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Careers: Information for Parents and Carers

Information for Parents

Your child will receive information about careers during years 7 to 11 during their regular PSHE education programme (Life Skills). Additionally, we will provide opportunities for them to develop life skills and core competencies that employers value, by enabling them to take part in employment and enterprise events. More specifically, students will:

  • Find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeship opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point;
  • Hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options events, assemblies and group discussions and taster events;
  • Be provided with impartial and unbiased information, advice and guidance by qualified professionals which is based on the students’ specific needs;
  • Understanding how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses available to them after they leave secondary education;
  • Be made aware that everything they do at school is a step towards their future career pathway.
Opportunities for further access

A number of events, integrated into the school careers programme, will offer students the opportunity for external visits as well as give providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to students and/or their parents/carers:

Assemblies Held throughout the year to each year group developing themes within careers of STEM: gender stereotyping; financial awareness; and aspirations.
Open Evenings Times when parents come into school to meet staff and discuss academic progress.
Option Evenings Held for parents and students to discuss streamlining their academic studies as they progress towards GCSE.
Interview PDL days During KS4 students will have practice writing CVs and job applications as well as having mock interviews with local employers.
Employer “Speed networking” Sessions for students to talk to local employers about their field of expertise / personal career pathway.
School alumni “Networking” Sessions for students to take to local employers about their field of expertise / personal career pathway.
Other opportunities Careers Lead will arrange a variety of independent speakers who will expand student awareness of the many careers available to them.
How can you help your child with careers and employability?

There is so much you can do to support your son or daughter:

  • Show a genuine interest! Talk to them regularly about their ideas for the future and ask them what they see themselves doing.
  • Talk to them about what you do as a job – and other job roles you have had.
  • Ask your employer if they would allow you to bring your child to work one day (during school holidays).
  • In Year 10/11 look at the local college and 6th form websites with them, to see what courses are available.
  • Help them to explore the possible employers, apprenticeship providers and further education courses available in the local area. This may also be a means of finding a work experience placement.
  • Keep an eye out for things like Open Days (at colleges and training organisations) and careers fairs held locally. Details can be found on college websites, and we will print as many as possible as they are released in the Careers Newsletter.
  • Help them to understand the alternative post-16 options. Find out more about apprenticeships.
  • Encourage them to participate in out-of-school activities. These are valuable in themselves and will help greatly later on in giving a good impression on people like employers or course tutors.
  • Remember! You can speak to the career adviser at school (or encourage your son/daughter to see them in school) if you need support. Our contact details are:

  • Check out the school and Careers newsletters or Face Book page for details of activities we are running in school.
Where can you access quality career information outside of school?

National Careers Service – Information, advice and guidance to help make decisions on learning, training and work

Career Pilot – Careers information and tools for 11-19 year olds, all in one place.

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) – Explore your options, apply to university, and more.

Apprenticeships – The government's new ‘Fire it Up!’ Apprenticeship campaign provides helpful advice and information as well as access to thousands of apprenticeship opportunities across the country.

How2Become – Learn how to write a CV, how to complete an application form, how to pass selection processes and also how to pass any job interview.