The Priory School is committed to providing Careers Education, Advice and Guidance to all students and is working to achieve the Gatsby benchmarks for excellence. We will deliver CEAG through the curriculum and organised activities, such as individual student interviews, and giving students the opportunity to engage with employers.
Careers Guidance will focus on the specific needs of the individual student to promote self-awareness and personal development. It will aim to provide current and relevant information to enable each student to make informed decisions about their future.
In line with statutory guidance, all advice offered to students will be impartial and confidential.
Students can expect to have:
- Access to information and time to research careers during school
- Meaningful encounters with employers and employees
- A chance to take part in work experience (Year 12)
- An individual careers interview to help with options and future plans (Year 11)
- Information on the job you want to do – qualifications, skills and progression routes
- A mock interview with an employer to help with job and further education applications
Aims of Careers and Work Related Learning
The aim of Careers and work related learning at The Priory School is to guide students towards careers which are going to fulfil their aspirations, inspire them and equip them with the skills, qualifications and experience they need to achieve their goal. We will encourage and guide students to be ready for the world of work – whatever form that might take.
Many students will enter The Priory School without a definite idea of what career they want which is why we have developed a careers programme which takes students through structured PSHCE lessons and extra-curricular activities that will enable them to make positive choices when it comes to Year 9 options, post-16 and post-18 choices.
Independent Careers Advice
Students have access to Independent Careers Advice; interviews are delivered in individual and group sessions where they can speak with a qualified careers advisor in order to help them make positive and informed choices for the future. As well as giving advice on non-university options such as apprenticeships and vocational courses.
In order to track progression and to enable students to keep a record of their careers research, skills, CVs, personal statements and much more, we are using an educational platform called SACU. Parents can register and use this tool side-by-side with their children so that they can also see the different careers and options that are available.
Sara Bassett is a qualified careers adviser who is generally in school every Tuesday, based in the Careers Library, adjacent to the Learning Resource Centre. Students can call in and see her during lunchtime, alternatively contact her via email.
Can you help?
We are always looking for parents who may be able to come and speak to students about their career path, either in an assembly or a lesson. Please contact Mr Harrington, so that you can be added to our work contacts database.
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