St Paul's Catholic School - Spencefield Lane - Evington - Leicester - 0116 241 4057 - office@st-pauls.leicester.sch.uk

Careers Advice

Careers Education and Connexions Partnership

Our career leaders are:

Taz Gahir (Monday – Wednesday) 0116 2414057
tgahir@st-pauls.leicester.sch.uk

Steven Readhead – Connexions (Thursday & Friday) 0116 4541770
steven.readhead@leicester.gov.uk

St Paul’s Careers Education and Guidance Programme contributes to preparing young people for opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. They help students make decisions and manage their transitions as learners and as the future ‘work force’.  Our careers programme is designed to work towards meeting the Gatsby benchmarks for good careers guidance.

At times of transition – Year 8/9, Post 16 and 18, students need to know what opportunities and options are available to them. With the introduction of alternative curriculum’s, apprenticeships, training and other qualifications outside the normal G.C.S.E and A level routes, it is vital that students have the knowledge and skills they need to make informed decision about options and choices available to them.

Developments in learning and work make it essential that young people take a more active role in their career planning (E.g. students need to develop the skills to investigate career opportunities available to them). Consequently, St Paul’s careers programme emphasises individual participation. It is built on three aims, as directed by the National Framework for Careers Education. These are that young people should be able to.

Understand themselves                             Self
and the influences on them        =           Development

Investigate opportunities                         Career
In Learning and work                   =           Exploration

Make and adjust plans to                           Career
manage change and transition  =           Management

Career Education is delivered to all students in Year 7-13 within the PSHE curriculum. The Careers programme has two components.

Careers Education
This helps students to develop the knowledge and skills they need to make successful choices, manage transitions in learning and move into work.

Careers Guidance
Enables students to use the knowledge and skills they develop to focus on their choices and make the decisions about learning and work that are right for them.

Measurement of Outcomes
Outcomes are measured by destination tracking and following up of all students that may fall into a vulnerable category.  We also receive NEET figures – a DfE reporting measure  – which the school then analyse and feedback to the Senior Leadership Team.

Connexions Partnership
All pupils aged 13-19 have access to a Connexions Personal Advisor who can give advice, information and arrange expert help if it is needed. St Paul’s Connexions Personal Advisors is Steven Readhead. Taz and Steven arebased in the CIAG office in the plaza and are in school on Monday to Wednesday and Friday, between 8.30am and 3.30pm. They usually make appointments to see students but also offer a ‘drop in’ service at break and lunchtimes. In addition to this, they attend Year 9 and Year 11 option evenings and transition reviews for students with special educational needs. Their role in the school is to work together with the Work Experience and Careers Co-ordinator; Taz Gahir to ensure every young person receives Careers Education and Guidance.

*September 2018 then reviewed annually

Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Year 8 University Experience Days

Parents Evening Options

Think Days

KS 4 Options

Assembly Options and tutor group opportunities

Careers Assembly
Year 9 Assembly on Languages

Parents Evening Options

KS 4 Options

Assembly Options and tutor group opportunities

University Experience Days

Think Days

 

Year 10 Prince’s Trust

Apprenticeship

Prince’s Trust

Assembly and tutor group preparing for the World of Work

Mock interviews

WOW week -incl. meaningful employer encounters for all students

Careers Fair

Year 11 Post-16 Evening

UCAS Progress

Small groups

One2One

 

Small groups

One2One

Post 16 taster sessions

Think Days

HE Fair at St Paul’s

Home visits/ Provision visits for students in alternative provision.

Small groups

One2One

Oxford/Cambridge Talk & Visit

NEET prevention provision.

Year 12 Welcome Event

UCAS Preparation

Small groups

One2One

HE Fair at St Paul’s

HE Fair at University

Small groups

One2One

University Visit – Personal statement preparation

Small groups

One2One

Year 13 DMU finance talk

UCAS

Small groups

One2One

Small groups

One2One

Small groups

One2One