Welcome to the Careers Department
Careers education is embedded throughout the curriculum, encouraging students to begin thinking of post-school choices and opportunities early in their PRS career. Delivery is through a combination of discrete careers education, integrated careers education through subjects, extended provision including workplace experiences and personalised information, advice and guidance.
The CEIAG programme is made up of the following elements:
• a planned programme of careers education across each key stage
• impartial careers advice and guidance from both in-house and external sources
• opportunities to experience the workplace and develop employability skills
• provision of an extensive range of information about employment and education options including labour market information, entry requirements and progression routes.
In key stage 3 Careers education is delivered as part of the Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) programme and within tutorial periods. All pupils are introduced to the careers resource room and given the opportunity to use paper based and online resources. Personalised information, advice and guidance are offered to individuals and small groups of pupils identified by the Head of Lower School, teaching staff and by self-referral.
In key stage 4 careers education is delivered in form time by the careers department. Impartial information and advice is provided to all students and their parents on the full range of education and training options. Wherever needed this includes individual face to face advice and guidance to support the best interests of the students as they consider their post 16 options and beyond. All 5th Form students will participate in a Balcas Interview Skill Day intended to develop employability skills and an awareness of the world of work.
In key stage 5 careers education is delivered weekly by a member of the careers department and supported within the enrichment programme. Information on the full range of post 18 options is provided from a variety of sources and targeted sessions are offered to specific groups or students according to their interests. All 6th form students have the opportunity of work experience placements, community service and practice interviews and are encouraged to attend additional external events which are appropriate to their specific career development needs. All students are offered on going individual careers advice and guidance and are encouraged to be proactive in seeking out opportunities to help inspire and motivate them to achieve their full potential.
Throughout the school careers education is also delivered through subject teaching and cross curricular projects. This enables students to build up knowledge of career opportunities related to different subjects and identify how the skills learned in school are relevant to the world of work. Subject teachers are encouraged to take opportunities to embed career inspiration into the curriculum and deliver aspects of careers education both in a structured way through inclusion in schemes of work and incidentally as they arise during the course of an activity. The school works together with employers and other educational establishments to broaden horizons and motivate students to develop high aspirations.
The school careers team comprises of Mr D Dempster, who runs our careers education programme and co-ordinates the school’s work experience programme; Mr P Beddard who is responsible for curriculum development within the subject and co-ordinates the school’s enterprise programme; Miss C Donnelly who is responsible for developing a varied outside speaker programme and establishing links with outside agencies able to assist in the delivery of careers. In house careers advice is also supported by Mr K Maguire (Careers NI Adviser), who in addition provides impartial careers advice and guidance centred on each student’s individual needs.
Over the years our careers programme has been considerably enriched through the contributions made by a range of organisations, parents and former students. We are very grateful to those who already offer an input to the programme and we are always delighted to hear from others who would like to be involved.
We can be contacted either by telephone on 028 66322658 or by emailing:
Mr D Dempster: email@example.com
Mr Beddard: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms C Donnelly: email@example.com