Careers Education

Careers Education at Alexandra Park School

Overview

  Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11 Year 12 Year 13
Citizenship lesson on the labour market and careers          
Careers Assemblies    
Careers Related lesson during National Careers Week
Careers Advisors at Student Progress Days
Register and use fasttomato.com          
Information from fasttomato.com shared with parents          
One to one career coaching for those making subject choices          
Careers Fair      
Open Evening for Subject choices          
Information on post-school options    
Opportunities to attend university open days        
Opportunities for Work Experience          
Opportunities to take part in Enterprise activities            
Opportunity to access mentoring for medical careers          
Register and use ULAS.co.uk          
Parental Access to ULAS.co.uk          
Focus / Activities

All students will have access to assemblies on the subject of careers advice and subject choices. Throughout the year, and at subject teachers’ discretion, parents and alumni will be invited into the classrooms to hold sessions on careers in specific industries.   Work Related Learning is also delivered across the curriculum and there is a specific focus on preparing for future education and employment in citizenship lessons.

Key Stage 3

In addition to the above students in Year 8 will take part in a careers themed day and in Year 9 students have the opportunity to attend a careers fair in school.  The Year 9 Options process includes an evening for parents, a separate assembly for students and all students have an individual guidance appointment with an independent careers adviser.  Students will also have the opportunity to take part in careers themed educational visits.

Key Stage 4

All Year 11 students will have a personal interview with a careers advisor.  There is also a careers guidance ‘clinic’ focussing on interviews for Year 11 students (which is available to students in Year 10 too).  Students in Years 10 and 11 have access to work experience placements where appropriate. 

In addition, we hold a Sixth Form Open Evening for students and parents to prepare student for post-16 progression.  All students in Year 11 receive two personal Information, Advice and Guidance Appointments with senior staff and the sixth form team to discuss their options for post-16 study.

Key Stage 5

In Years 12 and 13 numerous opportunities are promoted for students to gain knowledge and experience of a wide range of specific careers.  In addition to events outside school, speakers and representatives from varied employment areas are invited into school to present to and meet with students.   All students in Year 12 will have a personal interview with a careers advisor and all students are encouraged and supported to arrange and attend work experience placements.  

Once AS examinations have been completed (in June of Year 12) the enrichment programme focusses almost entirely upon preparing for progression with a particular (but not exclusive) focus upon university applications.  Support includes a Higher Education Evening for parents, visits to universities and the opportunity to attend briefings / Q&A sessions with Admissions Tutors and subject experts from City University, KCL, LSE and Oxbridge and UCL which are arranged in school.  Many students also participate in preparatory programmes organised by top universities for specific subject areas for example LSE Choice Pathways to Law, Target Medicine and The Brilliant Club.

Resources

General careers advice, including support for choosing a career, writing a CV and completing job applications.

http://www.plotr.co.uk/ A careers game / quiz which helps students explore different careers and options:
http://www.prospects.ac.uk/careers.htm An excellent hub for all sorts of careers advice and guidance
https://www.ulas.co.uk/ A site which builds employability skills and offers opportunities for work experience
https://university.which.co.uk/ A good starting point for anyone thinking of going to university
http://www.notgoingtouni.co.uk A good starting point for anyone thinking of not going to university
https://www.barclayslifeskills.com/about/ A useful resource for developing employability skills such as CV writing and interview technique

Work Experience and volunteering

http://www.work-experience.org/
https://vinspired.com/
https://www.gov.uk/government/get-involved/take-part/national-citizen-service

Apprenticeships

https://www.gov.uk/apprenticeships-guide
https://www.gov.uk/topic/further-education-skills/apprenticeships

University Applications

https://www.alexandrapark.school/ucas-careers
https://university.which.co.uk/
http://www.ucas.com/how-it-all-works/parents-and-guardians
https://www.gov.uk/student-finance

Gap Years

http://www.yearoutgroup.org/
http://gapadvice.org/gap-year/other-directories/

Year in Industry / Headstart

http://www.etrust.org.uk/