School Careers Programme
At High Tunstall we aim to enable our students to develop their personal skills to become effective and independent career planners who are able to make informed decisions in preparation and ‘readiness’, for moving onto the next steps into further and higher education, training and/or employment.
Career preparations are developed through sessions from Year 7 through to Year 11 on various topics covering:
- Understanding yourself
- Career research and exploration
- Career planning
- Employability skills
At High Tunstall we:
- Encourage students to develop an understanding of themselves and the influences on them
- Instil, an ethos of self-determination and self-improvement as a learner
- Teach students about the world of work and careers
- Encourage students to make the most of careers information, advice and guidance
- Develop basic employability skills with students – including: initiative, decision making, leadership etc.
- Show students the application and selection process
Careers education and work-related learning is delivered through tutor time careers sessions/lessons/assemblies as well as events both in and out of college. Each year group from Year 7 to Year 11 has planned activities to help them develop their careers research, exploration and planning during their designated careers time.
Tutors/Teachers will discuss career aspirations with tutees/students as well as with their 1:1 meetings with their CEIAG Coach, Careers teaching staff, our Academic Coach, Mrs Dixon or members of the SLT or Year Leaders.
Key Stage 3
In year 7, 8 and 9 there is some dedicated time during PSHCE to develop ideas, information, skills and research into career pathways. Students will develop new skills to help them become workplace ready. They will also work closely with the ESH Group, Job Centre Plus, local colleges and industries. During these years, students will have an opportunity to carry out research into their chosen career paths using a range of online tools. Students are also encouraged use the college’s careers library to explore their chosen career paths even further – this is situated in the ILH. KS3 students will also take part in the college’s careers fair, careers speed dating, and further events and activities.
Key Stage 4
Throughout Year 10 and 11, students will participate in a number of internal and external activities, assemblies and events to support their careers ideas and exploration. All students are offered a 1:1 careers guidance meeting with Miss Laing our Careers Coach. The meeting provides impartial information, advice and guidance for students. Students can also attend college taster days, employers fair, mock interviews to help them with their career choices. All Year 10 students will also receive fortnightly lessons on Careers, chronologically moving from …
- Term 1 – Being Ready … to understand themselves, key skills and lifelong learning
- Term 2 – Being Respectful … of our post-16 choices and pathways
- Term 3 – Being Safe … in the world of Work and Employability
For more information about our Careers Programme of study in Year 10 and how it develops on from our KS3 PSHCE Curriculum, please click here.