Careers

Careers Adviser: Michele Eidevik-Skinner
Contact:
01908 330251 / eidevikskinnerm@denbigh.net

Aims

  • Embedding Careers Education, Information and Guidance within a clear framework.
  • For students’ development to be supported so that they have high aspirations and consider a broad and ambitious range of career options which will inspire them to fulfil their full potential.
  • To provide impartial and objective help and support, ensuring students have the right advice at the right time, which will enable them to make informed decisions about their career pathway.
  • Provide employer engagements and speakers to support all stages of the curriculum
  • Encourage students to become proactive about their future pathway and expose them to the available options and opportunities which include finding out more about Apprenticeships, Entrepreneurialism and other vocational pathways alongside the more traditional A levels and university route to ensure all opportunities are maximised.
  • Focus on skills development of students through and beyond the curriculum. With a focus on adaptability and resilience.

Delivery

How the career programme is delivered
The career programme is delivered across the school to all year groups with different foci according to the age of the student.
The full-time Careers advisor provides individual meetings and guidance to all year groups but with a focus on years 11 to 13.
Professionals from a wide variety of job roles are invited in to meet students and provide information about their roles and businesses.  These can be for a year group or small group of students.  ‘Speed Dating’ activities have been incorporated in both year 9 and year 12 developing students’ knowledge of career paths and skills in communicating with people.
Access is provided to job searching and skills evaluation tools.
Advice on CV writing and interview tips is available through the Careers Advisor.
Drop-in sessions are held for sixth form to discuss work experience, internships, volunteering, career options, apprenticeships etc.  These can be run by the Careers Advisor or by representatives from local businesses e.g. Santander, Network Rail etc.
Drop-in sessions are also available for year 11 parents to discuss future options for their children both in school, college, apprenticeships or work.
Both mentors and tutors are able to refer students for support and this will be followed up by the Careers Advisor to ensure attendance.
All year 11 students are given an interview with their parents by one of the Leadership Team.  Discussions consider progress, future plans, appropriate courses and any concerns that students or parents may have.  
Action Plans are written to ensure accurate records are kept and these are accessibly immediately to students via One Note.

Tutorial:
The PSHE programme which is run through tutorials has an annual careers slot. Tutor groups encompass all year groups and the careers programme covers and builds on different areas each year.  It responds to the needs of the students through evaluation and through trends coming from individual career meetings.

Curriculum:
Options lessons and information evenings help guide students and parents to subjects that will suit their future needs. The Careers advisor is also available on these evenings to have individual discussions with parents and students.

The student portal has access to a careers area where

  • Talk and visit information is advertised
  • Career tools are available
  • Links to career sites
  • Documents to support students access different careers.

 

Dedicated days:
Curriculum days are developed particularly for years 7 and 8 which are based around developing transferable skills.  For example year 8 have completed a restaurant challenge where students design, promote, finance and market a new restaurant.
Year 12 have a Futures day which looks beyond year 13.  Sessions on UCAS, apprenticeships, other careers days are included. This helps students to make informed choices about what they will do when they leave school.
All year 12 and 13 students have mentoring support throughout the sixth form which gives them individual, targeted guidance on next steps.
The Urban Scholars programme is open to year 10 and 11 students who are disadvantaged and whose parents have not been to university.  It is intended to increase their aspirations and self-belief to allow them to consider careers and opportunities that they would not otherwise have considered.
Worktree career days have been arranged for year 9 students prior to choosing their GCSE options.  This opened their eyes to new possibilities before selecting their options.
We have developed strong partnerships with local companies such as NiftyLift, Santander and Network Rail.  A number of students have had work experience with these companies and have applied for, and been successful in gaining apprenticeships.  Each year a group of students carry out a project under the auspices of NiftyLift.

Work Experience
All year 10 students carry out one week of Work experience in the autumn term.
Year 12 students are offered help and advice in finding work experience.

How the career programme is evaluated:
The careers programme is evaluated during PSHE programme.
Feedback from students, employees and tutors is gathered after work experience.
Individual meetings gather feedback, this is used when planning future speakers and events.
The work is scrutinised by the leadership team and a school governor.
How employers/ parents/ students can access support:
by contacting Mrs Eidevik-Skinner on: eidevikskinnerm@denbigh.net

 

 
 
 

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