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Careers Education

Careers Education at St Thomas More

Careers Welcome

The careers education and guidance programme at St Thomas More Catholic Voluntary Academy seeks to positively support students to acquire the educational, social and employability skills necessary for lifelong success in a diverse and changing world of work.

Careers Lead:                                          Mr S. Coyle

                                                                   01298 23167

                                                                  scoyle@stm.srscmat.co.uk

Work Experience co-ordinator:            Mrs F. Goodwin

                                                                   01298 23167

                                                                   enquiries@stm.srscmat.co.uk

 

Work Experience Booklet

 

Gatsby Benchmarks

St Thomas More Catholic Voluntary Academy is using the Gatsby Benchmarks to improve the careers provision in place and we ensure that all eight benchmarks are in place.

The Eight Gatsby Benchmarks for Good Careers Guidance:

1 – A stable careers programme
Our school will have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by students, parents, teachers, governors and employers.

2 – Learning from career and labour market information (LMI)
Every student, and their parents, will have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities, that is relevant to our local area, supported by an informed adviser to make the best use of available information.

3 – Addressing the needs of each pupil
Students have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each student. Our school’s careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.

4 – Linking curriculum learning to careers

All teachers will link curriculum learning with careers where possible. STEM subject teachers will highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths where lesson opportunities present themselves.

5 – Encounters with employers and employees

Every student will have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace, at least one per year.

6 – Experiences of workplaces
Every student will have first-hand experiences of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience in Year 10 to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks.

7- Encounters with further and higher education
All students will understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace

8 – Personal guidance
Every student will have opportunities for guidance interviews with a career adviser, who is trained at Level 6 or higher, whenever significant study or career choices are being made. These interviews will be expected for all students (when they reach Year 9 onwards) but should be timed to meet their individual needs.

 

Indigo

Students at St Thomas More use www.indigo.trotman.co.uk to find access to a wide range of careers available to them, labour market information and what qualifications are required.

Labour Market Information

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Labour market information tells you about the workplace or labour market. Labour market information describes the condition of the labour market, past and present, as well as future projections. It makes clear where work opportunities are increasing or decreasing, what occupations exist, what you need to study to become a professional in that occupation, what is required to take up an occupation, how one can find a job, change job or progress in a career.

LMI for All brings together existing national sources of high quality labour market information (LMI) that can inform people’s choices about their careers. After successfully completing its pilot stage, LMI for All has been given full project status.

National Labour Market information: January 2021

Explore other websites that present information on the UK labour market

  • iCould is a careers website which uses LMI for All to provide context alongside careers videos

 

How do my subjects link to future careers?

Click here to see careers that use subjects in our curriculum

Careers in Art    Careers in Computer Science   Careers in Design Technology

Careers in Drama   Careers in English    Careers in Food & Nutrition

Careers in Geography   Careers in History   Careers in MFL

Careers in Chemistry   Careers in Maths   Careers in Music

Careers in Physics   Careers in Science   Careers in Biology

Careers in RE

 

Post-16 Providers’ Open Day Details 2021-22

Macclesfield College

Thursday 21st October 2021 Open Evening (register via college website)


Buxton and Leek College

Click here for the BLC prospectus

Click here for the BLC virtual events poster

Thursday 7th October 2021 5-7pm (Buxton site)

Wednesday 6th October 2021 5-7pm (Leek site)

 

 

Aquinas College

Applications are open online from Saturday 25th September 2021 until Tuesday 30th November 2021.

Virtual open day via website from Saturday 25th September 2021.


Chesterfield College

Open days to be confirmed. Please check the Chesterfield College website.

 


Buxton Community School 6th Form

The application form can be accessed here: BCS 6th Form application form

Click here for a taste of BCS 6th Form life! BCS 6th Form life

Virtual open evening via website.

Lady Manners School 6th Form

Thursday 18th November 2021 Sixth Form Open Evening (format to be confirmed)

Fallibroome Academy

To be confirmed. Check https://fallibroome.academy/

Marple College

Saturday 9th October 2021 10am-12pm 

Wednesday 10th November 2021 5-7pm

Stockport College

Saturday 6th November 2021 10.30am-1pm

Wednesday 2nd February 2022 4.30-7pm


Reaseheath College

Access information via the website: https://www.reaseheath.ac.uk/course-open-days/

Parents: How can I help my child?

As your child approaches their options, please attend the Y9 Options Evening in February. Once your child is in Y10 they can begin to explore post-16 options, including colleges, apprenticeships and T levels. When your child is in Y11, try to attend as many information evenings from different providers as possible. Check providers' websites for deadlines and details of how to apply.

“The Parent Perspective” is an exciting new 8-part podcast series for parents and carers, helping them to support their children with careers advice and guidance. Use this link: The Parent Perspective

Post 16 Options Information

The presentation on Post 16 Options from 23rd September 2021 can be found here

Click here for information on post 16 pathways including T levels

Buxton & Leek College are offering T levels from September 2022. Take a look at their offer here

Click here for information about going to university

Click here for a pdf version of the Careers Policy

Click here for a pdf of the Careers Plan for 2021-22.

Destination Measures

The most recent figures available to us (students who left STM in 2017) show that 96% of students stayed in education or employment for at least two terms after leaving school (national figure 94%). 90% of students remained in education (national figure 87%) of which 54% went to sixth form college, 11% to school sixth form and 25% went to a HE institute for further education.

The school link for careers education is Mr Steve Coyle -
enquiries@st-thomasmore.derbyshire.sch.uk

St Thomas More Catholic Voluntary Academy – Careers Plan – Overview 2021-22

Year7

Activity

Company/Employer Link

Length of Activity

Gatsby Benchmark

Group Size

PP/SEND Students

Careers during form time – using the Indigo Trotman website, students will investigate various careers, looking at LMI, related skills and qualifications. Students have their own login details, to follow up on these activities at home.

STM

15 minutes (20 sessions)

2,3 (also 5 and/or 7)

88

PP

SEND

Employer encounter – STEM activity day (23rd November 2021) to show students what is involved in STEM careers and what skills are required. There is a focus on promoting girls’ involvement in STEM.

TechWuman

6 hours

5

88

PP

SEND

Careers within the curriculum – Subject teachers show how their subjects are essential and support a range of related careers. They use subject presentations within their lessons at appropriate points during November 2021.

STM

20 minutes

4

88

PP

SEND

 

Year 8

Activity

Company/Employer Link

Length of Activity

Gatsby Benchmark

Group Size

PP/SEND Students

Careers during form time – using the Indigo Trotman website, students will investigate various careers, looking at LMI, related skills and qualifications. Students have their own login details, to follow up on these activities at home.

STM

15 minutes (20 sessions)

2, 3 (also 5 and/or 7)

96

PP 13

SEND 19

Employer encounter – A Young Enterprise activity day allows all students to experience entrepreneurship, through setting up their own business in a day.

Sam Barrett (Young Enterprise)

6 hours

5

96

PP 13

SEND 19

Careers interviews - St Thomas More provides independent and impartial Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance. Careers interviews enable young people to identify their strengths and be positive about their future work ambitions, so learners can understand the range of opportunities available to them, be able to make decisions about their next steps and know how they can overcome and barriers to transition. As a rule, careers interviews are NOT undertaken in Year 8 but students have access to one under appropriate circumstances.

St Thomas More Careers Adviser

50 minutes

3&8

96

PP 13

SEND 19

 

Year 9

Activity

Company/Employer Link

Length of Activity

Gatsby Benchmark

Group Size

PP/SEND Students

Careers during form time – using the Indigo Trotman website, students will investigate various careers, looking at LMI, related skills and qualifications. Students have their own login details, to follow up on these activities at home.

STM

15 minutes (20 sessions)

2, 3 (also 5 and/or 7)

90

PP 18

SEND 9

Employer encounter – On the drop down day in November 2021, all students will experience visiting presentations from various career backgrounds including the police, health, construction and hospitality. They will gain valuable insights into the skills and qualifications needed to enter these career pathways.

NHS, Tenneco, The Crescent Hotel, Police

5 x 1 hour

5

90

PP 18

SEND 9

Careers interviews - St Thomas More provides independent and impartial Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance. Careers interviews enable young people to identify their strengths and be positive about their future work ambitions, so learners can understand the range of opportunities available to them, be able to make decisions about their next steps and know how they can overcome and barriers to transition.

St Thomas More Careers Adviser

50 minutes

3&8

90

PP 18

SEND 9

Careers within the curriculum – A visit from the Earth Sciences department at Aquinas. They present on 'Teacher at Sea' work which links into their tectonics module work. It will also give the students an opportunity for them to discuss Geography after GCSE, potential careers and demonstrate the potential students have for Earth Science careers, particularly for women.

Aquinas

50 minutes

4

30

PP 18

SEND 9

Careers within the curriculum – Subject teachers show how their subjects are essential and support a range of related careers. They use subject presentations within their lessons at appropriate points to provide informed choices for students re: KS4 options.

STM

30 minutes

4

90

PP 18

SEND 9

 

 

Year 10

Activity

Company/Employer Link

Length of Activity

Gatsby Benchmark

Group Size

PP/SEND Students

Careers during form time – using the Indigo Trotman website, students will investigate various careers, looking at LMI, related skills and qualifications. Students have their own login details, to follow up on these activities at home.

STM

15 minutes (20 sessions)

2, 3 (also 5 and/or 7)

90

PP 18

SEND 13

Employability skills – This session focuses on the key soft skills identified by employers as being essential to career success. There is a separate session on writing a CV.

Emma Cook (DWP)

3 hours

3, 5&8

90

PP 18

SEND 13

Work experience – All students in Y10 undertake a virtual work experience. This is a beneficial experience for the students to give them an insight into the world of work.

Springpod

Various

5&6

90

PP 18

SEND 13

Encounters with FE and HE – Presentations on how to get into your top choice university or apprenticeship and also your top choice medical, dental or veterinary school.

Pixl

2 hours

7

90

PP 18

SEND 13

Careers Interviews – St Thomas More provides independent and impartial Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance. Careers interviews enable young people to identify their strengths and be positive about their future work ambitions, so learners can understand the range of opportunities available to them, be able to make decisions about their next steps and know how they can overcome and barriers to transition.

St Thomas More Careers Adviser

50 minutes

3&8

90

PP 18

SEND 13

Information on post-16 options – An information session for students and parents on the range of options open at age 16, including T levels.

STM and Claire Poole (BLC)

1 hour

3, 7&8

90

PP 18

SEND 13

 

 

 

 

 

Year 11

Activity

Company/Employer Link

Length of Activity

Gatsby Benchmark

Group Size

PP/SEND Students

Careers Interviews – St Thomas More provides independent and impartial Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance. Careers interviews enable young people to identify their strengths and be positive about their future work ambitions, so learners can understand the range of opportunities available to them, be able to make decisions about their next steps and know how they can overcome and barriers to transition.

St Thomas More Careers Adviser

45 minutes

3&8

90

PP 12

SEND 9

Mock Interview – All students in Y11 have a mock interview with the Buxton Rotary Club in March. The interviews centre around their completed CVs.

Buxton Rotary Club

20 minutes

5&8

90

PP 12

SEND 9

College Talks – visiting speakers from Macclesfield College, Cheadle & Marple College, Buxton & Leek College, Aquinas 6th Form, Chesterfield College and Buxton Community School, to look at post 16 options, including A levels, T levels and apprenticeships. Parents are also invited to these sessions.

Various FE providers

2 hours

3&7

90

PP 12

SEND 9

Careers in form time – using the Indigo Trotman website, students will investigate various careers, looking at LMI, related skills and qualifications. Students have their own login details, to follow up on these activities at home.

STM

15 minutes x 20 sessions

2, 3 (also 5 and/or 7)

90

PP 12

SEND 9

Careers within the curriculum – Subject teachers show how their subjects are essential and support a range of related careers. They use subject presentations within their lessons at appropriate points. This informs student choices post 16.

STM

30 minutes

4

90

PP 12

SEND 9

Information on post-16 options – An information session for students and parents on the range of options open at age 16, including T levels.

STM and Claire Poole (BLC)

1 hour

3, 7&8

90

PP 18

SEND 13

University visit – All Y11 students have the opportunity to visit Keele University for a taster day, to experience the campus and be informed about courses, finance, accommodation etc.

Keele University

1 day

7

90

PP 18

SEND 13

 

 

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