Careers Education is seen as central to the preparation of pupils to take on and enjoy the experiences, opportunities and responsibilities of adult life.
Careers Education is provided by the following means:
- A number of topics relating to Careers Education are taught within our timetable to all years, covering the framework suggested either by the Department for Education and Science or the Shropshire Youth IAG.
- Visits to places of employment, and speakers from a wide variety of occupations/further education establishments, e.g. Industrial visits for all pupils in Year 9, Careers Convention and Business Forum in Year 10.
- Open access to our extensively stocked careers library.
- Use of our Careers database computer programs in the ICT rooms and school libraries e.g. Kudos.
- Weekly visits from two of the Shropshire Youth IAG / Careers Advisers who are available to answer any questions. They also hold weekly drop-in surgeries as well as interviews. These are primarily for pupils in Year 11, but pupils from other years are encouraged to use the facility. The careers advisers are introduced to pupils in Year 9 and again in Year 10, before their personal interviews in Year 11.
- We emphasise the role of parents within the decision making processes and parents are invited to attend Information Evenings. Shropshire Youth IAG / Careers Advisers and representatives from the local colleges of Further Education are available at Years 9 to 11 parents' evenings. In Years 9 and 11 parents are invited to attend an Option Choice Open Evening, where opportunities are explained.
- Pupils with additional educational needs are provided for through our Learning Support department and the Shropshire Youth IAG / Careers Adviser Service.
- Work Experience is available for appropriate students in Year 10. Assistance and guidance regarding the aims and objectives are given by tutors, the teachers responsible for work-experience and parents. The responsibility for arranging suitable placements is placed in the hands of the pupils and their contacts. Tutors visit each pupil on their placements, except if they are working in another town or country. Reports are requested from employers and certificates are awarded to pupils who perform to the required standards. There is an expectation from each pupil to complete a Work Experience diary and follow-up forms part of their studies. Assistance is also given for those seeking further Work Experience which is completed during holidays. Extended Work Experience is part of the schools delivery of Work Related Learning. Pupils are identified for this project and in conjunction with the Year Team Leader and the TYS (Targetted Youth Support)service, placements are agreed.
In addition to form tutors, a member of staff is available to offer further advice:
Mr K Lumley regarding applications to Further Education and for advice on any aspect of Careers Education/Counselling and for Work Experience placements.