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CAREERS DEPARTMENT

Welcome to the St John Fisher Careers Department.

 

Use the links on the top left to download the information listed or to leave a query, etc on the general discussion forum.

Mrs Dukes is Head of Careers.

To book a guidance interview or for further information please email: jdukes@sjfchs.org.uk

St John Fisher is committed to providing a planned programme of careers education and information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) for all students in Years 7 -13 and we seek to ensure we adhere to the guidelines as outlined in “Careers guidance and inspiration in Schools – statutory guidance for governing bodies, school leaders and school staff” March 2015

 Please click on the relevant year group for more information on Careers Education and Guidance for that Year group

Effective Career Planning has three elements:

· Self-Awareness 

· Career Exploration 

· Career Planning

Across the different year groups Careers Education and guidance will reflect these different elements to provide a clear, logical and coherent programme of study. This will allow our learners to make well thought out and informed decisions.

When and Where?

Careers education and guidance is delivered from Year 7 and is given in a number of ways including:

- Taught lessons with PSCHEE 

- Tutor based activities following the STEP programme

Options forums

- Group and individual interviews

- Off timetable activity days

- Talks and presentations

- Visits from external visitors

Mrs Dukes has an office on the English corridor and pupils are very welcome to visit on Monday, Tuesday and Friday between 12.30-1.15 for additional help and support or to book an appointment. Alternatively they can email: jdukes@sjfchs.org.uk to request an appointment. 


What do we do?
The aim of the Careers Department is to make sure that people know the range of choices available to them and are helped to choose the best one. In partnership with colleagues at St Aidan’s we work with students from year 7 right through to the Sixth Form. 
 

Mrs Bennett is a qualified Careers Advisor who runs guidance sessions at St John Fisher’s. Mrs Bennett is Head of Careers at St Aidan’s.

 


 

Mrs Bones is a qualified Careers Advisor who runs guidance sessions at St John Fisher

 

 

Information and advice for parents supporting pupils on option choices and higher education can be found at: www.careersadviceforparents.org/p/free-expert-advice.html

Guidance and Advice on Careers of the Future

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/careers-of-the-future

A list of additional useful Websites can be found using the link on the right.

 

Year 7:

Careers Education is taught within PSCHEE and tutor time. Pupils have a number of Careers sessions throughout the year.  The lessons follow the STEP programme which focuses on three key areas:

• help students to understand more about themselves (Self-development through careers and work-related

Education)

• increase their knowledge of where to find useful information (Finding out about careers and the world of work)

• increase students’ understanding of the world of work and help them plan for the future (Developing skills for Career wellbeing and employability)

 

A year 7 careers day is planned for the summer term with a focus on learning styles, making choices and enterprise based activities. This will help to prepare pupils for the option choices they will make in year 8.

If you would like to arrange a careers interview to discuss future option choices please contact Mrs Dukes at school or via jdukes@sjfchs.org.uk

 

Year 8

 

 

Year 9

Lessons in PSCHEE have a significant careers focus in year 9. The STEPS Careers booklet delivered in tutor time also leads on from the work done in years 7 and 8. The focus in year 9 is on:

• help students to understand more about themselves (Self-development through careers and work-related education)

• increase their knowledge of where to find useful information (Finding out about careers and the world of work)

• increase students’ understanding of the world of work and help them plan for the future (Developing skills for career wellbeing and employability)

 

If you would like to arrange a careers interview to discuss future option choices please contact Mrs Dukes at school or via jdukes@sjfchs.org.uk

 

Year 10

Form tutors deliver careers information using the step programme. The focus in year 10 is on:

• Help students to understand more about themselves (self-development) – in the CDI Framework this is

‘Self-development through careers and work-related education.’

• Increase their knowledge of where to find useful information (careers exploration) – in the CDI Framework this is ‘Finding out about careers and the world of work.’

• Increase students’ understanding of the world of work and help them plan for the future (careers management)

Pupils have an off timetable day in the final term. The focus is on understanding option choices for after year 11, managing personal finances, CV writing, using Internet based resources as well as talks from external providers. 

 

Pupils will work round a series of workshops led by industry experts, careers staff, local employers, colleges and training providers

 

A select group of pupils will undertake a week long work experience placement in the summer term.

If you would like to arrange a careers interview to discuss future option choices please contact Mrs Dukes at school or via jdukes@sjfchs.org.uk

 

Year 11:

Year 11 is a time of making choices in relation to future plans. Pupils have to continue in education or training until they are at least 18 – whilst the vast majority of our pupils continue on into the Associated Sixth Form we are committed to providing impartial help and support on all the options available to them.  Pupils might go to another school, to college or to a training provider. They could start work as an apprentice when they are 16. At St John Fisher we are committed to providing students will all the information they need to make an informed choice on the best and most suitable pathway.

In partnership with St Aidan’s, Year 11 students have access to independent and impartial careers guidance through interview with a professionally qualified Careers Adviser. You are very welcome to attend these interviews, times and dates go into registers, please email jdukes@sjfchs.org.ukif you would like to attend.

Education

All year 11 pupils have a careers interview with a qualified careers advisor. In this session they discuss option choices and future plans. These start after October half term and run throughout the rest of the academic year.

Additional interviews are given to pupils not staying on into the sixth form. Pupils are seen several times throughout the year so applications to external providers can be supported.

The STEP Careers Booklet based is delivered by form tutors and builds on the work done lower down the school. The focus is on:

• help students to understand more about themselves (Self-development through careers and work-related education)

• increase their knowledge of where to find useful information (Finding out about careers and the world of work)

• increase students’ understanding of the world of work and help them plan for the future (Developing skills for career wellbeing and employability)

 

Additional Activities

Sixth form information evening

Talks from external agencies

Options Forum

Careers Advisor at parents evening, this is a drop in session but appointments can be booked, please email: jdukes@sjfchs.org.uk

Assemblies from Heads of Subject

Talk from the Heads of the Associated Sixth Form and the sixth form team on life in the associated sixth form.

Support and advice from a sixth form senior tutor throughout year 11

Support from Oxbridge coordinator

Regular monitoring of college and apprenticeship applications, regular additional interviews throughout the year.

Reviews are done throughout the year to further identify anyone who feels they need extra support; additional interviews are given where necessary.

 

 

 

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