Sir John Nelthorpe School

Sir John Nelthorpe School

Careers Programme

We are working to the Gatsby benchmarks to ensure we offer the full range of opportunities for our pupils. Each year has a programme which has been re-designed to ensure all aspects of careers information, advice and guidance are covered and delivered by a range of staff, external specialists and guests each year. We follow the CDI framework with three key elements:

1. Developing yourself through careers, employability and enterprise:
2. Learning about careers and the world of work:
3. Developing your career management, employability and enterprise skills:

Careers is delivered predominantly through a series of Drop Down days as well as in weekly PSHE and tutor time activities, assemblies and bespoke sessions for each year group.

Careers Programme Year 7

Pupils develop an understanding of careers and the wealth of job opportunities available to them including salaries. They explore their 'dream job' of the future. Pupils also learn about finance and how to handle money.

A STEM related career presentation is given to the whole year group from an external provider. Most recently this has been through the Armed Forces.

Careers Programme Year 8

Pupils develop their undersatnding of careers and enetrprise. They learn about the affects of employment and unemployment on their community and why work is important to their lives. Transferable skills are covered as is the likelyhood of having more than one job over a lifetime. Pupils research skills and qualifications reqiuired for jobs that they are aspiring to. Finally pupils learn about businesses and their structures and what enterprise actually is.

A STEM related career presentation is given to the whole year group from an external provider. Most recently this has been through the Armed Forces.

Careers Programme Year 9

Pupils begin to identify their personal strengths, skills and qualities and link them to future careers. They begin to look at the different work opportunities available to them and explain both positive/negative benefits. Gender stereotyping is covered. Finally managing the costs of living with a salary are explored.

A dropdown day covers: Managing financial decisions/budgeting. Gambling and its consequences. Understanding different types of employment and work options. Various pathways are explored with the addition of outside speakers delivering information sessions.

The whole of Year 9 attend a Higher Education day at the University of Hull which explores options and raises aspirations.

Careers Programme Year 10

The majority of time in Year 10 is spent in preparation for a week long work experience in April. Pupils self-canvas an employer in an area that they are interested. Pupils also have a post-16 taster day.

Careers Programme Year 11

The programme in Y11 focuses around individual needs as pupils move towards making post-16 decisions. All students are guided in writing CVs, completingpost-16 application forms and preparation for interviews. A series of mock job interviews are carried out by a network of employers in partnership with our Enterprise Advisor.

Further independent advice and guidance is made available throughout the year. Y11 have weekly assemblies dedicated to their futures. Talks around raising aspirations, motivational speakers, information about labour market are made available. Post-16 information is emailed directly to individuals and displayed on noticeboards whilst post-16 providers are invited in to present to the pupils about their options.

Sixth form 'Taster days' are offered to those on A Level and Vocational pathways.

Careers Programme Y12/13

Through tutorial input students work towards their post-18 options. These include writing their UCAS personal statements. There are opportunities to visit higher education establishments. Students are encouraged to self-canvass a work experience placement during their summer recess in Y12.

Outside employers are invited in to discuss career pathways whilst all Y12 students have a careers interview.

Mock interviews are carried out with local employers (Rotary Club) so that students can prepare themsevles for future job applicatioins having received informative feedback.

Annual Careers Fair

The school piloted a careers fair in 2020 and it was so successful that we intend to run this annually. Both local and national employers from a vast array of employers, Post-16 providers and universities are represented. All pupils from years 7 to 13 are invited to discuss and explore thier options.


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