The West Bridgford School

Careers Entitlement

Year 7

  • Introduction to career options and different interchangeable qualities needed for various jobs (PSHE lessons) – exploring the skills individuals have currently that will benefit them in the work place and discuss other possible skills that might be required in
  • What different careers do you see on your way to school?’ (Activity/Competition) – as a form collectively discuss and write down all the different jobs you see on your way to school. Year group competition.
  • Careers Week Activity
  • Brightspace signposting through Career Companion Extra

Year 8

  • Career choices and development of careers skills (PSHE lessons)
  • Step IntoThe NHS’ National competition – completed in forms across the year group. An overview of what the NHS is and the different roles within in
  • Careers Week Activity
  • Brightspace signposting through Career Companion Extra

Year 9

  • Introduction to KUDOS programme – identify specific, personal skills and interests related to the world of work and explore different career interests
  • Options Day – all pupils attend different taster sessions of potential GCSE subject choices
  • Option Evening – presentation on options process for parents/careers and pupils as well as a chance to meet subject specific teachers
  • Careers Week Activity
  • Enterprise Day – external provider assists in delivering a collapsed down timetable day where all students participate in a careers themed event
  • My Future Choices’ career presentations (PSHE lessons)

Year 10

  • KUDOS access to all software programmes
  • 10 week block of careers focus, including - researching careers, looking at different types of job adverts, application forms, covering letters, preparing for interviews, difference between employed and unemployed, health and safety at work, gender equality and entrepreneur business tasks.
  • Head of Post 16 comes into PSHE lessons and gives a talk on higher education.
  • Careers Week Activity
  • Weekly career talk opportunities - held in Post 16 from visiting speakers, in various professions
  • Brightspace signposting through career Companion Extra

Year 11

  • KUDOS access to all software programmes
  • My Future Pathways Day – a range of providers from a variety of professions deliver inspiring talks and workshops within their field - pupils choose which talks they would like to attend
  • Interview techniques – a compulsory session on My Future Pathways Day in preparation for upcoming interviews
  • CV writing (two specific PSHE lessons)
  • CV support – (advice and feedback given via intervention team)
  • Informal interviews with Director of Learning/Head of Post 16
  • Mock Interviews  – all Year 11’s
  • Inspire Interviews  – identified Year 11’s
  • Year 11 intervention evening – open to parents/carers for support with Year 11 as well as advice and guidance for their child’s future
  • Post 16 Open Evening – presentation on Post 16 delivered by Head of Post 16 followed by the chance for parents/careers and pupils to go round to all A-level subject teachers to discuss options and content
  • Individual careers booklet (working document within tutor time) – includes recommended careers websites, personal analysis activities, higher education tips
  • Weekly career talk opportunities - held in Post 16 from visiting speakers, in various professions (published each term)
  • Apprenticeships Fair for targeted students
  • Brightspace signposting through Career Companion Extra

Year 12

During Learning Career Development (LCD) and throughout the year:

  • Information on the full range of 18+options.
  • Promote independent careers software including icould and UCAS.
  • The opportunity to visit a local university.
  • An introduction to the UCAS process and begin your application.
  • Be made aware of opportunities to visit institutions and open days.
  • The opportunity to attend careers information talks at school delivered by external professionals.
  • The opportunity to get specialist information and support about courses such as medicine, law, physiotherapy, dentistry, veterinary science.
  • The opportunity to attend talks delivered by apprenticeship providers.
  • Information on accessing widening participation opportunities including residential summer schools.
  • Information and support about how to apply for apprenticeships and jobs.
  • Brightspace signposting through Career Companion Extra

Year 13

During Learning Career Development (LCD) and throughout the year:

  • More specific information on the full range of 18+options
  • Help with the UCAS process and your personal statement
  • Be made aware of opportunities to visit institutions and open days
  • The opportunity to get specialist information and support about courses such as medicine, law, dentistry, veterinary science and Oxbridge.
  • Impartial advice about student finance
  • Information and support about how to apply for apprenticeships and jobs.
  • The opportunity to attend a High Level/Degree Level Apprenticeship Fair
  • Brightspace signposting through Career Companion Extra