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There has never been a time when careers guidance has been as important for young people as it is today.  The landscape of education, training and employment opportunities that students need to navigate is more complex and more challenging than that faced by previous generations.  While the economy is beginning to recover from the recent recession, levels of youth unemployment and under-employment are still high.  The raising of the age for participating in learning means that young people face a wider range of choices of courses and places to study.

Qualifications such as GCSE and A level are changing, and opportunities in higher education extend now beyond the UK to other parts of Europe and further afield.  Students need help to make choices and manage transitions: they need good quality careers education, information, advice and guidance.

The school careers plan sets out how the school intends to provide a fit for purpose careers programme with the available resources which will provide our students with the knowledge, inspiration and ability to take ownership of their own career action plans which will enable them to succeed in their chosen career paths.

The school Careers Plan is based on the DfE document “Careers Guidance and Inspiration in Schools” dated March 2015.

Careers education does not just mean informing students about their options after school but also how their school career will affect their futures.  It is our statutory duty to ensure that all pupils receive independent, impartial advice and guidance regarding all options within school and how they will affect their options after school and which careers pathways will become available to them.  By helping students with decisions at crucial stages, informing them of all their options and introducing them to the world of work, we aim to prepare them for life after school whichever path they choose

For further information, please contact:

Mrs J. Bartlett (Deputy Head in Charge of Careers) by email: j.bartlett@greatbarr.bham.sch.uk

Mrs L Hackett (Work Related Learning Coordinator) by email: l.hackett@greatbarr.bham.sch.uk or by telephone: 0121 366 7819

Click on the heading below to read the Student Entitlement Statements by year group.

• Students are encouraged to identify personal traits, strengths and skills and develop confidence and have high expectations of themselves.
• Students are introduced to careers resources and informed how to use them.
• Students have optional access to independent and impartial advisers via drop in sessions.
• By beginning careers education early students can make better informed decisions at transition stages and are more motivated in school in order to follow a particular pathway.
• Students will take part in a Guess my Job event.  This will give the students the chance to participate in an activity asking local people about the jobs they have and the pathway they took.
• Students and parents will have the opportunity to speak to the school careers adviser at parents evening.
• Students will have the opportunity to attend trips to local businesses, colleges and universities.

• Students build on personal strengths and begin to link skills to specific careers enabling realistic and informed decisions at transition stages.
• Students introduced to the world of work and how it is constantly changing.
• Students introduced to other careers software and websites available in school.
• Students encouraged to think about what they might like to achieve after school.
• Students have optional access to independent and impartial advisers via drop in sessions.  They are also encouraged to use careers resources available and informed where to find out more about specific courses/careers.
• Students will have the opportunity to hear an employer talk.  This will include looking at challenging stereotypes.
• Students and parents will have the opportunity to speak to the school careers adviser at parents evening.
• Students will have the opportunity to attend trips to local businesses, colleges and universities.

• Students encouraged to reassess personal strengths with a focus on transferable skills.
• What is important in a career? Students encouraged to investigate different jobs and careers and what they mean in terms of lifestyle, budgeting and a good work/life balance and develop economic awareness.
• Students encouraged to challenge stereotypes within the world of work and traditional job roles.
• Students should begin to think about GCSE option in terms of career pathways and plan future within school.
• What is a Curriculum Vitae (CV), what is a cover letter and why do people applying for jobs need them?
• Students have optional access to independent and impartial advisers via drop in sessions.  They are also encouraged to use careers resources available and informed where to find out more about specific courses/careers.
• Students will have the opportunity to attend a careers fair in school looking at their post 16 options and speak to local employers.
• Students will have the opportunity to begin exploring their post 16 options.  Including talks from colleges, 6th forms and apprenticeships.
• Students will receive a talk from a local employer looking at resilience in the work place.
• Students and parents will have the opportunity to speak to the school careers adviser at parents evening and options evening.
• Students will have the opportunity to attend trips to local businesses, colleges and universities.

• Students begin to explore 6th form options and interview techniques.
• Economic awareness developed further and students encouraged to think about employability, which careers appeal and to identify and set themselves realistic future goals.
• Students agree personal action plans with careers adviser for future and identify what specific action is required to achieve goals.
• Students begin writing Curriculum Vitae (CV’s) and cover letter writing.
• Students have optional access to independent and impartial advisers via drop in sessions. They are also encouraged to use careers resources available and informed where to find out more about specific courses/careers.
• Students will have the opportunity to visit colleges and the skills show.
• Students in the ACE department will participate in work experience.
• Students will have be given the opportunity to attend the school careers fair.
• There will be a talk from a local employer regarding how to stand out and succeed in the work place.
• Students and parents will have the opportunity to speak to the school careers adviser at parents evening.
• Students will have the opportunity to attend trips to local businesses, colleges and universities.

• Students are helped with post 16 choices and encouraged to consider all their options including further study in 6th form and apprenticeships.  Interview techniques further developed.
• Students should use careers interviews to help understand different career pathways and entry requirements and encouraged to make contingency plans should results be better/worse than expected and set personal targets for development.
• Students are encouraged to think about the kind of behaviour potential employers look for.
• Students are encouraged to attend careers talks, fairs, college open days and taster days with employers.
• Students are assisted further with Curriculum Vitae (CV) writing and encouraged to have a completed a Curriculum Vitae (CV) and cover letter
• Students are kept up to date with post 16 deadlines.
• Students have optional access to independent and impartial advisers via drop in sessions. They are also encouraged to use careers resources available and informed where to find out more about specific courses/careers.
• Students will have the opportunity to attend lunch tie drop in sessions with all the local colleges and apprenticeship providers.
• Ace students will participate in work experience.
• Students will have the opportunity to participate in the National Citizenship Service ‘The Challenge’.
• Students will be provided with a beyond 16 booklet to inform themselves and parents of their post 16 options.
• There will be a talk from a local employer looking at owning your own business and being an entrepreneur.
• Students and parents will have the opportunity to speak to the school careers adviser at parents evening.
• Students will have the opportunity to attend trips to local businesses, colleges and universities

• Students are given specific help with preparing UCAS/applying for apprenticeships.
• Sessions on understanding school leaver and graduate job markets and how to look and apply for jobs.
• Students should start to understand how world of work is changing and how it might affect individuals.
• Students learn how to manage a career in terms of progression, budgeting and planning for the future.
• Students are reminded of different options including higher education, jobs, gap years, apprenticeships etc.
• Students are encouraged to attend university open days, mock interviews, careers interviews and meet potential employers to discuss future options.
• Students have optional access to independent and impartial advisers via drop in sessions.  They are also encouraged to use careers resources available and informed where to find out more about specific courses/careers.
• Students will participate in work experience.
• Students will participate in a mock interview event.
• Students and parents will have the opportunity to speak to the school careers adviser at parents evening.
• Students will have the opportunity to attend trips to local businesses, colleges and universities.

• Students are given specific help with preparing UCAS/applying for apprenticeships.
• Sessions on understanding school leaver and graduate job markets and how to look and apply for jobs.
• Students should start to understand how world of work is changing and how it might affect individuals.
• Students learn how to manage a career in terms of progression, budgeting and planning for the future.
• Students are reminded of different options including higher education, jobs, gap years, apprenticeships etc.
• Students are encouraged to attend university open days, mock interviews, careers interviews and meet potential employers to discuss future options.
• Students have optional access to independent and impartial advisers via drop in sessions. They are also encouraged to use careers resources available and informed where to find out more about specific courses/careers.
• Students and parents will have the opportunity to speak to the school careers adviser at parents evening and the UCAS information evening.
• Students will have the opportunity to attend trips to local businesses, colleges and universities.

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