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

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.


Careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) is an essential part of the support we offer to students at Sir James Smith’s School. 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:

• 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.

Sir James Smith’s follows the principles of the Gatsby Benchmarks.

The objectives for the careers programme are as follows:

• helping students to understand the changing world of work

• facilitating meaningful encounters with employers for all students

• supporting positive transitions post-16

• enabling students to develop the research skills to find out about opportunities

• helping students to develop the skills, attitudes and qualities to make a successful transition into the world of work

• encouraging participation in continued learning, including further and higher education and apprenticeships

• supporting inclusion, challenging stereotyping and promoting equality of opportunity

• contributing to strategies for raising achievement, particularly by increasing motivation.

Careers Programmes

Years 7, 8 & 9

Key activities: Y9 options choices

Lessons might include what work is, how salaries relate to different jobs, stereotyping around jobs, how to find out about jobs, the skills needed for work, jobs of the future, and the geography of jobs.

Activities will support the options process which takes place in Y9.

By the end of Y9, all students will have had the opportunity to:

• Be introduced to career resources to help them understand their preferences and the options open to them.

• Develop self-awareness

• Receive support to make the right KS4/GCSE choices, including assemblies, parents events, meeting with senior staff at school and the option of a careers meeting.

Year 10

Key activities: Work experience and mock business interviews

Lessons include preparing to find and carry out work experience placements; CVs, applications and interview technique in preparation for mock business interviews; understanding post-16 options.

By the end of Y10, all students will have had the opportunity to:

• Develop their self-awareness and career management skills, including writing a CV

• Experience at least one week in the workplace

• Be interviewed

• Experience a taster day in a sixth form or college setting

• Careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG)

• Learn about the different Post-16 pathways.

Year 11

Key activities: Post-16 applications

Students will learn how to write a personal statement for post-16 applications; get support to apply through UCAS Progress; attend group sessions discussing the different post-16 pathways and key considerations when choosing post-16 options.

By the end of Y11, all students will have had the opportunity to:

• Use a range of sources of information (with support, as required) to explore Post-16 options

• Attend events in school and out of school where they can speak to employers, colleges, training providers and universities

• Develop their self-awareness and career management skills

• Apply for Post-16 options and back-up plans, as necessary

• Continue to develop the skills needed for a successful transition

• Have at least one meeting (small group or one-to-one) with a careers adviser.

Useful links and policies

Below are links to both Sir Jim's and the DfE Careers Policy; along with a Cornwall Labour Market Information website and Careers Pilot which can be a handy tool for both parents/carers and students to find out about job sector information.

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's Work Experience

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