Careers education and guidance is delivered to all students. The programmes for delivery to Years 7-11 are separately organised from the Year 12 & 13 programmes, where the responsibility for their management rests with the Head of Sixth Form, deputy head of Sixth Form and the senior tutor.
The delivery of the educational packages is carried-out by the Tutors, along with input from Heads of House and Head of Year as well as the Careers Support Manager. Materials for the educational packages are developed and collated by the Careers Support Manager who ensures that sufficient provision for the successful execution of lessons, according to a pre-determined scheme of work, is possible.
The new QCA framework, ‘Economic wellbeing 11-19: career, work-related learning and enterprise’ replaces the nine element framework. It complements the programme by including three focus strands on learning through work, about work, for work.
The programme for Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 serves to enable young people to make informed decisions about their options (and ultimately their futures). In order to do this the following objectives are set out and the depth of study increases as students’ progress throughout the school:-
• Understand themselves and the influences on them
• Investigate opportunities in learning and work
• Make and adjust plans to manage change and transition
In addition, the programme for Years 10 & 11 can become more specific as the school aims to support students through the transition of Post 16 careers and in doing so the following objectives are set out :-
• Raising students’ self-awareness
• Identifying strengths and weaknesses
• Increasing occupational opportunities awareness. developing planning skills
• Facilitating work experience. preparing for 16+ options
• Investigating 16+ study skills & promoting the notion of lifelong learning
Raising The Participation Age: New Choices for 16 to 18 Year Olds
The Government’s 2013 legislation meant that students who completed Year 11 from 2014 must stay in education or training until at least their 18th birthday. More details of the options available to students are explained here.