We believe that giving students the correct careers education and guidance can improve their motivation to learn and help them to achieve.
The school is committed to ensuring that students have high quality impartial advice on career opportunities, and that our students progress onto appropriate courses or employment on leaving the school.
Independent Careers Advice:
The school employs an external Independent adviser to complement other careers education provided through LIFE (PSHCE) lessons and tutor times. The pastoral teams also offer support for students in terms of future progression routes and the “next steps”. The school policy on CIEAG is available here.
The 2015/16 report on careers education interviews is below:
A full programme of Next Steps interviews has taken place this year with over 50% of Year 11 students, as well as students from Years 10, 12 and 13, being seen by the Adviser. The majority of students receiving a Next Steps interview are targeted, with a priority list being drawn up at the start of the year, to include looked-after children, students wishing to go on to college/apprenticeships and those who are at risk of not going into education or training (NEETs). Many of these students are interviewed on more than one occasion to check on their progress and to be given extra support if required. Some referrals are made by Year Teams and students are frequently reminded that they are welcome to self–refer.
Key Stage 4:
The data collected from interviews, combined with information about proposed destinations obtained from all students, results in a clear picture about post 16 intentions for Year 11. The data collected about our students means that we can easily refer any students about whom we have concerns.
An after-school presentation was provided by NESCOT College in the autumn term. On the back of this students intending to apply to college were encouraged to do so straightaway and were given help with their application forms if needed. The college commented that they had seen an increase in early applications from our students last year, following a similar presentation, resulting in more students getting onto the course of their choice. A CV Masterclass was delivered by our Adviser in the spring term and was well received. We will be launching Unifrog* with current Year 10 students towards the end of the summer term. This exciting tool will be used during Year 11 and into the 6th Form for students who stay at Cheam High School.
Key Stage 5:
Students receive advice and guidance on potential careers through the Tutor programme, career events and individual support and mentoring by members of the Post 16 team. Students are supported with UCAS statements, applications for apprenticeships or other employment, as well as accessing the Next Steps Adviser. A range of occupational talks was delivered to students for those interested in pursuing careers in areas including medicine, criminology and accountancy. Unifrog is used by students to help in their search for university courses and apprenticeships. Full support is given to students who do not wish to go to university.
The London Borough of Sutton Apprenticeship Hub (http://getaheadsutton.org) was launched in November. The Hub is aimed at all local teachers, students, parents and businesses and is run by a team of apprentices, who are very keen to inspire other young people to get involved and get ahead.
It is designed to help people aged 16+, who have left or are due to leave secondary education, make the right decisions about their next steps.
The hub can also support parents, teachers and employers, helping everyone to understand the benefits of apprenticeships in Sutton and its surrounding areas.
The team have created lots of useful information and tools on the website, and have lots more to come in the months ahead.
Features so far include;
- Success stories from local apprentices (videos and written)
- Live job board
- Interactive career pathways to show students their options
- Top five myths of apprenticeships
Unifrog is an award-winning online platform which helps students make intelligent choices about their futures, while allowing teachers to track their progress.
Cheam High School subscribes to both Unifrog services: 'Unifrog for Universities', and 'Unifrog for Apprenticeships'.
Both services allow students to use data to decide which route to choose after school, help students avoid common decision-making mistakes, and let teachers track where their students have got to in making their choices.
As well as making it easy for students to use multiple datapoints to compare individual university courses and apprenticeships, Unifrog is unique in allowing students to compare going to university with doing an apprenticeship.
Career Exploration, Information, Progression and Links:
www.careersa-z.co.uk – This website offers hundreds of links to useful careers and job hunting agencies. You can search for website by career or alphabetically.
www.careersfair.com – A range of features includin g sections on finding jobs (linking to a wide range of job sites), researching your career, careers advice and learning new skills. Also includes lists of advice organisations and careers information sources.
https://national careersservice.direct.gov.uk - Job profiles, planning tools and more.
www.plotr.co.uk - Career exploration matching tool and job locator.
www.allaboutcareers.com/careers - Careers information aimed at 16-24 year olds.
www.inputyouth.co.uk – Job search with information and alternatives, CV building, volunteering, career planning and outside links.
https://jobsearch.direct.gov.uk/ - British government website for finding job vacancies.
www.totaljobs.com – Search for jobs by sector or location, CV builder and checker.
www.indeed.co.uk - Search jobs from thousands of job boards, newspapers, classifieds and company websites.
www.careersbox.co.uk - Films, News and information on various careers.
www.Icould.com - Videos, stories, news and articles.
www.notgoingtouni.co.uk - All other options than full time university courses.
www.apprenticeships.gov.uk - National apprenticeship service.
www.londonapprenticeship.co.uk - Search for local apprenticeship vacancies in your London borough.
www.futuremorph.org - A site to stimulate ideas about what you might do with STEM (Science, technology, engineering, maths) subjects.
www.tomorrowsengineers.org.uk - One stop shop for information and resources for careers in engineering.