Careers and Education Guidance

St Mary's Catholic Careers School Bulletin 26 - December 14th 2018

Careers Overview
Our Careers department aims to provide excellent Careers provision for all. Mrs Gaulton, our Futures Coordinator, is available daily for any advice and guidance, she can be found in the O’Brien Library, where there is a dedicated Careers area. Careers Education & Guidance is provided throughout the school and embedded in the curriculum. 

Our designated Careers Leader is Georgina Tatman, she can be contacted on 01279 654901

We have dedicated careers guidance & information which is delivered in three categories;

Universal; all pupils develop their careers knowledge and skills through assemblies, dedicated Careers PSHEE lessons, tutorial time.  External independent speakers will be invited in to speak to students throughout the year.

Concentrated;  pupils identified by Learning Co-ordinators  with a need for advice will have an interview with either the Futures Co-ordinator or where a more intensive guidance needs are identified will be referred to our independent advisor who visits regularly throughout the academic year. Years 12 & 13 students intending to look for apprenticeships or employment are also identified and offered interviews as a priority.

Self-Referral; pupils and or their parent/carer may arrange an appointment to see the Futures Co-ordinator.

We support all pupils to consider a broad and ambitious range of careers to help our pupils’ develop high aspirations and understand where different choices can take them in the future. Our Careers Library is situated in the O’Brien library and is available to all students throughout St Mary’s. Our Futures Co-ordinator is available to discuss careers and work experience. We also offer independent Careers Education and Guidance drop-in sessions for all year groups with our external independent advisor who visits the school on set days throughout the year. 

 

Careers Programme

We deliver a structured Careers and IAG curriculum which is reviewed on an annual basis. The key activities scheduled are as follows:

Year Group

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 7

  • Dedicated Careers PSHEE Lesson
    (We focus on helping pupils identify that making good career choices means finding a job that combines their strengths, interests, preferences and personality traits)
  • Careers Carousel
  • Careers Week
  • Labour Market Information Assembly
  • Careers Assembly

Year 8

  • Dedicated Careers PSHEE Lesson
    (Students’ question the values of different job roles in society and we then introduce students to their career journey where they explore the decisions they need to take to help support their chosen career path)
  • Careers Carousel
  • Careers Week
  • Labour Market Information Assembly
  • Careers Assembly

Year 9

  • 2 x Options Preparation PSHE Lesson
    (In PSHEE pupils define their personal goals and identify resources to help them research their preferences)
  • Options Preparation PSHE Lesson
  • Careers Week
  • Options Evening
    (At our annual Year 9 options evening parents and pupils can receive further guidance on their choices and the process involved. At this time we issue all pupils with their Options Selection List) 
  • Labour Market Information Assembly
  • Guest Speaker

Year 10

  • Fast Tomato PSHEE Lesson
    (PSHEE Careers lessons introduce students to Fast Tomato, an online careers program for teenagers. Fast Tomato enables pupil’s to explore the many different career opportunities open to them and identifies careers suited to an individual based on their interests. This then gives pupils a focus when selecting work experience)
  • Careers Week
  • Labour Market Information Assembly
  • Work Experience
  • Guest Speaker

Year 11

  • Careers Carousel
  • PSHEE CV Writing lesson
  • PSHEE Mock Interview Preparation Lesson
  • Mock Interview
  • Independent Careers Meeting
    (Year 11 students can request to have career guidance interviews with our independent adviser who visits the school weekly throughout the year)
  • Careers Week
  • Independent Careers Meeting
    (Year 11 students can request to have career guidance interviews with our independent adviser who visits the school weekly throughout the year)
  • 2 Futures Meetings
  • Labour Market Information Assembly
  • Independent Careers Meeting
    (Year 11 students can request to have career guidance interviews with our independent adviser who visits the school weekly throughout the year)

Year 12

  • Careers Carousel
  • PSHE Sixth Form Futures Lesson
  • Careers Week
  • Labour Market Information Assembly
  • Enrichment Week
  • Work Experience

Year 13

  • Careers Carousel
  • PSHEE Mock Interview Preparation Lesson
  • Mock Interview
  • University Visits
  • Careers Week
  • Labour Market Information Assembly

 

 

Sixth Form

At St Mary’s we encourage all Sixth Form students to explore their post 18 options, whether that is University, apprenticeships, employment, a Gap year or other education or training. Opportunities for exploring future choices are available throughout the two years of Sixth Form.  Sixth Form students are able to seek permission for up to 5 absences per academic year to attend visits to explore these post 18 options.

All sixth form students have access to ‘Fast Tomato’ an online careers programme which enables pupil’s to explore the many different career opportunities open to them and the varied routes of entry. 

Students attend sessions on how to write effective personal statements for both University and Apprenticeship applications. Each person applying through The Universities and College Admission service ( UCAS ) receives individual form tutor support and a one to one meeting with the Director of Sixth Form. Students seeking an alternative route will be invited to attend an individual guidance interview with our independent advisor. Students receive regular emails of University Open days, Summer Schools and Taster days. We also send email updates about apprenticeship vacancies and Gap years for those considering alternative routes. Please see the sixth form page for more detailed information regarding post 18 options.  

Additional careers support that year 12 and13 students receive includes the following:

 

Employer Engagement
We recognise and value the importance of working with local employers in order to support our career provision at the school. We are extremely keen to establish links with employers who will be able to enrich our students’ education and show them new possibilities within the world of work.We engage with over 100 different employers through work experience placements for our year 10 students. Over 30 employers and other education providers attended our careers carousel and another 30 professionals attended our mock interview day for year 11 and 13 students.We welcome further support from employers specifically those within the finance and law industry.

For next academic year we are seeking employers to support our Careers Carousel, Year 10 work experience, year 12 work placements and mock interview day. If you are able to help us with any of these events please contact Kerry Gaulton, Futures Coordinator at info@stmarys.net

 

Guidance for Parents/Carers

Parents and carers play a very significant role in helping students make informed choices about their study options and decisions about their future careers. Parents and carers are encouraged to talk with their child about their options and future aspirations. We value parents and carers input and encourage you to attend activities at school such as GCSE and A Level options evenings.  We would also appreciate any offers of help with our Careers Carousel and Mock Interview day.

Should you wish to discuss your child’s future please contact their form tutor in the first instance, or Mrs Gaulton, our Futures Coordinator via email info@stmarys.net

 

Year 10 Work Experience

Year 10 - Academic Year 2018/2019 Work Experience - Monday 8th July - Friday 12th July 2019

Work Experience - A Guide for Parents

Work Experience Parental Consent Form 2019

Student Own Placement Form 2019

Link 2 is the school work experience database. Students will be able to access this from the 2nd February 2018 with an individual log-in issued to them by their Form Tutor. For information on how to access Link2 go to ; http://hcc.learnaboutwork.net and refer to the guides below.

Link 2 Student Guide

Link 2 Quick Student Guide

Every effort will be made to allocate one of your 3 choices. Where this is not possible the careers department will work with you to find a suitable alternative. Students arranging a private placement do not need to make a selection from the work experience database.

In July all Year 10 pupils will undertake one week’s work experience.  In preparation for this our PSHEE Careers lessons introduce students to Fast Tomato, an online careers program for teenagers. Fast Tomato enables pupil’s to explore the many different career opportunities open to them and identifies careers suited to an individual based on their interests. This then gives pupils a focus when selecting work experience. Parents/Carers will be issued with a ‘Guide to Work Experience’ in the December. Students will be selecting and sourcing placements between January and March.

 

Mock Interviews

Mock Interviews for all Year 11 students will take place on Thursday 15th November 2018. This is a fantastic opportunity for all students to put those skills into practice. Our interviewers’ then give pupil valuable feedback on their CV and their interview performance.   

Futures Meetings

Students attend two Futures Meetings with a senior member of staff.  In this meeting, students are given advice and talk though their options post-16.  Students progressing to GCE A levels are encouraged to think carefully about their subject choices and how this may impact their Post 18 options. The Russell Group of universities Informed Choices  provides information on facilitating subjects which are preferred by Universities.

For those considering alternative pathways to Sixth Form we provide details about apprenticeships and Open Days and can assist with applications. There are numerous Employers with options for school leavers who offer comprehensive apprenticeship programmes. For further information about apprenticeships please read   A Parent’s Guide to Apprenticeships 

Labour Market Information

Current Labour Market Information can be found here.  We believe it is important for all of our students to understand the Labour Market because this will help them to make realistic choices about their future. During our recent Careers Week, all the students were shown the following short video to help them understand the Hertfordshire Labour Market. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxEnwYjtk5w&feature=youtu.be

The Careers and Enterprise Company

We are signed up to The Careers and Enterprise Company – The Enterprise Advisor Network –programme. The is a free provision managed locally by Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership to support us to achieve all 8 Gatsby Benchmarks by August 2020 – a target set by the department for Education in their Careers Strategy (Dec 2017).

Further information about The Careers and Enterprise Company can be found here:
https://www.careersandenterprise.co.uk/

Further information about The Gatsby Benchmarks can be found here:
http://www.gatsby.org.uk/education/focus-areas/good-career-guidance

 

Destination Data

Year 11 Destinations

Year 13 Destinations

 

  

CAREERS NEWS

                                               THURSDAY 20TH SEPTEMBER 2018 - "THE CAREERS & ENTERPRISE COMPANY"                                                           

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Our Careers Carousel in partnership with the Careers and Enterprise Company took place on September 20th. It was a fantastic day, with 30 employers in attendance representing a range of sectors. Students from years 9/10 & 11 had timetabled lessons so they had the opportunity to listen to and question the employers about the world of work. Year 9 student Katie said " it made me realise there are multiple jobs for things I enjoy!" The careers event was such a success it stayed open to the students in the younger years during lunchtime, who were thrilled to see so many visitors and get some goodies to take away with them.  Our Futures Co-ordinator said " At St Mary's we are committed to developing our young people. There is such a wealth of opportunities available to them it is vital in today's competitive environment they are given the information so they can make informed choices about their future. The employers have all been fantastic and we are so proud of how well our students engaged with them. It has been a great success!"

 

THURSDAY 15TH NOVEMBER 2018 - "MOCK INTERVIEW DAY"                                                           

On Thursday 15th November we held our annual Mock Interview Day. The format was altered this year, and the day expanded, to give the year 13 students the opportunity to have a mock interview along with all the year 11 students. All students were given an allocated interview time with an external professional. Over 250 interviews were carried out throughout the day. Each year 13 student was matched to an interviewer from the industry they are hoping to go into after their studies benefiting from a more in-depth interview.
We received lovely feedback from the visitors after the interviews:

This is a vital part of the Careers education that all students receive here at St Mary’s. The experience of being interviewed by people with professional expertise within a safe environment is invaluable to our pupils.

 

 

The following websites are recommended.  This list is not exhaustive and a more extensive list of websites for particular career sectors can be found in our Careers Library.

www.ucas.com

https://university.which.co.uk/
nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk

https://www.careersandenterprise.co.uk

www.icould.com

www.careersbox.co.uk

https://www.getingofar.gov.uk/

https://amazingapprenticeships.com

https://www.ratemyapprenticeship.co.uk/

https://www.ucas.com/further-education/apprenticeships-and-traineeships/post-16-apprenticeships

 

St Mary’s Catholic School is not responsible for the content of external websites and does not necessarily endorse the views expressed within them.  Websites are checked regularly but may be subject to change without notification. 

Upcoming Events

10 Dec

Year 13 Mock Exams

10 December, 2018 – 20 December, 2018
 
11 Dec

Year 11 Mock Exams

11 December, 2018 – 18 December, 2018
 
17 Dec

Year 9 Basketball - away - Leventhorpe

4:00pm - 6:30pm
 
18 Dec

Year 7 Art Workshop Animation Nation

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