Careers - Information Advice and Guidance Strategy

At Humphrey Perkins we strive to make careers education more accessible for young people and ensure each one of our pupils, whatever their background, can make the right education and training choices so they have the best possible chance of succeeding. Our aim is for all our pupils to know about the different learning routes and qualifications available to them – including Diplomas, Apprenticeships and Foundation Learning as well as GCSEs and A Levels.

Our pupils are entitled to

  •          Excellent personalised and impartial careers information, advice and guidance in school
  •          Support for parents so they can help their children make the right decisions
  •          Online IAG resources accessible 24/7 by young people and their parents with links to one to one advice
  •          Opportunities for young people to get a feel for different courses and careers through taster sessions
  •          High quality experiences both of Higher education and of work places
  •          Opportunities to build a relationship with a respected adult through mentoring or shadowing
  •          Access to specialist local help

Year 7

In Year 7 pupils have the opportunity within the Personal Curriculum to participate in an Enterprise project. This project looks at different roles within a business and the project produced is based on choices regarding roles the pupils make. Each pupil has to take on a role within the business. They are expected to develop their Thinking, Leadership, Presentation and Teamwork skills, as well as evolving as independent enquirers and self managers.

Year 8

Through the Personal Development curriculum pupils study two Economic Wellbeing modules called “We’re in Business!” and “Bank On It!”. Pupils are familiarised with the procedures involved in using a range of banking facilities and products. Pupils are encouraged to become resilient, responsible, reasonable, resourceful, reflective and build relationships. By the end of these modules we expect pupils to be able to read and interpret bank statements, make reasoned financial choices, to consider the concept of borrowing and the importance of saving.

We support the charity 'Free the Children' which allows pupils to develop roles for the good of others. They develop fund raising skills, they become empowered to make decisions that will have life changing consequences for other people in a less fortunate position. Pupils are encouraged to look at the opportunities that education brings, they research case studies of the impact of not having an education and look into opportunities available in this country. Year 8 pupils are introduced to the Kudos Careers Programme.

Year 9

In Year 9 pupils continue to work with the online careers programme, Kudos. Kudos is one of the most popular online careers programmes for teenagers and has helped millions of pupils explore the many different career opportunities open to them. It is used by hundreds of schools nationwide and is accurate, relevant and easy to use. Kudos motivates young people to consider options they may previously have thought were unattainable by opening up a rich world of course and career opportunities. Following some simple but powerful assessments, Kudos offers a wealth of career, course and subject information, coupled with independent adviser support, to inspire pupils and to help them make informed decisions about their future.

Using sophisticated psychometric assessments to highlight each person's interests, attitudes and motivations, Kudos suggests individualised and personally tailored careers and courses. Pupils are given accurate and highly relevant career and subject information.

Within the Personal Curriculum, using Kudos, our pupils choose a career, research job descriptions, personal skills and qualities needed, the environment they will be working in, entry qualifications needed, details of any training and professional qualifications needed and why they would like to do it. By the end of this module all of our pupils will have completed a research project and realise and understand what is needed for their future career choices. Pupils have the opportunity to develop their presentation skills by presenting their project to their peers and assessing each others projects. Following from this the pupils set themselves, via Kudos, targets for the end of Year 10 and Year 11. Kudos is also used to look at different pathways, routes and options post 16 and pupils then develop some next step targets for the end of Year 10 and Year 11. Year 9 have the opportunity to visit Loughborough University as an introduction to Higher Education.

Year 10

In Year 10 pupils focus on the targets set in Year 9. They focus, via mentor time, on their next steps and using the National careers website. With the support of their mentor pupils research the different courses and colleges available to them.

All Year 10 Pupils attend the Skills Show in the Michaelmas term. This free event is a fantastic opportunity for people aged between 14 and 25 to discover the exciting career opportunities that vocational qualifications and training, including Apprenticeships and Traineeships, can unlock. They experience a range of exciting and interactive ‘Have a Go’ activities in everything from Engineering and Sport to Health & Social Care and Creative Arts & Media. Help will also be on hand to advise visitors on their career options. Organisations attending include employers, local colleges, Nottingham Futures, the Leicester Apprenticeship Hub and the National Careers Service.

Loughborough College works with Humphrey Perkins on the Bridge to Work Scheme. The Bridge to Work scheme helps pupils understand which industries and jobs they may want to consider. Pupils joining this scheme gain relevant work experience, 1:1 job coaching, short courses to learn practical skills, a chance to talk to employers and practice interviews. In the Spring pupils attend the Loughborough Skills Show, where they have the opportunity to look at local businesses and have a go activities.

Groups of pupils have the opportunity to attend Leicester College to take part in “Have a Go” activities in courses that are on offer.

There are University Day opportunities, such as a day at Cambridge University, where pupils get to experience a day in University life. Pupils can attend a residential in their chosen subject areas, some pupils attending Nottingham University or Oxford University for Science.

A discrete day off timetable offers pupils CV writing workshops, Mock Interviews with real employers, Employability and Work Place Etiquette, Using UCAS progress and Citizenship Service & Volunteer work. Local employers and ASK lead some of these sessions.

Year 11

In Year 11 pupils follow a comprehensive list of opportunities. All pupils have a mentor who supports them through the next steps of their education. In addition to their mentor pupils have at least two opportunities a year for a 1:1 conversation with a trained member of staff to help guide them through the complexities of further and higher education. Additional sessions are built in around need.

A rigorous programme of external speakers revolving around assembly time is in place, involving all of the local providers such as Loughborough College, Brooksby College, Rawlins College, Charnwood College, DeLisle, Leicester College and QE.

In mentor time pupils have a wide range of activities focussed on supporting them for the future. For example pupils are supported through writing their personal statements and mentors help pupils complete their applications for the next steps. Mentors and pupils have access to a wide range of prospectuses for all of the local providers to help pupils make appropriate decisions.

All Year 11 pupils have the opportunity to attend the Birmingham skills show with over 45 hands on skills experiences, expert careers advice from hundreds of different skills, careers and industries. Pupils get the opportunity to meet top national and local employers to discuss career opportunities and hear inspirational talks from real people doing real jobs.

Pupils continue to use Kudos to do the initial research for their chosen careers and the courses that they want to go on. The Kudos web site also tells the pupils all of the local places that they can study this course.

Days are arranged for pupils to visit both the local colleges and universities to help them make informed decisions.

In the Michaelmas term pupils and parents are invited to attend our careers evening. Talks are given to explain to parents the different pathways post 16, such as “What is the difference between a diploma and A Level?”, “What are Level 3 qualifications?”.

Apprenticeship workshops are organised for pupils seeking apprenticeship opportunities. Pupils use the following webisie to access apprenticeship vacancies - www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk

Remote conferencing is set up allowing pupils to have access to employers. Employers give talks about their business, sharing qualifications required etc. There is an opportunity for a question and answer session with the employer. These opportunities run at lunch times and pupils sign up for the opportunity. An example of the types of Employer who has signed up for this are – The National Space Centre, Child Care, Solicitors, Pilots and Armed Services to name a few.

A regional North Charnwood Partnership careers twitter feed keeps pupils up to date with what’s on and where as well as dedicated notice boards around the school - @NCLP_careers

At the end of Year 11 pupils are supported to apply for the British Citizenship program where pupils will be given the opportunity to have three weeks of active work experience, university experience and team building activities

LEBC & STEM events put on for pupils to attend and be part of. LEBC Ambassadors will come and work with pupils giving  them insight of apprenticeships and work based learning – this will enrich all other careers activities

 

Year 10 IAG Mentor Program

All pupils follow a robust program of study in Year 10 during mentor time activities.

Remote Conferencing - A programme of employers and businesses are taking part in a weekly online remote conference with pupils in school. This will take the format of and information session about the company / job / role. Explanation of how they got to that role through education / work experience / work placement. Every session will followed by opportunities for questions and answers for pupils.

Sessions to be attended by our Gifted and Talented pupils in ‘how to apply for ‘Oxbridge’ universities held by advisors from these universities

Visits to Cambridge University for Gifted and Talented pupils and local university visits to Nottingham or Leicester University for all other pupils.

Identifying individuals who will benefit from a taster session at Leicester College to raise aspirations. This will be aimed at pupils looking to go forward into vocational courses

Pre-Public exams interviews with a focus on careers, next steps and further education advice. This will be developed into academic targets for the rest of Year 10 going forward into Year 11 to be delivered by Year 11.

June – Further Education review in mentor time. This will develop understanding of next steps, different course options, fee options and careers aspirations.

Talks by apprentices and some identified Year 12 (ex-pupils) to provide pupil centred view on what to expect next and its importance.

 

Year 11 IAG Mentor Program

All pupils follow a comprehensive program of study in Year 11 during mentor time activities.

Remote Conferencing - A programme of employers and businesses are taking part in a weekly online remote conference with pupils in school. This will take the format of and information session about the company / job / role. Explanation of how they got to that role through education / work experience / work placement. Every session will followed by opportunities for questions and answers for pupils.

Weekly careers focus in mentor weekly program with different focus for each half term

Michaelmas 1 – pupils investigate all local colleges and sixth form colleges, gaining understanding of what they are offering, what courses they might be interested in and how they go about applying.

Michaelmas 2 – pupils will focus on the application process using UCAS progress. Looking into, applying, writing personal statements for the colleges or sixth form colleges they may be applying for.

Lent 1 – Pupils will be focussing on securing their college / sixth form places.

Lent 2 – Focus on examinations and gaining the grades needed for next choices – a program of revision techniques / past papers and mock papers and questions to prepare pupils for their exams.

Trinity 1 – Focus on examinations and gaining the grades needed for next choices – a program of revision techniques / past papers and mock papers and questions to prepare pupils for their exams.

Trinity 2 – Focus on examinations and gaining the grades needed for next choices – a program of revision techniques / past papers and mock papers and questions to prepare pupils for their exams.

Pupils will be expected to keep a weekly diary showing what courses or open days / evenings they have attended or investigated. Mentors to direct and support this using one to one sessions during mentor time.

Pupils are also following the Barclays Money Life skills financial capability scheme of work to develop financial independence and understanding.