Careers Guidance at Taverham High School

Progression Co-ordinator: Mrs A Warwick
(currently undertaking the Certificate in Careers Leadership)

Careers information, advice and guidance is an important part of the school curriculum and at Taverham High School we endeavour to give all students from age 11 to 18 years the opportunity to develop an awareness of pathways and make informed choices based on personal aspirations. It features a coordinated programme which involves the whole school community including students, staff, parents/carers and the local business community to produce a well developed and innovative approach which is matched to the needs of the student.

The aim at Taverham High School is to ensure that all students are effective planners and managers of their own careers in a rapidly changing world of learning and work.

Our belief at Taverham High School is that all students are entitled to careers information, advice and guidance which is:

  • Independent and impartial
  • Accessible to all students
  • Structured and forms part of a students' overall education
  • Recognises the contribution of other groups to this process
  • Respects the confidentiality of personal information

Students in Years 7-11 receive specific careers elements within personal development lessons. In Year 10 we have developed our own careers fair ‘The Future Pathways Experience' and deliver a number of employability events during ‘Working Life Week'. Throughout their time at school, students have the opportunity to interact with representatives from industry through visiting speakers, themed projects and visits to organisations and careers conventions.

Students with a Statement of Educational Need are of course encouraged to get involved with all mainsteam careers and guidance activities, but will also have an entitlement to specialist advice during Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5.

For other students without a Statement of Educational Need but who may benefit from targeted advice we operate a referral system through a variety of routes to ensure advice is available for those most in need.

One of the key elements of our careers and guidance strategy has been the ‘What's It Like To Be?' sessions. Throughout the year we invite people in from different careers to spend twenty minutes over lunchtime talking to students about their job role, how they got into their career  and what they look for in employees. Students from all year groups are invited to attend and get an inside perspective of different jobs. Since this programme started students have had the opportunity to speak to people in a wide variety of jobs, including:-

Army, marine biologist, RAF, radio presenter, car sales, TV presenter, Member of Parliament, journalist, paramedic, vet, weather forecaster, fire service, police force and web designer.

If any parents/carers or employers would like to get involved in this project please feel free to make contact with Mrs Warwick: a_warwick@taverhamhigh.org

Careers Information Advice and Guidance at Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)

Personal Development Lessons

  • Self assessment
  • Working conditions
  • Types of careers
  • Decision making
  • Personal finance

Researching Possible Careers

  • Visiting speakers and the ‘What's It Like to Be?' sessions
  • Access to conventions and careers visits
  • Access to the careers library

Options and Pathways

  • Year 9 options evening
  • Options interviews for all students in Year 9
  • Presentations from subject areas
Careers Information Advice and Guidance at Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

Personal Development Lessons

  • Different types of work (voluntary, self employment and employment)
  • What employers are looking for (qualifications, skills and attitudes)
  • The changing world of work (technology, organisations and companies, employment trends)
  • Finance and money management
  • CVs

Researching Possible Careers

  • Visiting speakers and the ‘What's It Like to Be?' sessions
  • Access to conventions and careers visits
  • Access to the careers library
  • Year 10 working life events
  • The ‘Future Pathways' experience
  • UEA Summer School
  • Connexions referrals
  • Year 10 Work Ethic evening

Sixth Form Applications

  • Information and advice
  • Interviews and application forms
  • Follow up interviews after GCSE results
  • Sixth form open evenings

Post 16 Options

  • Information and advice on all options
  • Sixth form
  • FE Colleges and other providers
  • Training and apprenticeships
Careers Information Advice and Guidance at Key Stage 5 (Years 12 and 13)

Applying for Higher Education

  • Researching possible courses and institutions
  • Access to careers library and prospectuses from universities
  • Specialist help with Oxbridge and Medicine Applications
  • Application process and the UCAS system
  • Financing HE and preparing for student life
  • Weekly conferences & tutor support

Job Applications

  • Sources of information and vacancies
  • Application letters
  • Application forms
  • Interview technique

Apprenticeships

  • Help with interviews and the apprenticeship programme

Work Related Learning and Careers

  • Visiting speakers and the ‘What's It Like to Be?' sessions
  • Access to conventions and careers visits
  • Access to careers library
  • Welcome to sixth form evening
  • Year 12 work experience
Careerometer

Careerometer is provided by the LMI for All service. It is an easy way to gain access to labour market information. It is being widely used  by career organisations and services, as well as schools, colleges and universities. 

The Careerometer widget provides access to a selection of headline data relating to pay, weekly hours of work and future employment prospects.

The data is organised by occupation: simply type in the title of the job you are interested in and the widget provides a series of options from which you can select the most relevant to you. You can compare up to three different areas of interest.