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Careers

Careers Curriculum Intent

At Scarborough Pupil Referral Service we are committed to ensuring our pupils receive the best possible chances of success when they leave our school at the end of Year 11 or following their transition back to mainstream education. We will endeavour to provide independent, impartial and up to date careers advice and guidance in order for them to make informed choices and decisions about their future education, training and employment.

Our goal is to raise and support aspirations and furnish pupils with the understanding, skills and knowledge to achieve their full potential whilst providing them with the opportunity to experience different career and Post 16 pathways. We strongly believe that effective careers education and guidance not only contributes to the well-being of individuals but also to the well-being of their families, the communities to which they belong, wider society, businesses and the economy.

We provide a planned programme of activities that supplies pupils with a breadth of opportunity to guide them in the decisions they make about their future. We follow all 8 Gatsby Benchmarks and are committed to the pursuit of excellence in all that we do.

Our stable and structured careers programme is available to our pupils, teachers, governors, parents and local employers and is reviewed annually against the benchmarks to ensure it remains on target. Throughout the school’s journey all our pupils are being prepared for their future and enhancement of their social mobility.

Our objective is that our support and guidance will lead them to be inspired and to be successful as they move forward into the next stage and sustain employability throughout their lives.

Who to contact:

Careers Leader: Jennie Rodgers – jrodgers@scarboroughpru.n-yorks.sch.uk

Careers Link Governor – Chris Cooper

Key Stage 3

We recognise the importance of our pupils being aware of their own skills and how these can be developed. We plan activities for Years 7, 8, and 9 which are embedded into our PSHE and Careers curriculum as well as enterprise and enrichment days. We also focus on the working world and learn about different types of employment. This includes contact with local employers, extra-curricular visits as well as discussion and career matching tasks.

Key Stage 4

The Key Stage 4 programme focuses on the preparation for Post 16 life, preparation for further education and employment. We are open to the opportunity of some of our pupils having work experience. We recognise this doesn’t suit everyone for a variety of reasons and will look at the needs of individuals to determine if it will be of benefit.

The Careers Curriculum in Key Stage 4 is based upon the practicalities of the work place, including how to build a CV, interviews tips, techniques and skills through Career and PSHE lessons.

CEIAG Policy

Careers Curriculum Map

Gatsby Benchmarks

The Gatsby Career Benchmarks are a framework that schools and colleges use to develop a good careers programme. They are the recommended elements of good practice in career guidance and aim to provide young people with the tools to create successful futures.

The eight Gatsby Benchmarks of Good Career Guidance are:

Benchmarks: Opportunities to be met at SPRS:

1. A stable careers programme

 

Whole school programme:

·         Written down,

·         Published on the school website,

·         Approved by the Management Committee,

·         Support of the School Senior Leadership Team.

·         Allocated resources to meet the needs of a high quality careers guidance and advice programme for ALL pupils,

·         Strategic and operational elements to the programme and support,

·         Systemic monitoring to ensure the individual needs of our pupils is maintained.

2. Learning from career and labour market information

 

·         Every pupil in Key Stage 3 & 4 is offered a 1-1 careers interview with the Careers Lead.

·         Whole school programme presentations from external providers and potential employers.

·         Drop Down Days, visits, in house speakers, planned careers fair and opportunities to work alongside potential employers in different capacities available.

·         Curriculum Plan involves CV writing and mock interviews.

·         Opportunities for work experience for Year 10 pupils.

3. Addressing the needs of each pupil

 

·         Every pupil is treated in an individual way and have 1-1 guidance.

·         Destination data is monitored by Careers Lead.

·         Careers Lead will work on individual areas of interest with the pupils.

·         PSHE curriculum follows the following: making informed decisions, personal choice, resilience, actions and consequences, life skills and building awareness of the labour market including employment law, taxation and salary.

4. Linking curriculum learning to careers

 

·         Links to careers within subjects and in the schemes of work of ALL subjects, whole school.

·         ALL pupils have a timetabled Careers lesson each week.

5. Encounters with employers and employees

 

·         A range of opportunities is available from potential employers such as: assemblies, visits, careers fair, Drop Down Day, interaction in various capacities such as litter picking, bulb planting and at the Science fair.

·         Open Days and Taster Day opportunities at the Skills Village and FE College

·         KS4 Mock Interviews

·         Charitable Events.

6. Experiences of workplaces

 

·         Employer visits for KS4 pupils

·         High Pass Trips and visits

·         Sports Venue visits and curriculum topics.

·         Pupils attending Scarborough TEC for vocational subjects.

7. Encounters with further and higher education

 

·         Individual taster days and opportunities for Year 11 pupils at various FE Colleges including Scarborough TEC, Skills Village & Bishop Burton College.

·         Involvement with Futureworks and Scarborough Sixth Form College.

8. Personal guidance

 

·         Personalised programme and 1-1 with Careers Lead.

·         Online Careers matching programme/Links on website

·         Individual opportunities discussed and applications assisted with by Careers Lead.

·         Support and guidance regarding interviews and CV writing.

 

Useful Links:

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The WOW Show

Download FREE Skills & Careers Activities Booklet for Young People – Youth Employment UK

What Career is Right For Me?

Provider Access Policy

Further Education in this area:

Scarborough TEC | Quality Training, Education, and Careers.

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