The Careers Programme

A comprehensive careers education programme for all year groups is delivered through PSHCE lessons and throughout the curriculum. This includes self-development, career exploration and career management - all of which help explore further and higher education options together with alternative pathways such as apprenticeships. Students are also engaged in work-related learning including work experience.

The school is supported in these lessons by an impartial independent Careers Guidance Adviser who is available for careers advice and guidance interviews.  Appointments are made through Ms S Swanton, Careers Manager. Within the main School Library, there is an extensive Careers Library open to students from 8.45am until 4.30pm.

Student entitlement

At Weald of Kent Grammar School, you should get:

  • Independent and impartial careers guidance for all students in years 8-13.
  • Be inspired and motivated to fulfil your potential.
  • Support and guidance to help you make your choices and create a career plan for the future.
  • Help to decide what to do when you leave Weald, including further learning, training or employment. Including apprenticeships, entrepreneurialism or other vocational routes alongside traditional A level and university routes.
  • Face-to-face guidance by a careers professional.
  • A programme of careers education helping you develop skills and knowledge to make choices and the transition to work and learning reflecting the School ethos and meeting the needs of all students.
  • The opportunity to speak with employers who can inform you on the range of roles and opportunities in the workplace.
  • An opportunity to learn about the world of work through work experience.

Booking a careers interview

You can arrange a Careers Interview by initially contacting Ms Swanton. Your careers interview is a confidential, impartial discussion with a qualified Careers Guidance Adviser. Don’t worry if you have no definite plans. We are here to encourage and support you while you are making decisions about your future. Depending on your needs, it may be helpful to have several discussions, so don’t think of your careers interview as a 'one-off’ event.

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Work experience

Students are given the opportunity to participate in work experience which we believe enables them to:

  • Explore likes and dislikes to develop future career planning
  • Develop self-confidence and interpersonal skills
  • Raise awareness of the workplace and how organisations are structured
  • Understand the importance of self-discipline in achieving own objectives
  • Experience the world of work through active participation and observation
  • Gain valuable experiences which can be added to a curriculum vitae and enhance university application.

Students in Year 12 are encouraged to attend a one-week work placement at the end of Term 6 and will contact organisations about possible work experience. It is essential that students are proactive, as finding a placement is very competitive. Ms Swanton is available to help, offering support and advice. For certain career areas, such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary, teaching, law and media, as much Work Experience as possible is recommended to help secure a place at University. Details of all placements are to be given to Ms Swanton by returning this form   https://forms.office.com/r/KQzy3q2U5Z

 

Careers programme within PSHCE

Year 7

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Lesson 3

Personal Strengths for employment

 

By the end of this activity students will be able to:​

 

  • Recognise three key elements   of their personality​

 

  • Explain how different job roles require a range of skills, interests and personality traits​

 

  • Identify ways of building an accurate self-image that can guide successful career choices​

 

 

Exploring Careers

 

Using various website students will be exploring different careers that interest them

Looking at career options and opportunities in the Film Industry

 

A look at this industry, seeing the skills needed for each role, job responsibilities as well as opportunities available in this field of work.

 

Year 8

Lesson 1

Lesson 2

Lesson 3

The careers focus for Year 8 is the NHS .  This involves:

 

Understanding the NHS and what service they provide.

 

To explain their involvement during the pandemic and news in the media​.

 

To understand the different roles/careers within the NHS. 

 

To reflect on their own skills/interests and what role would suit them.​

 

Step into the NHS Project

 

Students will be working either independently or in pairs/small groups creating a job advert description for a job role in the NHS.

 

They will need to decide on a job role within the NHS, then carry out research and planning to create an advert which will be submitted for the ‘Step into the NHS Competition.

 

They can choose which media format  ie poster, leaflet, game, video etc.

 

 

Step into the NHS Project

 

During this session students continue to work on their project.

 

 

Year 9

Lesson 1

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Lesson 3

Making Informed Choices

 

Identify your subjects and strengths outside of the classroom.

 

Consider how GCSE options can influence careers.

 

Apply decision making strategies to begin selecting GCSE options.

Guidance on Choosing Options

 

Identify future careers path from selected GCSE options.

 

Apply advice and strategy to help select your own GCSE options.

 

Justify why you may choose subjects for GCSE

 

Talks

 

Apprenticeships – The Education People

 

Higher Education – The University of Dundee

Year 10

Lesson 1

Lesson 2

Lesson 3

Lesson 4

Knowing Yourself

 

To reflect on your own Personal Mission.

 

To reflect on 3 useful questions to get to know you.

 

Skills

To understand what skills are.

To conduct a personal skills review.

To have an understanding of the skills need for the future work place.

 

Self-Coaching Tools

The Wheel of Life

GROW model

 

From 16-18 and beyond.

 

Understanding where to find careers support at Weald.

 

Understanding the pathways after GCSEs.

 

A Levels

Knowing how to choose

Matching A-Level choices to possible future degree courses.

A-Levels at Weald

Applying for places

University-where to check course entry requirements.

 

Apprenticeships

To be reminded of key facts about Apprenticeships.

To have an understanding of what companies offer apprenticeships.

Knowing where and how to find out more.

 

Employability Talk by InvestIN

Planning Ahead

 

Research and present roles of interest linked to your favourite subject.

 

Identify a job related to your favourite subject that you could see yourself doing in ten years’ time. Research and present the pathway you could take to that role.

 

Consider the tasks involved in a role, and the skills you are learning now in each subject. How they are transferrable to the working world?

 

Interview Skills

 

Tips and advice including common do’s and don’ts.

 

Online interviews

 

How to prepare and much more.

 

 

 

Year 11

Lesson 1

Lesson 2

Lesson 3

Lesson 4

Lesson on applications to Sixth Form

 

Kent Choices

 

Personal statement

 

How to write your personal statement for Sixth Form  included in your Kent Choices application

Self Exploration

 

Exploring my own values and beliefs, so I can understand what career I might enjoy.

 

What is your Pathway?

 

Where do our students go after Year 13?

 

What do you absolutely love doing?  What learning excites you?

 

What could you be really good at?

 

Does this match my qualifications, knowledge, skills, experience, personality …..?

Year 12

Lesson 1

Lesson 2

Lesson 3

Lesson 4

Super-Curricular


Looking at super-curricular involvement to enhance personal statement and job applications.

Making Informed Decisions

 

What do you see yourself doing beyond education?

Personal Statement

 

How to write an amazing personal statement.

 

Talk by Jane Marshall

Applying to University through UCAS

 

Step by step guidance on how students register and complete the UCAS application.

Year 13

Lesson 1

Lesson 2

Lesson 3

Lesson 4

UCAS and Next Steps

 

Personal Statements

 

 

UCAS and Next Steps

 

Student Finance

UCAS and Next Steps

 

Employability Skills

UCAS and Next Steps

 

Apprenticeships

Please refer to our policies page for the Careers Policy and Careers Policy on Provider Access