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

Careers

Careers Education and Connexions Partnership & Policy

Careers Leader – Miss S  Warrilow – swarrilow@st-pauls.leicester.sch.uk
Careers Advisor Mrs Z McDonagh  – zmcdonagh@st-pauls.leicester.sch.uk
Careers Co-ordinator Mrs T Gahir  – (Monday – Wednesday) tgahir@st-pauls.leicester.sch.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.

Careers Calendar

Year Group Autumn Spring Summer
8 Meetings/assemblies with carers professionals

 

Students attend Widening Participation events at local universities offering students advice and guidance on Higher Education.

Careers and options tutor interviews for all Year 8 students

 

KS4 Options event

Options evening to include market place for apprenticeship, local college and University stands.

 

National careers week. All students are taught about career pathways in all lessons across the curriculum.

 

 

Overview of post 16 options for pupils and parents/carers, to include: A levels, Applied General Qualifications (e.g., BTECs), technical/vocational qualifications, apprenticeships, traineeships and supported internships

 

9 Meetings/assemblies with careers professionals

 

 

Students attend Widening Participation events at local universities offering students advice and guidance on Higher Education.

 

 

National careers week. All students are taught about career pathways in all lessons across the curriculum.

 

One to one interviews conducted with a careers advisor looking forward to career choices and options.
10 Meetings/assemblies with career professionals Meeting with career professionals to include interview skills and feedback.

 

 

National careers week. All students are taught about career pathways in all lessons across the curriculum.

 

World of work week to include information from Universities, industry experts and career guidance sessions.

 

 

11 One to one interviews conducted offering impartial advice and guidance on careers and course routes.

 

External provider assemblies promoting local colleges and a variety of courses.

 

Progression evening for all students to learn about routes, options, choices and pathways in relation to post 16 study.

 

6th Form taster Day; students are provided with A Level taster lessons to inform Post 16 choices.

 

Meetings/assemblies with career professionals

Apprenticeship and alternative routes sessions for students to guide on the application process and registering on the National Apprenticeship strategy website.

 

Students attend Widening Participation events at local universities offering students advice and guidance on Higher Education.

 

 

 

National careers week. All students are taught about career pathways in all lessons across the curriculum.

 

 

All students attend National Careers Fair offering a range of career options and guidance sessions with industry experts.

 

Higher education fair offering students the opportunity to speak to a range of representatives from across all fields of post 16 study.

 

One to one support for all students to support their PS16 application and impartially support students to review the choices made

12 Meetings/assemblies with career professionals

 

Progression evening for all students to learn about routes, options, choices and pathways in relation to post 16 study.

 

Students attend Widening Participation events at Oxbridge Universities offering students advice and guidance on the application process.

 

 

National careers week. All students are taught about career pathways in all lessons across the curriculum.

 

Higher education fair offering students the opportunity to speak to a range of representatives from across all fields of post 16 study.
13 One to one interviews conducted offering impartial advice and guidance on careers and course routes.

 

Progression evening for all students to learn about routes, options, choices and pathways in relation to post 16 study.

 

Students attend Widening Participation events at Oxbridge Universities offering students advice and guidance on the application process.

 

All students attend a careers fair to support progression pathways.

Higher education fair offering students the opportunity to speak to a range of representatives from across all fields of post 16 study.

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), Zoe McDonagh (Careers Advisor) or Taz Gahir (Careers Coordinator). 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

Careers Policy

St. Paul’s Provider Access Policy – awaiting Governor ratification