Careers and Work Related Learning
We at Challney support our young people to make informal decisions about a wide range of progression, learning and employment routes to ensure they maximise their chances of a successful transition to adult life.
We believe that there are a number of successful approaches in the school that help learners to broaden their minds about the options open to them, inspire and motivate them to succeed at and reflect carefully making informed choices about their future careers.
In an increasing competitive world with a changing labour market, the importance of young people making informed and considered decisions about their own future has never been more important. To prepare our students for these decisive choices we offer a range of valued provision.
Careers education is delivered within the PDC programme and cross curricular throughout years 7-11. Each year group has a structured number of lessons for this area of the curriculum to provide a joined up programme throughout the students time at Challney.
Students focus on a range of skills which they will need to be successful in and out of school. This is an ideal opportunity to assess their strengths and weaknesses. The emphasis at this stage is on transferable skills. They have sessions on Enterprise and Critical Thinking in the Spring term and specifically on Careers in the Summer term.
The world of work is introduced which encourages students to think about different type of work. There are also external presentations on courses and careers fromdifferent colleges. There are also sessions on living in the wider world where students get to develop their understanding of and importance of enterprise.
Students are given the opportunity to explore the workplace and making choices, especially at this critical time in their education. There is a lot input on options and the importance of making the right choices. There are taster sessions in different subjects so that the students understand the requirements of the subject and what career pathways there are in the subject. Students also use our careers software Fast Tomato, giving them very useful information on different careers. During this year there is also an options assembly and evening. At the end of the Summer term our work experience provider takes an assembly on work experience taking the students through the process. Sessions in PDC focus on making the right work experience choices.
In addition to the careers programme in PDC which covers self-development and career exploration, students are given the opportunity to experience the world of work for one week. There are also 1:1 interviews with the careers advisor. The school also holds a career fayre specifically for year 10 and visits to colleges. There are also sessions on apprenticeships/enterprise/careers interview techniques and CV writing/personal statements and practice application forms. Sessions also include work life balance/stress. In the summer term students take part in the career software package called Kudos which helps students to research their careers and plan their future.
The careers programme at this stage again visits transferable skills and qualifications for various careers. It incorporates information about different qualifications and courses available post 16, successful completion of application forms, CV writing and interview skills. Students are also offered 1:1 careers interviews. There are also visits and assemblies from the colleges. Students also study finance and the importance of budgeting. There is also a careers fayre during the year.
There are a number of examples of good practice where Challney Girls are providing careers education information advice and guidance (CEIAG) that meets the needs of our learners.
Subject related careers fayres (Art and Design)
Here we raise awareness of different career pathways involved in these subjects, but also show how they could link to other careers which might require creative thinking. The fayre involves employers, businessesand local post educational establishments. The fayre provides hands on experience that inspire the learners to explore different career pathways.
Careers education within the curriculum:
Dedicated career education lessons form part of the personal development curriculum. This is available to all year groups. The lessons are timetabled at the same time and offer the opportunity of delivering alternative CEIAG activities i.e. inviting guest speakers from local colleges/employers. Lessons allow students to gain a sound understanding of careers and work related activities.
One-to-one external Career Advice and Guidance.
The school has an external provider to provide impartial one to one career advice and guidance interventions for students. The priority is given to Year 11 and Year 10.
The school has made resources available for our students so that they have the opportunity to do some independent research. There is a dedicated careers area in the library. We also provide career software packages i.e. Kudos and Fast Tomato which learners have access to and are taught how to use during curriculum. Careers information is also provided during assemblies, career boards and through the options booklet.
This is an opportunity for students to explore different career pathways related to engineering working with local engineering firms to run mini projects to help students to gain an insight on skills and qualities required for different engineering specialisms and visits to engineering firms.
STE(A)M Enrichment Day:
A dedicated day for Key Stage 4 students with activities planned throughout the day with visits to local employers, colleges and universities. Also group work sessions dedicated to exploring employability skills and career activities providing information about different pathways and choices post 16.
Alumni –Working with Future First
The school has organised a link on our website to keep in touch with former students. This is an opportunity to have relatable role models to inspire and inform current students by being speakers at career fairs or supporting specific subject areas. This also allows us to monitor alumni career progression routes and showcase their successes.
The school provides work experience to students in Year 10. This takes place from March 7-11 2016. We recognise the value of learners gaining the experience and insight into the world of work. The school has an external provider to source our work experience. There is time within the curriculum to prepare students for this opportunity, their placements and responsibilities. This begins in the end of Year 9. Students can either find their own placement utilising their own contacts or choosing from a list of employers on the Develop EBP website. Develop EBP give an assembly to Year 9 studentsexplaining the process.
b.Master Classes in Engineering/Maths
d.Research in different fields of engineering
Links with various businesses
a.SELEX/Vauxhall/GK aerospace/MTL/SKF/Hayward Tyler
Links with University of Bedfordshire/Central Beds College/Oaklands College/University Technical College/Barnfield.
Links to Luton 6th form college.
Project to encourage girls to go to Oxford University as part of Luton Futures
Cambridge University to speak to our students.