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Careers and Work Related Learning

To help all our students from Year 7 to 13 reach their potential and make an effective transition from school to employment, Burntwood is committed to delivering a high standard of Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG).

Our Careers Programme aims to:

- support our students’ decision-making as they approach transitions and have to make choices,

- inform, encourage and inspire them as they consider their future options, and

- help them understand and develop their employability skills as they prepare for the world of work.

Careers Guidance

We acknowledge the importance of impartial careers advice for all year groups, and careers guidance is available to all students from our careers industry qualified adviser. In particular, one-on-one interviews are set up for each Year 11 student and encouraged for all Year 12 students.

Careers Education and Work Related Learning

Careers education is incorporated into the school timetable, with each year group benefiting from dedicated careers related lessons. These are further supported by activities related to individual subject departments.

Careers education begins in Year 7 with the opportunity for face-to-face discussion with an external visitor regarding their career and the career choices they have made.

In Year 8, all students do reception duty for a day to have the opportunity to develop their work related skills.

All Year 9 students are introduced to the Fast Tomato online careers programme where they explore their skills, and identify potential careers and the pathways to achieve them. An annual careers fair provides Year 9 students with the chance to make contact with and explore a wide range of careers and occupations.

Year 10 students participate in the nationwide enterprise programme, The Lionheart Challenge aimed at teaching students key technical and business disciplines as well as giving them an opportunity to develop core enterprise and transferable skills.

We recognise the value of work experience to introduce students to the world of work, give them contact with real employers and help them develop their transferable skills. We remain committed to providing all Year 10 students with a two-week work experience that they attend towards the end of the Summer term. This experience is

supported by preparation sessions when students consider CV writing, health and safety issues, interview skills and job applications. After the work experience, students work through evaluating activities to reflect and record their learning experience.

Year 11 students take part in writing a progress file to help them chose sixth form courses, training or apprenticeships and meet one-on-one with the careers adviser to discuss their 16+ options.

Throughout the Sixth form years, a program of careers and work related activities is organised including external facilitators and speakers and trips to employers and further and higher education bodies. Specific student interests and pathways are identified early in the academic year and tailored opportunities and support is provided for pathways including Oxbridge, Medicine, Art and Design, Law, Nursing, IT and Business.

Tutors provide support around the UCAS application and following on from internal examinations, Year 12 students attend workshops to register them on the UCAS process and support them as they draft their personal statement. Year 12 students visit the UCAS fair in London and are encouraged to attend university open days.

Year 12 students are encouraged and supported to set up work experience both within the enrichment period of the school week or following on from internal examinations.

In addition, the school encourages visits from organisations to introduce students to a wide range of career choices and industries including Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), identified by the government as a priority. External speakers including alumni, inform on the range of career pathways including school leaver and graduate apprenticeships.

Each year we welcome 30 employers to the school for our careers fair. In the past these have included BAE, British Airways, BT, GlaxoSmithKline, HSBC, KPMG, Marks and Spencer, Microsoft, and Wimbledon Theatre.

Careers Information

Further and higher education resources are available in the sixth form study room and additional careers resources are available for all students in the library and the careers office.

In addition, careers opportunities relating to work experience, apprenticeships, courses and labour market intelligence are published on the school website and in a half term newsletter.