Students

What you can expect from our Careers Programme

Student Entitlements

Year 7
  • Personal development and employability: students will identify their own strengths, interests, skills and qualities, through completion of a skills audit. Through the tutorial programme each child will explore different types of business, the local and national labour market and laws related to young people in employment. Young people will also learn about different types of work and begin the process of the ‘career pathway’.
  • Careers education & guidance: through the involvement in our diverse societies and various visiting careers speakers and workshops, students will begin to clarify early aspirations, and themed subject days will provide guidance towards the options process in Year 8. Enterprise Challenge Day will encourage entrepreneurial spirit and begin to open avenues for self-employment, underpinned by the supporting tutorial programme. Subject specific careers information interviews will be designated for each student and Careers Champions are available at designated, accessible points around school.
Year 8
  • Personal development and employability: students will identify their own strengths, interests, skills and qualities, through completion of a careers psychometric test, allowing early identification of aptitudes and broadening of horizons. Through the tutorial programme each child will continue to explore different types of business, the local and national labour market and laws related to young people in  employment. Young people will also learn about different types of work and further develop the process of the ‘career pathway’, using this to make choices at the end of Year 8 for GCSE options.
  • Careers education & guidance: through the involvement in our diverse societies and various visiting careers speakers and workshops, students will continue to clarify early aspirations. Specific, detailed subject taster sessions will provide guidance towards the options process in Year 8, culminating in a GCSE subject IAG fayre. At this point, university visit and workshops will complement the careers speakers and workshops available. The Guess My Job event will enable students to address misconceptions around stereotypes, encounter employers and employees and learn about what it takes to be successful in the workplace. Subject specific careers information from the Careers Champions will be available at designated, accessible points around school.
Year 9
  • Personal development and employability: students will identify their own strengths, interests, skills and qualities, through completion of a more specific and developed skills audit, reflecting on aptitude towards options choices at GCSE now undertaken. Through the tutorial programme each child will study time management, self-organisation and presentation, project planning and teamwork.
  • The Aspire to HE event: Students will experience a meaningful encounter with further and higher education and have the opportunity to explore what it is like to learn in that environment and where that could lead within future careers or pathways. Students will be presented knowledge about a full range of learning opportunities that are available to them, including both academic and vocation al routes.
  • Careers education & guidance: through the involvement in our diverse societies and various visiting careers speakers and workshops, students will continue to clarify aspirations. The concept of the Curriculum Vitae will be introduced, allowing students to build their own with support from tutors and subject specialists. Each student will been given the opportunity to visit at least one university, and participate in the whole school Apprentice Competition, developing customer service skills, and knowledge of shaping a corporate, or brand image.
Year 10
  • Personal development and employability: students will identify their own strengths, interests, skills and qualities, through completion of a more specific and in depth psychometric test, reflecting on aptitude towards options choices at KS5 and possible career pathways. Through the tutorial programme each child will further develop skills in time management, self-organisation and presentation, project planning and teamwork.
  • Mock Interviews: Students will experience a meaningful encounter with an employee and put into practice interview skills and communication skills.
  • Work Experience: during workplace visits, students will learn about confidentiality in the workplace, rights and responsibilities at work, and changing patterns of local employment. All students will have the opportunity to implement this during a work experience placement and will complete a work experience log.
  • Careers education & guidance: through the involvement in our diverse societies and various visiting careers speakers and workshops, students will continue to clarify aspirations. The Curriculum Vitae will be further developed, allowing students to build their own with support from tutors and subject specialists. Each student will been given the opportunity to participate in the whole school Apprentice competition, developing customer service skills, and knowledge of shaping a corporate, or brand image. Through various careers speakers, individual student pathways will be explored and discussed with tutors to enable informed choices leading to KS5.
Year 11
  • Personal development and employability: students will identify their personal online presence and be taught to cultivate this carefully. The prefect system will be open to everyone who applies and will involves professional interviews and training for the role within school.
  • The world of work: all students will have the opportunity to attend the skills show, and potentially attend a specialist WEX placement if relevant to their preferred area of study.
  • Careers education & guidance: The Careers Fayre involving employers, FE and HE provision, will further educate and develop student aspirations and career pathways. Specific support with applications to colleges and employers will be provided alongside 1 to 1 interviews for Sixth form, and mock interviews for other destinations. Taster sessions for Post 16 subjects will be available to all both at a Post 16 IAG Excellence evening and within the school timetable. Parents will be invited in for a session advising and guiding their child on next steps along the career pathway.

Careers Champions

  • New to 2018, subject specific careers leaders and ambassadors have been instated across the school. Each Careers Champion prepares and implements subject specific activities throughout the year across all year groups. Careers Champions plan and develop careers in the curriculum lessons and elements of lessons to highlight the transferrable skills and knowledge that can be used within a wide range of careers.
  • Each subject area delivers a ‘Careers in the Curriculum’ assembly which highlights the wide range of careers that are associated with the subject area, giving students a varied and thorough insight into where their future could lead them.
  • Each subject area champion plan, source and implement a careers in the curriculum event including inspirational guest speakers, mentoring, STEM days and enterprise workshops.

Amethyst Aspire Programme (CEIAG) By Year Group (2021-2022)

DateCEIAG Activity
Autumn TermThrive Programme –
Form
Assemblies on Careers
Speakers
Spring TermThrive Programme –
Form
Assemblies on Careers
Speakers
Summer TermThrive Programme –
Form
Assemblies on Careers
Speakers
DateCEIAG Activity
Autumn TermThrive Programme – Form
Assemblies on Careers
Speakers
Spring TermThrive Programme – Form
Assemblies on Careers
Speakers
Summer TermThrive Programme – Form
Assemblies on Careers
Speakers
DateCEIAG Activity
Autumn TermThrive Programme – Form
Assemblies on Careers
Aspire to HE Curriculum
Speakers
Spring TermThrive Programme – Form
Assemblies on Careers
Key Stage 4 options
event
Aspire to HE
Curriculum
Summer TermThrive Programme – Form
Assemblies on
Careers
Aspire to HE
Curriculum
Speakers
DateCEIAG Activity
Autumn TermAssembly and tutor group opportunities -
employability skills
Aspire to HE Curriculum
Speakers
Spring TermAssembly and tutor group opportunities -
employability skills
Networking event with providers and employers
Aspire to HE
Curriculum
Speakers
Summer TermAssembly and tutor group opportunities - employability skills
Work experience preparation sessions
Aspire to HE
Curriculum
Speakers
DateCEIAG Activity
Autumn TermAssembly on opportunities at 16
Post 16 Event
Aspire to HE Curriculum
Speakers
Spring TermPost-16 evening
Post-16 taster sessions
Apprenticeships – support with applications
Aspire to HE
Curriculum
Speakers

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