Encouraging development & preparation for the future careers of our students
Careers is about preparation for life. Students develop skills that will enable them to access any future career. They learn how to market and present themselves and to plan ahead, setting both long term and short term targets. It is part of the Personal Development Planning of students at St. Augustine’s. This year we are pleased to be using ‘Career Learning: Aspiration, Resilience, Awareness’; a resource aligned with the CDI Framework for Careers, Employability and Enterprise Education.
Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 complete a term of study focusing on career learning. PSHE lessons are timetabled every week and lessons are delivered where possible by form tutors as relationships are already well developed. This means then that nearly 20% of their PSHE lessons are purely to do with careers. In Year 7 they have seven career lessons including thinking about what Careers Education is, what they are good at and planning and in turn interviewing a listening speaker.
In Year 8 they address the different jobs families and how to use career information with an emphasis on researching information for themselves. They reflect on their own passions and career ideas and spend time discussing the influences around them with a few to shaping their own future.
In Year 9 they work through six lessons or so around their upcoming GCSE option choices, including labour market information statistics surrounding Wiltshire, and being secure in where to go for further information.
In the Spring, parents are invited to an Options Evening when the Head of Curriculum shares information on the GCSE subjects available at KS4. Further information is distributed to students and parents via letters, leaflets and brochures as are passwords for licenced websites. An Independent Careers Adviser is available to work with students in Year 9 if needed.
Students at Key Stage 4 continue with developing and exploring career learning modules as part of their PSHE provision, timetabled as an hour lesson every fortnight.
The students use their lesson time to prepare and then analyse their careers day, in which they are given opportunities to learn about academic, vocational and occupational learning routes. They complete mock application forms for a fictional job and attend an interview based on that application form.
Relevant information about post-16 options is given to students and parents via letters, leaflets, brochures and by e-mail. Passwords for licenced websites are shared with students and parents and the links for these are emailed around to tutors and discussed by the careers co-ordinator. A new development this Year is the Year 11 Career Learning Capture sheet, which is designed to make all Year 11s research the three pathways available to them before the end of Term 4.
All students in Year 11 have opportunities to attend a careers interview with the Independent Careers Adviser, Mrs Sue Wills. This may be on a one to one basis or in a group situation. Parents who are concerned about their child’s options and choices may request to meet the Independent Careers Adviser, and should email Mr Holbrook if this is required.
Posters and information leaflets are circulated informing students of the open days at the local Colleges of Further Education. Prospectuses for Wiltshire, Bath and Norton Radstock Colleges are available from the Careers Library. Students are entitled to leave of absence in order to attend interviews for college places.
The recruiting officer for the Army is a regular visitor into St Augustine’s and will meet with any student who is interested in joining the Army at officer level. He will support students through the application process for Welbeck College.
The webite for students, parents & teachers to manage a student’s application into HE.
EDT is an independent registered charity, established in 1984, running schemes to inspire and motivate young people to choose a career in science, engineering and technology(SET).
On-line careers library.
The UK’s most used law careers information resource providing students wth legal careers information.
Sparksite online radio
The online radio site for young people in Wiltshire. Sponsored by Wiltshire Council, this site offers help & advice & radio. Young people can share ideas, music, images and thoughts about their world.
HE employment routes
Totally independent and free to use, bestCourse4me shows you the link between what people study and their employment record afterwards.
Plan your future, work & study
For information on careers, qualifications, local further and higher education courses and apprenticeships.
Not going to uni…?
A website featuring a range of apprenticeship and other opportunities aimed at those students who may not wish to continue into Higher Education.
Free. Good for the quick ‘Buzz Quiz’ which generates your strengths and what makes you tick. Lots of short videos in which people discuss what they do and how they got into their line of work
Careers Soft (login available)
JED EXPLORER Database. 56 question quiz. Job groups and fact Sheets.
Study in USA
Students interested in studying at university in USA should check out The Fulbright Commission website which offers awards for study, research, teaching, lecturing or professional development in any academic field.
Video clips of specialist career sectors
Careers in Sport
Careers in Sport guide provides an in-depth analysis of the different career options available in the world of sport.
Parents’ Careers Club
Their Parents’ Careers Club gives information on the options available to your children as they leave school and college
Experiences of HE
This site features students talking honestly about their own uni experiences so that you can make up your own mind
For parents: Information & advice on careers + education choices facing students
Information for parents on post 18 options, the relevant advantages & disadvantages of each route plus associated costs.
Careers video library
Careers4u.tv is a careers video library for the UK with good representation of all skill levels, industries and company size. It is possible to explore many areas of this website without paying the registration fee.
Grant Funds available to students from Wiltshire studying at university
Skuker Education Grant Fund helps students from poorer backgrounds by giving grants of between £500 and £5000 for the duration of a degree course completed within the UK.
Free, widely being recognised as a go to website. Great for advice for students and parents. Includes Plotr Game – personality finding tool that matches personality to careers and job groups
Eclips Online (login available)
Splits jobs into job groups, has an excellent section on Options, and a Careers Wizard, that is designed to help you consider jobs and careers that relate to your qualifications and interests.