Careers Education and Guidance is highly valued at The Long Eaton
School. Students receive careers education in a variety of ways throughout
their time at the school. The careers program is well structured and is planned
to develop the skills and knowledge needed to help make all of our students
successful. It takes place through assemblies, the Key Life Skills lessons,
intervention programmes, and 1:1 advice from independent careers advisors.
Students are signposted to the National Careers Service website in their
careers lessons, through the weekly notes to tutors and through the school web
site. Every Careers lesson in Year 7 and 8 has a signpost slide to the National
Careers Service Website. Students are told to write this in their planners.
Careers slides regularly appear on the weekly notices for tutors to use in
The careers program is evaluated annually by both staff and students to
ensure it is up to date and is meeting our student’s needs. A level 6
independent careers advisor works two days a week within the school and has
both booked and drop in sessions, so all students who want or need an
appointment will be seen during their time at The Long Eaton School. Students
also have the opportunity to meet and visit employers such as at our well
established careers fair. Students are also given information and the
opportunity to visit local further education providers, including both colleges
Details on the content and type of activities covered within the
careers program in Key Stage 4 are covered below.
Year 7 (Age 11-12)
Careers lessons help students to explore their previous life
experiences and identify personal strengths and weaknesses and match these with
potential career pathways. Student’s use the National Careers Service website
to research careers and compare different jobs.
Year 8 (Age 12-13)
Students make their subject choices for Key Stage 4. As part of the
preparation, they undertake a variety of different teacher lead and independent
research lessons. Websites used include;
• Careers Box
• National Careers
• Get In Go Far
In lessons students learn about the different educational and career
paths including apprenticeships.
All Year 8 students participate in a Business Languages Careers and
Raising Aspirations Event during which students learn about the Global Learning
skills required to be successful in the future as well as understanding the
links between businesses and languages. Workshops are delivered by school staff
and visiting speakers from local businesses who interact with students. Parents and students attend an Options
Evening and all students participate in a Taster Day in which they get the
opportunity to try out taster lessons of their potential Key Stage 4 options
University visits take place in the summer term for all students and
intend to raise the aspirations of students, especially for boys and those
students whose parents and/or siblings have never been to University.
Year 9 (Age 13-14)
Students use the online resource ‘Sacu' to investigate different
careers available to them and start to make the connections between careers and
the qualifications and grades required to work in a particular field. Labour market
information (LMI) is shared and signposted to students, which relates to the
national and local trends in job needs and availability, with mention to
growing industries, such as Bio Sciences in Nottingham and Engineering in
Derby. Students also begin writing a CV and experience lessons focused on
applying for a job and the interview process. Students begin to formulate ideas
and discussions on potential work experience placements. All Year 9 students
are invited to attend the school’s Careers Fair, which is well attended by a
wealth of employers and further education providers. All business students
complete a Unit of Work on Recruitment and Selection, over a period of 12
weeks. This involves preparing and using
documents used in the recruitment process, interviews and developing a personal
career development plan.
Year 10 (Age 14 - 15)
Students focus on their Work Experience during Year 10. As part of
this, they undertake a qualification in Workplace Hazard Awareness and go
through the process of applying for a work placement and writing a formal
letter of application. Students are
encouraged and supported in finding their own placements that suit their career
aspirations. They also have a formal interview with a senior member of staff or
School Governor to ascertain their aptitude for their chosen Work Experience,
as well as testing their interview skills. Students carry out a week long work
experience placement at the end of Year 10 tailored to their needs and revisit
and update their CVs appropriately at the end of their placement. Students also
have the opportunity to attend a University Experience day. This year it will
be at Leicester University. Students in Year 10 are also invited to the Careers
Fair and where they can speak to employers and gain expert advice on their next
steps following their GCSEs. Targeted groups of students work with school staff
and trained workers from Derbyshire Education and Business Partnership (DEBP),
who give help and advice to students on how to achieve their career goals. In
2018 this has involved assistance in CV writing, applying for jobs and also
visits to Derby College and to a major local and international employer,
Alstom, who supply and run Nottingham’s tram service.
Year 11 (Age 15 - 16)
Students revisit applying for a job as well as updating their CV. All
students have access to an independent careers advisor and apprenticeship
opportunities and advise is regularly given by tutors to aid students in
decision making for 16+ options. Year 11 students are also invited to the
Careers Evening (as stated above) to refresh their knowledge and understanding
of careers. Some Year 11 students also are able to work with DEBP (as above),
this is even more focused in year 11 on students next steps, with support being
given to students in applying for apprenticeships and preparing for interviews.
Information and support sessions are organised for students interested in
Apprenticeships to enable them to gain an insight into this progression route
for their future. Students with learning difficulties or facing other barriers
to achievement, and those at risk of becoming NEET are taken on a range of
visits to colleges as part of the Transition Plus programme.
Students learn about careers across the curriculum. For example, when
studying ultrasound in Year 11 GCSE Physics, students watch a specific STEM
careers video clip showing how the concepts that they study are linked to the
career of a football club physiotherapist.
The school organises an annual trip to the University of Oxford where a
selected group of Year 11 students get to sample life at one of best
universities in the world.
Year 12 & 13 (Age 16 – 19)
Students are supported and guided through the UCAS application process
that begins with all of Year 12 attending the annual East Midlands UCAS Higher
Education convention. Students have the opportunity to visit a university in
our annual visit (2017 – University of Lincoln) and some to visit the
University of Oxford, and all are encouraged to visit different university open
days. Students are regularly updated upon issues regarding careers with
information disseminated through the weekly 6th form newsletter and accessible
in the sixth form centre, as well as through regular Learning Mentor Meetings with
tutors weekly, and also through departmental displays of subject links to
future pathways and profiles of former students. Students can also make use of
the ‘Derbyshire Careers Service' within school time by appointment. Parents can be involved in this process by
appointment and on the 16+ Parent Teacher night in March. Parents are also
supported with information and web links through a 16+ parent newsletter as
well as social media, texts and email communication, and a dedicated
information night for Year 13 parents in September.
The ‘Derbyshire Careers Service' provides assistance in the delivery of
Apprenticeship application workshops. In Year 12 a week long experience is
provided that includes a workshops with 3 local universities, a University visit
to Nottingham Trent. Students also meet representatives from local industry
including Rolls Royce and alumni as well as representatives from the National
Apprenticeship Service. Students undertake work related learning experiences
that are individually relevant to their projected pathways and aspirations.
Students are supported in applications and establishing these opportunities by
the pastoral team which monitor progress.
Students are encouraged to participate in the Senior Student Leadership
Program and a 16+ Alumni has been established to raise aspirations of 16+
students in the future.
Careers are related to subject learning across the curriculum. For
example, all BTEC business students complete a Unit of Work on Recruitment in
Business looking at the process, implications of regulatory framework,
preparing documents for an interviewee and interviewer in the selection and
recruitment process. All students take
part in a selection interview with HR Manager and Administration Manager. Year
12 Physics students visit the National Space Centre in Leicester in November
for their annual careers event and Science Enrichment students take part in the
Engineering Education Scheme, which involves working with the Engineering
Development Trust and a local Engineering employer. This has included Rolls Royce, Boots,
Progress Rail and Eon in the past five years.
The scheme includes specific careers guidance during the December
Continuing your education can mean further education at The Long Eaton School 16+ Centre or can mean attending a local college or even higher education at University. UCAS can help you research different qualifications, search for courses and places to study. It also explains the application process.
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