Bishop
Ramsey

A Christian Learning Community

    School Life

    Careers Department

    Staff:

    •  Ms A Murphy - Assistant Headteacher
    • Mrs K Lovewell - Head of PSHE/Citizenship
    • Mr L Prior -  Independent Careers Advisor
    • Mrs V Chandarana - Administration Assistant
     

    The Careers Department at Bishop Ramsey provides information, advice and guidance to students on a wide range of issues that help them build the skills they will need for working life.

    The world of work has undergone significant changes in recent years and continues to do so and it is therefore even more important that we equip our students with the necessary skills for them to make decisions about their future, to know how and where to access information and to link subject areas and qualifications with possible career choices.

    Careers education at Bishop Ramsey is based around the following framework:

    Self Development – To help young people understand themselves and the influences on them; build a track record of their experiences and achievements; and develop their capabilities.

    Careers Exploration – To help young people identify, investigate and explore opportunities in learning and work.

    Career Management – To help young people make and adjust plans to manage change and transition.


    Careers Information, Advice and Guidance (CIAG)

    CIAG is available to all students, to enable them to make decisions about their education and careers choices. An overview of the service that is offered at Bishop Ramsey School can be seen below.

    Career Action Plans and Support

    All students in Years 11, 12 and 13 are entitled to a careers interview with our independent careers advisor Les Prior, who is in school each week to provide one-to-one and group guidance interviews for our pupils. Students who attend a one-to-one session are provided with a written action plan to help them realise their goal, to take home and share with their parents/carers so that they can assist their child in carrying out these actions. Parents and carers of students from Year 11 are also invited to attend the one-to-one interviews.

    An informal drop-in facility is also available for students from Years 12 and 13 during Friday mornings.

    Careers Resources

    We have a full range of careers resources in our School Library and 6th form Study Room. We also have access to software that will allow students of all ages access up-to- date careers information.  Elements of the Careers curriculum are covered in many subject areas as well as in PSHE.

    All students also have access to the “Bishop Ramsey Careers Information” Facebook page. In addition to the school VLE, this provides students with the most up to date careers information and opportunities.

    Careers Fair

    We also host a Careers Fair for all students (plus parents/carers) from Years 9 to 13.  This is usually held every 2 years and our 2015 event involved over 90 employers and educators from both regional and national organisations offering advice and information on apprenticeships, work, Higher and Further Education and Gap Years.  The Fair also includes presentations and master-classes from a wide variety of sectors. 

    Alumni

    Bishop Ramsey is working with 'Future First' to develop our alumni network. If you are interested in joining our network and returning to Bishop Ramsey to speak to current students, please click HERE for information on how to do this.

     

    Delivery & Content of Programmes

    Students in all year groups receive pastoral and tutorial support and support during Learning for Life  lessons.

    A summary of the specific Curriculum provision for Careers is outlined below:

    Year 8

    In Year 8 students start to explore different careers in relation to the subjects which they study and the career and occupations they relate to in the world of work. They will also participate in an interactive educational resource called “The Real Game”. This includes Year 9 options presentations for both students and parents, in addition to support and advice provided by form tutors during weekly PSHE lessons. All students will also attend an interative 'Which Way Now' session, to help them consider their future options. Considerable effort is made to involve parents with their children in careers guidance and decision making.

    Year 9

    All students in Year 9 receive comprehensive advice and support on courses and options for Year 9 and beyond.  Year 9 students continue to build on CIAG, developing self awareness and are encouraged to explore options Post 16.

    Year 10

    All students in Year 10 receive an additional lesson of PSHE each week.  This allows the students to complete the Preparation for Working Life GCSE short course at the end of Year 10.  The course enables students to action plan for the future, prepare for work experience and gain employability skills.

    All Year 10 students also attend a two day enrichment event. This event is specifically aimed at preparation for applying for jobs and college placements plus interview preparation and techniques. This includes a mock interview and debriefing session with contacts from local industry and the wider school community. 

     

    Work Experience

    All students in Year 10 complete one week of work experience, to develop a greater understanding of the world of work and identify the links between the skills used and developed in school, and those necessary in the workplace. Bishop Ramsey School has an excellent reputation among local employers for the high level of maturity and commitment of our pupils on work experience.

    Year 11

    In Year 11, students are prepared for making successful applications to post-16 opportunities.  All students in Year 11 complete a questionnaire concerning their interests and possible career / further education pathway. This data is then used to target students for group interviews and subject information sessions with our independent careers advisor,  Les Prior.

    In January / February students have an interview with a senior member of school staff to help them prepare for options post 16.  All students also have the opportunity to visit Brunel University or participate in an apprenticeship workshop as part of their on-going careers programme.

    Year 12 and 13

    Careers guidance takes place in pastoral periods.  Research skills, sources of information, application procedures and interview skills are practised and reinforced. Students are given the chance to have a further careers interview with Becky Howells and there is an opportunity to visit Higher Education fairs.  Les also runs sessions on alternative pathways for those who have decided that University is not the best option for them.  Students also have the opportunity to participate in mock interviews.

    All students in Year 12 complete a questionnaire concerning their interests and possible career / further education pathway. This data is then used to target students for group interviews and subject information sessions.


    'Inspiring the Future'

    Since 2013 we have also been working with 'Inspiring the Future', to give students the chance to learn more about employment opportunities within specific subject areas.  Recent speakers include employees from the Ministry of Justice, Bloomberg and University College London.  All students are asked to evaluate each session so we can feed this into the planning of future employability talks.

     

    Further information

    For further information on Careers Advice and Guidance, you can access free support from the National Careers Service online - https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/Pages/Home.aspx

    or by phone on 0800 100 900.

    Please also see the following web-sites -

    http://icould.com/whats-your-subject/

    https://helpyouchoose.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.main

    http://www.sortitonline.com/

    http://careerplanning.about.com/od/careerchoicechan/tp/Career-Choice.htm

    http://www.careers4u.tv/explore/

    http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk/


    Student Entitlement

    As a student of Bishop Ramsey School you are entitled to:

    • Individual and impartial careers guidance from a suitably qualified professional
    • Be treated with respect
    • The opportunity to gain the skills that you need to prosper in your chosen career
    • Information about all the options open to you at 16 and 18 years of age
    • Be referred for extra support if you need it and other agencies where appropriate