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:
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”.
All students in Year 9 receive comprehensive advice and support on courses and options for Year 10 and beyond. 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 pupils will also attend an interactive “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.
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.
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.
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, Becky Howells.
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. Becky 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.
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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
Parent / Carer Entitlement
Speak to a trained member of staff about your child’s career and educational plans
A copy of your child’s career action plan (following a Year 11 one-to- one interview)
- Attend your child’s career interview in Year 11
- Impartial and up to date information on a range of topics including: options at 16, options at 18 and student finance
- Attend event and parent/carer evenings designed to offer you information and advice on your child’s future
- Have access to an independent careers advisor during consultation evenings for students in Years 9, 11 and 13