Careers Education begins in Year 7 and is part of the PSHE & Citizenship programme. In Year 8, pupils visit the Careers Office, where they gain an introduction to ‘The World of Work’.
In Year 9, when pupils are choosing their options and making their choices, they can arrange a careers interview with Mrs Lawrence, the Careers Advisor, and get help and advice on how a career choice can determine which subjects they choose to study at GCSE, A level and beyond.
Year 10’s have the opportunity of an employer visit and this year, they enjoyed a trip to The National Physical Laboratory. During the summer term, Year 10’s are introduced to ‘Thomas Education’ who provide assessment tools to help pupils understand where their strengths lie and give them confidence and motivation to make those important decisions.
The Futurewise New Generation Psychometric Profiling
The Year 11 Careers evening takes place in the Autumn Term and provides an opportunity for parents and pupils to find out more about additional tools that can complement their son’s academic studies. The evening includes speakers from ‘Inspiring Futures’, the independent schools careers service who provide us with The Futurewise New Generation psychometric profiling, which forms the basis for advice on AS choices and possible university courses. Speakers from organisations who offer School Leaver programmes or Higher Level Apprenticeships also offer discussion on alternatives to university.
During the first term of Year 11, all students are encouraged to have a Careers interview with Mrs Lawrence after meeting with The Heads of Sixth Form. Online profiling can be used to help determine suitable career choices. Students at Ewell Castle are encouraged to see how their own personality, interests, ambitions and strengths combine to influence their choice of career path. Work experience takes place after GCSES in June/July, and is now an essential part of the careers programme, providing the opportunity for pupils to sample a week with a chosen employer, which also forms an integral part of the UCAS application.
There is an extensive programme of Careers education and guidance in the Sixth Form and this includes enrichment on Friday afternoons, (run by Mr D’ Souza and Mrs Mcmanus -The Heads of Sixth Form, Mrs Lawrence and a team of teachers.) These sessions offer students the opportunity to meet with a diverse range of speakers, and include a Higher Education conference and a trip to a Russell Group university where pupils will learn how to write a personal statement and experience a taster session on their chosen lecture. During the summer term Lower Sixth students commence work on their UCAS applications in preparation for the Upper Sixth and are offered 1:1 advice on university courses and UCAS. Throughout the life of the Sixth Form, pupils can access 1:1 careers interviews with Mrs Lawrence. Sixth Formers are encouraged to carry out further work experience, to gain skills including team working, communication skills and commercial awareness, all of which are sought by employers, especially at graduate level.
|Mrs E Lawrence BA, PG Dip (Careers Guidance)||Head of Department|