Careers & Guidance

January 17th, 2018

Careers – An Overview for Parents/Carers

Work Experience

At Harrow Way Community School we cover careers across the age ranges through assemblies, taught lessons as part of our Careers and Personal Development Programme, and a range of different events. In the rapidly changing education landscape, with changes to qualifications and progression routes it is so important that students and parents are well informed in order to be able to prepare for their future.

As part of their programme, students are encouraged to use various online tools:

  1. https://successatschool.org/careerzones: A one stop shop for careers advice and information
  2. https://www.startprofile.com: A game which suggests career ideas to suit students’ interests and personality. Having played the game, students can look further into their job matches and find out more information.
  3. http://www.eclips-online.co.uk: A way to explore different Job Groups giving information about required qualifications, skills and progression routes.

Starting in the summer term of Year 10, all students get a Careers Interview with our Careers Advisor for personalised advise on future steps and support in the application process.

Activities in Year groups:

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
Term 1 Careers fair.7 lessons on CV writing, interview technique and psychometric testing.
Term 2 Seven lessons in preparation for Options Evenings including psychometric testing, transferable skills and decision making. Apprenticeship session with Careers advisor and Lloyds Bank.6 lessons covering future options linked to banking and understanding student finance. Apprenticeship session with Careers advisor and Lloyds Bank.
Term 3 National Careers Week: tutor sessions, drop in fair and subject specific carer talk. National Careers Week: tutor sessions, drop in fair and subject specific carer talk.5 lessons covering future careers, apprenticeships and skills. National Careers Week: tutor sessions, drop in fair and subject specific carer talk. National Careers Week: tutor sessions, drop in fair and subject specific carer talk. National Careers Week: tutor sessions, drop in fair and subject specific carer talk. 5 lessons covering future careers, skills and banking linked to understanding student finance.

Years 9 – 11 have a single lesson carousel of Careers for 10 weeks each year. The Scheme of Work followed can be seen here.

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