Careers

We want to improve the personal, social, educational and economic outcomes for our young people. By using the Gatsby Career Benchmarks as a baseline we hope to:

  • nurture aspirations and expand horizons for our pupils
  • build on self-esteem and skills
  • get young people employment-confident and employment-ready

Staff are trained to deliver the careers programme at every level to embed knowledge into our school using a set of specific career resources. We do this through:

  • Classroom-based Career Coaching Sessions.
  • Working Experience.
  • Enterprise activities from early years.
  • Links with an impartial career advisor.
  • Visits to careers event (at least 2 per year)
  • Regular meetings with families.
  • Visits to real working environments.
  • Visit to our school from our business link partners to share their experiences.
  • Assemblies regarding Jobs People Do.
  • one to one sessions to discuss individual career pathways.
  • Links with Foundation Futures.
  • Person-centred planning offered to every student who is moving on.

All this helps young people in our school to increase the possibility and probability of getting volunteer/paid employment after they leave education.

For more information about our careers programme contact Mark Watson, HLTA Careers.

Careers Overview

Careers in Year 7

• Year 7 pupils will take part in at least one Careers lesson per week. A structured half termly scheme of work produced by the schools Careers lead includes all weekly lesson content.
• Pupils will be given a Preparation for Adulthood folder which will follow them throughout the school tracking personal achievements and their individual pathway.
• Year 7 CEIAG focus will consist of a programme that provides comprehensive information and guidance, raises aspirations, actively promotes equality of opportunity and challenges stereotypes and helps young people to progress.
• The first discussions around unrealistic expectations will take place.
• Enterprise activities.
• Visits to working environments
• Attend assemblies where jobs are relevant.
• Employers/school partner talks to year 7.
• Discussing pupil’s ideas in regards to their futures in reviews.

Careers in Year 8

• Year 8 pupils will continue with at least one Careers lesson per week following the year 8 scheme of work.
• Pupil’s preparation for adulthood folders will be regularly reviewed and updated to make sure information is both current and relevant.
• Year 8 CEIAG focus will consist of a programme that empowers young people to plan and manage their own futures, responds to the needs of each learner, provides comprehensive information and advice, raises aspirations, actively promotes equality of opportunity, challenges stereotypes and helps young people to progress.
• Year 8 pupils will attend Assemblies around career prospects.
• Visits from local employers.
• Enterprise activities throughout the year.
• Employers/school partner talks to year 8.
• Discussing pupil’s ideas in regards to their futures in reviews.

Careers in Year 9

• Year 9 pupils will attend at least one Careers lesson per week and will follow the year 9 scheme of work.
• Pupils Preparation for Adulthood folders will be regularly reviewed and updated throughout the year. In year 9, possible ideas on what pupils would like to do after Collingwood will be added to the folder.
• The year 9 CEIAG focus will consist of a programme that empowers young people to plan and manage their own future, responds to the needs of each learner, provides comprehensive information and advice, helps young people to progress and raises aspirations.
• Year 9 pupils will attend assemblies around career prospects and also any on transition.
• Enterprise activities throughout the year.
• Employers/school partner talks to year 8.
• Discussing pupil’s ideas in regards to their futures in reviews.

Careers in Year 10

• Year 10 pupils will take part in at least one Careers lesson per week.
• Pupils Preparation for Adulthood folders will be reviewed and updated more regularly from year 10 as pupils begin to look at transition more frequently. Possible transition destinations could be added to the folders.
• The year 10 CEIAG focus will consist of a programme that empowers young people to plan and manage their own future, responds to the needs of each learner, provides comprehensive information and advice, helps young people to progress and raise aspirations and a programme that actively promotes equality of opportunity and challenges stereotypes.
• Year 10 pupils will attend assemblies around career prospects, transition and apprenticeships etc.
• Employers and school partner’s talks to year 10 throughout the year.
• Discussing pupil’s ideas in regards to their futures in reviews.
• Year 10 pupils will attend careers events throughout the year. The North East Skills event for example.
• Pupils in year 10 will have access to links made with local employers.
• Pupils in year 10 will be introduced to the NCS (National Citizenship Service)
• In ASDAN lessons pupils will be introduced to ‘The World of Work’ unit.
• School will host a coffee morning for parents to discuss possible options for pupils.

Careers in Year 11

• Year 11 pupils will take part in at least one Careers lesson per week.
• Pupils Preparation for Adulthood folders will be reviewed and updated more regularly from year 11. Possible transition destinations will have been established in the folders at this point.
• The year 11 CEIAG programme will consist of a programme that empowers young people to plan and manage their own future, responds to the needs of each learner, provides comprehensive information and advice, helps young people to progress and raise aspirations and a programme that actively promotes equality of opportunity and challenges stereotypes.
• Year 11 pupils will attend all assemblies that have a Careers related theme or any additional assemblies which relates to transition.
• Information and guidance will be given to any identified leavers.
• Parents of year 11 pupils will be encouraged to visit learning providers
• A Sixth Form parents evening will be held.
• Employers and school partner’s talks to year 11 throughout the year.
• Discussing pupil’s ideas in regards to their futures in reviews.
• Year 11 pupils will attend careers events throughout the year. The North East Skills event for example.
• Pupils in year 11 will have access to links made with local employers.
• Pupils in year 11 will be introduced to the NCS (National Citizenship Service)
• In ASDAN lessons pupils will complete ‘The World of Work’ unit.

Careers in Year 12

• Pupils in year 12’s Preparation for Adulthood folders will be reviewed and updated throughout the year.
• Year 12 pupils will begin visiting providers.
• Year 12 pupils will partake in one weeks work experience.
• Year 12 will attend careers events throughout the year.
• Pupils will complete the ASDAN Employability qualification.
• Regular discussions with families in regards to a pupil’s future will be facilitated.
• Person-centred planning offered to every student who is moving on.

Careers in Year 13

• Pupils in year 13’s Preparation for Adulthood folders will be reviewed and updated throughout the year. At the end of the year pupils will take these folders with them.
• Year 13 pupils will continue to visit learning providers.
• Year 13 pupils will partake in a week of work experience.
• Year 13 will attend careers events throughout the year.
• Regular discussions with families in regards to a pupil’s future will be facilitated.
• Person-centred planning offered to every student who is moving on.
• Pupils will complete the ASDAN Employability qualification.
• Foundation futures