Raising Participation Age
The Government has increased the age to which all young people in England must continue in education or training, requiring them to continue until their 18th birthday. Raising the Participation Age (RPA) does not mean young people must stay in school; they are able to choose one of the following options post-16:
Full-time education, such as school Sixth Form or college
An apprenticeship or traineeship
Part-time education or training combined with one of the following:
(i) Employment or self-employed for 20 hours or more a week
(ii) Volunteering for 20 hours or more a week
Post 16 GCSE English and Maths
There is a requirement for all students who have not achieved a 9-4 GCSE in English or Mathematics by age 16 to continue to study towards achieving this level of attainment alongside their studies. They must continue to study English and Maths even if they attend college, an apprenticeship or traineeship.
Careers Department Aims
The aim of the Careers education and guidance offered at our school is to help every pupil be informed and aware of all their different progression options, raising their aspirations. Widening their participation and enabling them to recognise and develop their employability skills, career and job aspirations. Equipping our students with the skills, knowledge and attitude and to be prepared as possible for when they leave school.
Careers advice to students
All students from any year group can come and see me for a careers interview. There is an open door policy in the Careers Department with no restrictions on the number of appointments pupils can have. Personal guidance is provided at key transition points for Year 8 with options, Year 11 with post 16 choices and for year 12 and 13 with progression onto Higher education, Apprenticeships, Employment or for Gap year plans.
Drop-ins are available lunch and break time in the Careers Office.
A selection of useful web sites and Careers software resource purchased to help pupils explore Careers and Jobs, investigate what careers might suit them as well as looking at progressions choices post 16 and 18.
Careers library where to find out about different Careers and Jobs
On Jobs Explorer database JED https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlcqZNL0M4c
You can access this careers package via our school PORTAL, which allows you to use at home with your parents/carers.
www.icould.com video clips of various Careers
https://www.careersbox.co.uk video clips of Careers
Exploring what Career might suit you
On JED on menu Suits me Quiz tab run through the bigger quiz to help explore what Careers might suit you.
On https://www.sacu-student.com click on student then free careers questionnaire and take the Spartan test.
www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeships National apprenticeship service website can create an account and search vacancies via your home post code, town or city.
Higher Ideas on www.careersoft.co.uk to explore what to study with your A-levels and BTEC Nationals (Access this via school PORTAL Careers Resources folder)
www.ucas.com - University and College Admissions Service who you apply through
https://university.which.co.uk/ - Independent way to search & compare UK degree courses & universities
https://www.opendays.com/ - Open days information for Universities or go to relevant University website
https://www.ukcoursefinder.com/ - Quiz to suggest interesting degree courses ideas
https://www.ukcat.ac.uk/ - Admissions Testing for UK health professionals medicine / dentistry
https://lnat.ac.uk/ - Law Aptitude Test (LNAT) used in the law admissions process
https://www.wmjobs.co.uk/ (Public Sector Jobs)
https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/ - routes into teaching
https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/ - NHS careers
http://www.etrust.org.uk/ - EDT (Engineering Development Trust)
https://creativeskillset.org/ - creative industry
http://www.autocity.org.uk/ - jobs and apprenticeships in the automotive sector.
http://www.nctj.com/ - National Council for Training of Journalist
https://www.ncsyes.co.uk/ - National Citizen Service (NCS) is for 15 – 17 years old opportunities to take up challenges to develop work life skills
Career profiling and Psychometric testing
Young Person’s Travel
The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults and expects all staff, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment