Our aim is to ensure that all pupils at Aldworth have and are able to identify the skills and experiences that they have received at school to benefit them in their next stage beyond school. With an ever-changing careers platform, we hope to ensure that all pupils strive to achieve to the best of their ability to ensure that many doors are open to them, in order to Build a Brighter Future. In KS3 pupils will use the skills builder programme to aid them and then move on to build their CV’s and personal statements with the Start programme in KS4.
In addition, Aldworth works with the EBP consortium which means that students have access to an independent careers advisor, Michael Stockwell, who is based in the year 11 zone. The school organise a programme of interviews for Year 10 and 11 to discuss their career options and interviews and are available on request for other year groups.
Aldworth is committed to providing a careers education which is expansive, supportive and reflective of local and national needs. We aim to provide students with experiences and encounters which allow them to explore a range of options and reflect on their skill base.
Employer encounters and assemblies help to reinforce the careers programme which is delivered as part of our PSHE programme. The school liaises with local colleges to ensure that students are fully informed about Open Evenings and taster opportunities at a range of providers.
The next review of career provision at Aldworth will take place in Sept 2023.
Policy Statement in compliance with Section 42B of the Education Act 1997 and can be found in the Policy section of our website, titled Provider Access Policy
All pupils in Years 8-13 are entitled:
- To find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point.
- To hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options events, assemblies and group discussions and taster events.
- To understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.
Procedure: A provider wishing to request access should contact Mrs Sam Smyth (Lead of Careers and PSHE) Telephone: 01256 322 691; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Several events are scheduled into the School’s calendar to support our careers programme:
World of Work Days, PSHE Career Units, Enterprise Challenges, Apprenticeship Events during National Apprenticeship Week, Year 11 Future Options Assemblies and Year 9 Options Evening. We are excepting to run these events throughout the school year. Some of the events will be a virtual experience.
The School will make the Main Hall, classrooms, or private meeting rooms available for discussions between the provider and students, as appropriate to the activity. The School will also make available AV and other specialist equipment to support provider presentations. This will all be discussed and agreed in advance of the visit with the Careers Leader or a member of the School team. Providers are welcome to leave copies of their prospectus or other relevant course literature to be made available through the Learning Resource Centre.
The school is introducing the Compass Evaluation Tool to assess ongoing progress towards the 8 Gatbsy Benchmarks and individual student progress.
The school has a Careers Action Plan which will track progress in relation to this year’s priorities.
Student evaluations of the World of Work Week (WOWW!) will inform its effectiveness and planning for the following year.
Access to Careers Advisor
10 & 11
College Assemblies / College Presentations
BCOT, QMC, Sparsholt, Peter Symonds
Apprenticeship Assemblies / Apprenticeship Presentations
How to write C.V’s, college and job applications
Careers & Guidance Hub (Only available to year 9 currently)
Available in Learning Resource Centre
World of Work Day
Consumer and Employment Rights
Budgeting and Finance
Team Work, Skills and Qualities
Taught content, Careers noticeboards