We cover careers across the age ranges through assemblies, discrete lessons as part of our Careers and Personal Development Programme in Year 9, 10 and 11 and an ever increasing range of events and activities:
We will disseminate relevant information to students through assemblies, registration and other sources such as our regular newsletter for Careers and Post 16 Information ‘Ways Forward’. We will explore any opportunities to give students access to Employers, Employees, Workplaces & Further/Higher Education Education providers and how our curriculum subjects link to possible careers. To support this vision we have invested in Unifrog – software that brings available information about future careers and education into one single, impartial, user-friendly platform designed to help students to make the best choices, and submit the strongest applications.
We will disseminate relevant information to students through assemblies, registration and other sources such as our regular newsletter for Careers and Post 16 Information ‘Ways Forward’. We will explore any opportunities to give students access to Employers, Employees, Workplaces & Apprenticeship/Further/Higher Education providers and explain how our curriculum subjects link to possible careers. You can read our Provider Access Policy here.
During the summer term all of our Year 10 students spend one week on a work experience placement.
Work experience brings tangible benefits for young people as, perhaps for the first time, students will be able to experience the realities of day-to-day working life, ideally in an area of work in which they have some real interest. They will learn transferable skills, gain valuable experience and, hopefully, really enjoy the experience. The programme is to introduce students to the world of work, its demands, disciplines and to develop student’s employability skills. It can also bring the curriculum to life by demonstrating how subjects can be applied and valued in the workplace.
For further information about the work experience programme, please visit the Year 10 Parents Links page.
Meetings with the school careers adviser
Every student is entitled to meet with our school careers adviser who is qualified to level 7 and a Registered Career Development Professional with the Career Development Institute; this ensures that the advice and guidance she provides follows the CDI code of ethics, providing an impartial and professional service.
Students initially meet with our careers adviser in Year 10 for a 1:1 meeting. Students have opportunities for follow-up careers meetings in Year 11, should they require this. You can read more about what to expect from a careers meeting here.
What have students said about their 1:1 careers meeting?
- ‘I liked that it helped me discover what I really want to do.’ Year 10 student, 2022/23
- ‘I liked the fact it made me feel more motivated about what I want to do.’ Year 10 student, 2022/23
- ‘I loved that I was able to talk freely and was given multiple ideas.’ Year 10 student, 2022/23
- ‘I liked talking to someone about what I possibly want when I’m older and finding out about other things I can do as well.’ Year 10 student, 2022/23
- ‘I liked how it felt easy to talk about [things], and less like a meeting but more friendly.’ Year 10 student, 2022/23
Measuring and assesses the impact of the HWCS careers programme on students
At HWCS we are always striving to further enhance and improve our careers programme. We gather student feedback on our Careers and Personal Development lessons from pupils. We monitor the pathways of our students from year 11, to ensure we have provided the best advice and care possible to ensure our pupils make the best decision for them and their future. The CEIAG programme is reviewed and evaluated annually every January by the Assistant Headteacher as part of the school’s self-evaluation process. We use Compass, an online tool provided by the Career and Enterprise Company every term to help us evaluate our progress against the Gatsby Benchmarks. A report is submitted to the Senior Leadership Team termly and the Governors annually. Destination data is recorded and placed on our website, and annually reviewed.
You can read more about this in our Careers education, information, advice and guidance policy.