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Head of Department: Mrs M Keogh

Second in Department: Mrs V Connell

Careers overview

St Mary’s College is committed to providing all students in Years 7-13 with a programme of careers events and supporting activities. This is be guided by the Gatsby Benchmarks for ensuring best practice.

The current careers programme is delivered through a combination of approaches and methods, including PSCHE in Years 7 to 11 and through assemblies, presentations, employer visits, work experience, seminars, work-related and university workshops and 1:1 meetings from Year 8 to 13.

The Careers programme:

Special events organised have included:

Careers Fairs Work Experience –Year 10 Reflection Days
STEM sessions Work Experience –Year 12/3 Women into Engineering and Science Workshop
Ace Day KS4 to 5 Progression Evenings Careers in NHS Interactive Workshops
Year 8 Enterprise/Team Challenge Day Steps to Success Evening Options Evening
UCAS information evening and Student Finance presentations BBC Media Industry Presentation and workshop Event Y8 Challenge, Enterprise and Team Work day
Apprenticeship Information sessions Visiting Speakers- subject specific Mock Interviews
Volunteering and Duke of Edinburgh Logon-move-on application support sessions H+S in the workplace talks
The Core Programme
Key Stage Overview Meeting the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks [GB]
Key Stage 3 1. The College has a Transition Week in July for year 6-7 transfer. The aim is to ensure that each new student is fully aware and prepared for learning in KS3. 2. The pastoral curriculum in Year 7-9 covers economic wellbeing, active citizenship and develops enterprise and entrepreneurship. A particular example of this is through mini-enterprise in Year 8. 3. The PSCHE and extended Pastoral programme for Year 8 is designed to support them in making informed GCSE option choices and develop employability skills. 4. Programmes such as Fast Tomato support students and parents in independent research into job roles and profiles and the academic requirement for those roles. GB1. A stable careers programmeOur *PSCHE programme contributes to a stable careers programme by providing a range of lesson plans and resources on work-life, opportunities and skill development. GB2. Learning from career and labour market informationLessons on labour market opportunities: Year 7 *Dreams & Goals, lessons 2 and 4Year 8 *Dreams & Goals, lessons 3 and 4Year 9 *Dreams & Goals, lesson 4 GB 3. Addressing the needs of each pupilFrom Year 8 to 11, each PSCHE Puzzle (unit) includes a lesson where the activities lend themselves to providing students with evidence of their personal development, which is denoted by a CV development opportunity. The outcome or product from these lessons can be transposed to one or more of the sections of the CV template, thus providing a record of progress, as well as an opportunity to build a CV with real learning experiences. This is pertinent to each student and can help to form a bespoke approach for each individual. GB 7. Encounters with further and higher educationACE Day-usually in June. A full day off site engaging in workshops re Higher Ed, Personal Finance etc Year 9 take part in HE Pathways talk and university challenge session, designed by NOP during July. GB 8. Personal guidance1-2-1 Careers interview prior to options choices, but also available based on need.The PSCHE CV development units (for Years 8 to 11) can be an invaluable resource for the careers adviser, who can examine what the student has studied in PSCHE (and other subjects too) and help the student piece together their goals, while looking for how to fill any skill and experience gaps.
Key Stage 4 1. One-to-one careers interviews and discussions with the school Careers Advisor in Years 10 and 11 informs individual Careers Plans. Each student, their tutor, parents and their Head of Year have access to the plan. 2. Extra-curricular clubs and trips support students in developing their understanding of a range of subjects. Students are giving advice and guidance about what to participate in e.g. ‘The Enterprise Challenge’. 3. A number of students every year will take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award. 4. Students in Year 10 undertake Work Experience. This involves work experience preparation and Health and Safety workshops. 5. The options programme for Year 11 supports their post-16 choices. 6. The pastoral curriculum in Year 10-11 covers economic wellbeing, active citizenship and charity fundraising, employability skills alongside personal wellbeing and mental health support. 7. Potential NEETS are given additional support and a bespoke intervention plan in order to ensure that they progress onto a suitable and purposeful route post 16. 8. There is a series of open evening throughout the year to help students to explore, choose and focus on the next stage in their learning pathway. 9. Logonmoveon is a local and an independent directory which allows students to research and apply for courses avail in their selected subject area. GB2. Learning from career and labour market information Lessons on future study options: Year 11 Being Me In My World, lessons 3-6Year 11 Dreams & Goals, lessons 3 and 6Year 10 Dreams & Goals, lesson 3There are numerous PSCHE lessons that focus on the skills needed in the workplace or in further education environments that feature across the units in the programme 11-16. GB 4. Linking curriculum learning to careersEncounters with employers and employees resources are designed to be taught by teachers from across different subjects and disciplines. There are numerous opportunities for teachers from STEM subjects to contribute to the breadth and depth of lessons and bring their knowledge and experience to PSHE, to create richer learning experiences for students. GB5. Encounters with employers and employeesThere are clear overlaps with the PSHE curriculum here. For example, in Year 10 Dreams & Goals lesson 3, students learn about work/life balance and watch videos about different work styles (TED talks), employment types and skill development. This could easily be adapted if a local employer or similar were to visit the school and participate in the structure of the PSCHE lesson. GB 6. Experiences of workplacesWhilst the resources in PSCHE 11-16 cannot facilitate work visits, etc., they can add to the experience of the job world, through lessons on the job market, skills needed in the workplace, and coping with challenges, as well as lessons on situations that may occur at work, taught through scenarios. Lessons across the programme contribute by teaching students about themselves, their behaviour, their expectations, and how other people may be different/the same as them. GB 7. Encounters with further and higher educationThere are several ways that students can acquire information about the range of learning opportunities available to them, from a vocational as well as an academic perspective. In particular, Year 11 lessons across two Puzzles can be of support: • Year 11 Being Me In My World, lessons 3-6• Year 11 Dreams & Goals, lessons 3 and 6Year 11 are given an insight into HE through talks from PUSH and NCOP designed to inform students of what HE will be like and what they need to do now in order to be able to attend HE GB 8. Personal guidanceEach student from year’s y10 and 11 is offered a 1-2-1 careers interview with our fully qualified Careers Officer. Some who have SEN needs receive additional support from a Careers Officer from the LA.*Jigsaw programme

Contact details:

Mrs V Connell email: Tel: (01482) 851136