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Careers Time to think of the future you would like to have.

WELCOME TO SIR JAMES SMITH'S CAREERS PAGE
Your Careers Lead - Miss Jo Ledger

Miss Jo Ledger is the Careers Lead and Work Experience Coordinator for Sir James Smith's School, email address is jledger@sirjamessmiths.cornwall.sch.uk, tel no 01840 213274.

Introduction

Careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) is an essential part of the support we offer to students at Sir James Smith’s. Effective careers support can help to prepare young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life; it can help them to make decisions and manage transitions as learners and workers. As options for young people become more varied and complex, it is vital that we support them to develop the knowledge and skills they need to make informed choices for their future. As a result, the careers programme has a whole- school remit designed to complement the rest of the school curriculum.

Aims and objectives

The Sir James Smith’s careers programme aims to:

  • Achieve and maintain the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks see link below
  • encourage students to be ambitious, broaden their horizons and explore their own career aspirations throughout their life at school
  • ensure students’ readiness to take their next step in their learning or career.
  • help students to understand the changing world of work
  • facilitate meaningful encounters with employers for all students
  • support positive transitions post-16
  • enable students to develop the research skills to find out about opportunities
  • help students to develop the skills, attitudes and qualities to make a successful transition into the world of work
  • encourage participation in continued learning, including further and higher education and apprenticeships
  • support inclusion, challenging stereotyping and promoting equality of opportunity
  • contribute to strategies for raising achievement, particularly by increasing motivation.
Careers Programmes

Our career programme is developed with reference to:

  • Careers Guidance Action Plan – Government Response to Recommendations from Ofsted’s Thematic Review & National Careers Council’s Report – September 2013. DFE-00169-2013
  • Career Strategy – making the most of everyone’s skills and talents. December 2017. DFE-00310-2017
  • Career Guidance and access for education and training providers – statutory guidance for governing bodies, school leaders and school staff. October 2018. DFE-00002-2018

To secure the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks at Sir James Smith’s each year group will undertake a range of activities:

Year 11: -

  • Action planning through career guidance with the School’s Career Lead.
  • Support with all post 16 applications.
  • Online career guidance and further information.
  • Visiting speakers from post 16 providers to inform students of opportunities available to them.
  • Visiting representatives from business and industry to inform students of careers and career routes.
  • Career and Post 16 Event
  • Visiting speaker from National Citizenship Service.
  • Post 16 Induction Days and University visits.
  • Individual target setting reviewed at progress evening with parents/carers.
  • Continue with self-improvement work and character development to ensure that students have the skills, qualities and capabilities that employers need from the future workforce.
  • Continual review of CV and update when appropriate.
  • 1-2-1 mentoring where needed.
  • Apprenticeship guest speakers.
  • Various subject related visits.
  • Careers Aspiration questionnaire.
  • Digital profile awareness.
  • After school enrichment.
  • Student leadership opportunities
  • Alumni presentations/visits

Year 10:-

  • 1 week’s work experience
  • Action planning through career guidance with the School’s Career Lead.
  • Online career guidance and further information. Career Pilot etc
  • Visiting speakers from Post 16 providers to inform students of opportunities available to them.
  • Visiting representatives from business and industry to inform students of careers and career routes.
  • Career and Post 16 Event
  • Questionnaire - My Future.
  • Guidance by teachers about the links between curriculum learning and real-life work.
  • Health and Safety for work experience.
  • Careers guidance from Career Lead to provide independent & impartial careers advice and promote the best interest of the student to whom it is given.
  • 1-2-1 mentoring where needed.
  • Individual target setting reviewed at progress evening with parents/carers.
  • Continue with self-improvement work and character development to ensure that students have the skills, qualities and capabilities that employers need from the future workforce.
  • Create CVs and personal statements of strengths and weaknesses.
  • Continue exploring pathways.
  • Continue fund raising.
  • Digital profile awareness.
  • After school enrichment.
  • Student leadership opportunities
  • Performing Art productions in school.
  • Debrief of work experience week.
  • Sports - representing the School.
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award.

During Year 9 students will be exploring a variety of careers and pathways suitable to their own individual aspirations and option choices;

Year 9: -

  • Individual target setting reviewed at progress evening with parents/carers.
  • Careers and Post 16 event.
  • Making well informed option choices. Options evening consultation with parents and students - personal choices to be made in the best interest of the students' future aspirations.
  • Visiting representatives from business and industry to inform students of links between classroom learning and work.
  • Peer Mentoring.
  • Students are given general advice by SL/Year Director about the courses offered by subject areas.
  • Online career guidance and further information.
  • Face to face career guidance to provide independent & impartial careers advice and promote the best interest of the student to whom it is given.
  • Visiting speakers.
  • Recognise the need for self-improvement.
  • Develop soft skills, e.g. team working, determination, resilience, self-confidence etc. as part of their character development in preparation for the world of work.
  • Careers research on Career Pilot website.
  • Continue exploring pathways.
  • Sports - representing the School.
  • Charity fund raising and community projects.
  • Student leadership opportunities
  • Performing Art productions in school.
  • Digital profile awareness.
  • After school enrichment.
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Year 8: -

  • Mentoring advice to selected students on an individual basis against achievement.
  • Online career guidance and further information
  • Visiting speakers.
  • Visiting representatives from business and industry to inform students of links between classroom learning and work.
  • Individual target setting reviewed at progress evening with parents/carers.
  • Sports- representing the School.
  • Develop soft skills, e.g. team working, determination, resilience, self-confidence etc. as part of their character development in preparation for the world of work.
  • Careers research on Career Pilot website.
  • Charity fund raising and community projects.
  • Digital profile awareness.
  • Student leadership opportunities
  • Performing Art productions in school.

During Year 7 students will be working with their own tutor group and year group on a range of careers related activities. The key area will be self-awareness and to identify their own strengths, weaknesses, skills and capabilities and how these relate to academic subjects and employability skills.

Year 7: -

  • Recognition of own strengths and own areas of development.
  • Recognition of own skills, qualities and capabilities.
  • Personal development target setting to be discussed at Progress evenings with parents/carers.
  • Tutor mentoring.
  • Researching career websites.
  • Charity fund raising and community projects.
  • Problem solving - activities that will develop creativity and overcoming a problem in a team.
  • Sports - representing the School.
  • Digital Etiquette and safety.
  • Presentation Skills - develop skills needed for presenting.
  • School leadership opportunities
Notes For Employers

Sir James Smith’s School believes that encounters with employers and employees help inspire and inform students. Activities such as the ‘I Love My Job’ event for Year 7 and speed networking for older year groups, where volunteers talk about their job role to groups of students, are organised to ensure that students have at least one meaningful encounter with an employer/employee each school year. In reality, students have more than this, as organised whole year and targeted events are complemented by subject teachers organising visits and inviting business volunteers into their lessons. Employers can also play an important role in supporting students develop employability skills through activities such as CV writing workshops and mock interviews. In addition, the college is always looking for new work experience and work shadowing opportunities for students. If you would like to support the college by getting involved in any of the activities mentioned above, please get in contact with Jo Ledger via email; jledger@sirjamessmiths.cornwall.sch.uk

Useful links and policies
Below are links to Sir Jim's Careers Policy; along with a Cornwall Labour Market Information website and a few more which can be used as handy tools for both parents/carers and students to find out about job sector information.
Interview Info
Further Education /Higher Education/Training Provider Access

Sir James Smith's believes in giving FE,HE and Training Providers the opportunity to talk to the pupils at the school.

Post 16 links. Please click on a link to a college/sixth form or apprenticeship information to find out more.
Measuring Impact

The School will assess the impact of it's careers program on students by completing an annual student survey and analysing destinations data, in line with activities that they have taken part in at school. In addition, the views of the students, employers and parents will be surveyed after keys events e.g Careers Information Evening, Year 10 Work Experience and Year 9 Careers Days.

Year 10 Work Experience

YR 10 Work Experience takes place at the same time as Sir Jim's activities week in July. This is an opportunity for the students to gain experience of the work place setting. All Year 10 students must take part in this week.

Here are a few examples of what our students get up to within that week.

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