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Smithdon High School


Careers Education at Smithdon High School

Careers Leader:  Miss S Fairweather
Telephone Number: 01485 534541

At Smithdon High School we are committed to delivering high quality careers, information, advice and guidance (CIAG) for all our pupils.

We understand that all pupils need to prepare themselves for progression through learning and education into adulthood. Our aim is to equip our pupils with the knowledge and skills to enable them to make effective choices, understand their career and progression routes, and enable them to manage smooth transitions on to the next stage of either learning or employment.  At key milestones throughout the pupils’ education we will provide support, advice and guidance to ensure realistic and informed decisions are made to help them to progress to higher education, apprenticeships, and the world of work. We provide impartial advice and ensure the advice given is in the best interest of the pupil.

Careers education has never been more important for young people. They are bombarded with complex choices which need considering and planning such as;

·       What KS4 subjects do I take?

·       Do I choose vocational or academic subjects or a mixture of both?

·       Which extracurricular activities would enhance my CV?

·       Which career would I find interesting, is achievable and would suit my lifestyle?

Each year group follows a careers education program which aims to raise aspirations and provide pupils with a better understanding of the pathways they need to follow to help them to achieve their goals. Pupils will investigate careers during registration and tutor time within our Personal Development and Welfare programme. We will also have Super Learning Days. Throughout the year speakers and local employers from different organisations will come in to provide the pupils with inspiration, advice and inform them of professions and careers that they might not have considered previously. Pupils will take part in a wide range of careers activities such as, enterprise events, industry days, STEM activities and University visits for first-hand experience of further and higher education.

In addition to these activities there are a wide range of free resources available in school that pupils can take advantage of. These can be found in a number of different formats, e.g. DVDs and CDs as well as booklets, in the careers section of the library. University prospectuses are also available in the Library.

Smithdon High School is committed to providing a planned programme of activities, careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) for all pupils in years 7-11, regardless of pupils’ culture and ethnicity, background or ability. All pupils will benefit from the planned events and activities to help them make informed decisions in preparation for life, work and as responsible adults, making a valuable contribution to society and their communities.

These activities and events will be unbiased, impartial and based on the individual needs of each student.

Key Stage 3

In year 7, pupils are introduced to careers through a Super Learning Day on Industrial awareness; which will introduce pupils to careers in Industry and get pupils to look ahead to their future.

In Year 8, pupils are introduced to to learn about the variety of careers available and routes into those careers.  Pupils can access this website within Smithdon High School or from home. They will complete a careers unit in their Personal Development tutor lessons prior to choosing their options in Year 8 where they will reflect on their skills and interests as well as hopes and aspirations. They will also complete a presentation in form time on three careers. They will take part in ‘The Mission Possible’ Careers Show, which will showcase the wide range of career opportunities on offer, both locally and beyond. This year’s event will take place on Thursday 20th June 2019.

In Year 9,  pupils are introduced to other careers, to support their research into their employability skills and future career paths. They will take part in the ‘Norfolk Skills and Careers Festival’. This years event will take place on Wednesday 6 & Thursday 7 March 2019, at Norfolk Showground. The Norfolk Skills and Careers Festival is a fantastic chance to discover the huge range of opportunities available to pupils. It will offer pupils the information and drive necessary to turn their favourite subjects into the right qualifications for an apprenticeship, degree or job.

Local businesses also support our careers education programme and deliver assemblies to year 7, 8 and 9 pupils about progression routes and options for the future.

Key Stage 4

Pupils will continue to access, to broaden their knowledge about potential careers and opportunities. Pupils will also participate in enterprise events, where they will develop key skills needed for the world of work and gain a greater understanding of, budgeting, enterprise, exploration and decision making. Pupils will be advised and encouraged to undertake an element of independent research into all aspects of “looking ahead” in their Personal Development tutor lessons. Pupils will take part in a Super Learning Day in January 2019, which will focus on the students opportunities and future careers choices. Towards the end of Year 10, pupils will complete a questionnaire about their plans and aspirations and this will be used to help provide the pupils with comprehensive and impartial advice.

In Year 11 all pupils benefit from a mock interview and all pupils are introduced to apprenticeships and all available options post 16. Pupils and their parents are invited to a number of events run through the West Norfolk Academies Trust (WNAT) as well as a post 16 Open Evening. There will be a number of county-wide Post-16 opportunities evenings where there is the opportunity to speak to a large number of local colleges and training providers about alternatives such as apprenticeships and vocational courses. Pupils are also made aware of open evenings for other 6th Forms.  Pupils are guided and supported with the completion of application forms, personal statements and CV’s in a Super Learning day in October 2018.

Widening Participation

Smithdon High School benefits from extremely positive relationships with a number of universities, both local and further afield, and we actively seek out opportunities to raise aspirations by promoting the possibility of university to able pupils from under-represented groups. These include pupils who are the first generation in their family to consider applying to university, pupils on ‘free school meals’, ‘Pupil Premium’, ‘looked after’ and ‘post looked after’ pupils.

We also have people who come to talk to our pupils from identified universities and have worked with a liaison officer from the University of Cambridge as part of the Sutton Scholars and Brilliant club who worked with year 9 and 10 pupils.

We ensure that pupils are made aware of all opportunities that are available and endeavour to meet their needs and support them to achieve their future goals.

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