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St Peters School logoSt Peter’s Church of England Careers Programme

Head of Careers and named Careers Leader: Ms T Falconer

Independent Careers Advisor: Mrs Maria Huggett, Alpha Careers

Telephone Number: 01392 204764 Ext. 231

Email Address: careers@spexe.org

 

Summary of Careers Provision at St Peter’s.          Benchmark 1

Throughout the careers programme at St Peter’s, students are encouraged to develop their independence.  Thinking about work experience and future careers begins in Year 7 and continues through to Year 11. Students are encouraged to experience and learn about the workplace and the skills and qualities valued in it. The programme gives students the opportunity to explore the viability of their career ideas. More importantly, it allows students to reflect upon themselves: their own skills, qualities and how they wish to develop them for employability.

The Gatsby Benchmarks are a framework of eight guidelines that stipulate what makes the best careers provision in schools. Further information on the Gatsby Benchmarks can be found by clicking on the link here.

The Eight Benchmarks for providing good career guidance

  1. A stable careers programme
  2. Learning from career and labour market information
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
  5. Encounters with employers and employees
  6. Experiences of workplaces
  7. Encounters with further and higher education
  8. Personal guidance

We have a stable and structured embedded careers programme in accordance with the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks which form the cornerstone of our Careers Programme.  We plan and provide activities for each year group in accordance with their needs and at appropriate decision making times during their time here at St Peter’s.

Years 7 – 11

‘Take Your Child to Work Day’ 

Gatsby Benchmark 4 – Linking curriculum learning to careers;

Gatsby Benchmark 5 – Encounters with employers and employees;

Gatsby Benchmark 6 – Encounters of Workplaces.

The day will be particularly beneficial to students if they can recognise where the skills they develop in the classroom become relevant to a job, i.e. the use of Maths (buying, selling, etc) or English (telephone manner, writing letters, etc) IT use of computers in the work place.  It would be most helpful if parents could help students to consider these points.

Year 8 Guided Options Programme:

Gatsby Benchmark 2 – Learning from career and labour market information;

Gatsby Benchmark 3 – Addressing the needs of each student;

Gatsby Benchmark 7 – Encounters with further and higher education;

Gatsby Benchmark 8 – Personal Guidance

 

Students in Year 8 choose their GCSE Options.  To guide them through this important process, each student is encouraged to attend the Careers Fair held in January each year.  They also have the opportunity to talk to Subject Learning Leaders on the options available here at St Peter’s during the Careers Fair where their subjects are showcased.  They will have access to a one-to-one interview with Alpha Careers – our provider for impartial and independent careers advice and guidance.  To complete the process, students and parents are offered individual interviews so that we have the right course for the right student.

Year 9

Gatsby Benchmark 2 – Learning from career and labour market information;

Gatsby Benchmark 3 – Addressing the needs of each student;

Gatsby Benchmark 4 – Linking curriculum learning to careers;

Gatsby Benchmark 7 – Encounters with further and higher education;

Our objective is to provide an impartial careers and information programme to all students, enabling them to make informed decisions about their future.  In Year 9 they will also have to opportunity to attend the World Skills event in Birmingham, National Apprenticeship Show at Westpoint, Skills South West and Women in Construction.

Year 10

Gatsby Benchmark 2 – Learning from career and labour market information;

Gatsby Benchmark 3 – Addressing the needs of each student;

Gatsby Benchmark 4 – Linking curriculum learning to careers;

Gatsby Benchmark 5 – Encounters with employers and employees;

Gatsby Benchmark 6 – Encounters of Workplaces.

Writing CVs Letters of Application, Volunteers in the Community Programme and other work related learning activities.

Work Experience –Step-by-Step Guides to work experience are provided to each students along with information for parents on deadline dates – these are also published on the school’s website.  Students are encouraged to find a placement in the career area they are most interested in.  There are obviously some placements like medical placements which students won’t be able to take part in due to their age and confidentiality.  All students on the SEN register are given additional support to write letters and find placements.  Almost all students on work experience will get a visit from a member of staff during Work Experience Week except those which are out of county – these students will get a telephone call.  Students must complete a Work Experience Diary and get feedback from the employer.  The Diary is mapped against our Character Compass and on successful completion the student will receive a certificate.

Year 11

 

Gatsby Benchmark 2 – Learning from career and labour market information;

Gatsby Benchmark 3 – Addressing the needs of each student;

Gatsby Benchmark 4 – Linking curriculum learning to careers;

Gatsby Benchmark 5 – Encounters with employers and employees;

Gatsby Benchmark 6 – Encounters of Workplaces

Gatsby Benchmark 7 – Encounters with Further and Higher Education

Gatsby Benchmark 8 –    Personal Guidance

 

World Skills event; National Apprenticeship Show; SEN Careers Fair; One-to-one career guidance for all Pupil Premium students, creating a personal career plan from Alpha Careers – independent and impartial careers guidance provider;

One-to-one interviews with course advisers from Exeter College, Bicton College, Clyst Vale, Torquay Girls Grammar, Maynards School.

Exeter University Aim Higher Programme; Annual Careers Fair; Visiting speakers; Visits to Post 16 establishments; Exeter Discovery Series to Law programme

Our objective is to provide an impartial careers and information programme to all students, enabling them to make informed decisions about their future. To achieve this we invite speakers to talk to Year 11s from Inspiring the Future, all 6th Form Colleges, state schools and the private sector, speakers from the National Apprenticeship Service, Education Training & Skills, Devon Vocational Training and the Army.

Please also take a look at the Careers South West website, parents can register to receive a monthly newsletter, young people and parents can talk to a CSW Adviser via web chat Tue-Thurs from 4pm to 7pm, and if you ‘like’ them on Facebook you can receive regular job, college and careers related updates.

Emily Skinner, Course Adviser, from Exeter College is available in school on Wednesdays from 8.30am to 2.35pm from September to February and is happy to see parents and pupils. Appointments can be made by emailing: theresa.falconer@spexe.org or phoning Ms Theresa Falconer, Head of Careers, on 01392 204764 Ext 231

Appointments can also be made with our impartial and independent careers adviser, Maria Huggett, Alpha Careers by emailing theresa.falconer@spexe.org

The School Liaison Officer, from Bicton College will be available in school to talk to any student who is interested in Agriculture, Animal Care, Vehicle, Plant Engineering, Equine Studies, Outdoor Adventure, Public Services, Environmental Sustainability and much more, please email Ms Falconer for an appointment.

KEY STAGE 3 Outcomes:

Students:

  • understand the importance of maths and English to gain a grade 4 or better.  
  • explain the requirements of a particular job that appeals to them and identify the skills that they possess to justify this as a choice for them.   
  • understand different viewpoints about careers and work besides their own and to open their minds to new possibilities.
  • focus on what they have to offer in career terms
  • identify readily with former students and their career pathway.
  • describe FE, HE and apprenticeship courses.

KEY STAGE 4 Outcomes:

Students:

  • identify a number of possible pathways available for post 16 studies.
  • write a personal statement and a CV.
  • explain how their work experience was related to their career aspirations.
  • develop their capacity for self-reflection and realistic appraisal of their choices and opportunities.
  • successfully apply for post 16 courses/apprenticeships/employment.

Careers Information key stage 3

Careers Information key stage 4

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