Careers at Northallerton School & Sixth Form College
Northallerton School & Sixth Form College believes that careers education and guidance gives students the skills, knowledge and understanding to manage their own lifelong learning and career development. Through CEIAG our aim is that our students will be able to feel more positive about themselves, improve their motivation, raise their aspirations and take responsibility for their career plans.
The programme at Northallerton School & Sixth Form College is built upon the National Statutory Guidelines and the eight Gatsby Benchmarks, which set out a framework for best practice for careers advice and guidance. They are as follows:
- A stable careers programme, which is reviewed annually.
- Labour Market Information is provided and accessible for students to use.
- The needs of every student are addressed.
- Careers education is linked to curriculum learning.
- Students have opportunities to have encounters with employers and employees.
- Students have opportunities to experience the workplace.
- Students have encounters with further and higher education establishments.
- Students are able to access impartial and personal careers guidance.
The Careers Team
If you have any questions about the careers programme, we have a team of staff dedicated to supporting our students with careers information, advice and guidance:
- Miss Cox – Lead for Personal Development. Miss Cox is responsible for quality assuring all aspects of the careers programme for the school to ensure it continuously improves and that it delivers the kinds of impacts that are needed for students. She can be contacted by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ms Hamer – Careers Adviser. Ms Hamer arranges for independent careers advisers to come into the school to meet with students. Individual appointments for impartial careers interviews are made for students, parents and carers to discuss and support personal planning for future pathways. She can be contacted by email: email@example.com
- Mr Tyreman – Work Experience Co-ordinator helps Year 12 students arrange appropriate work placement opportunities.
- Mrs Redpath – Head of Sixth Form leads the sixth form team and tutors to support students with UCAS and apprenticeship applications, but also to seek volunteering opportunities in the workplace.
- Mr Stacey-Chapman – Mentor for Oxbridge applicants provides group and individual support and guidance to students applying to Oxbridge, organises visits to Oxford and Cambridge universities and coaches students in interview practice.
The school has strong links with many local employers and also works very closely with a range of external providers such as NYBEP and the Careers and Enterprise Company and the York and North Yorkshire Career Hub. We have a Careers Enterprise Advisor and are developing further links with other local and national employers so that we are able to enrich our careers programme, enabling students to have meaningful employer links which suit the needs of all our students.
For many years we have developed good relationships with universities, including Oxford and Cambridge, York, Leeds, Newcastle, Teesside and Northumbria.
The Careers Programme
The careers programme encompasses a range of different learning activities which are detailed within this section.
Dedicated curriculum time is given to all students during the year. This takes place during morning tutorial for the delivery of careers advice, guidance and planning.
The delivery for Year 7-11 is based on The STEPS Careers Programme materials produced by Prospects. There are appropriate materials specific to the needs of each year group as shown within this section. There is a dedicated Post 16 programme written and delivered by the Post 16 Guidance and Pastoral team.
STEPS Programme of delivery:
STEP UP – in the autumn term, Year 7 students will build on their primary school experiences relating to the world of work and will work through activities which will help them understand what influences them and the skills they have already developed. It will enable them to explore what work is and how to use careers resources.
STEP ON – in the spring and summer terms, Year 8 students will continue to explore what they want from a job. They will gain knowledge about types of job families, learn budgeting skills and create a careers action plan.
STEP AHEAD – in the spring term, Year 9 students will follow on with their career planning, examining their personal qualities, their preferred learning styles and exploring possible jobs which relate to the skills they have. This will help to shape their GCSE choices made during Year 9.
STEP FORWARD - during the spring and summer terms, Year 10 students begin to look in more depth about the world of work, learning about their rights and responsibilities in the work place. They will continue to develop their budgeting and money management skills and start finding out and thinking ahead regarding their options after their GCSEs.
STEP TO THE FUTURE – during the autumn and spring terms, Year 11 is all about fine-tuning their planning. Students will examine their current academic progress, the skills they have acquired and what their interests are. They will have an in-depth look at the job market, make plans regarding their choices after their GCSEs and gain knowledge and skills about how to make a good application.
Year 11 students are given information and encouraged to explore a wide range of career options including apprenticeships, vocational courses at local FE colleges and A-Level programmes at a sixth form college. Tutors track the planned destination routes for all their tutees and additional support and guidance is provided via the careers adviser, NYBEP and through visiting employers.
Online Careers support
Years 7, 8 and 9
Students spend time carrying out careers research which includes use of online careers software, for example “MyFirstCareers” careers matching software which assesses interests, attitudes and motivations.
Students in Years 7, 8 or 9 who wish to have a careers interview should let their tutor know and this can be arranged with Ms Hamer, Careers Adviser.
Years 10 & 11
Northallerton School & Sixth Form College is committed to providing all students with impartial careers information, advice and guidance to enable them to make the right choices for their futures.
Students in Year 11 have careers education in Learning for Life lessons. This helps them to make decisions about the next steps in their education and careers post-16.
All students have access to Unifrog, a careers website where students can compare every university course, apprenticeship and further education course in the UK. It helps students to develop plans for university or apprenticeships.
Launching in 2021, Year 10 students have the opportunity to be involved in our Work Experience programme. Students will be able to attend work experience in a business in North Yorkshire (and further afield). Examples of the types of placements offered are local primary schools, construction companies, veterinary surgeries, architects, IT companies, dentists, nurseries and leisure centres.
During the year we organise and hold a variety of careers events to enable students to meet with employers, experience work environments and to take part in university open days.
Further and higher education
Key Stage 4 students can choose, depending on their career plans, to go on organised trips to visit local FE colleges, such as Darlington College and Askham Bryan College, whilst others opt to attend sixth form taster sessions during the Taster and Bridging days held at the school. Other students who want to pursue the apprenticeship route take part in a tailored day where they are guided on how to look and apply for apprenticeships and they meet employers, make job applications and take part in interview practice.
The school works very closely with the Uni Connect programme and strong links have developed with The University of York and York St John University, providing a range of aspirational and motivational events appropriate to different year groups. These events provide careers advice and guidance, including mentoring follow-up.
Careers in the Curriculum
Students receive careers advice and guidance through their subject lessons. Subjects with a strong vocational link, such as business studies, media, ICT and health and social care all benefit from talks from local employers, visits to places of employment and assignments based on ‘real’ situations in the work place. Our aim is to continue to integrate careers guidance into all subject areas so students understand the relevance and application of the subject to their future aspirations and a greater understanding of the world of work is gained.
Sixth Form Careers
At Key Stage 5 the sixth form tutorial programme dedicates considerable time to providing careers advice and guidance through an experienced tutor team led by Mrs Redpath. All Year 12 students go on a week’s work experience programme in the summer. Organised visits take place to the Apprenticeship Fair, the National UCAS Conference and to Oxford and Cambridge universities and students are encouraged to apply to university Summer schools and attend open days. The Which University link below would be a good starting point.
Monitoring the quality of the Programme
In order to judge the impact of the careers programme it is monitored by:
- Gathering student feedback which is gathered from each year group following the delivery of the programme in tutorial time so changes can be made as necessary.
- Assessing the quality of the individual careers interviews through a student feedback questionnaire and bi-annually through a formal review with the careers leader.
- An annual Careers Hub review.
- Termly reviews by the Head of School.
Review date of this information: May 2020