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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@s-tm.co.uk

Work Experience co-ordinator:            Mrs F. Goodwin

                                                                   01298 23167

                                                                   enquiries@s-tm.co.uk

 

Work Experience Booklet

 

Gatsby Benchmarks

St Thomas More Catholic Voluntary Academy has begun using the Gatsby Benchmarks to improve the careers provision in place and will ensure that all eight benchmarks will be in place and met by 2020.

The Eight Gatsby Benchmarks for Good Careers Guidance to be in place by 2020.

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 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.

Derbyshire Labour Market Information: August 2020

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

 

Post-16 Providers’ Open Day Details 2020-21

Macclesfield College

Thursday 15th October 2020 Virtual Open Evening 5-8pm

Thursday 22nd October 2020 Open Event (appointment needed)


Buxton and Leek College

Wednesday 14th October 2020 Advice Evening Leek site

Thursday 15th October 2020 Advice Evening Buxton site

Monday 18th January 2021 Advice Evening Leek site

Tuesday 19th January 2021 Advice Evening Buxton site

Wednesday 17th February 2021 Taster Day Buxton site

 

 

Aquinas College

Applications are open online from Saturday 26th September 2020 until Monday 30th November 2020

 

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Chesterfield College

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

 


Buxton Community School 6th Form

Open evening details to be confirmed. Please check the Buxton Community School website.

Lady Manners School 6th Form

Thursday 19th November 2020 Sixth Form Open Evening (format to be confirmed)

Fallibroome Academy

Thursday 14th January 2021 Open Evening (need to pre-book via the Academy website)


Reaseheath College

FE Virtual Open Day Saturday 17th October 2020. Information via the website: Reaseheath Virtual Open Day 2020-21. Applications open Monday 5th October 2020 using the applicants' hub: Reaseheath Applicants Hub

 

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.

Click here for information on post 16 pathways including T levels

Click here for a pdf version of the Careers Policy

Click here for a pdf version of the Careers Plan below

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 2020-21

Year7

Activity

Company/Employer Link

Length of Activity

Gatsby Benchmark

Group Size

PP/SEND Students

Careers lessons – A programme of seven lessons delivered through PSHE lessons. We start by looking at what careers education is. We then consider who would make an appropriate visiting speaker to talk to us in Y7. Finally, we do a skills analysis – what am I good at? What do I enjoy doing?

STM

50 minutes (7 sessions)

1,3 (also 5 and/or 7)

96

PP

SEND

Employer encounter – This is an assembly led by the NHS, looking at what career opportunities exist within the NHS and what qualifications are required. It follows up with Y7 students taking part in a competition www.stepintothenhs.nhs.uk/schools

DCC (Hazel Jones)

20 minutes

5

96

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.

STM

20 minutes

4

96

PP

SEND

 

Year 8

Activity

Company/Employer Link

Length of Activity

Gatsby Benchmark

Group Size

PP/SEND Students

Careers lessons – A programme of six lessons delivered through PSHE lessons. We look at job families, using careers information, and then sessions on selling yourself and discovering what influences you i.e. developing self-awareness.

STM

50 minutes (6 sessions)

1&3

90

PP

SEND

Employer encounter – This is an assembly led by the NHS, looking at what career opportunities exist within the NHS and what qualifications are required. It follows up with Y8 students taking part in a competition www.stepintothenhs.nhs.uk/schools

DCC (Hazel Jones)

20 minutes

5

90

PP

SEND

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

90

PP

SEND

 

Year 9

Activity

Company/Employer Link

Length of Activity

Gatsby Benchmark

Group Size

PP/SEND Students

Careers lessons – A programme of six lessons, delivered through PSHE. We look at stereotyping and its influence on career choices, KS4 options choices, finding good careers information and being introduced to the role of the careers adviser. We also look at the qualities of creativity, leadership, listening & presenting and problem solving and their role in the workplace.

STM

50 minutes (6 sessions)

1&3

90

PP

SEND

Employer encounter – This is an assembly led by the NHS, looking at what career opportunities exist within the NHS and what qualifications are required. It follows up with Y9 students taking part in a competition www.stepintothenhs.nhs.uk/schools

DCC (Hazel Jones)

20 minutes

5

90

PP

SEND

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

SEND

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. Subject to Covid restrictions, this is to be confirmed.

 

Aquinas

50 minutes

4

30

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 to provide informed choices for students re: KS4 options.

STM

30 minutes

4

90

PP

SEND

 

 

Year 10

Activity

Company/Employer Link

Length of Activity

Gatsby Benchmark

Group Size

PP/SEND Students

Careers lessons – lessons on employability skills, career aspiration, attitude in the workplace, NEET, beginning a CV and work experience. We also look at exploring personal strengths, financial survival skills and money and finance.

STM

50 minutes (7 sessions)

1,3

90

PP

SEND

Employer encounter – This is an assembly led by Nestle, which informs students about a local employer and its career pathways, including those via apprenticeships.

Nestle (Scott Reid)

20 minutes

5

90

PP

SEND

Employer encounter – This is an assembly led by Tarmac, which informs students about a local employer and its career pathways, including those via apprenticeships.

Tarmac

20 minutes

5

90

PP

SEND

Work experience – All students in Y10 undertake a one week work experience placement with an approved employer. They prepare for their visit beforehand and have a full de-brief afterwards. This is a beneficial experience for the students to give them an insight into the world of work.

Various

5 days

5&6

90

PP

SEND

University visit – All students in Year 10 visit The University of Derby to gain an insight to university life, including sessions on students finance, accommodation, entry requirements and career prospects. Subject to Covid restrictions, this may be a virtual event in 2020-21.

University of Derby

1 day

7

90

PP

SEND

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

SEND

 

 

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

SEND

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

SEND

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 and apprenticeships.

Various FE providers

50 minutes

3&7

90

PP

SEND

Complete CV – the CV that was begun in Y10 is now updated and fleshed out, in readiness for the mock interview with Buxton Rotary Club.

STM

2 x 50 minutes

3&8

90

PP

SEND

Careers lessons – lessons on writing a CV, interview skills, entrepreneurship and job hunting, post-16 pathways including T levels.

STM

8 x 50 minutes

1,3&8

90

PP

SEND

Employer encounter – a session on labour market information and employability skills in January of Y11, prior to students completing their CVs.

DWP (Sally Power)

50 minutes

2&3

90

PP

SEND

Employer encounter - This is an assembly led by Nestle, which informs students about a local employer and its career pathways, including those via apprenticeships.

Scott Reid

20 minutes

5

90

PP

SEND

Employer encounter – This is an assembly led by Tarmac, which informs students about a local employer and its career pathways, including those via apprenticeships.

Tarmac

20 minutes

5

90

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. This informs student choices post 16.

STM

30 minutes

4

90

PP

SEND

 

 

 

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