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Careers

The school has an appointed Careers Leader (Dr J Rose, Assistant Headteacher) who is the main point of contact in school for all matters relating to Careers Education.  Please use the main school contact information to contact our Careers Leader.

If your wish to visit the school please view our Provider Access Policy (section 10 of our Careers Policy) which complies with the school's legal obligations under section 42B of the Education Act 1997.

We aim to help our students understand where different education and training decisions could take them and our provision is guided by the eight benchmarks identified in the Gatsby ‘Good Career Guidance’ report . All of our students have access to:

  • A stable careers programme delivered through PSHE and embedded in the curriculum from Years 7 to 13 that equips them to make effective use of careers information, advice and guidance and to develop career management and employability skills. The school will assess the impact of its careers programmes on students by completing parent, student and employer surveys and analysing the destinations of the students.
  • Students have access to current career and labour market information. This is available in the careers library and from online resources. Support to interpret the information is provided by the teaching staff, and Dr Rose. Activities using Labour Market information are being developed for inclusion within PSHE lessons.
  • Advice and support is provided to all students. This is tailored to their needs and demonstrates a commitment to equality and diversity.
  • Teaching staff who are able to link curriculum learning to careers.
  • Students have access to range of meaningful encounters with employers and employees through a programme which includes
    • the development of interview and enterprise skills
    • mock interview practice
    • work shadowing
    • visits and events facilitated by inspiring professionals.
  • A structured work experience scheme in Year 11 and Year 12 that consists of 5 days in the workplace in each of the two years.
  • Regular encounters with further and higher education. We run higher education and professional careers workshops, an annual Post-18 Day including a Higher Education Fair, facilitate visits to university open days and take part in a range of higher education led activities such as specialist lectures, competitions and masterclasses.
  • Personal guidance – impartial one to one advice and guidance interviews take place for students in Key Stage 4 (Summer and Autumn Terms); so that all KS4 students have had an interview before choosing their post-16 options and for students in Year 12 (Spring Term, prior to making their post-18 choices). A professionally qualified Careers Adviser carries out these interviews. Students with special educational needs and disabilities also have access to additional support from our Careers Adviser.

The school regularly reviews its provision against the Gatsby Benchmarks, and seeks to improve our outcomes against them. Our current Compass+ evaluation can be seen here.

For further information, please choose the appropriate option from the list below.

Information for Parents & Students

Intent & Rationale

Our vision for careers is to ensure that our students are provided with access to a range of opportunities to make informed choices about the next steps in their education.

Our aim is to support our students to develop the skills, understanding and habits that will make them successful both in their studies and in the ever-changing world of work, so that they will be able to continue learning beyond school as their careers progress.

Implementing Our Curriculum

All staff have a role to play in supporting our students with their career planning; as tutors, class teachers or Head of Year. Students have the opportunity to hear about a range of careers in assemblies, from visiting speakers (event based or within subjects), while on trips or as part of our programme of Options and Careers events, as well as in their PSHE lessons. Opportunities, both face-to-face and virtual are regularly shared with students.

In the curriculum

We provide a structured programme of activities to inform, inspire and motivate our students towards their future careers. Our careers programme takes place through the curriculum, PSHE lessons, assemblies and in a range of events throughout the school. There is a link to our planned Careers Programme for the year at the bottom of the page. Where it is not possible to run events due to Covid-19, we will endeavour to replace a face-to-face event with a virtual experience.

We do not wait until students are reaching their final years with us to foster career thinking. The curriculum evolves to ensure students have the best possible foundation for their future. Students learn about career opportunities within every curriculum subject area and recognise the transferable skills that each provides. Initially, careers advice is broad so that each student is encouraged to explore different interests and discover new strengths. Every subject taught is specialised but includes wider benefits that will develop overall employability skills, from public speaking and confidence in Drama to teamwork and strategy in PE. All students use career planning tools during their time with us, they focus on their goals and achievements, designed to help them become ‘life-ready’, beyond their time in education.

In addition to the National Curriculum subjects, all students in Years 7 and 8 have an excellent grounding in a wide range of work related skills developed through our fortnightly timetabled STEAM sessions. These develop their technology skills and also raise their awareness of careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics.

Personal Development (PSHE)

Weekly PSHE lessons are timetabled for all students (except for Year 13 where they take place once a fortnight). These prepare our students for their lives beyond school and cover a wide range of different topics, including career planning. Our advice becomes more tailored to each student the further they progress through school. Insight is given into career choices, routes to specific jobs of interest, aspects of employment, succeeding at interview, CV writing and more.

This document was written by the CIPR (Chartered Institute of Public Relations) and contains useful information regarding options after both GCSEs and Sixth Form:

Guide to Post 16 Options Parents and Carers 

This document was written for National Careers Week, it contains useful information regarding options after both GCSEs and Sixth Form:

The Parents' Guide to Careers

This document provides information about the wide range of options open to students after their GCSE courses, including A levels, Apprenticeships and T-levels.

https://nextsteps.aimhigherwm.ac.uk/

This website provides a range of information which will be of use to students who are investigating university courses:

University guidance information

The following websites are also very useful for students when choosing subjects and/or universities:

UCAS

Sacu

Careers Interviews

All students in KS4 have a careers interview with our independent advisor prior to choosing their A levels. Students in Key Stage 5 can also have appointments should they wish. Our advisor is available for all students to talk to at lunchtime on a drop-in basis.

Work Experience

Many of our students have benefitted from the development of Virtual Work Experience opportunities that have opened up since March 2020 and these will continue to be promoted as part of our Work Experience offer going forwards. Students also develop their workplace skills through participation in the National Citizen Service Trust (NCS) Scheme (https://wearencs.com/).

The following websites are particularly useful for students seeking Virtual Work Experience Opportunities.

Springpod

s4snextgen

Medicmentor (also dentists, vets)

Allied healthcare mentor

Brighton and Sussex Medical School Virtual Work Experience

An updated work experience programme will be introduced during 2021-22 so that students in Years 11-13 will have all had the opportunity to undertake two work experience placements in their final three years with us.

In 2021-22

  • Year 11 students will be asked to undertake a minimum of 5 days of work experience in the first 3 weeks of July
  • Year 12 will be able to complete work experience during enrichment week at the end of June/beginning of July, as well as at other times during the week if they have non-contact time and
  • Year 13 students will be able to undertake placements in non-contact time

To ensure that we have an accurate picture of any work experience that is being undertaken by our students outside of the school day and/or in the holidays we ask our students to complete this short form when they undertake any such experience – Work Experience Form.

Key Stage 5 Work Placements/Voluntary work during school time

Students in Years 12 and 13 may request to use their non-contact time for one afternoon a week to attend a work or voluntary placement. Parents should request permission for this by writing to the Headteacher and provide clear information about the placement including a letter from the placement outlining the dates, times and expectations. Each request will be considered in terms of the student’s aspirations, ongoing attendance, work and progress. Students’ attendance at the placement will be checked on a fortnightly basis.

This page will be updated with more information as it becomes available.

Other Useful Websites

Words for Work

For help on knowing how to look and apply for jobs, including how to write a curriculum vitae (CV), an elevator speech or dealing with tricky interview questions the following website might be helpful

Careers Information

There are many websites available which provide information about careers. Some are directly related to particular industries and others are less specific, however some of the following may be of use.

To find out more about what career areas may suit - complete this test and then research the options that are shared.

The following websites include all areas and can often be searched by subject and/or interest area. Some also include information about pay and promotion prospects.

There are also many subject based or profession based websites that have careers sections, e.g.

Looking for a Career in the Creative Industry, then this could be the website for you

Many students are interested in medical careers, but it is worth remembering that the Health Service requires a wide range of other professional staff as well as doctors. These websites give you information about some of these other roles.

There are many websites which promote independent activities to support career choices. It is also worth looking out for the many competitions that run in school. Participation in these will develop skills that employers will be looking for.

The following organisations run activities to support STEM careers

The University of Birmingham has a scheme called Routes to the Professions which provides support for students considering courses in Medicine, Dentistry, Law, Accounting & Finance and Engineering.

In addition they also run the A2B Scheme which provides additional support to students who meet their criteria.

Labour Market Information

Nationally it is known that there is a significant mismatch between the careers that young people wish to pursue and the opportunities available. Labour Market Information (LMI) can be used to help students and parents understand the salaries and promotion opportunities for different jobs, as well as the volume and location of vacancies in different sectors of the job market. You may find it helpful to use the Labour Market Information which can be investigated using 'Careerometer interactive' from the website below.

https://www.careerpilot.org.uk/information/careerometer

Information about jobs and skills and employers in the Birmingham area changes over time, the most recent information is shown here.

Information for Employers

We are always looking for volunteers from the world of work to get involved in our careers education and work related curriculum. Here are just a few examples that would be of interest to our students.

  • Do you work in any creative industry? – our Art, Graphics, Music and Drama departments would love to hear from you.
  • Could you visit our STEAM lessons and showcase your role in any STEM related career? Any help would be welcome, but we are always seeking women who have roles in this area.
  • Our Year 8 students enter the “Step into the NHS” competition, which highlights the diversity of careers in Health Care, from Audiologist to Specialist Paramedic. With over 1.7 million employees and more than 350 different careers, the NHS needs new innovators. Can you help us showcase your career to inspire our students to be the next generation?
  • Do you run your own business? We would love to hear about your journey.
  • In the wake of Cop26, we would like to be able to highlight the range of new professional positions arising to combat climate change. Could you help?
  • Would you be able to support our Year 10 activities, where our students guess your profession by asking you pertinent questions about your everyday professional activities? Could you help inspire our students to pursue a career they have never come across before?
  • Students in Year 11 and Year 12 complete work experience placements. Could you offer a placement for one of our students in July 2022?
  • In Year 12 we run a Higher Education and Careers Day in March where we need a whole range of people to highlight careers by giving short talks. Could you help?
  • In Year 13 we help our students perfect their employability skills for their university and apprentice applications by giving them mock interviews, would you be able to help with this?

If you would like to discuss the ways in which you or your organisation could be involved then please contact Dr Janet Rose via the main school email address (head@kechg.org.uk) for more information.

For more information about Employer Contributions please see

https://www.educationandemployers.org/research-main/

Our careers programme is reviewed regularly and takes place through the curriculum, PSHE lessons, assemblies and in a range of events throughout the school. There is a link to our planned Careers Programme for the year at the bottom of the page. Where it is not possible to run events due to Covid-19, we will endeavour to replace a face-to-face event with a virtual experience.

Further information can be obtained by contacting the Careers Leader or Head of Year.

Please use the links below to access our

  • Careers Policy (including Provider Access Policy)
  • Careers Programme
  • Recent Compass+ Evaluation which indicates how we are moving towards meeting the Gatsby Benchmarks

We are also looking for an Enterprise Adviser to support the school with aspects of Careers Education and support our links with local businesses. If you would like to find out more, have a look at the following and get in touch with us - https://enterpriseadviser.careersandenterprise.co.uk/ 

Careers Programme 2021-22

Key Stage 3
  Year 7 Year 8 Year 9

Autumn Term 

1st Half

Transition to secondary school

Voting, MPs etc

Women in STEAM - Careers

   

Autumn Term

2nd Half

Enterprise skills and introduction to careers

Challenging career stereotypes and raising aspirations

Eggnaut project – Team building and presentation skills

Author Visit

BP Ultimate STEM Challenge

Step into the NHS

Skills Show

Enterprise Day

Spring Term

1st Half
 

Faraday Challenge

I’m a Scientist/I’m an Engineer

Employability

Matching personal skills to jobs

Writing CVs

Developing Interpersonal & workplace skills

Mock Interviews

Support & Advice and Guidance around choosing GCSE subjects

Y9 Curriculum & Options Evening

Spring Term

2nd Half
CBSO Visit    

Summer Term

1st Half
Eco-friendly toys – Dragons Den style Space Challenge

Enterprise project & qualities

Personality  & workplace skills

How to avoid debt & navigating financial institutions

Summer Term

2nd Half

STEAM Workshop - Employer Encounter

Making ethical financial decisions

Saving, spending and budgeting our money

Forensic Science Day

Careers in the Theatre - Employer Encounter

Evaluating value for money in services

Risks & consequences, making financial decisions

Tomorrow’s Engineers’ Energy Quest

Zoo based Careers  - Employer Encounter

Planning & carrying out an enterprise project

Reflecting on learning skills during Key Stage 3

 

Key Stage 4
  Year 10 Year 11
Ongoing

Duke of Edinburgh Award

Architecture Society

Duke of Edinburgh Award

Architecture Society

Autumn Term 

1st Half

Transition to key stage 4 and developing study skills

RAF – Access All Areas Virtual Event

Careers Interviews

Learning and revision skills to maximise potential

Understanding the college application process and plans beyond school

Interview practice and CV writing, Work experience ideas

Skills for employment and career progression

RAF – Access All Areas Virtual Event

Autumn Term

2nd Half

Enterprise skills and introduction to careers

Challenging career stereotypes and raising aspirations

Eggnaut project – Team building and presentation skills

Author Visit

BP Ultimate STEM Challenge

Step into the NHS

Spring Term

1st Half

Parliament Jobs

Criminal justice system

What Career Live? What University Live?

Careers Interviews

Post-16 Open Evening

What Career Live? What University Live?

Spring Term

2nd Half
  Careers/University Fair – Employer Encounter

Summer Term

1st Half
Senior Citizen’s party – work place skills development  

Summer Term

2nd Half

Warwick University Visit – Employer Encounter

What is my job? – Employer Encounter

Work Experience – to take place post GCSEs and over the summer

 

Key Stage 5
  Year 12 Year 13
Ongoing

Duke of Edinburgh Award

University visits

Charity work

Work Experience

Law Society

Architecture Society

Duke of Edinburgh Award

University visits

Charity work

Work Experience

Law Society

Architecture Society

Autumn Term 

1st Half

Engineering Education Scheme

Medsoc – how to get work experience

English – Next Stage – Beyond KS5

CityZen – Civil Engineering

RAF – Access All Areas Virtual Event

Review of Y12 exams

McMillan Coffee Morning

Interview Preparation & Practice

Oxbridge preparation sessions

Student Finance

Subject Champions

School Prefects

BMAT preparation sessions

RAF – Access All Areas Virtual Event

Law Society

Autumn Term

2nd Half

Engineering Education Scheme

CityZen – Civil Engineering

What Career Live? What University Live?

Students Finance – accommodation, banking and budgeting

Mock Oxbridge, medical, dentistry interviews (MMIs) – interview advice

Oxbridge preparation sessions

Subject Champions

School Prefects

Spring Term

1st Half

Engineering Education Scheme

UCAS process

University experience – visits from universities

Choosing a course and university

Apprenticeships & gap years

Medsoc & Biological society – seminars and mock MMIs

UCAS decisions and Personal finance

Subject Champions

School Prefects

Spring Term

2nd Half

Engineering Education Scheme

Oxbridge Conference

Personal statements

Post-18 Day including Careers Fair

Life at university

Cooking on a budget

Subject Champions

School Prefects

UCAS surgery

Summer Term

1st Half

Engineering Education Scheme

UCAS procedure and deadlines

Open days

Planning community placements

Planning for House Festival

Medsoc – support for personal statements

 

Summer Term

2nd Half

UCAS Conference

Work Experience/university visits

UCAS surgery

 

 

Careers Assemblies

In addition to the programme above, the school arranges assemblies with a Career focus. The assemblies over the last few years and those planned for the upcoming year are shown here:

2018-19 2019-20 2020-21 2021-22 (proposed)
  • Setting up your own company - Mr Edwards (PrezzyBox)
  • Being an Entrepreneur - Mr Scott
  • Creative Careers - Ms Hart – Warwick Arts Centre
  • Being an actor - Mr Stevenson (Casualty)
  • Careers in the Food Industry – Miss Rose
  • Being an Environmental Consultant - Ms Horn
  • Mechanical Engineering - Race for the Line – Bytesnap
  • Careers in the NHS – H Dempsey
  • Careers in Academia – Professor Holland
  • Careers in Law – Ms K Halliday
  • Using Labour Market Information – Dr Rose
  • Unusual Careers – 9W
  • Working for yourself in a creative industry – Miss L Orr and Miss L Tidd
  • Careers in Languages (Mrs Rose)
  • Careers in Property and Surveying (Miss Lemen)
  • Careers in the financial industry – Miss H Smith
  • Careers in Engineering – Miss K Vaitha
  • Careers in Teaching
  • Careers in the Army  -  17 & 18/11/2021 (KS4 & 5)
  • Ask Apprenticeships (KS4) – 20/1/2021
  • What do our students go on to study? Mrs Johnson