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

Careers

Careers Education and Connexions Partnership

Our career leader is:

Sarah Warrilow – swarrilow@st-pauls.leicester.sch.uk
Taz Gahir  – Careers Co-ordinator (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

Provider Access/Baker Clause

St. Paul’s Catholic School are devoted to providing students with practical experiences and knowledge of the world of work.  To enable this, while keeping options for them as broad as possible, we have developed links with a number of external partners from a range of industries across Leicestershire.

For our Year 10 students we have devised and operate a ‘World of Work’ (WoW) scheme, which has now been operating successfully for seven years.  This involves students visiting employers from different sectors to listen to employer presentations and to participate in hands-on activities.  The sectors in which we provide these opportunities are:

  • Business and Finance
  • Creative Arts
  • Engineering and Construction
  • Hair and Beauty
  • Healthcare
  • Hospitality and Catering
  • Law
  • Performing Arts
  • Public Services
  • Sport and Leisure

We also run a business networking event at which professionals from a range of companies volunteer their time and expertise for students to speak to them.  The format is a short introduction from the volunteer followed by questions from students.

These queries usually cover the path for getting into a given career, the education and training required, an average day in the role and the skills required.

More recently we have partnered with HMRC and NatWest to run sessions on managing money.  This includes explaining how students will have to manage their income and outgoings, and explains their requirements for paying tax.

Additionally, we have now started a ‘Volunteering in the Community’ project with Leicester City Council.  This scheme involves students joining the Leicester Environmental Volunteers to work in and improve Leicester City parks.  The sessions are led by Environmental Rangers and activities include horticulture such as hoeing and raking woodland beds and clearing landscape.  The Park Department also deliver a talk about career opportunities in this sector.

From the 2019-20 academic year, we will be hosting a ‘Careers Week’ at the school for all students.  This will bring in employers volunteering their time to provide networking opportunities for students, as well as short sessions to support the transition into the world of work.  Session will include subjects such as ‘Creating/Improving your CV’.

Getting in touch, or for further details about volunteering for our school community:

Any provider wishing to request access should contact Sarah Warrilow (Careers Lead) or Taz Gahir (Careers Coordinator).  They can be contacted on careers@st-pauls.leicester.sch.uk. Our ‘World of Work’ week, run towards the end of the summer term, or our ‘Careers Week’, run during the spring term, are ideal opportunities for volunteers to speak to and support students.

Labour Market Information 

Click here to download a copy of LLEP World of Work Guide Leicestershire
National Careers Service