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Careers Guidance

 

Careers advice please contact Ms S Gallivan on 0118 9590466 ext. 202 or 391

Alternatively please email sgallivan@prospect.reading.sch.uk


Careers guidance at Prospect School has been aimed at providing both the skills and knowledge required to progress from KS4 into sixth form, employment with training, apprenticeships or further education.  

A specific plan has been followed over the past few years to reduce our NEET (not in employment, education or training) figure dramatically.

Year Prospect Reading Diff
2005 7.9% 12.1% 4.2
2006 9.2% 9.3% 0.1
2007 7.9% 9.0% 1.1
2008 10.4% 10.6% 0.2
2009 2.9% 6.5% 3.6
2010 2.7% 9.0% 6.3
2011 3.4% 15.8% 12.8
2012 2.1% 8.6% 6.5
2013 2.8%    

The excellent results are due to the careers guidance offered at school. This involves special days on the curriculum, such as the ‘Year 8 World of Careers Day’ and the ‘Year 10 Progression Day’. World of Careers Day is to show Year 8 students the opportunities offered by various sectors of industry. Progression Day shows students the different progression pathways available to students at this stage of their education.

The Year 8 day is followed up by sessions in the computer rooms where students use Fast Tomato. This is an interactive careers programme which allows students to register their skills and aptitudes and then match these to potential careers. Advice is given on these carer pathways – e.g. qualifications needed, where study can take place etc.

We also hold a Careers Evening in March which is tailored to suit our students. Local colleges, employers, apprenticeship organisations etc are invited.

A series of assemblies are carried out – representing an overview from Adviza, apprenticeships, 6th form  and Colleges. In addition Adviza PAs are used to visit houses where attendance is poor or other social problems are evident.   To assist with independent learning the school invests in various careers on-line sites. The principle programmes available are Career Companion, Passportfolio, Higher Ideas and Heap Online. These are available from the Prospect School ‘Home’ page. To find the careers section go to ‘Academic’ and then click on ‘Learning’. Scroll down to the ‘Careers’ section where each site is listed.

A separate programme of work and guidance is in place for Bridge students (overseen by Julie Bunker - Adviza) and there are visits to Reading College arranged etc.

E-clips—Password PSrg4015.
Use the A-Z job search to get information on different careers and jobs.

Career Companion—Click on careers box
Use the tabs at the top to find recommended subjects to take.

Higher Ideas
Click on the light bulb and find the area you want to study in future. Use the tabs at the top to find recommended subject to take.

www.apprenticeships.org.uk
Every you need to know about becoming an apprentice.

Adviza
Offers advice on all key career areas.

Other useful website links: Services and NHS

www.royalnavy.mod.uk
www. armyjobs.co.uk
www.army.mod.uk
www.rafcareers.com
www.policecouldyou.co.uk
www.stepintothenhs.nhs.uk 
                     

Sector Skills Council

www.bconstructive.co.uk — Construction industry
www.e-skills.com — IT, telecom and contact centre
www.lantra.co.uk — Environmental and land based sector

Work-related learning

At Key Stage 3 students undertaking the Alternative Curriculum follow a series of ASDAN short courses. These allow students to gather credits towards passing their courses at Key Stage 4. During Years 7-8 students will undertake: Creative Arts , Sport and Fitness, PHSE Award, Roadwise , Creative Arts and  Sport and Fitness.

The Alternative Curriculum at KS4 had four main components:

  • ASDAN CoPE

  • ASDAN Wider Key Skills

  • ASDAN Personal and Social Development

  • The Prince’s Trust xlClub

The Alternative Curriculum Department has an excellent record of results with 96% of students passing CoPE at Level 2 last year. The department achieved a 100% pass rate for those entered on other components of the course.

The high level of success is, in part, due to the dedication of staff involved and the excellent relationship that we have with our students in smaller group situations.

Special Skill Acquisition Events

Motivation is also achieved through our excellent links with Rushall Farm, where students undertake a series of visits throughout the year including a residential in Year 10 and involvement in the farm’s lambing weekends. Activities undertaken include be keeping, lambing, woodland management, flying hawks, river studies and archery. In addition the department provides driving lessons for students undertaking the Wider Key Skills programme as experience in this area can be submitted for the unit ‘Improving Own Learning’.


CURRICULUM PLAN

KEY STAGE

Year

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

KEY STAGE 3

7

PHSE work on likes, dislikes, skills.

Assembly introduction to careers

Use of ‘Pathways to the future’

Use of ‘Lifetracks’

 PHSE work on likes, dislikes, skills.

Assembly introduction to careers

Use of careers programmes.

  Use of careers programmes.

Introduction in use of Fast Tomato programme.

8

Advice on option choices.

 

 

Year 8 World of Careers Day – visits by ten different sectors of industry.

 

 

Reading Inspires - visit to Reading University to do speed association with local companies.

PHSE work on how to make informed choices to plan for options

Final advice on option choices.

 

 

Use of e-clips to investigate subject choices and relation to world of work.

 

9

Training in use of careers packages on school website.

 

 Training in use of careers packages on school website.

PHSE work on how to plan your career, how to find information, skills and qualification needed for types of jobs. Use of career management activities.

One to one advice offered for subject suitability.

  One to one advice offered for subject suitability.

One to one advice offered for subject suitability.

KEY STAGE 4

10

 Mentoring schemes with Peter Brett Associates, Cisco, Reading University, Adviza. Run throughout year.

C.V. writing and interview skills with ‘Stand Out in Crowd’

  Mentoring schemes.

 Stand Out in a Crowd.

Visits to Reading University for Reading Scholars course.

Careers Evening.

 Mentoring schemes.

Year 10 Progression Day – ten companies present on progression routes from KS4.

PHSE: Progression routes and how to make choices.

 How to fill in application forms.

Visit to NEC careers exhibition.

Mentoring schemes.

Stand Out in a Crowd.

PHSE work on progression routes and preparing to make choices.

 

 Mentoring Schemes

 Stand Out in a Crowd.

Mentoring Schemes.

Stand Out in a Crowd.

KEY STAGE  4

11

One-to-one interviews.

A series of assemblies on different progression pathways.

 One-to-one interviews.

A series of assemblies on different progression pathways.

Careers Evening.

  Apprenticeship evening with AIM Apprenticeships.

Apprenticeship exhibitions at NEC and Green Park.

 One-to-one interviews.

Liaison with colleges, sixth forms, apprenticeship organisations.

 

  One-to-one interviews.

Liaison with colleges, sixth forms, apprenticeship organisations.

 

One-to-one interviews.

Liaison with colleges, sixth forms, apprenticeship organisations.