Careers – Information, Advice and Guidance

Careers – Information, Advice and Guidance

 

WRL and Enterprise has is an important part of the KS4 curriculum. Over the 2 years in Y10 and Y11 all students experience dedicated days of WRL and Enterprise education where the students are taken off timetable to participate in a variety of activities. These days intend to equip the students with skills that allow them to prepare to enter the world of work post 16. They are encouraged to develop their skills of teamwork, responsibility, communication, ICT, target setting, leadership, problem solving and risk taking to name but a few. Painsley also tries to ensure that students are given the opportunity to interact with business volunteers on these days and we are lucky to have fantastic support from many local employers.

Students also have opportunities to visit local colleges and universities in order to support their decisions regarding their studies post 16. Mrs Cleary is also on hand to support our students in these decisions both at year 11 parents evening, the careers convention, their one-to-one careers interview and on results day in the summer term.

In addition, we work closely with Mrs Dodson and the Moorland’s Sixth Form in order to give students as many opportunities to experience college life as possible. In year 10, students participate in ‘Maximising your potential day’ over at the sixth form and in year 11, we arrange small group tours of the college, guided by our current students.

The careers programme at Painsley is delivered through a variety of activities. Careers information and guidance forms an important part of the pastoral curriculum, particularly in Years 9, 10 and 11. The students are taught how to set themselves goals and about where they can access information relating to careers and their future occupations. There is a variety of information housed in the school’s careers library ranging from information sheets on specific careers to prospectuses for a variety of universities. The school also has access to software such as the Fast Tomato careers programme.

As well as this the school has employed a well-qualified impartial careers advisor from Staffordshire Young Peoples Services. Mrs Cleary has worked at the school for many years and has good relationships with all of our students. She works with students across the age range but with a focus on students making choices in Year 11. In Year 11 most students will have contact with Mrs Cleary either in Emmaus groups, small groups or in a one to one interview situation. If any student requires an interview they should contact their Head of Year or Mrs Allen to arrange an appointment. Students from any year group can request an interview and Mrs Cleary is available for consultation at Y8 and 11 Parents Evenings.

As well as the general careers information, advice and guidance given to the students there are often opportunities to participate in more specific careers activities. For instance visits to Keele Medical School and the Army have been arranged for students with a particular interest in these career areas.

Every year the students in years 8-13 have the opportunity to attend a careers convention which is hosted at the Moorlands Sixth Form in conjunction with the Cheadle Academy. The convention showcases employers and higher education establishments and allows the students to get first hand insights and advice from a range of employers.

Each student will complete and Individual Learning Plan that sets out their targets for the academic year and allows them to think about their goals for the next step and their future careers. These Plans are reviewed by the students periodically to track their progress towards their targets and to set new targets if necessary.

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Enterprise and work related learning

WRL and Enterprise has is an important part of the KS4 curriculum. Over the 2 years in Y10 and Y11 all students experience dedicated days of WRL and Enterprise education where the students are taken off timetable to participate in a variety of activities. These days intend to equip the students with skills that allow them to prepare to enter the world of work post 16. They are encouraged to develop their skills of teamwork, responsibility, communication, ICT, target setting, leadership, problem solving and risk taking to name but a few. Painsley also tries to ensure that students are given the opportunity to interact with business volunteers on these days and we are lucky to have fantastic support from many local employers.

Pre-16 Options click here

Post-16 Options, click here

 

Work Experience

In July of Year 10 every student participates in 4 days of work experience. The placements are found and arranged by the students themselves, which is intended to help them develop their skills in finding work. All placements are thoroughly checked for health and safety. Work experience is no longer compulsory at Key Stage 4, however, we firmly believe that it is an invaluable experience for our students that helps them to grow in confidence and maturity, as well as equipping them with the skills that they will need when they enter the workplace.

 

Links

www.fasttomato.com– a careers programme that uses personal preferences to suggest possible career areas

https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/-the government website for careers information and advice

https://www.plotr.co.uk–  website that highlights career areas and provides career inspiration

http://www.ucas.com – for university information and applications

Working with local employers

At Painsley we endeavour to give our students opportunities to have contact with local employers to give an insight into the world of work. We have support from local employers at many of our events, such as the Year 10 You’re Hired event. Many employers attend the careers convention in November and accept our students on work experience placements. We are very grateful to our local employers and anyone who would like to offer their support at our events can contact either Mrs Allen or Mrs Mycock in school.