Careers’ programme

In accordance to St Edmund’s Catholic Academy Careers’ Strategy and in view of the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks, the following will be the entitlements for our students.

Year 7

Through the Careers’ Programme and through the extension of EE into the curriculum, students will:

  • Reflect on the value of work and employment.
  • Evaluate the issue of unemployment
  • Gain knowledge on different types of employment
  • Reflect on how employment impacts on family life
  • Reflect on the value of money in the context of happiness.
  • Have a whole year group careers’ initiation day
  • Start their CV
  • Have a variety of employability and enterprise challenges or projects
  • Have a variety of employer encounters through educational visits and visiting speakers as organised by each individual subject (please see EE Audit)
  • Regularly review their EE experiences by using their EE Passport

Year 8

Through the Careers’ Programme and through the extension of EE into the curriculum, students will:

  • Study employability skills
  • Evaluate advantages and disadvantages of seasonal work Vs job for life
  • Reflect on Career planning within a competitive Job Market
  • Reflect on the importance of transferable skills
  • Reflect on the challenges of planning family around work/job
  • Have a whole year group Careers’ Day
  • Have the opportunity review and develop their CV
  • Have a variety of employability and enterprise challenges or projects
  • Have a variety of employer encounters through educational visits and visiting speakers as organised by each individual subject (please see EE Audit)
  • Regularly review their EE experiences by using their EE Passport

Year 9

Through the Careers’ Programme and through the extension of EE into the curriculum, students will:

  • Explore their talents, passions, character and career paths
  • Explore skills in relation to variety of jobs
  • Reflect on different subjects and career paths
  • Have a whole year group Careers’ Fayre
  • Have a vocations liturgy
  • Have an opportunity to review Career’s Fayre along with their GCSE options
  • Have the opportunity review and develop their CV
  • Have a variety of employability and enterprise challenges or projects
  • Have a variety of employer encounters through educational visits and visiting speakers as organised by each individual subject (please see EE Audit)
  • Regularly review their EE experiences by using their EE Passport

Year 10

Through the Careers’ Programme and through the extension of EE into the curriculum, students will:

  • Reflect on employer expectations
  • Reflect on the Rights of employees at work
  • Reflect on the importance of leisure
  • Have another opportunity to visit the Career’s Fayre
  • Prepare for and experience the whole year group mock interview
  • Review both the Careers’ Fayre and Mock interviews events.
  • Have the opportunity review and develop their CV
  • Have a variety of employability and enterprise challenges or projects
  • Have a variety of employer encounters through educational visits and visiting speakers as organised by each individual subject (please see EE Audit)
  • Regularly review their EE experiences by using their EE Passport

Year 11

Through the Careers’ Programme and through the extension of EE into the curriculum, students will:

  • Investigate A Level Options
  • Plan for and experience 6th Form interviews
  • Have independent careers’ guidance
  • Have opportunities to focus on study skills
  • Have opportunities to develop revision techniques for success
  • Have opportunities for open days when requested by the student
  • Have the 11 – 12 sixth form induction
  • Have the opportunity review and develop their CV
  • Have a variety of employability and enterprise challenges or projects
  • Have a variety of employer encounters through educational visits and visiting speakers as organised by each individual subject (please see EE Audit)
  • Regularly review their EE experiences by using their EE Passport
  • Have an opportunity for a Week’s Work Experience

6th Form

  • UCAS/applying for apprenticeships.
  • Receive in-house and professional guidance on how to write a good personal statement
  • Reflect on “The school leaver and graduate job market”
  • Have tutorials on budgeting during university years
  • Have opportunities to review options including higher education, jobs, gap years, apprenticeships etc.
  • Attend university open days
  • Have another opportunity for mock interviews and careers’ fayre
  • Receive independent Careers’ guidance
  • Take on leadership roles within the school with opportunities to address parents and governors.
  • Follow the Catholic Life Enrichment programme through which they can use their talents and skills to contribute to school life and the wider community
  • Have a two weeks’ Work Experience
  • Have the opportunity review and develop their CV
  • Have a variety of employability and enterprise challenges or projects
  • Have a variety of employer encounters through educational visits and visiting speakers as organised by each individual subject (please see EE Audit)
  • Regularly review their EE experiences by using their EE Passport

Addendum:

The above programme is part of a 5-year strategy commenced in 2016. Therefore, some elements of it may still be a working progress. For example, the EE passport is in its phasing in period. We hope that with the variety of opportunities offered throughout the year and through each Curriculum Area and for all Key Stages, the Academy can comfortably meet all the Gatsby Benchmarks for all learners.