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Careers Provision at The Snaith School

Pupils at The Snaith School receive comprehensive Careers Guidance across all year groups, preparing pupils for the choices they have to make at the key transition points in Years 9, 11 and beyond.  In line with the Gatsby Benchmarks, we aim to provide a careers education programme that offers information, advice and guidance which includes creative interactions with local employers, Further and Higher Education institutions and an all-inclusive work experience programme.  All events are supported by a range of educational visits and learning events from Year 7 to Year 11. 

With a dedicated careers team lead by Mrs Marsham, pupils have access to guidance on a daily basis.  This enables guidance to be tailored to meet the needs of each individual pupil at the different stages of their school career.  Supporting the school’s planned programme, the careers team also offer pupils access to in-house events including; National Careers Week, Careers Interviews, College Assemblies, Application/CV Workshops and range of activities encouraging parents and local employers to share their skills and work life experience with pupils.  Links between curriculum learning and careers are further highlighted by teachers in the classroom.

In addition, the careers office provides pupils with access to mentoring schemes, labour market information, college prospectuses, knowledge on local employers, employability skills, apprenticeship vacancies, NCS, assistance with part time job opportunities and support with finding work experience placements.

Years 7, 8 and 9 pupils receive a dedicated timetabled set of lessons taught as part of the APEX (Achieving Personal Excellence) programme.  Aided by Kudos, an interactive careers research program, we focus on career choices, aspirations and the employability skills needed within the current labour market.

Year 8 pupils are invited to attend our careers convention which offers an opportunity to talk with local colleges, training providers and employers to begin the thought process in advance of the Year 9 options process.

Year 9 pupils are supported through the options procedure and their move into Key Stage 4.  School hosts an options evening providing pupils and parents with an options information booklet and the opportunity to meet with the careers team and teaching staff in all subject areas as well as attending information sessions.  Year 9 parents and pupils are also invited to attend our Careers Convention which offers an opportunity to talk with local colleges, training providers and employers.

Year 10 pupils start preparations for the Work Experience Programme that commences early in September as they embark on year 11.  Planning for this helps to provide pupils with the employability skills required for their future lives and the world of work.  College taster days come later in the school year as pupils have the chance to visit one of their preferred colleges and experience a selection of subject sessions. A copy of the Year 10 Careers Calendar can be found in each pupil’s planner.

Year 11, focuses on the transition to Post-16 education and training, beginning with the preparation for work experience when pupils return to school in September, followed by work experience itself.  In October,  we focus on beginning the college applications process and preparing for life after school.  Pupils complete a mock job application and are invited to a mock interview with representatives from local businesses.  All activities are aimed at preparing pupils for their next transition.  Weekly timetabled careers sessions support the continued college applications process and further support is available during lunch time drop in sessions which run regularly with the schools careers team. A copy of the Careers Calendar can be found in each pupil’s planner.

Vulnerable and SEN students have access to additional careers support including; dedicated careers interviews, transitional meetings with school staff/colleges, support with applications, interviews and college visits.

 

The Careers Calendar:

 

Year Group

Date

Time

 

Y7, Y8, Y9, Y10

September to July

In school

Careers Meetings – All year 11 pupils and pupils in Y7, Y8, Y9 and Y10 who are SEN, LAC, FLAC, identified by staff or at parent/pupil request receive a one to one careers meeting with a member of the careers team with follow up meetings as required.

Y7, Y8, Y9, Y10

September to July

In school

Careers Lessons – Pupils receive a dedicated timetabled set of lessons taught throughout the year as part of our CLIVE (citizenship, life, independent, values, ethics) programme.  Aided by Kudos and START profile, we focus on career choices, aspirations, pupil voice, employability skills and the labour market.

Y11

September

In school

College Application Process Launch – This is launched to pupils in assembly.

Y11

September to December

In school

College Assemblies – Representatives from our local colleges are invited to present their offering to our pupils, distribute their prospectuses and answer pupil questions.

Y11

September to April

In school

College Application Process – Pupils are guided through the college application process during their timetabled CLIVE lessons.  Time is also made available to produce a personal statement and curriculum vitae.  Pupils interested in apprenticeships can also make applications at this time with further information and available vacancies found at www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship and on our apprenticeship noticeboard.

Y10 and Y11

October

After school

Careers Fair – Our local colleges and training providers will be on hand to speak to pupils and parents about the courses and facilities each of them has to offer - the perfect chance for our pupils to gather information prior to completing college applications.

Y11

October

In school

Mock Interview Day – Pupils are allowed to dress in “business dress” for the day.  They will complete a mock job application form and experience a mock interview with representatives from the local business community.  Feedback is gathered from pupils and interviewers after each interview.

Y10

January

In school

Work Experience Programme Launch – This is launched to pupils in assembly.  They will be advised to start talking to relatives/friends to establish where they can or would like to go for their one week work placement in July.

Y8, Y9, Y10 and Y11

January

After school

Careers Convention – Provides an excellent opportunity for Y8 to make first contact, Y9 to gather information to assist with their option choices, for Y10 to make useful contacts in preparation for their forthcoming work experience and for Y11 to speak to local colleges, training providers, universities and employers and apprenticeships providers about their Post-16 intentions.

Y10

January

In school

Work Experience Deadline – By the end of the month pupils must have spoken to someone at their chosen placement and had their attendance there on work experience agreed.

Y10

February

In school

Work Experience Deadline – paperwork completed by parents and the companies providing work experience placements must be submitted to NYBEP, who administrate the programme on our behalf, by the end of the month.  This allows sufficient time for all placements to be risk assessed and checked for appropriate insurance.

Y11

February to June

At home

College Interviews – Colleges contact pupils direct to arrange an interview which usually takes place by telephone.  Access can be arranged during the school day if required.

Y9

March

After school

Options Evening – Pupils and parents receive an options booklet and are encouraged to come to our options evening which provides an opportunity attend information sessions, to meet with teaching staff in all subject areas, the careers team and local college representatives to help support them with their options choices.

Y10

June

At home

Contact Work Experience – We ask all pupils to contact their work experience placement provider to confirm the dates they will be attending and ask any pertinent questions.

Y10

June

At home

Work Experience Preparation – Pupils receive a dedicated lesson to prepare them for work experience.

Y10

June/July

In school

Ambition Day – The aim of this event is to involve a large number of representatives from the world of work and the local community, who will speak to pupils about what they do in their job, how they got there, the professional qualifications they have and the personal qualities and skills they possess.  Pupils will take part in various employer lead sessions and labour market information lessons.

Y10

July

In school

Work Experience Placement – pupils attend the placements arranged earlier in the year.  Feedback is gathered from both pupils and employers at the end of the placement.

Y10

July

In school

College Taster Day – pupils have the opportunity to visit a local college for the day and complete a number of subject taster sessions of their choosing.

Our careers programme is an integral part of our curriculum and has a real impact on our pupils’ long-term outcomes.  We measure and assess this impact via student survey, monitoring event attendance and by regularly compiling event specific feedback from pupils, parents, employers, teachers and further education providers.  We have good communication links with our local further education and training providers and keep in touch regarding pupil outcomes, providing support where we can.

The Careers Office:

The Careers Office is open Tuesday to Friday each week.  We welcome interaction with pupils, parents, teachers and employers who can access further information about careers and our careers programme by visiting the Careers Office or via our contact details below.

 

                Helen Marsham (Careers Leader and Coordinator)

                Email: careers@thesnaithschool.org.uk

                Tel:  01405860327 option 5

 

Careers Policies:

Careers-Policy-2022.pdf

Provider-Access-Policy-2022.pdf

 

Useful Websites:

www.careers.startprofile.com

www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship

www.nationalcareers.service.gov.uk

www.wearencs.com

 

The above information is accurate to date and will be reviewed on 1 September 2023.

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