CAREERS EDUCATION AND GUIDANCE
As a Catholic School, we believe that God has already chosen a path for each of our students.
In the Careers Department it is our aim to help our students discover what that path is to be and to help them develop the skills to manage their way along it. Our work is in accordance with the words of Blessed Oscar Romero who urged us to “Aspire not to have more but to be more.”
Within the context of the school mission statement, the department aspires to:
Help each student explore various aspects of their own self development.
Equip each student with the skills that are needed to research different careers
Give each student the skills needed to plan their transition from one life stage to another
Our provision is informed by the statutory guidance published by the Department for Education in January 2018. It is mapped against the Gatsby Benchmarks.
Each year we welcome to our school a very large number of guests who support us in our work and we are always keen to form new working relationships. If you are interested in joining us it would be worthwhile browsing through the details of the programmes of study for the respective year groups to identify the most appropriate opportunities. A copy of our
access policy can be found here.
All of the careers lessons we deliver in school are designed specifically with the needs of our pupils in mind and in accordance with the school’s pedagogy, in particular focusing on KUBA (to know, to understand and to be able to) and the Five a Day mindset – that the lessons are planned, will challenge pupils’ thinking, will be engaging, will encourage resilience and positivity and will take place in an organised and safe environment.
To help pupils work independently we also promote the use of the Start and Barclay’s Lifeskills programmes. Pupils are also given access to the KUDOS suite of online research tools.
All of our careers lessons are stored electronically. If any parent wishes to see more detailed lesson plans or indeed, examples of lessons taught, they can contact the school.
In accordance with statutory guidance, details of destinations of our Year 11 and Year 13 leaver's are shared with the local authority in the autumn term.
Programmes of study:
Our programme for new Year 7 pupils is delivered through our Brilliant Birmingham learning platform. Pupils will explore the importance of careers education and how to deal with transition between key stages. They will learn about the key skills that they already possess and those demanded by employers. They will also complete some work on the need for budgeting and complete a budgeting exercise. Finally they explore the criteria used by employers when recruiting new employees, and understand how a range of talents are required to build an effective team. As part of this latter activity pupils are encouraged to challenge stereotyped ideas about physical disability, gender, race etc. At this point we are joined by chefs from local restaurants who share their expertise with our pupils.
Our programme for Year 8 pupils is delivered by the school’s Business Studies department. Pupils start by learning how to review their achievements and understand how to improve their own learning and performance. They go on to learn that that there are differing views regarding the meaning and significance of work in people’s lives and will be to analyse the demands of different jobs. In their third lesson pupils will learn how rewarding it can be to have your own business and pupils will be able to identify the causes and consequences of the interdependence of people’s jobs in their communities.
Finally pupils will learn how young workers are sometimes exploited, especially in poorer countries, and gain an understanding of child employment legislation in this country.
At the beginning of the Spring term pupils have the opportunity to meet and interact with local employers and training providers when we stage our annual Guess My Job event.
At the beginning of the Spring term and timed to coincide with them making their options choices, pupils have one lesson on the importance of and procedure for making these choices. They are also introduced to the KUDOS online careers research tool by the ICT department.
Later in the year and to coincide with the transition to key stage four they receive a further series of lessons delivered by the Religious Studies department. In their first two lessons they learn about the skills needed for certain jobs and how their learning in school will help them to develop these skills. The main focus of lesson three is to know the difference between partial and impartial information and to understand how to identify reliable sources of information. In lesson four they learn about the dynamic nature of the labour market and the composition of jobs in the local labour market – this uses data supplied by Birmingham City Council. In their final lesson they revisit stereotyping and discrimination, gain an understanding of how these can damage peoples’ careers and look at ways to identify and correct stereotypical attitudes.
At the end of Year 9 all pupils take part in a two day Careers and Enterprise event. For this we are joined by a large number of employers and training providers who give pupils tasters of what it is like to work in a variety of different occupational fields.
This series of lessons is delivered by the English, mathematics, science and religious studies departments.
The Year 10 course starts with a look at how the world of work is changing, a reflection on how to thrive in the modern world and an exploration of factors which influence people’s careers. Pupils then learn how to identify their own skills and qualities and consider the need to control own career planning. The third lesson focuses on how changes to your career can have far-reaching consequences and pupils think about how to put things right if they go wrong. By the end of the fourth lesson pupils will understand that most occupations have positive and negative aspects and they will be able to analyse a range of jobs for their positive and negative aspects. Finally and by the end of lesson five, pupils will be aware of sexual stereotyping and how it can lead to sexual harassment in the workplace. Pupils will be aware of strategies to deal with sexual harassment.
In the autumn term all Year 10 pupils and their parents are invited to and will be expected to attend our annual careers fair. An evening event, it usually features more than fifty exhibitors including employers, training and apprenticeship providers, FE colleges and universities.
This series of lessons is delivered by the English, mathematics, science and religious studies departments at the beginning of the autumn term. The lesson delivered by the religious studies department deals with post-16 options and in particular the pros and cons of a more academic route via school sixth form or FE college. In a subsequent lesson the science department looks at the opportunities which apprenticeships provide and explores work-based learning in the STEM field. By the end of the lesson delivered by the English department, pupils will know what a covering letter is and understand its components. They will also be able to analyse job adverts for skills, qualities and qualifications required and be able to write a covering letter. The lesson delivered by the mathematics department gets students to focus on the importance of having a good CV and by the end of the lesson pupils will have produced their own CV. The lesson also looks at how the maths they learn in school may be applied to the world of work.
In the autumn term all Year 11 pupils and their parents are invited to and will be expected to attend our annual careers fair. An evening event, it usually features more than fifty exhibitors including employers, training and apprenticeship providers, FE colleges and universities.
In the New Year we also have an apprenticeships day when a range of providers come in to school to interact with the pupils and help them put the finishing touches to their plans for the transition at the end of key stage four.
At the beginning of Year 11 we commence our programme of individual guidance meetings. These are conducted by an independent and impartial advisor who is commissioned by the school. All pupils will have at least one such meeting and their parents are invited to attend.
Throughout Year 11, all of this work is supported and reinforced by the team of tutors and during assemblies.
Labour Market Information
We are always keen to share LMI with our students and their parents.
You will find a link to one of our Year 9 lessons here. The data it contains was supplied by Birmingham City Council and was the most up to date we could find.
If you click here you will find an information leaflet we give to our Year 11 students as part of one of their lessons. To open it you’ll need MSPublisher or a compatible program.