Preparing for the future is vital for all pupils at King Ethelbert School. In addition to achieving the qualifications that are the ticket to the future, exploring the opportunities available, finding out more about themselves and learning the skills needed to make decisions wisely are all important to ensure success in the future.
King Ethelbert School holds the full award for Investors in Careers - the first school in East Kent to be awarded the highly prestigious national award for excellence.
Careers, education, information, advice and guidance are important parts of all pupils' education and development. They are delivered across all year groups as part of the PSHE programme, and also in other subjects, during assemblies and specially provided opportunities. From Year 7 all pupils focus on the three strands of careers education and guidance: self development, career exploration and career management. In Key Stage 4 careers is also taught as part of pupils' vocational subjects.
The new Year 11 Progressions guide is now available by clicking on the link below.
The Careers Library (Connexions Resources Centre)
The Careers Library at the school has recently won the Excellence Award from Connexions for the third year in a row. It contains a wide range of resources giving information on a variety of careers and qualifications. There are also sections to help pupils who wish to find out more about issues that matter to them, for example, self-esteem and time management. In addition to the library there are a number of excellent IT resources available to pupils in the Curriculum section, under Careers. Programs suitable for all year groups are on offer including Chick in the City and the Job Explorer Database.
There are a range of websites that offer pupils a chance to find out more about themselves and what is on offer to them. These include www.fasttomato.com which is a great website for finding out more about themselves and the ideal job for them and www.connexions-direct.com/jobs4u/ which is a great website for finding out more about jobs and their job families.
An entitlement statement explains what pupils can expect to learn in key stage 3 and 4. The full entitlement statements can be accessed below.
Careers Education and Guidance programme
The more detailed careers education and guidance programme outlines what pupils will learn term by term, both in PSHE lessons and in other opportunities: -
Careers education and guidance is one part of the wide range of work related learning opportunities on offer at King Ethelbert School. The provision is summarised in the work related learning policy: learning about work, learning through work and learning for work. It outlines many of the key opportunities available to pupils including applied learning in Key Stage 4, Enterprise education throughout their time at the school, work experience in Year 10 and so on.
Choices and progression
Year 9 is an important year for all pupils. It is the time when they will have to make decisions about what subjects to study during Key Stage 4. A comprehensive programme is put in place to help pupils learn about what they like and want to do, what is on offer and how to make the decisions required to make their choices. Pupils are fully supported during this process and offered a wide range of information, advice and guidance to assist them.
Similarly, Year 11 is a key year, not just because pupils are taking their exams, but because they are also making decisions about their futures and the progression routes that will take them there. As a result a full progressions programme is in place to ensure that every Year 11 pupil fully understands their options and how to achieve their goals and ambitions. This includes individual progressions interviews and support in making good quality applications.
Careers Guidance Interviews
Free, impartial and confidential careers guidance interviews are offered by our Connexions PAs who are in school weekly. All Year 11s have the chance to have a guidance interview with a Connexions PA. In addition, all Year 11's will receive one or more Progressions Interviews to help plan their future and make applications to sixth forms, colleges or training providers for when they leave King Ethelbert School.
A progressions Fair is held at the the beginning of Year 11 where all the local sixth forms, colleges and training providers attend, usually with past pupils, to give our Year 11s the chance to meet all the local post 16 institutions. Sixth Forms and Colleges hold open days in November and all year 11s are encouraged to attend one or more of these. Careers guidance appointments are also available to any Year 10 pupil that would like advice.
At Year 9, 10 and 11 Consultation Days, staff are available to talk about careers, choices and planning for the future.
If you would like to know more about what is on offer to pupils at King Ethelbert School from the Careers Department then please do not hesitate to get in touch.