CAREERS

Careers Plan 2020-2021

Year 7

Autumn Term

Intro to Grofar - The first Step into considering a future career. Creating a personal account, taking their personal tastes into account. This account will be updated with ‘Events’ the pupils attend and comment/reflect upon. 

Student Council – The voice of the Student is presented, explored and discussed. There will be an election for Form Representatives.  This important career event helps develop for our future political representatives.

PSHCE Lessons – Responsibilities of Positive Relationships. Also, the causes of, and the results of Bullying. This important topic can be vital to a positive working environment.

Intro to Unifrog – Although this is not used extensively until Year 11/12/13, we want the students to record the basic information and start the process of the next steps after Secondary School.

Spring Term 

Grofar Development - ‘Events’ will be created as a result of Class Teachers adding their ‘Department Career Lessons’.  The pupils will be able to add to their career knowledge and comment on their experience.

Citizenship - UN Convention of the Rights of Children. Responsibilities and the roles we play within our society.

Enterprise Advisor Event: Thakeham Homes – In this ground-breaking event, all Year 7s are off timetable and have a hands on experience of how companies decide how to develop building sites.

Career Skills:

  • Team Building
  • Communication
  • Planning and Developing ideas

Unifrog Updates - Students will take time to consider the information and experiences thus far in the year and add them to their overall plan.

Summer Term

Grofar Development - ‘Events’ will be created as a result of the Thakeham Homes Event, and the ongoing ‘Department Career Lessons’.  The pupils will be able to add to their career knowledge and comment on their experiences.  

Citizenship – The pupils learn how governments meet the needs of the citizens by creating an ‘Island Community’.  The skills that are developed help in their career choices as they explore a 360 degree view of the world.

PSHCE - Relationships/Sex Education – Healthy Relationships, both in person and online are explored. The topics of Forced Marriage and FGM help the pupils understand the world in greater depth. The skills taught help pupils to understand the workplace and colleagues.

Unifrog Updates – For the last time this year, Students get the opportunity to update their information and the progress made over the year.

                                                                 

Year 8

Autumn Term

Grofar Updates – This will be the second year in their development. Students will add ‘Events’ from the summer and any personal development/experiences from the summer.  

Student Council – The voice of the Student is presented, explored and discussed. There will be an election for Form Representatives.  This important career event helps develop for our future political representatives.

Citizenship: How were going to address the topic of Knife Crime – Who can we change the society?

PSHCE Lessons – The topics of Personal Finance and Budgets. Also, Drug Education: Alcohol and Tobacco.

Unifrog – Although this is not used extensively until Year 11/12/13, we want the students to record the basic information and in the second year of the process, record any steps of progression in this important year in Secondary School.

Careers Notice Boards opposite Head of Careers Classroom – New Block

Spring Term

Grofar Development - ‘Events’ will be created as a result of Class Teachers adding their ‘Department Career Lessons’.  The pupils will be able to add to their career knowledge and comment on their experience.

Careers Speaker (HL) - Year Assembly – What are your Career Options/Prospects?

Citizenship: Understanding Politics – How does our government work and our personal responsibilities as citizens in a Democracy.

PSHCE Lessons – The topics of Personal Finance and Budgets. Also, Drug Education: Alcohol and Tobacco.

Unifrog Updates - Students will take time to consider the information and experiences thus far in the year and add them to their overall plan.

Careers Notice Boards opposite Head of Careers Classroom – New Block

Summer Term

Grofar Development -  Events and the skills noted in their personal development are added to their Personal passport. Also, any ‘Department Career Lessons’ that can be added and commenting on the experiences.

Citizenship: Two challenging topics: Community Cohesion – the London Riots and Capital Punishment. 

Unifrog – Although this is not used extensively until Year 11/12/13, we want the students to record the basic information and in the third year of the process, record any steps of progression in this last year of KS3

Careers Notice Boards opposite Head of Careers Classroom – New Block

Year 9

Autumn Term

Grofar Development: ‘Events’ will be created as a result of Class Teachers adding their ‘Department Career Lessons’.  The pupils will be able to add to their career knowledge and comment on their experience. Also, their experiences from the Off Site Job Fair.

PSHCE-  Options for GCSE are chosen and all forms are submitted.

Citizenship: The Legal System in the UK. An in depth investigation regarding the rights and responsibilities of citizens.  It also explores Due Process and what will happen if laws are broken.

PSHCE - Relationships/Sex Education: Sex/Sexual Activity/ Sexually Transmitted Illnesses. Responsibilities of the individual.

Spring Term

Grofar Development -  Events such as the Enterprise Advisor Event are added and the skills noted in their personal development. Also, any ‘Department Career Lessons’ that can be added and commenting on the experiences.

PSHCE: Relationship/Sexual Education – Reviewing Healthy Relationships and investigating Online Relationship and Risks.

Citizenship: Our identity –This is when the students look at their online identity as well as the topic ‘Our British Identity’ vs ‘Multiple Identity’.

Enterprise Advisor Event: Thakeham Homes – The Chrystal Maze – Building Challenge: All Year 8s are off timetable and face a set of Team Challenges. Mental/Physical/Mystery/Skill!

Career Skills:

  • Team Building
  • Perseverance
  • Communication
  • Personal Courage

Unifrog Updates - Students will take time to consider the information and experiences thus far in the year and add them to their overall plan.

Careers Notice Boards opposite Head of Careers Classroom – New Block

Summer Term

Grofar Updates- This will be the third year in their development. Students will add ‘Events’ from the summer and any personal development/experiences from the summer.                   

Off Site: Reigate and Banstead Big Bang Job Fair – All Year 9s are taken to experience Employers and have meaningful encounters with employees.  They get their first introduction to a number of Apprenticeships in the local area. This addresses Gatsby Benchmark 5.

PSHCE Lessons – Options and the choosing the best path forward for me!

  • Investigations into the Options and their specific benefits to each pupil.
  • Guidance, advice and information.
  • Next Steps of Option choices.
  • Introduction of ‘Fast Tomato’ – an online careers advice website. It is very beneficial to help ‘what I like’ to becoming a career for the future.

Year 9 Careers Assembly by Heidi Legg – Our Careers Advisor.

Options Parents Evening – A night where pupils and parents/guardians can discuss the career paths by looking at the Options in depth with our Options teachers.

Optional Careers Advice Appointment for Students - Heidi Legg (Request only): The students can arrange to discuss some general topics in regards to Option Choices and directions post 16.

Options Presentations - All year 9s are off timetable to hear and experience a presentation by each Options Teacher, followed by a question and answer session.  This is over multiple sessions.

Options Booklets with extensive explanations of each Option and helpful websites to answer most queries.

Citizenship Lessons - How do groups influence Governments?  An exploration into Activist Campaigns and Pressure Groups.

Unifrog – Although this is not used extensively until Year 11/12/13, we want the students to record the basic information and in the third year of the process, record any steps of progression in this last year of KS3.

Careers Notice Boards opposite Head of Careers Classroom – New Block

Year 10

Autumn Term

Grofar Updates - This will be the fourth year in their development. Students will add ‘Events’ from the summer and any personal development/experiences from the summer.      

Student Council – The voice of the Student is presented, explored and discussed. There will be an election for Form Representatives.  This important career event helps develop for our future political representatives.

Citizenship - The Yellis Test and the Youth Legal System in the UK. A chance to explore the legal laws for those 16 to 25. Also, exploring some specific aspects of The UK Government and the topic of Money Management.

Year 10 Careers Assembly by Heidi Legg – Our Careers Advisor – Your paths of Careers.

Unifrog – Although this is not used extensively until Year 11/12/13, we want the students to update the basic information and in the fourth year of the process, record any steps of progression in this first year of KS4.

Three Outside Speakers – Political Party Candidates for the upcoming General Election – Year 10 and 11 Assembly. 

Careers Notice Boards opposite Head of Careers Classroom – New Block

Spring Term

Grofar Development - ‘Events’ will be created as a result of Class Teachers adding their ‘Department Career Lessons’.  The pupils will be able to add to their career knowledge and comment on their experience.

Citizenship: Human Rights and International Law – An exploration into Non-Government Organisations and how they affect International Laws regarding Human Rights infractions.

PSCHE – Relationship/Sexual Education – Individual Sexuality in our society.  Also, an exploration into how Pornography affects on society. 

Unifrog – Although this is not used extensively until Year 11/12/13, we want the students to update the basic information and in the fourth year of the process, record any steps of progression in this first year of KS4.

Careers Notice Boards opposite Head of Careers Classroom – New Block

Summer Term

 

Grofar Development -   Events and the skills noted in their personal development are added to their Personal passport. Also, any ‘Department Career Lessons’ that can be added and commenting on the experiences.

Enterprise Advisor Event: Thakeham Homes World of Work: Our Award Winning, Innovative Programme. In the final week of the year, Explore Week, the Year 10 Students spend three days working directly with employees from Thakeham Homes.  The Sessions include:

  • CV’s and Interviews – Head of Human Resources
  • Planning and Design – Head of Architecture and Design
  • Man Management and Leadership – Project Manager
  • Interior Design and Themes – Head of and Interiors all New Home Designs
  • Personal Attributes and Positive Wellbeing – Personal Assistant to the CEO
  • Site Development and Layout – Second Head of Architecture

Exterior Work Experience – During the last week of school, students are able to find their own work experience and gaining first-hand knowledge of in the world of employment.

Unifrog – Although this is not used extensively until Year 11/12/13, we want the students to update the basic information and in the fourth year of the process, record any steps of progression in this first year of KS4.

PSHCE – Digital Footprints and how to be safe Online.

Careers – PSHCE:

  • Introduction into Careers – how to choose backwards.
  • Introduction to Sixth Form and goo Study Habits.
  • First Explanation of College Applications.

Careers Notice Boards opposite Head of Careers Classroom – New Block

Year 11

Autumn Term

Grofar Updates - This will be the final year in their development. The Student Passport will be full of Events and personal development. Students will add ‘Events’ from the summer from their own Work Experience or from our Award Winning World of Work (each session).  Also, any personal development/experiences from the summer.

Careers Presentation (HL) Year Assembly.                  

Student Council – The voice of the Student is presented, explored and discussed. There will be an election for Form Representatives.  This important career event helps develop for our future political representatives.

PSHCE – College Applications and Personal Statements: Students are building on knowledge from last year.

PSHCE: Relationship/Sexual Education - Sex in Society / Consent / Healthy Relationships and Contraception.

Unifrog – This is the first year this will be used in lessons.  By this point in the school process, the fifth year of the process, there should be some specific records of steps with regards to progression.  This final two terms will help with the progress into Sixth Form.

Citizenship Three Outside Speakers – Political Party Candidates for the upcoming General Election Assemblies. 

Careers Notice Boards opposite Head of Careers Classroom – New Block          

Spring Term

Grofar Development - Final ‘Events’ will be created as a result of Class Teachers adding their ‘Department Career Lessons’.  The pupils will be able to add to their career knowledge and comment on their experience.

Citizenship - Human Rights and International Law.

PSHCE – Exam Preparation

  • Memory
  • Study Habits
  • Types of Learners and Strategies
  • Note Taking and Revision
  • Personal Wellbeing – Stress of Exams 

Unifrog Updates – Final development of Personal Knowledge added in preparation for Sixth Form.

Careers Notice Boards opposite Head of Careers Classroom – New Block

Summer Term

PSHCE – Revision in preparation for Final Exams.

Careers Notice Boards opposite Head of Careers Classroom – New Block

Year 12 & 13

In Years 12 and 13, pupils follow a comprehensive work book that provides information and activities on the following topics:

  • Introduction to A Level Study
  • Preparation for Post 18 Study
  • Alternatives to Study 
  • Your Professional Future
  • Work Experience
  • Your Financial Future
  • Your Wellbeing
  • Your Post Graduate Options
  • Assessing your Learning - Reflections of Progress

During the first term, pupils will also have a 1-2-1 careers interview.

The Lecture Programme

Sixth Form students attend a lecture every week. The Lecture Programme covers a wide range of topics, to prepare pupils for life after Sixth Form. The Programme includes:

  • Lecture for Year 12s from an apprenticeship advisor
  • Seminar led by an apprenticeship advisor for Year 12 and Year 13 pupils who are interested in this route
  • Lecture about Unifrog
  • A range of lectures from different universities on admissions, student finance, and university life
  • Lecture about how to apply to UCAS and how to apply for the world of work
  • Lecture about the professional workplace, includes information about taxes, money management, and the cost of further education options
  • Lecture from A Star Future about studying in Europe
  • Lecture from the Head of Year about making informed choices
  • Lectures from outside speakers about the world of work. These have included speakers from Nestle and the government apprenticeship scheme
  • Lectures on being a post graduate student

Pupils also receive the following support:

  • Regular 1-2-1 meetings with tutors to discuss progress and future plans
  • Access to Unifrog to support informed choices across universities and apprenticeships
  • Students are encouraged to deliver presentations about apprenticeships and the apprenticeship process during their tutor time in the first term
  • 1-2-1 support with UCAS applications. This involves individual meetings with a member of the Sixth Form team to discuss applications
  • A bespoke Oxbridge and Medical application programme is in place that offers support on entrance exams, interview preparation, wider issues discussion, and support with personal statements.

The strategic Careers Plan can be found here.

Our Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) at Royal Alexandra and Albert School consists of a number of elements.

Our Aims:

Personal Development and student tracking

Our Personal Development Programme uses software from Grofar. Starting in Year 7 and lasting until Year 11, pupils are guided through careers choices and have personal experiences at attending job fairs. They are exposed to possible outcomes to their career choices.

As pupils progress through Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9), they are guided on how to search for career interests, learn to write letters of application and develop their CVs. In Key Stage 4, Years 10 and 11, pupils are exposed to the skills of analysis needed to explore their career choices and the qualifications associated with particular careers.

Dedicated Independent Careers Advisors

We also provide independent careers advice to pupils through our dedicated Independent Careers Advisor, Heidi Leg. In Year 10, all pupils are invited to an individual careers interview, which sets up the discussions for their formal interview in Year 11. In some cases, these discussions with the careers advisor start in Year 9, where needed and when possible. In Year 11, students have dedicated sessions to discuss their next steps after secondary school. Time is given to discuss, explore and develop career ideas.

National Careers Events

The School arranges visits to national careers events that allow pupils to talk directly to, and make initial contact with, industry representatives. Year 9s will attend a local job fair organised by Surrey County Council. In Years 12 and 13, there is a robust weekly Lecture Programme which often focuses on one of the following areas of interest: higher education, general employment and apprenticeships.

Explore Week and Year 10 Work Experience

Explore Week offers a change to classroom-based learning. In the last week of the academic year, pupils experience five days outside of the regular academic timetable to explore topics and subjects. Year 10 pupils have the opportunity to attend our Award-Winning World of Work, which is an excellent experience provided by Thakeham Homes, and led by Liana Richardson, the School's Enterprise Advisor. 

Pupils learn techniques to improve their CVs and interview skills directly from an experienced from the Head of Human Resources at Thakeham Homes. During World of Work, pupils have a variety of sessions with exceptional content that encourages practical application of skills needed in seeking, gaining and successfully receiving an offer of employment. 

There is also an opportunity for pupils to locate and secure their own work experience placement.  The School carefully vets each employer and job specification to ensure that each pupil receives the best experience of 'the real world’. As we are a state boarding school, some students return to their home countries to explore this incredible opportunity.

Measurement and Assessment of the impact of our Careers Programme

The impact of Royal Alexandra and Albert School’s Careers Programme is assessed by the Head of Careers using the following means:

  • Evaluations of careers activities with pupils, staff (who were involved), employers, parents and any external stakeholders.
  • Analysing destination data to confirm success of events, presentations and Careers activities
  • The introduction of and the regular review of the information on Grofar student careerevent activities.
  • Review of the school’s adherence to the Gatsby Benchmarks undertaken in conjunction with the Enterprise Advisor (Thakeham Homes) and the Head of Careers.

Careers Contacts

Careers Lead:  Mr Scott Randolph (Head of Citizenship)
scottrandolph@gatton-park.org.uk
Telephone: 01737 649000

Independent Careers Advisor: Mrs Heidi Legg
heidilegg@gatton-park.org.uk

The next review of this information will be June 2021.