To create a learning environment which promotes aspiration and which supports pupils as they work towards the realisation of their chosen career pathway.
- To actively promote pupils’ understanding of the link between educational attainment and future career opportunities;
- To encourage consideration of GCSE and A level subject choices in terms of personal strengths, career aspirations and employment opportunities;
- To promote pupils’ understanding of the connection between classroom activities and the world of work by maintaining and developing links with local employers;
- To enrich pupils’ educational experience across the school by encouraging and facilitating the inclusion of subject specific career opportunities within individual subjects;
- To encourage and support diversity and individuality in the choice of career pathway, be this in Further or Higher Education or in vocational opportunities.
Key Stage 3
- Year 10 receive a weekly period of Employability;
- Support from Employability teacher when selecting GCSE subjects;
- Parent/ guardian Careers presentation prior to GCSE choices;
- GCSE Subject Choice Information Booklet.
Key Stage 4
- A weekly Careers period: pupils follow a programme of study which promotes exploration of personal skills and aspirations, and a range of Post-16 pathways;
- Guidance interviews for each pupil, provided by Northern Ireland Careers Service;
- Additional guidance from NI Careers Service for pupils with additional educational needs;
- Presentations from outside agencies to promote career exploration and employment opportunities;
- Parent/ Guardian Careers and Year Head presentation prior to A-Level choices;
- A-Level Subject Choice Information Booklet;
- Careers and Senior Leadership Team support on GCSE results day.
- A weekly Careers period in both Year 13 & Year 14;
- Presentations from outside agencies and local universities to promote awareness of career and employment opportunities;
- Year 13 Work Shadowing, including placements provided by Work Inspirations;
- Teacher consultations during selection of Post-16 Careers pathway, including HE applications;
- Additional support from Northern Ireland Careers Service when required;
- Mock Interview experience on request;
- Student Finance NI guidance for HE student loan application;
- Assistance with completion of HE application and support with final course choices;
- Careers and Senior Leadership Team support on AS/A2 results day;
- Parent/ guardian Careers and Year Head presentation prior to A-Level choices and Post -16 pathway decisions.
Additional Support for all Year groups
- Careers Fair (alternate years): exhibitors from universities across the UK & Republic of Ireland, local employers and vocational pathways.