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Careers and Work Related Learning

Please scroll to the bottom of the page to see the Work Related Learning Policy. Information on provider access (The Baker Clause) appears on P3 and in Appendix 2 of this policy.

Click here for the Careers Curriculum Map. 

Work Related Learning (WRL) at Vyners uses the context of work to develop knowledge, skills and understanding useful for a variety of vocations.  This includes learning through the experience of work itself, learning about employment and working practices and learning the skills and qualifications needed to acquire and once within a wide variety of jobs.

Vyners school will provide opportunities to:

  • Raise aspirations
  • Increase social mobility
  • Get girls to participate in STEM
  • Provide Technical Education and Apprenticeships the opportunity to talk to all pupils
  • Demonstrate Student Destinations
  • Access the schools Careers adviser
  • Career Ambassadors for each subject

We aim to provide a comprehensive programme of careers education which includes impartial information, advice and guidance and support to students which will allow them to reach well-informed, reasoned decisions about their future education and careers.  Through this we seek to impart knowledge, skills and understanding onto students of the available paths and options into the world of work so they leave us feeling confident in their potential vocational pathways. All subjects have a careers curriculum map to support students in making next steps choices. Every Key Stage has a Careers Google Classroom with regularly updated information about next steps and careers. 

We welcome professionals and industry experts to work with us to develop initiatives and help facilitate activities, courses, events and student WRL days at Vyners School. Current examples include:

  • professional skills modules
  • soft skills modules (e.g. Year 11 careers day mock interview event)
  • apprenticeship advice, placement guidance and help with applications
  • industry careers talks
  • annual careers fayre
  • work experience opportunities 
  • case studies, role plays and simulations
  • field trips
  • EBSI careers advice
  • UCAS and university advice

 

By developing an excellent Careers programme with the extra-Curricular STEM activities we are giving our students the best careers, education & guidance is vital to improving their motivation to learn and help them achieve.

Parents and Carers are welcome to Contact the Head of Careers & Digital Learning, Mr. Kohli (gkohli@vynersschool.org.uk) to seek advice and ask any questions they might have regarding careers pathways.

Careers programme: Year 7

  • Tutorial programme aims to help students to understand more about themselves (self-development), know where to look for useful information (careers exploration) and plan for the future (career management)
  • All students take part in the self-development careers sessions during form time
  • All students take part in the careers week activities.
  • Selected students take part in the university visits
  • Careers appointments offered at parents’ evening 
  • All students take part in the Careers Week activities.
  • All students have access to Vyners TALK to gain a deeper understanding of different Career Sectors
  • Access to a bespoke Careers Google Classroom with regularly updated information about next steps and careers.

 

Careers programme: Year 8

  • All students have access to impartial careers advice and guidance and 1:1 careers coaching to support them for their curriculum electives.
  • Selected students take part in the University Visits
  • Selected girls attended the Women of the World Event
  • Students have the option to sign up to the STEM Careers Clubs
  • Selected students participate in the Inspire Engineering Day.
  • Careers appointments offered at parents’ evening 
  • All students take part in the Careers Week activities.
  • All students attend the Inspiring Careers Day. They also take part in the Careers Week activities.
  • All students have access to Vyners TALK to gain a deeper understanding of different Career Sectors
  • Access to a bespoke Careers Google Classroom with regularly updated information about next steps and careers.

 

Careers programme: Year 9

  • All students have access to impartial careers advice and guidance and 1:1 careers coaching to support them for their GCSE preferences.
  • Selected girls attend the Women of the World Event.
  • All students take part in the Careers Week activities.
  • Careers appointments offered at parents’ evening 
  • Selected Students attend the university careers Fair at Brunel University and Uxbridge College
  • Open to all students is the STEM Careers Clubs to develop their STEM and employability skills
  • All students have access to Vyners TALK to gain a deeper understanding of different Career Sectors
  • Access to a bespoke Careers Google Classroom with regularly updated information about next steps and careers.

 

Careers programme: Year 10

  • Selected students participate in the IntoUniversity Secondary Focus and Business in Focus Programme; Teen Tech Programme; London School of Economics ACE High Day; the Cambridge University Aspiration Day and the Cambridge Physics Experience; and the Brilliant Club.
  • All students take part in the Careers Week activities.
  • Careers appointments offered at parents’ evening 
  • All students have access to Vyners TALK to gain a deeper understanding of different Career Sectors
  • Form time Careers Sessions aims to help students with writing a CV, preparing for interviews, and completing application forms
  • Access to a bespoke Careers Google Classroom with regularly updated information about next steps and careers.

 

Careers programme: Year 11

  • Form time Careers Sessions aim to help students to identify a range of post-16 pathways to make informed choices about their future; complete application forms, writing a CV and personal statement; prepare for interviews.
  • All students attend the employability skills; interview skills workshops and mock interviews with the range of Colleges/6th Forms and the London Enterprise Advisers.
  • All students have access to Vyners TALK to gain a deeper understanding of different Career Sectors
  • All students attend Careers Assemblies.
  • All students take part in the Careers Week activities.
  • After school drop-in sessions are open to all students.
  • Students can attend lunch time Application Form workshopsAccess to a bespoke Careers Google Classroom with regularly updated information about next steps and careers.

 

 

Evaluating Best Practice

The Careers Team meets regularly to monitor, constantly re-develop and evaluate the current Careers provision for our students, parents and carers. The team is determined to spread careers with our Heads of Year and curriculum Subject Leaders in everything our students do. 

Vyners School’s progress towards achieving the Gatsby Benchmarks is evaluated using the online Compass tool (as recommended in Careers guidance and access for education and training providers Jan 2018). This is carried out on an annual basis by the Careers Leader. The current Careers Plan is constantly getting updated with new initiatives and partnerships with employers and leading academic organisations.

Our careers provision is also monitored through regular feedback from students, parents/carers, staff, governors, and external partners. This feedback is collected through questionnaires, formal and informal students focus group meetings and support from the Heads of Year and Subject Leaders and bases the foundation to further fine tune our guidance and support to students. This is analysed by the Careers Leader with actions feedback to staff. Key action points are also discussed by the Senior Leadership Team on a regular basis.

External provision is monitored and evaluated through the school’s quality assurance procedures including observations, student/staff/parents and carers feedback at the end of each event to gain a deeper understanding of the ongoing requirements and adapt to these in real time. 

Our careers guidance  effectiveness is reflected in the higher numbers of students progressing to positive destinations such as apprenticeships, technical routes, sixth form colleges, further education colleges, or employment. 

Destinations data is used to assess how successfully students transition into the next stage of education or training or employment and inform future CEIAG provision. This is analysed by the Careers Lead with key trends and actions fed back to SLT and governors. A designated governor has responsibility for overseeing the quality of careers guidance.

The CEIAG policy is reviewed on an annual basis by the Careers Lead, overseen by the Senior Careers Lead, Headteacher and Governors.

Helpful Websites for Students, Parents and Carers:

Careersbox (https://www.careersbox.co.uk/)

is a free online library of careers related film, news and information. As the preferred digital new media partner to the Institute of Career Guidance, the largest careers body in the UK, Careersbox aim is to deliver a new way for students to explore their skills and career options.

Careerpilot (https://www.careerpilot.org.uk/

Your choices at 14, 16 and 18, explore different job sectors and how you can study and work at the same time - even to university level.

Apprenticeship (https://www.apprenticeship.gov/)

Central Governments dedicated apprenticeship website has a whole range of information to help young people decide if Apprenticeships are the right route for them. You can also search for apprenticeship vacancies.

iCould (https://icould.com)

has a range of video clips showing real people talking about their jobs and careers.

Plotr (https://guest.startprofile.com/)

is a website created to help 11-24 year olds discover and explore careers they’ll love.

It’s built around the Game which uncovers careers matched to their skills, interests and personality.

 

Next Review Date: September 2024

 

Deputy Headteacher and Careers Lead:

Mrs N Harvey       nharvey@vynersschool.org.uk   Tel: 01895 234342

Head of Careers & Digital Learning:

Mr G Kohli            gkohli@vynersschool.org.uk