Careers

Helen Brown Careers leader (brownh@denbigh.net)
Farayi Agbame Careers advisor (agbamef@denbigh.net)
Cat Hamdan Careers administrator (hamdanc@denbigh.net)

At Denbigh School, we are committed to ensuring that students are well-prepared for their next steps when they leave school, be it for education or employment. Through careers-related activities and through our curriculum, we aim to inform students about the range of opportunities available and we aim to provide personalised guidance to support their decision-making. Through our PHSE programme we raise students’ awareness of develop the employability skills that will equip them for success in their chosen careers. The Gatsby benchmarks are embedded in our provision.

Our careers provision is well- developed and embedded in the curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities. It provide good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities.

Our careers provision is differentiated to meet the needs of different age-groups, and opportunities and impartial advice is tailored for individual students, recognising equality and diversity considerations.

The school provides multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace.

All students participate in work experience and have opportunities to develop employer links.

Students explore the full range of opportunities available to them for their next steps, including colleges, apprenticeships, universities and employment.

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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, during tutorial, through faculties, DBT and during events. We employ an independent Careers advisor who provides individual meetings and guidance, with a focus on years 11 to 13. She is also available during parent consultation evenings to book appointments with. Professionals from a wide variety of job roles are invited to meet students and provide information about their roles and businesses. Within the tutorial programme we develop students’ knowledge of career paths and skills in communicating with people. We use Unifrog for students to access job searching tools, as well as skills evaluation tools as well as record their career education journey.

Evaluation


How the career programme is evaluated?

The careers programme is evaluated during PSHE programme, after careers events and in an annual questionnaire to all year groups. 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.

Link to Denbigh School’s Provider Access Statement

 

Careers Programmes

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Year 10 Year 11  
Year 12 Year 13  

Labour Market Info

Labour Market Information Labour Market Information is about the current economic and employment situation. It includes data on destinations, average starting salary, current trends in employment sectors and recruitment patterns.

LMI means finding out the following things about different job roles or career pathways:

• What do people actually do in this job / industry?
• How many people work in this job / industry?
• How much do people get paid in this job / industry?
• What qualifications do I need to do this job?
• What skills or qualities do I need to do this job?
• What are the typical working hours for this job?
• What percentage of men / women work in this job / industry?
• Where can this job / industry take me in the future?
• Where are these jobs located around the country?
• How many of these jobs will there be in the future?

There is an abundance of LMI on the online Unifrog, and a variety of other sources given via the links below.

Target Careers – dos and don’ts for using LMI in career choices - Link

National Figures - https://www.ons.gov.uk/

Nomis – official labour market statistics from the Office of National Statistics Link

LMI for all – careers widget - Link

Useful links

1. Explore different job roles and the job market


Videos featuring real people talking about their careers

Wow Inspiring Videos 

Information about different job roles

Information about over 350 job roles within the NHS

National Careers Service

Armed Forces Careers

Quiz to find jobs that are suited to you

Careers Resource  

More labour market information

Milkround.com

STEM

 Built Environment/Construction

Bitesize Careers

2. Find out about different courses and pathways


Information about apprenticeships

University exploration and course search

Guides on how subjects link to different careers

Job Sector Subjects

Sectors and Subjects

Compare universities

Information about University alternatives

Advice on how to work in certain sectors

T Levels Explained

Leading university information

3. Discover and build upon your skills and strengths


Life skills lesson plans and resources

A range of skills-based activities and information

Take this personality quiz

Start Personality Quiz

Skills Employers Want

4. Take a free online course or lesson


30 Minute Apprenticeship in Business

30 Minute Apprenticeship in Construction

30 Minute Apprenticeship in Marketing

Strengths and Skills (Lesson)

Staying Positive (Lesson)

Finding your Cyber Security Career Path (Free online course)

Career Skills for Investment Banking and Finance (Free online course)

Creativity and Entrepreneurship (Free online course)

Resilience, the art of coping with disasters (Free online course)

Prepare for career success at Uni (Free online course)

 Building your career in tomorrow’s workplace (Free online course)

How to start your career in games development (Free online course)

How to succeed in interviews (Free online course)

5. Create a CV and/or write a personal statement


Free app for CV creation

CV writing guidance

CV Builder

Personal statement guide

Work Experience idea  

Cover Letter and CV Advice                                                                       

CV in 9 seconds

Employment Support     

Youth Employment

6. Parent/carer support


Target Publication  

Advice

Rate My Apprenticeship

Parent Zone

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

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Year 7

Introduction to careers in DBT. Sessions focus on: Understanding employability skills that you will need to develop for the workplace; What is your dream job?; A research task into careers of interest.

Students also take part in careers week activities linked to curriculum areas. They engage with presentations delivered by professionals working within the relevant industries and explore how the subject lessons prepare them for the world of work. They discuss career pathways linked to different subject areas.

Students have a work experience day where they may go to work with their parents.

They also participate in the “Restaurant Challenge” as part of the Year 7 curriculum day where they must work as a Team to design a menu and develop a brand for a restaurant, giving them an enterprise experience

Students are introduced to Unifrog and begin to record their skills development, careers-related activities and competencies.

Students are invited to attend STEM lectures as an extra- curricular activity. These focus on the application of Science in research and in a workplace. As well as academics, STEM ambassadors are involved in these presentations and they give an insight into their workplace.

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Year 8

In DBT, students start to evaluate future pathways and consider the differences between universities or apprenticeships as possible destinations.

Students also take part in careers week activities linked to curriculum areas. They engage with presentations delivered by professionals working within the relevant industries and explore how the subject lessons prepare them for the world of work. They discuss career pathways linked to different subject areas.

Students use Unifrog to explore GCSE options subjects, the skills they develop through them and their  their links with future careers. They reflect on decision making in tutorial as part of the options process.

Options lessons and information evenings help to guide students and parents to subjects that will suit their future needs. A tutorial session on decision-making also supports this process.

Students take part in a careers conference where Denbigh Alumni speak to them about a range of careers, describing their route into their careers and what their job entails.

Selected Year 7 and 8 girls are invited to take part trips such as “IT girls allowed” and “Women in the Computing industry” challenging stereotypes about girls in IT workplaces.

Students are invited to attend STEM lectures as an extra- curricular activity. These focus on the application of Science in research and in a workplace. As well as academics, STEM ambassadors are involved in these presentations and they give an insight into their workplace.

 

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Year 9

Students also take part in careers week activities linked to curriculum areas. They engage with presentations delivered by professionals working within the relevant industries and explore how the subject lessons prepare them for the world of work. They discuss career pathways linked to different subject areas.

Students take part in a careers conference where Denbigh Alumni speak to them about a range of careers, describing their route into their careers and what their job entails.

Students are invited to attend STEM lectures as an extra- curricular activity. These focus on the application of Science in research and in a workplace. As well as academics, STEM ambassadors are involved in these presentations and they give an insight into their workplace.

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Year 10

All year 10 students carry out one week of Work experience in the autumn term. They are supported to find their own placements or select a placement provided through Develop, an external provider.

Students also take part in careers week activities linked to curriculum areas. They engage with presentations delivered by professionals working within the relevant industries and explore how the subject lessons prepare them for the world of work. They discuss career pathways linked to different subject areas.

Students are invited to attend STEM lectures as an extra- curricular activity. These focus on the application of Science in research and in a workplace. As well as academics, STEM ambassadors are involved in these presentations and they give an insight into their workplace.

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Year 11

Selected students are identified and are given the opportunity to undertake their final year of study at MK College or on extended work experience (as part of our alternative provision) if it felt that they would benefit from a more vocational programme at this stage.

All students are scheduled to take part in an interview with an independent careers advisor during the course of Year 11

Sixth form opportunities evening enables students to find out about post-16 options at Denbigh school

Futures Day give students the opportunity to experience taster lessons for post-16 courses at Denbigh. There are also sessions for those who intend to leave Denbigh about the alternatives: presentations from local colleges; an introduction to apprenticeships; CV writing and interview skills; and other employers including the Army, Niftylift etc.

Students are invited to attend STEM lectures as an extra- curricular activity. These focus on the application of Science in research and in a workplace. As well as academics, STEM ambassadors are involved in these presentations and they give an insight into their workplace.

Students also take part in careers week activities linked to curriculum areas. They engage with presentations delivered by professionals working within the relevant industries and explore how the subject lessons prepare them for the world of work. They discuss career pathways linked to different subject areas.

Drop-in sessions are also available for year 11 parents to discuss future options for their children both in school, college, apprenticeships or work.

All year 11 students take part in an interview with their parents by a senior member of staff. 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 Unifrog.

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Year 12

Drop-in sessions are held for sixth former 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.

Year 12 students are offered help and advice in finding work experience. Year 12 and 13 Languages students are given the opportunity to carry out work experience placements in France and Germany.

Students have the opportunity to sign up for Young Enterprise and EES Scheme as enrichment options. They can also take part in the Bar Mock trials giving them an insight into the legal profession

Students also take part in careers week activities linked to curriculum areas. They engage with presentations delivered by professionals working within the relevant industries and explore how the subject lessons prepare them for the world of work. They discuss career pathways linked to different subject areas.

Tutorial sessions help students learn to use Unifrog more effectively to identify work experience placements, apprenticeships and for UCAS

Students take part in a UCAS day which introduces them to the university application process and how to apply for apprenticeships

Students are signposted towards a range of opportunities- careers fairs, higher education events, apprenticeships

All students are assigned to a mentor who discusses academic progress, progression routes and provides one to one support

Students can book an appointment to see the Independent careers advisor

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Year 13

All students are assigned to a mentor with whom they meet regularly to discuss academic progress, future plans and provide one to one support. They work closely with students on personal statements for university, apprenticeships or job applications.

Tutorial sessions help students navigate the process of applying for university or looking for apprenticeships to employment.

Selected students receive additional guidance for Oxbridge applications and support with interview techniques

Students also take part in careers week activities linked to curriculum areas. They engage with presentations delivered by professionals working within the relevant industries and explore how the subject lessons prepare them for the world of work. They discuss career pathways linked to different subject areas.

Students are signposted towards a range of opportunities- careers fairs, higher education events, apprenticeships

Year 12 and 13 Languages students are given the opportunity to carry out work experience placements in France and Germany.

Students can book an appointment to see the Independent careers advisor

Drop-in sessions are held for sixth former 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.

 

 
 
 

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