding Business and Industry
Visitor talks Encounters with employers and employees
Awards Evening/Sports Awards Speakers Self-determination
Awards Evening/Sports Awards Speakers Self-improvement
Awards Evening/Sports Awards Speakers Encounters with employers and employees
Epic FAIL (resilience) Self-determination
eCLIPS software package Exploring Careers and Career development
eCLIPS software package Investigating work and working life
eCLIPS software package Understanding Business and Industry

 

Gatsby Benchmarks

 

  • A stable careers programme
  • Learning from careers and Labour Market Information
  • Addressing the needs of each student
  • Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Encounters with employers and employees
  • Experience of workplaces
  • Encounters with further and higher education
  • Personal Guidance

 

Careers Magazines

 

Careermag

 

 

Loud Magazine

 

Loud is an informative and supportive guide for 16-19 year olds, to assist them with their next stage in higher education.

 

 

National Careers Service


 

 

Labour Market Information

(LMI) provides you with an overview of what’s happening in the world of work.
https://www.lmiforall.org.uk/
 

National Information

You can log onto eClips (see posters in school for the log on information) to check out any career area and find out what’s happening.
 
You can also type a job title into ‘LMI For All’ to display quick info about what is happening in that career area.
 
Careermap:

Careermap is an online career resource that provides live post-16 opportunities, such as apprenticeship vacancies, college courses, university and graduate options. We also offer career advice and guidance so young people can make well-informed decisions to enhance their futures! Check out 1000’s of live opportunities here.

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