Careers advice at Worle Community School Academy.

Leeza Cuthbertson - Careers Advisor

Leeza Cuthbertson joined WCSA in 2017 following several years working in the careers team at Priory Community School supporting students with the transition from school to further education.

·     The careers office is placed in the school library (LRC) by the computer room. It is open from 8am-4pm Monday to Friday and until 6.30pm on parent evenings.

·     You can speak to Leeza Cuthbertson by calling 01934 510777 or by Emailing- lcuthbertson@worle-school.org.uk

·     Ms Cuthbertson might not be able to talk if she is already with a student, however will return your call within 24 hours.

·     Please ‘like’ the school Facebook page and follow @WorleSchool on Twitter for regular updates.

·     A wide range of careers related events and activities run throughout the year. You can see the careers calendar HERE. The calendar is updated monthly. 

·     A monthly careers and events bulletin is circulated by tutors, parent Email, Facebook, school screens and noticeboards. Click HERE for Bulletins

Why do WCSA provide careers advice?

Impartial careers advice is vital in schools to help students develop the skills and ability to make the most appropriate education choices for their options within school, progression beyond school and in working life. A full guide to the schools careers offer can be found HERE.

Who do Careers work with?

We work with all students in all year groups. We also allow additional time to work with students with special educational or additional needs.

How is careers delivered?

WCSA’s careers offer is delivered in a variety of ways including specific events, activities, one to one conversations and embedded in the Curriculum.

How do we know careers in school works?

We work to strict quality standards set by government and complete a self-assessment activity twice a year. We also listen to student, family and staff feedback and respond accordingly.

When do we update our careers offer?

Our offer is always in development and new events and activities are being rolled out throughout the year.


Careers related events and activities.

Careers events and activities are designed to help students in all year groups. Students are provided with a wide a range of activities to take part in.

In addition to the events, activities and one to ones that the careers run for students, we ensure that careers is also embedded into Curriculum, classroom and tutor time.

·     Tutor time for all year groups- Thought of the day, job of the week, career event shout outs and more.

·     PHSE for all year groups- Citizenship is a key part of a healthy, happy and successful working life.

·     Subject classes for all year groups- Career pathways are promoted in each subject during class to highlight the relevance of content.

·     Display boards highlighting career pathways in each subject.

·     Year 10 specifics- Collapsed curriculum days include college taster days, money management tutorials, CV workshops, interview skills and mock interviews.

·     Year 11 specifics- Collapsed curriculum days include a college taster day for all Year 11 students.


Our pledge to students-

When you complete Year 7, you will have…….

met your Careers Advisor and visited the Careers office.

created your first CV and attended your mock interview challenge with your Careers Advisor.

attended an assembly to learn about College, Apprenticeships and University.

attended an assembly to meet some employers and previous students.

had the opportunity to visit a College for an open evening.

had the opportunity to visit a careers convention.

 

When you complete Year 8, you will have…….

met your Careers Advisor and visited the Careers office.

attended an assembly to learn about College, Apprenticeships and University.

attended an assembly to meet some employers and previous students.

had the opportunity to visit a College for an open evening.

had the opportunity to visit a local University for the day.

had the opportunity to visit a careers convention.

 

When you complete Year 9, you will have…….

met your Careers Advisor and visited the Careers office.

attended an assembly to learn about College, Apprenticeships and University.

attended an assembly to meet some employers and previous students.

had the opportunity to visit a College for an open evening.

maybe visited a local University for the day.

had the opportunity to visit a careers convention.

 

When you complete Year 10, you will have…….

attended an assembly to learn about College, Apprenticeships and University.

attended an assembly to meet some employers and previous students.

completed a week of work experience.

completed your CV and attended Mock Interview Day with local employers.

attended a College Taster Day.

received a Record of Achievement to file your CV & certificates in.

had the opportunity to attend at least 2 College or 6thForm open evenings.

had the opportunity to visit a careers convention.

had the opportunity to take part in a College enrichment project.

 

When you complete year 11, you will have-

attended an assembly to learn about College, Apprenticeships and University.

attended an assembly to meet some employers and previous students.

attended a College Taster Day.

had the opportunity to visit at least 2 6thForms if you are interested in ‘A’ Levels.

visited the Careers office for a progression meeting and handed in applications for your next step beyond school.

attended application interviews at Colleges and/or 6thForms with places offered.

had a general plan of your career pathway. 

had the opportunity to attend at least 2 College or 6thForm open evenings.

had the opportunity to visit a careers convention.

had the opportunity to visit a University.

Gatsby-

The careers offer at WCSA follows strict government guidelines to ensure the quality of its delivery. The GATSBY benchmarks are-

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Our careers offer is assessed on a bi-annual basis by taking the COMPASS self-assessment tool. This helps us reflect on our careers offer and implement improvements. You can see our most recent COMPASS assessment HERE. The next assessment will be conducted in June 2019.


Year 10 Work Experience

Year 10 Work Experience is a key activity for our student’s time at school. It is a fantastic opportunity for students to spend a full week away from school in the world of work.

A year 10 work experience pack can be found here, a parent and employer permission form can be found HERE.


Partnership working-

Are you a training provider, College, University or employer who would like to engage with the school?

We are always very happy to invite stakeholders to school to talk to our students. This can be done in tutor time, subject classes, assemblies or at specific careers events. Please read the attached access policy document for more information-

ACCESS POLICY DOCUMENT HERE


Online resources

As well as the face to face service and events and activities that Careers at WCSA provide students there are some great online resources that you might like to explore-

Careerpilot

Careerpilot is a careers information website, which includes: 
- Your choices at 14, 16 and 18
- More about different job sectors and what qualifications they are looking for.
- About working and studying — including Apprenticeship and University level study
Get the information you need to help you plan your future work and study at www.careerpilot.org.uk

Psychometric assessments 

These are increasingly being used in working life. Many can give you some interesting career ideas that you haven't explored before. Follow the links below to have a go!

Year 10 & 11 - https://www.prospects.ac.uk/

Year 7, 8 & 9 - http://icould.com/buzz/?ref=menu

All ages- https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/skills-health-check/your-assessments

Apprenticeships advice

For students ready to start working for an employer combined with studying for a relevant qualification, click here to learn more about Apprenticeships and how to register - https://www.getingofar.go.uk

The National Careers Service

The National Careers Service are dedicated to helping you get the advice you need for future skills, careers, work and life choices. They can help you develop your career with specially designed tools to help you move on in your career, or get you on the job ladder. Click here.

To learn more about careers relating to each specific subject that we teach, please look here

Careerpilot

To learn more about careers relating to each specific subject that we teach, please look here: 

https://www.careerpilot.org.uk/job-sectors/subjects


FAQs

1.     My child is in year 7, why should they start to visit College and attend Mock Interviews?We encourage students to begin to think about life beyond school in all year groups. Any event or activity that we run will be of benefit.

2.     Can you help my child when choosing options?Yes. We are always available to talk through options and how they can affect your future career.

3.     I have seen an event that I would like my child to attend. What should I do next?Please read the monthly careers bulletin and refer to the events ‘What do I do next?’ tab for further guidance.

4.     I am an employer who would be happy to come to school and meet some students, what should I do?Please contact WCSA Careers and we will be happy to make arrangements.

5.     I am a College or training provider and would like to invite students to attend one of our events. What should I do?Please contact us with the event details with plenty of notice to allow us to promote it in our bulletin.

6.     My child lacks the confidence to take part in busy events. Do you run quieter events?Yes. Some public events can be very busy and if you let us know, we can arrange for your child to attend during a quieter period. There are plenty of further events run throughout the year 

7.     My child has special educational needs. Do you offer extra support?Yes. We are mindful of every student’s individual needs and will support in any way we can. We are also more than happy to meet with parents and talk through a plan of action.

8.     My child really has no idea what they want to do when they are older. What should I do?Don’t worry! Careers isn’t just about jobs, jobs, jobs. Please give us a call and we can make an appointment to talk through some ideas.

9.     Where can I learn more about the options available for my child beyond school?A brief guide is available HERE but we really encourage attending events and activities to explore all the options.

10.  I can't find a Year 10 Work Experience placement for my child. What shall I do?A helpful guide can be found further down this page.

Please contact us if you have any further questions.

What do our students go on to?

Our students progress to ‘A’ Levels , Diplomas and Apprenticeships.

2017’s year 11 went on to-

·     … of studied A’ levels or vocational qualifications at a college.

·     … studied A’ levels at a 6thform.

·     … joined the Armed forces or specific sporting academies. 

·     … began an Apprenticeship / Work based learning.

… of our students who left us in 2016 and completed a level 3 qualification progressed to university.

You can read our brief guide of options beyond school HERE.

We value our relationship with previous students and they are always welcome to return to school to meet our current students to offer the benefit of their experience. Our alumni network is very popular among our students.


**OTHER IMPORTANT ADDITIONS**

Ensure there is a careers tab on both parent and student drop downs.

Add contact details to staff page.

Add this careerpilot link and blurb to every GCSE subject page- 

To learn more about careers relating to this specific subject, please look here- https://www.careerpilot.org.uk/job-sectors/subjects

In addition to the careers work delivered in class, the school offers a wide range of careers related events and activities throughout the year including-

  • ·Themed assemblies including visits from colleges, universities, apprenticeships, employers and previous students to explore career pathways.

  • ·Collapsed curriculum days – college and university taster days to help our students plan their studies beyond school.

  • ·Collapsed curriculum days – The maths team support students with a day of money management classes and the English team support with CV writing and interview skills.

  • ·Mock interviews for years 7, 9 &10 to build confidence and employability skills.

  • ·Guest speakers and tutor time drop-ins to meet employers, education providers, previous students and representatives from other organisations in an informal setting.

  • ·Work experience week to help our year 10 students build their confidence, their employability skills and their work awareness.

  • ·Job of the week information delivered in tutor time to encourage students to explore different career pathways and the skills and qualifications required.

  • ·College, 6th form and university open evenings to help students and their families explore options beyond school.

  • ·And plenty more!

The careers office is open all day every day for students to visit and talk through their ideas. Specific 121s can be booked with parents too if requested, but students are welcome to drop in any time.

The careers office is based in the centre of school next to splashworld. You can contact Mr Wilmot and Miss Silmon by phone – 01934 511411 or Email – james.wilmot@pcsa.org.uk or Jodie.silmon@pcsa.org.uk