Our aim is for all students to receive quality careers education and advice at every stage in their education and our careers programme focuses on a particular area for every year group from Year 7 through to Year 13. The sections below detail the focus for each group and the career-focused lessons they receive as part of their RSHE programme. Students will also experience careers education as part of their subject-specific curriculum, and we plan to collate this information to share with you during this academic year.
DOWNLOAD: Year 7-11 Careers Calendar 2021 – 2022
DOWNLOAD: Sixth Form CIAG Calendar
Year 7 – An introduction to the world of careers
Students will start their careers programme by reflecting on their strengths, weaknesses, goals, likes and dislikes and learning styles/personalities. Unifrog is introduced for the first time and used to begin the students’ research into different careers and the world of work. This year groups focus is purely an ‘introduction’, in the hope of inspiring and motivating the students with the vast variety of possible careers and dream jobs. Using their reflections, they will begin to understand the importance of having informed goals and aspirations taking us into Year 8.
Lesson 1 – An A – Z of careers
Lesson 2 – Dream jobs
Lesson 3 – Alumni session (focus on dream jobs)
Lesson 4 – An introduction to Unifrog
Lesson 5 – Challenging gender stereotypes within the workplace
Year 8 – My Dreams, Goals and Aspirations
Based around their goals and aspirations, students will explore the different career pathways available to them after school, including academic and vocational courses. Students will begin to consider what their initial GCSE choices might be and reflect on these, comparing them to their strengths, likes and dislikes and their career goals. Unifrog will be used to help make the most appropriate GCSE choices.
Lesson 1 – Self reflection
Lesson 2 – How Unifrog can support with GCSE options
Lesson 3 – Goals and aspirations
Lesson 4 – GCSE options and looking ahead to post-16 pathways
Lesson 5 – Alumni session (focus on GCSE options)
Year 9 – Developing Skills and Qualities
Year 9 students will carry out a personal review, reflecting on their progress towards their goals. Unifrog will be used to explore how their GCSE subjects will prepare them for a career and students will begin to research the desirable skills and qualities needed for different career areas. They will discover and use resources that are available to develop these skills and qualities that are desirable to employers in different fields.
Lesson 1 – Skills and qualities
Lesson 2 – Alumni session (focus on skills during the recruitment process)
Lesson 3 – Skills – target setting
Lesson 4 – Using Unifrog to record/track skills
Lesson 5 – LMI
Year 10 – Workplace Experiences
Unifrog is used in Year 10 to gain an understanding of successful job applications (including CV writing) and interviews. Through this, students will learn about the importance of work experience when applying for jobs and how they can better prepare themselves for their future. There are many opportunities inside and outside of school life to help students prepare for the workplace. They will be notified of these, through use of Show My Homework, and are encouraged to take advantage of these.
Lesson 1 – Alumni Q&A session preparation
Lesson 2 – Using Unifrog to begin considering post-16 options
Lesson 3 – Skills and qualities – target setting
Lesson 4 – Interviews
Lesson 5 – Mock interviews
Lesson 6 – Alumni session (Q&A – students decide on questions to be answered)
Year 11 – Next Steps and Outstanding Applications
During this final year of secondary education, our students will need to start applying to their Post-16 options, whether this be to a Sixth Form, college, apprenticeship or traineeship. Assemblies, 1:1 guidance meetings and RSHE lessons will provide students with the information, advice and support they need during this year. Unifrog has a huge range of resources to help and support students with these applications; developing their employability, create outstanding CV’s, personal statements and covering letters. They will also learn how to ‘market’ themselves in interviews and how to make the most of career advice.
Lesson 1 – Using Unifrog to research careers
Lesson 2 – Post-16 options
Lesson 3 – Job applications
Lesson 4 – Interviews
Year 12 and Year 13
For more information on the CEIAG support that our Post-16 students receive, please see ‘Careers’ in the 6th Form section of our website.