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Careers Education

A successful career allows financial independence, security, a sense of purpose and allows an individual to lead a healthy and happy life.

The attainment of qualifications and the development of skills by students at Wombourne High School allows entry into a vast array of careers.

In addition, the aim of the careers education programme at Wombourne is to allow students to explore the many opportunities available to them, to understand the different skills and qualifications they need, and to inspire students to work towards career goals that align with their passions and interests.

At Wombourne High School we understand that students entering the workplace over the next few years are likely to change career paths much more frequently than previous generations.  We also understand that many skills that employers need are in emerging technologies.  We therefore seek to develop as many skills in our young people as possible, to widen their horizons to the pace of change, and to make them adaptable young people, quickly able to pick up new concepts.

Every successful individual of working age will have a message to share about gaining employment, the development of skills, unusual pathways into careers, and what it is like to undertake different roles.  At Wombourne we therefore aim to create an environment whereby conversations about careers are regularly facilitated, either from the staff within the school, or visitors to the school, or with people students encounter on trips and visits.  All staff at Wombourne High School are encouraged to display their career history and insights into work on outside of their classrooms.

Students in Year 10 and 12 benefit from a work experience programme in the summer term, where students are given the opportunity to experience careers education in the workplace.

Students in Year 10 also benefit from the school’s unique interview project.  Working with employers and members of the local community students apply for a virtual job, they write a covering letter and CV, and are then interviewed for the virtual role by visitors to the school.  A unique way for students to develop the skills needed to be successful in obtaining posts later in life, and also a unique opportunity for students to be given feedback on their presentation skills.

Wombourne High School is committed to using the Gatsby Benchmarks to ensure the careers advice offered to students is of a high quality.  The Gatsby Benchmarks were established through the work of Sir John Holman in 2013, who undertook extensive study in the UK and abroad on what constituted good practice.  Through his work the eight benchmarks are:

  1. A stable careers programme
  2. Learning from career and labour market information
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
  5. Encounters with employers and employees
  6. Experiences of workplaces
  7. Encounters with further and high education
  8. Personal guidance

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The careers education programme at Wombourne High School has the following structure

Year 7

Careers Education Timing of Event
Personal Career interest Review & Goals Term 1 C4L
Personal interests career profile developed by use of IT software Term 1 ICT
Work Roles & Aspirations Term 1 C4L
2 lessons a year in every subject which are career related Throughout the year
4 Career Assemblies with outside speakers Throughout the year

Year 8

Careers Education Timing of Event
Identify & Personal Characteristics Term 1 C4L
Careers & Employment Term 1 C4L
Enterprise Term 1 C4L
Year 8 student receptionist opportunities Throughout the year
Invictus Communication Term 2 English
2 lessons a year in every subject which are career related Throughout the year
4 Career Assemblies with outside speakers Throughout the year

Year 9

Careers Education Timing of Event
Aspirations – Ambitions Term 1 C4L
Future Choices Term 1 C4L
Soft Skills in the workplace Term 1 C4L
Choices – Advice & Guidance Term 1 C4L
2 lessons a year in every subject which are career related Throughout the year
4 Career Assemblies with outside speakers Throughout the year

Year 10

4 Career Assemblies with outside speakersThroughout the year

Careers Education Timing of Event
Career Fair Term 2
CV and cover letter writing Term 3
Interview Project Term 3
Work Experience Term 3
2 lessons a year in every subject which are career related Throughout the year

Year 11

4 Career Assemblies with visitorsThroughout the year

Careers Education Timing of Event
Individual careers meeting with AWO Term 1 and 2
Support with college applications (AWO) Term 2 & 3
SEN Career Workshop from Department of Work and Pensions Term 1
2 lessons a year in every subject which are career related Throughout the year
Assemblies from Post 16 providers Throughout the year

Year 12

Careers Education Timing of Event
University guest speakers Throughout the year
Apprenticeship Show Term 1
UCAS Convention Term 3
UCAS Parent Information Evening Term 3
University Residential Visit Term 3
UniFrog Support Tutor Time throughout the year
Work Experience Term 3
Futures Day Term 2
Post 18 Options Convention (Halesowen) Term 3
Bespoke mock interviews Throughout the year
English Speaking Board Qualification Term 3

Year 13

Careers Education Timing of Event
University Guest Speakers Throughout the year
Apprenticeship Show Term 1
Bespoke mock interviews Throughout the year
Student Finance Parents Information Evening Term 3
UniFrog Support Throughout the year

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