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Elms School

Careers

Elms School Career Strategy

Careers Education, information, advice and guidance

At Elms school we are committed to providing our pupils in our Primary and our Secondary phase with a careers programme that is centred around their needs. The careers programme is integrated into our pupils’ experience of the curriculum

Our aim is to:

  • Encourage all pupils to consider their future careers through KS3 and KS4
  • Encourage all pupils to develop decision making skills
  • Inspire as well as inform and guide
  • Provide pupils with impartial advice

Careers programme: Year 7 ‘exploring the pupils’ interests’

  • Tutorial PSHE to help pupils understand more about themselves (self-development)
  • Know where to look for information (careers exploration)
  • Plan for their future (careers management)

Careers programme: Year 8 ‘exploring the pupils’ interests’

  • Tutorial PHSE help pupils to self-evaluate their ‘strengths’ and ‘areas to develop’ to make decisions for their ‘options’
  • Pupils have access to impartial careers guidance through KSent special schools network (careers management)
  • Pupils visit the in-house annual careers fair
  • Following on ‘research’ from the visit to the in-house annual careers fair

Careers programme: Year 9 ‘focus on building aspirations’

  • Tutorial PHSE to help pupils form a deeper  understanding about themselves and their future (hopes, interests and ambitions)
  • Pupils have access to impartial careers guidance through KSent special schools network (careers management)
  • Pupils visit the in-house school annual careers fair
  • Complete research
  • Pupils have support planning college courses
  • School employees visit school to discuss their job
  • Early visit to local college ‘mini-taster’ days with careers lead
  • Early planning for work experience opportunities

Careers programme: Year 10

‘Addressing self-presentation’ and focus on what employers want’

  • Tutorial PHSE to help pupils form a deeper  understanding about themselves and their future (hopes, interests and ambitions)
  • Prepare CV
  • Mock interviews
  • Subject teachers to give a presentation ‘My subject can …’
  • Pupils have continued access to impartial careers guidance through KSent special schools network (careers management)
  • Pupils attend the in-house school annual careers fair
  • Pupils have support researching, planning college courses
  • Early visit to local college ‘mini-taster’ days with careers lead
  • Visit to the job centre
  • Visits to external employers to discuss their job
  • Early planning for work experience opportunities with a work experience opportunity

Careers programme: Year 11 ‘practical focus on making plans’

  • Tutorial PHSE to help pupils form a deeper understanding about themselves and their future
  • Employment trends, challenges to stereotypes
  • Visit by the Department of Works and Pensions
  • Pupils have continued access to impartial careers guidance through KSent special schools network (careers management)
  • Pupils attend the in-house school annual careers fair
  • Pupils make applications for college courses
  • Visit local college ‘taster’ days’ and/or  ‘open days’ with careers lead and parents
  • Visit to external employers visit to discuss their job

Preparation for work experience placement with an employer for a period of a week. While you are working there you will find out what kinds of skills employers look for. The completion of the work experience ‘journal’ will be a useful record for your future.