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Careers Programme: Years 7-9

Careers Education is predominantly taught as part of the PACE programme. 

Year 7 - "All about careers"

  • Students are introduced to the world of work and the terminology associated with it.
  • Students are introduced to careers resources and will start to develop their skills for researching information on different careers.
  • Students are introduced to the wide range of careers available to them. They are encouraged to challenge stereotypes within the world of work and traditional job roles.
  • Students will hear talks from external speakers about their jobs and what they involve.
  • Students have optional access to independent guidance (Head of Year referral).
  • Students are encouraged to attend careers talks and fairs.

Year 8 - "All about you and your skills for work"

  • Students will look at job adverts from different sources, highlighting similarities, differences and key points.
  • Students will start to develop their skills in identifying what employers are looking for.
  • Students are encouraged to identify their own personal traits, strengths and skills.
  • Students will develop an action plan to help develop their employability skills.
  • Students will start to think about what they find important in a career in terms of lifestyle, and a good work/life balance. They will be encouraged to have high expectations of themselves.
  • Students will hear talks from external speakers about their jobs and what they involve.
  • Students have optional access to independent guidance (Head of Year referral).
  • Students are encouraged to attend careers talks and fairs.

Year 9 - "Making choices"

  • Students are introduced to the world of work first hand via a work shadowing day. They will be encouraged to critically reflect on their experience.
  • Students are introduced to a range of different websites available to them to help research different jobs, what they involve, and what skills and qualifications are needed for them.
  • Students will begin to think about GCSE options in terms of potential career pathways. They will be encouraged to use the careers resources they have been introduced to, to help inform their GCSE decisions.
  • Students will learn about the role of social media, and how this can help or hinder future applications.
  • Students have optional access to independent guidance (Head of Year referral).
  • Students are encouraged to attend careers talks and fairs.