Careers education and work-related learning
Careers information, advice and guidance is a very important part of the curriculum. It provides the link between what we do in school and a student’s next steps into the adult world. There can be no higher priority than ensuring a young person can make an informed decision about their future.
Regent High School welcomes the Government's Careers Strategy: making the most of everyone's skills and talents (December 2017) and the Gatsby Benchmarks of Good Career Guidance (2014), and we are using these tools to help in our continual drive to further develop our careers information, advice and guidance work.
Our named Careers Leader is Mrs L Driscoll, Assistant Headteacher (Sixth Form and Careers); Mrs Driscoll can be reached by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephoning 020 7387 0126.
Our CEIAG work
Our careers education, information, advice and guidance work is extensive, and takes place within lessons such as PSHRE and through extra-curricular and curriculum enhancement opportunities. We provide here a snapshot of some of the work that we undertake.
We offer students a wide range of experiences and activities throughout their time at Regent High School, many of which will be targeted towards their interests. At the start of each academic year students are asked to complete a survey identifying up to five areas of work that they are interested in finding out more about. We then use this information to provide activities and speakers to facilitate their understanding of those areas of work. A breakdown of their entitlement at each Key Stage follows.
By the end of Key Stage 3, students will:
- Know how to use the careers library
- Have found out more about themselves, including their skills and talents, personal qualities, and possibilities for change
- Know how to make decisions, such as choosing GCSE/BTEC options
- Have learned about equal opportunities
- Have met the Careers Adviser
- Have used KUDOS to find out more about the types of work they are suited to and are interested in
- Have discovered more about the world of work and the choices they have to make
- Have started the process of action planning
By the end of Key Stage 4, students will have:
- Taken part in Employer Engagement Week in Year 10
- Used computer resources such as KUDOS and Jobs 4 U to continue to find out more about the types of work in which they are interested
- Received more information about their post-16 options
- Developed an action plan
- Had a guidance interview with our Careers Adviser, and help to decide about their next step
- Had information about local colleges
- Had the opportunity to speak to employers and training providers about their prospects for the future
By the end of Key Stage 5, all students will have:
- Taken part in Futures Week in Year 12
- Extended their self-knowledge, career exploration, career management, key and other employability skills
- Developed their career capital (e.g. with work experience, voluntary work)
- Devised a set of personal criteria to help them identify appropriate routes to their goals
- Researched, evaluated, obtained guidance on, chosen and applied for an appropriate opportunity and, if necessary, financial support
- Made a back-up plan in case things go better or worse than expected
As well as the careers programme, Regent High School develops students’ awareness of careers throughout the curriculum. Speakers from different sectors regularly come into lessons and assemblies to speak about careers.
Students in Year 12 have the opportunity to take part in a work experience placement. The main focus of this is for students to develop their employability skills and consider the importance of communication and team work while in the work place. Students are encouraged to find their own placement in an area of work that interests them; alternatively, they are able to choose from a database of employers provided to them.
Careers information and advice:
The Careers Library is situated in the Library and comprises books, magazines and leaflets that are available for reference. Students can also access a range of online careers resources including Kudos Inspire U-Explore and Careers4u TV.
Regent High School also has an independent Careers Adviser, Mr C Luard, who works in school on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Mr Luard is able to help and advise students on:
- Careers advice
- Part-time work and CV writing
- Volunteering opportunities
- Getting involved in activities outside of school such as youth clubs, drama or sports opportunities
- Student finance
The Careers Office can also be found in the library. The Careers Adviser holds regular drop-in sessions where you can pop in without an appointment.
One of the most important things for students and their parents/carers to understand is the routes of progression for young people today. This can often be very confusing, however, the diagram below illustrates the routes available to students from Entry Level to higher education qualifications.
If you require any further help, advice or information please contact us at the school.