Careers Programme

Primary Sector

  • An array of visitors and visits are organised to grow pupils’ awareness of the world of work and the diversity of careers available. 

Year 7

  • Two business led/supported Learning Challenges as part of the Character Education Programme working on Enthusiasm, Communication, Teamwork and Leadership.  
  • Two business contacts enhancing the delivery of the curriculum. 
  • Tutor Group Activity on ‘My Future Career’ 
  • Life and Society module ‘School to Career’ to include Understanding Enterprise, Creativity and Ideas, Money Skills, Workplace Expectations. 

Year 8

  • Research Project on ‘The Perfect Job for Me!’ 
  • Verbal Presentation to fellow students and an adult on the above project. 
  • Creation of Records of Achievement 
  • One business led/supported Learning Challenge ‘Dragon’s Den’ as part of the Character Education Programme working on Enthusiasm, Communication, Teamwork and Leadership.  
  • Two business contacts enhancing the delivery of the curriculum. 
  • Life and Society module ‘World of Work’ to include Problem Solving, Understanding Work Behaviour and Skills, Exploring Industry, Pathways, Personal Strengths and Building Confidence and Communication. 

Year 9 

  • Mock Interviews on their updated Records of Achievement and their Career Plan led by the Sixth Form. 
  • Two business contacts enhancing the delivery of the curriculum 
  • Higher Education Trip for High Attainers to Raise Aspirations. Pupil Premium students fast-tracked to this trip. 
  • Twilight Leadership course led by local business and the academy for those students who excelled on the Character Education Award in Year 8.  
  • Two business contacts enhancing the delivery of the curriculum. 
  • Careers Fair at DSLV 
  • Life and Society module ‘Ready for Work’ to include Job versus Interests, Key Skills, Routes into Jobs, Financial Capability, 

Year 10

  • Employability Skills Programme delivered in Life and Society to cover turning Records of Achievement into Professional CVs, the Application Process, Interview Technique Building a Back Up Plan and Workplace Skills. 
  • Mock Interviews led by Business Contacts.  
  • One Work Experience opportunity. 
  • Skills Show Trip to Birmingham for targeted students. 
  • Two business contacts enhancing the delivery of the curriculum. 
  • Careers Fair at DSLV
  • Apprenticeship Show at Milton Keynes 
  • Careers Week – Targeted Business Contacts paired with interested students. 
  • Business Mentoring for targeted students. 

Year 11  

  • Individual Career Path Interview in the Autumn Term leading to Careers Action Plan with Senior Leadership Team. 
  • Spring Term Follow up Interview for Targeted Vulnerable/Potential NEET Students. 
  • Careers Fair at DSLV 
  • Assembly Programme on Apprenticeships, Sixth Form Providers and Further Education Colleges
  • Life and Society module ‘The Real World’ to include Enhancing Interview Technique, Real Applications, Post 16 Options (Sixth Form, Further Education, Apprenticeships), Financial Competence, Work/Life Balance, Starting a Business. 
  • Apprenticeship Show at Milton Keynes 
  • Careers Week – Targeted Business Contacts paired with interested students. 
  • Business Mentoring for targeted students. 
  • University Awareness 
  • Interview with a careers advisor 

Careers Interviews

 All students have access to at least one individual or group face to face careers interview.  Every Yr11 student will have at least one careers interview and receive a written careers action plan. 

 Careers supporting the School Curriculum

Careers Education is delivered within the Life and Society curriculum.  Careers information is also delivered in other national curriculum subjects with students understanding which careers are related to which subjects.  DSLV invites in a variety of guest speakers from employers, charity groups and the local community to deliver presentations to our students.  

Work Experience 

All Yr10 students have the opportunity to participate in one week work experience placement as part of the DSLV Employability Skills course which is taught through Life and Society.  Work experience placements take place during the summer holidays between Yr10 and Yr11.  Students are encouraged to find their own work experience placement which is in line with their visions and aspirations for the future. 

Benefits of self placement

  • Good practice for the real world showing initiative, improving confidence and developing job searching skills  
  • Makes a good first impression with the company, highlighting personal and employability skills  
  • Can lead to future employment and placement opportunities, useful contacts and references  
  • Enables students to find out about a career that they may be interested in pursuing when they are older to ensure it is right for them  
  • Provides real life examples of skills to showcase on personal statements, CV’s, application forms and in interviews  

 All 6th Form students are encouraged to find a suitable work experience placement during Yr12. A work experience placement is essential for sixth form students wanting to pursue University to show a genuine subject interest and for improving future prospects in the world of work. 

Monitoring and Evaluation of the Careers Programme

The annual planned programme and evaluation of CEIAG policy and provision takes place through normal Quality Assurance procedures: 

  • Lesson and career observations and Learning Walks
  • Destination Trends – Yr11/13 leaver information 
  • Pupil Premium student destinations 
  • NEET figures 

Careers – home

The ideas and links which are being put in place and the plans for the future are excellent. In some other areas of the country there are fewer plans in place like this to support students and everyone is far less informed. With this range of support from the local area and from a variety of businesses and organisations working alongside the school, the students have the opportunity to thrive.

Nina Gandy, University of Northampton. 
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