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Careers Advice & Guidance

At the Swanage School, our careers programme is delivered across the whole school, both within the PSHE curriculum and with additional activities and events arranged both in and out of school to prepare students for the world of work.

One of the core themes in our PSHE programme is 'Living in the wider world' which focuses on:

  • The rights and responsibilities as members of diverse communities, as active citizens and participants in the local and national economy.
  • How to make informed choices and be enterprising and ambitious
  • How to develop employability, team working and leadership skills and develop flexibility and resilience
  • About the economic and business environment
  • How personal financial choices can affect oneself and others and about rights and responsibilities as consumers

Our careers programme works within the government's Gatsby Benchmarks which sets the standard for Careers and Enterprise within schools.

  • A stable careers programme
  • Learning from career and labour market information
  • Addressing the needs of each student
  • Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Encounters with employers and employees
  • Experiences of workplaces
  • Encounters with further and higher education
  • Personal guidance

Our Careers Lead at The Swanage School is Samantha Probert who can be contacted via the school office or email samprobert@theswanageschool.co.uk

Careers activities by year group

Years 7 & 8

Event

 

Careers assemblies

A range of employers and organisations are invited into school over the year to give an assembly introducing students to their field of work.

PSHE lessons

  • Enterprise skills & an introduction to careers
  • Challenging career stereotypes and raising aspirations
  • Rights and responsibilities in the community
  • Tackling age and disability discrimination
  • National careers week 4 - 9 March 2019

Team building

A team building exercise run by the MOD at the school to help students acquire the skills they will need for the world of work.

Career reflections

Students complete a survey to reflect on their careers learning over the year.

 

Year 9

Event

 

Individual careers advice

All students are offered advice and mentoring either through the services of Ansbury or with a mentor within the school.

PSHE lessons

  • Understanding careers and future aspirations
  • Identifying learning strengths and setting goals as part of the GCSE options process
  • Fast Tomato online careers programme

Careers assemblies

We have a range of employers and organisations who are invited into school over the year to give an assembly introducing students to their field of work.

Careers college

All students take part in Weymouth Careers College event. This is a two day event where students choose to take four taster courses in a subject of their choosing.

Careers reflections

Students complete a survey to reflect on their careers learning over the year

 

Year 10

Event

 

Year 10 information evening

During this evening all parent/students are handed a careers pack detailing the programme for the year.

CHALLENGE DAY 1 - CAREERS

Careers expectations & CV writing - Within the classroom.

Apprenticeship talk - The Apprenticeship & Knowledge company come into school to talk to Year 10 about apprenticeship options.

Careers fair - Local employers and organisations are invited to come into school with a range of information and advice on their chosen field. This helps to give students an idea of the career options that are available to them as they start their GCSE courses.

CHALLENGE DAY 2 - CAREERS

Employability workshop - This is run by the Young Enterprise group and covers many aspects of preparing for work.

Work experience placements - All students choose their work experience placements.

CHALLENGE DAY 3 - CAREERS

 

 

 

Mock interviews - Prior to our students taking part in their work experience, we hold mock interviews at the school to prepare and advise the students ready for their placement interview.  We have a wide range of employers and organisations who come into school to help conduct these interviews and give feedback.

Students email their work experience employers with their completed CV and to arrange an interview prior to their placement.

During the morning, students research online sites such as the National Careers website/Stem/Apprenticeships etc.

Money matters workshop - This workshop is run by Barclays Life skills who bring their expertise into school.

CHALLENGE DAY 4 - CAREERS

BU introduction trip - As part of our Year 10 Careers week students are invited to spend a day at Bournemouth University.

The students receive a talk, a campus tour and play a couple of games. They also have the opportunity to talk to university students to get a real student life experience.  

Work experience week

Each year we arrange for all our Year 10 students to take part in a week of work experience. This is a valuable opportunity for students to put into practice their personal qualities and skills and help them understand the workplace and maybe even help them identify possible future careers.

Review work experience

Students get the opportunity to talk to teachers about their experience and also about the feedback from their work placement employers.

Group mentoring – Study skills

Bournemouth University mentors deliver sessions to all students on education and life skills, raising awareness of post-16 options etc. and are excellent role models.

Careers reflection Survey monkey

Students will all complete a survey to reflect on their careers learning over the year

PSHE lessons

 

Young Enterprise Competition

 

Understanding the causes and effects of debt. Understanding the risks associated with gambling.

Fast Tomato online careers programme

A group of Year 9 & Year 10 pupils take part in the Young Enterprise Programme competition. The pupils have to set up and run a company for the year which offers a fantastic insight into the world of business. They meet once a week with two business advisers who have to mentor them through the programme.  The group attends a 'Dragons Den' event where they secure an investment. For the first heat of the competition, they have to produce a business report and attend an event where they had to present in front of the judges, have an interview and be judged on their trade stand. 

Post-16 info evening

Every year we arrange a post-16 information evening to enable students and their parents to make a more informed decision about where to continue their education once they have completed their GCSE’s in Year 11. We invite all local post-16 education providers, schools, colleges and businesses offering apprenticeships, who are able to give more information about what they can offer.

 

Year 11

Event

 

Careers & Apprenticeship show at BIC

All our Year 11 students go to a morning at the Careers and Apprenticeship Show, held at the BIC. The event is attended by over 90 employers and students will have the opportunity to take part in masterclasses and workshops.

Higher Education Access Day

This is held at Weymouth College and is attended by 16 targeted students.

Assembly - MOD

An opportunity for our students to meet, talk with and be inspired by young army officers.

Post-16 info eve

Every year we arrange a post-16 information evening to enable students and their parents to make a more informed decision about where to continue their education once they have completed their GCSE’s in Year 11. We invite all local post-16 education providers, schools, colleges and businesses offering apprenticeships, who are able to give more information about what they can offer.

Purbeck taster session & careers fair

Students who intend to further their education through sixth form are invited to the Purbeck School for a taster session and careers fair.

PSHE lessons

  • Understanding the college application process and plans for beyond school
  • Information on a range of universities
  • Skills for employment and career progression

Apprenticeship bus – Apprenticeship week

During national apprenticeship week the mobile 'Apprenticeship Bus' from Weymouth college visits the school with information and guidance.

Individual careers advice

Bournemouth University mentors offer advice to those students who are still not clear on their career progression.

Ansbury advice for SEN students

This is targeted advice for SEN students.