Careers Programme

Careers Programme - 'Pioneers of the Future'

Bolton St Catherine's Academy is committed to providing high quality, independent and impartial careers advice and guidance service to all our learners in Years 7 to 13 with a comprehensive, impartial programme of careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) and work related learning (WRL). Bolton St Catherine's Academy has a structured careers programme that has the explicit backing of the senior management team and an appropriately trained person responsible for it. The careers programme below will be regularly evaluated with feedback from students, parents, teachers and employers as part of the evaluation process.

We aim to that prepares our learners for an ever changing world of work, raising aspirations and driving achievement. The programme will be a whole school endeavor supported by the headteachers, SLT, Governors, teaching staff, careers Advisors, other staff in school, students and parents. We all have a role in shaping and operationalising of the careers programme. It will help students with their choices and support each transitions points they have within the school, but also equip them with the knowledge and skills to deal with the career decisions they will face beyond school and sixth form.

 

The Aims of the Careers Department

Our vision for Bolton St Catherin’s Academy is to ensure that all students have:

  • high quality impartial advice on career opportunities and progress onto appropriate courses or employment.
  • Inspire and inform students about what they need to do to reach and succeed in theircareer options and help them make the right choices as they graduate Bolton St Catherin’s Academy as they move forward in their career and education

 

Learner entitlement

As a learner of Bolton St Catherine’s Academy, students from Year 7 – 13 are entitled to receive a programme of careers education, information, advice and guidance.  As an Academy, we enable our learners to:

  • Identify and value their personal skills and personal qualities
  • Have an understanding of their strengths and development areas
  • Manage their own learning, personal development, make informed decisions about their future career pathways and career planning
  • Become more curious, strategic and informed about the opportunities beyond Post-16
  • Recognise and build on their achievements, and effectively market themselves in oral, written and challenge-based contexts
  • Improve their self-esteem, motivation, become confident when presenting themselves and their achievements to others
  • Acquire a more expansive, creative and ambitious outlook when researching and developing a Career Portfolio
  • Action planning that allows to review their progress and plan their next steps.

To provide:

  • Information and guidance to learners and parents in relation to subject choices,     
  • Further and Higher Education, and other Post-16 options
  • Training and practice in compiling CVs, Application Forms, Interview Skills and online UCAS Applications
  • Additional support with SENCO to assist learners who have additional learning needs
  • Access Further and Higher Education, and Apprenticeship providers Information relating to student finance
  • A secure structure for Work-experience to be delivered in a meaningful manner
  • Up-to-date Labour Market Information Advice and assistance to learners, parents and teachers on careers related matters through various events
  • Support for subject teachers to embed Skills for Life and Employability across the curriculum

 

All learners take part in a CEIAG programme that:

  • Aims to inspire as well as inform and guide learners
  • Is centred around the student and their needs
  • Is integrated into the learners' experience of the whole curriculum
  • Encourages all learners to consider their career throughout Key Stages 3, 4and 5
  • Encourages all learners to develop decision making skills
  • Provides each student with high quality, impartial advice
  • Raises aspirations and promotes equality and diversity
  • To engage with a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through events, assemblies, form time, group discussions and taster events.
  • To find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeship opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on a full range of education and training options available at each transition point
  • To understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical course; including apprenticeship.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 – 8)

The Careers Programme for Key stage 3 is a key element of 'Pioneers of the Future' Careers Programme known as Skills for Life. The Skills for Life strand is taught during lessons, form time, after school and/or internal & external activities/provisions using external agencies, and deals with:

  • Introduction to Skills for Life
  • What is work
  • Jobs in our family - Do those Jobs exist
  • Social & Community Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Skills
  • Apprenticeship workshop
  • Option Choices for KS4

 

Careers programme: Year 7

Careers and Enterprise:

  • Aims to help learners to understand more about themselves (self-development), know where to look for useful information (careers exploration) and plan for the future (career management)
  • All learners take part in enterprise activities through PHSCE lessons or during enrichment week.

 

Careers programme: Year 8

Careers and Enterprise:

  • Aims to help learners to understand more about themselves (self-development), know where to look for useful information (careers exploration) and plan for the future (career management)
  • All learners take part in enterprise activities.
  • All learners and parents are invited to the Year 8 Choices Options Evening and are provided with advice, support & guidance with GCSE subject choices.
  • All learners and parents have the opportunity to meet with post-16 providers and employers during Year 8 Choices Options Evening
  • The initial priority is to help learners to identify who they are, what they are like and their career personality. To excite learners about the opportunities and challenges beyond Post-16, in the local, national and global economy. As we approach the key transition phase of Year 9 the focus shifts to helping learners to make informed GCSE subject choices.

 

Key Stage 4 (Year 9 - 10)

The Careers Programme for Key stage 4 is also an element of the 'Pioneers of the Future' Careers Programme known as Employability. The Employability strand is taught during lesson, form time, after school and/or internal & external activities/provisions using external agencies, and deals with:

 

In Year 9 - 10 the course is 6 weeks long and deals with:

  • Plan your decision year
  • Skills for life and work
  • Application skills/CV
  • The world of Work
  • The changing Job Market
  • Thinking ahead after you are 16
  • Where do I go from here?
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Skills
  • Work-experience - plan and report on their work placement
  • Work with others in group work and prepare for Enterprise Day
  • Benefit from a wide range of visiting speakers and visits to career related activities

 

Careers programme: Year 9

Careers and Enterprise:

  • aims to help learners to understand more about themselves (self-development), know where to look for useful information (careers exploration) and plan for the future (career management)
  • All learners take part in enterprise activities during PHSCE.

 

Careers programme: Year 10

Careers and Enterprise:

  • aims to help learners to understand more about themselves (self-development), know where to look for useful information (careers exploration) and plan for the future (career management)
  • All learners have a their first 1:1 interview to provide advice, support & guidance to explore their career options and Post 16 decisions
  • All learners take part in a campus visit to a university for taster days including Oxbridge/Russell group.
  • All learners are given the opportunity of 1 week work experience with an organisation.

 

Careers programme: Year 11

  • All learners take part in the Post-16 Workshop and receive training in applying for college
  • Compose a Personal Statement
  • All learners attend the annual Post-16 Moving on Event
  • All learners have a 1:1 interview to provide advice, support & guidance with Post 16 decisions – Sixth Form applications/subject choices, college applications and apprenticeship opportunities
  • Benefit from a wide range of visiting speakers and visits to career related activities
  • All learners invited to local FE college and Apprenticeship provider workshops and drop in sessions

In Year 11, there are no designated careers periods for this Year group. The HOY 11 and Learning Co-coordinators typically assist learners who are applying for courses or apprenticeships with their personal statements during form time. Ms Begum is available within the CEIAG Office (from 8:00–15:30 Mon – Thurs, and 8:00–15:00 on Friday) to assist and guide both learners and parents. A member of the SENCO team are also on hand to provide ongoing support.

 

Key Stage 5 (Year 12 - 13)

The Careers Programme for Key stage 5 is also an element of the 'Pioneers of the Future' Careers Programme known as Employability. The Employability strand is taught during lesson, form time and/or internal & external activities/provisions using external agencies, and deals with:

In Year 12 - 13 the course is 6 weeks long and deals with:

  • Plan your decision year
  • Skills for life and work
  • Application skills/CV
  • The world of Work
  • The changing Job Market
  • Thinking ahead after you are 18
  • Where do I go from here?
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Skills
  • Work-experience - plan and report on their work placement
  • Work with others in group work and prepare for Enterprise Day
  • Benefit from a wide range of visiting speakers and visits to career related activities

 

Careers programme: Year 12

Careers and Enterprise:

  • aims to help learners to understand more about themselves (self-development), know where to look for useful information (careers exploration) and plan for the future (career management)
  • Selected learners visit one university for taster days
  • All learners take part in the annual UCAS Convention
  • All learners are given the opportunity of 1 week work experience with an organisation linked to their subject

 

Careers programme: Year 13

  • All learners take part in the UCAS Undergraduate Workshop and receive training in      applying through UCAS
  • Compose a Personal Statement
  • All learners attend the annual Post-16 Moving on Event
  • All learners attend the annual National Apprenticeship Show
  • All learners have a 1:1 interview to provide advice, support & guidance with Post-18 decisions – FE/HE applications/subject choices, apprenticeship opportunities
  • Benefit from a wide range of visiting speakers and visits to career related activities
  • All learners invited to local FE/HE college/universities and Apprenticeship provider workshops and drop in sessions

In Year 13, there are no designated careers periods for this Year group. The Learning Co-coordinators typically assist learners who are applying for degrees or apprenticeships with their personal statements during form time. Ms Begum is available within the CEIAG Office (from 8:00–15:30 Mon – Thurs, and 8:00–15:00 on Friday) to assist and guide both learners and parents.

 

This programme and vision are not just a collection of activities but a progressive pathway through a range of different career learning opportunities. A programme and vision that is well regarded, sustainable and effective over the next three years.