Careers Information

We offer a wide range of activities and interventions that help your child to make the right choices.  This includes impartial advice and guidance at key transitional times and access to up to date information on careers and other issues affecting their well-being.

Our careers policy can be downloaded here.

Careers Team
Mrs D GallimoreHead of Work Related Learning and Careers, Careers Lead
Mrs S PeersDepartment Leader for PSHCE and Careers
Liz HirstCareers Adviser – C & K Careers
Mrs FisherCareers Administrator

The Careers Education Programme aims:

  • To encourage all students to recognise and value their own skills and abilities and to appreciate their relationships with, and their responsibilities towards, other people, the community and environment.
  • To develop the skills which help them to make informed and realistic choices for their future.
  • To enable students and parents to be aware of the opportunities and alternatives open to them at different stages of their life and raise aspirations.
  • To encourage understanding and experience of the world of work through work related learning and enterprise activities.
  • To encourage students to implement their career plans. To review and evaluate in order to make improved decisions and manage the transition processes effectively.
  • To promote equality of opportunity irrespective of race, religion, gender, sexuality, disability and special needs.

Year 7

n addition to the assistance given to students in handling the move from Primary Education to Secondary such as transition support using the VLE, careers input is incorporated into PSHCE and through tutorials. Students are given opportunities to build leadership skills through joining in with extra-curricular activities, becoming form charity reps and joining the school council. Students will also take part in an off-site team building challenge at Mixenden Outdoor Activities centre.

Students are encouraged to consider what is meant by the term ‘work’, identify the difference between a job and an occupation and reflect on what they consider to be their ‘dream’ occupation.  A module on aspirations gives students the opportunity to link life style and careers choices ahead. Working patterns, skills and characteristics of different jobs are compared and any gender stereotyping addressed.

Students also take part in developing their generic learning and personal skills through various programmes in school. During school trips and visits students will be encouraged to consider the employment roles they see. In tutorial time students discuss ‘Career of the Week’ which includes careers entry facts, salary, labour market information (LMI) and real life case studies.

Year 8

The primary focus this year is to assist students with their guided choices for GCSE. They are given advice in the run up to selecting their KS4 options through PSHCE, this includes how to make informed decisions. Information booklets, including ‘Directions’ from C&K Careers, are issued to students during this time along with a detailed guide for parents and carers outlining the school’s options process.

The PSHCE unit looks at ‘Jobs of the Future’ and LMI (Labour Market Information), compares jobs with careers and explores career paths. In addition, students look at interview skills and complete a team enterprise challenge (product design and pitch) in class.

Students are enrolled onto Unifrog, a powerful web based programme which provides access to the most up to date information on training, careers and LMI. This information is further supported by both a Careers Day Event, and a Y8 Parents’ and Options Evening in March. During school trips and visits students will be encouraged to consider the employment roles they see. In tutorial time students discuss ‘Career of the Week’ which includes careers entry facts, salary, labour market information (LMI) and real life case studies. Leadership opportunities are offered through school council and the student leaders role.

Year 9

During this year students will explore the reasons why people seek work and the type of opportunities available. Students have one Citizenship lesson per week as well as a drop-down down day where speakers from different providers come to talk about Post-16 and Post-18 pathways. They see how school work relates to occupational choices and therefore to lifestyle and income. Time is allocated to continue to engage with the information available on Unifrog.

The autumn unit in Citizenship focuses on ‘Financial Literacy’ covering spending, saving, borrowing, budgeting and moving into the world of work. In the spring students move on to look at Rights and responsibilities which cover laws around children working in the UK.

Students will take part in a ‘Careers Day’ where they will hear guest speakers from various HE providers covering university routes, apprenticeship opportunities, budgeting and they will take part in team building activities similar to those used in interview situations.

Emphasis will be placed on developing generic learning and personal skills, both within lessons and through extra curricular activities. Students continue to be encouraged to engage with extra curricular opportunities to develop leadership skills. During school trips and visits students will be asked to consider the employment roles they see. In tutorial time students discuss ‘Career of the Week’ which includes careers entry facts, salary, labour market information (LMI) and real life case studies.

Year 10

Students are given an overview of the support and guidance available over the next two years and take part in a range of activities which challenge their personal perspectives and their belief and value systems with a view to raising individual aspirations. Greater emphasis is also placed on developing the skills and attributes required to succeed in the world of work. Unifrog continues to be a key area for research and information gathering, search results can be accessed from home for discussion with parents.

‘Careers Day’ activities include guest speakers from HE (covering university and degree apprenticeship routes and finance) and sessions on Unifrog exploring LMI with our Careers Advisor Liz Hirst.

There are opportunities to take part in an enterprise challenges such as INNOV8.

Individual meetings with an independent and impartial Careers Advisor from Calderdale and Kirklees Careers Service are available during the summer term.  During school trips and visits students will be encouraged to consider the employment roles they see. In tutorial time students discuss ‘Career of the Week’ which includes careers entry facts, salary, labour market information (LMI) and real life case studies.

 

Year 11

The focus is very much on Post 16 options with a range of assemblies, tutorial time and support materials provided. In addition, students have interviews with the Senior Leadership Team as well as an extensive ‘A level taster day’. Small group and individual support sessions continue with the Careers Advisor during this period. All students receive a copy of ‘Get Organised’ from C&K Careers in the autumn Term, which covers information on all options after Y11 and are encouraged to attend the event personally. During school trips and visits students will be encouraged to consider the employment roles they see. In tutorial time students discuss ‘Career of the Week’ which includes careers entry facts, salary, labour market information (LMI) and real life case studies.

Sixth Form

Throughout the year, Post 16 students are provided with regular careers information via email which shares CEIAG information to inform them of the ever-changing education and employment landscape. This includes recruitment and information events in our local areas as well as the invitation to attend the wide variety of ‘lunchtime lectures’ which take place on site. These are most often led by representatives from Universities or Apprenticeship providers and are a great opportunity for students to ask questions on access routes, finance, labour market information and trends for future employment.

On arrival at CHS Sixth Form students are introduced to the VESPA mind-set and study skills and positive work habits are explored and established.

During the autumn term of Y12 the focus of careers input is placed on preparation for the work experience placements which take place in the spring term. Students consider health and safety issues and their expectations prior to placement. A placement diary is used to record progress made through the week and forms the basis for evaluation when the students return to school.

Bespoke careers sessions are also arranged for students who do not intend to continue in learning after the Sixth Form and there has been a growing emphasis on apprenticeships opportunities – particularly Higher Level Apprenticeships. UNIFAQ’s booklets are distributed to all year 12 students. Appointments with a Careers Advisor from Calderdale and Kirklees Careers Service are also available.

Parents and students alike are encouraged to attend our information evening ‘Life after Crossley Heath’ to gather important information on UCAS, admissions, clearing, student finance and to speak with our guests from universities and apprenticeship providers.

In Y13 one of the main areas of focus for those wishing to attend university is researching HE choices and completing the UCAS application process including their personal statements. Initial support is provided by Form Tutors and our UCAS Co-ordinator Mr Coote. Students are encouraged to attend Open Days to assist their decision making and further bespoke support is provided for ‘Oxbridge’ candidates. Support is also provided for those students who are intending to find employment Post 18.

A work related learning day for all year 13’s enables students to experience group interview scenarios, team building skills, job hunting skills and individual mock interviews with visiting local employers to help prepare them for the future.

A key aspect of life in the Sixth Form is encouraging students to take on greater responsibility to reflect their status in the school. Opportunities are in place for students to undertake leadership roles for example as School or House Officials, as Prefects or through House Activities and Student Voice activities. These positions help students appreciate and experience similar roles, responsibilities and tasks to those that they will face when they start working. Other enrichment opportunities, including the opportunity to complete the Extended Project Qualification, are available to students.

 

Individual support for your child

Liz Hirst is the School Careers Adviser from C&K Careers with access to a vast amount of work-related information and details of local, regional and national employment opportunities. She is in school on Wednesday and Thursday during term time. Group and individual interviews are held with students. She is also available at Parents’ Evenings and Open Evenings to talk to parents.

She can be contacted via email at liz.hirst@ckcareers.org.uk  or telephone: 01484 225500.

 

Work experience

Students take part in work experience in year 12. Students are off timetable for a week in the spring term, usually between February and April. In 2020 the date is w/c 9 March. Support and guidance is given to help students to source placements. We also have good connections with local organisations who have supported work experience in the past and include the NHS, Locala and Lloyds Bank.

Enrichment

We run an enrichment program with a wide variety of activities for Y12 students.  Students are informed of the different activities during the first week of  y12 and all students are expected to take part.

Enrichment Booklet

Places to help with your research

Finding good unbiased careers information can be very difficult with so many different websites available. You may find the following links useful:

Local careers/IAG website – for example www.ckcareersonline.org.uk
UCAS Progress – 14-19 online learning directory – www.ucasprogress.com
UCAS – Higher education database – www.ucas.com
The National Apprenticeship Service – www.apprenticeships.org.uk
National Careers Service – nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk
How2become.com – Careers advice and testing – www.how2become.com
Careers website with LMI and real life case studies – icould.com
The official website to explore apprenticeship options available to young people – amazingapprenticeships.com
Early careers network to explore pats including apprenticeships – springpod.co.uk
Careers and university information – prospects.ac.uk

Provider Access Information

The policy below sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to students at the school for the purpose of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.

Provider Access Information