Careers Education Information

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)


Careers Team

Careers Co-ordinator

Mrs Smyth
l.smyth@wcsc.org.uk
01483 476861

Careers Leaders:

Mrs Mellor
j.mellor@wcsc.org.uk
and
Ms Sigrist
j.sigrist@wcsc.org.uk

Consultant Careers Adviser:

Mrs Sutton
s.sutton@wcsc.org.uk

Introduction

It is important that all students are fully supported and guided through the process of planning their futures. With a programme of education, information, advice and guidance for all students from Years 7 -11 and a Careers Adviser, we aim to prepare our students well for their futures.

All staff at The Winston Churchill School play an active role in preparing students for the world of work. We have a full programme of careers education that is delivered through the curriculum, tutor time, working on the Winston competencies and skills and through special events such as the annual careers fair, national careers week, career workshops and presentations, visits, trips and assemblies.

All students:

  • Develop a deeper understanding of themselves, their abilities and affinities
  • Gain a greater knowledge of the range of opportunities open to them
  • Take part in work related activities in and out of school
  • Develop their understanding of the labour market and the requirements and expectations of employers
  • Learn to make decisions wisely about their future
  • Are prepared to manage change and be fully supported through key transition periods
  • Learn how to improve their own employability: how to find work, how to get work and how to progress their careers

Careers Programme

Year 7 - Next Step

Students are supported in their transition from primary school into secondary school and through our Winston Competencies begin to learn more about themselves. During the year they complete self-assessments and target the skills they want to focus on. The Learning Review Evenings encourage parents to be part of this process and this continues throughout their time at Winston.

Students register with START from U explore, a digital careers platform and begin their online journey of careers support which again, continues throughout their time at school.

Year 8 - Exploring Work

During Winston Extra, tutor time and careers events, students explore the world of work, gaining a greater understanding of employers’ expectations, employability skills and the labour market.  A business led consultation allows students the opportunity, as part of their self-improvement work through Winston Extra, to talk to a representative from business and answer questions about themselves in order to breakdown the intimidating nature of an interview.

Students have the opportunity to attend the careers fair with exhibitors from our local colleges, universities and employers.  This gives students an opportunity to discuss future courses and career pathways.

Year 9 Preparation for GCSE Options

During tutor time, sessions prepare students for the decisions they make in choosing their GCSE options.  They learn more about how to make decisions wisely, understand more about the range and structure of their choices and are supported in this by 1:1 and/or group careers appointments. They continue to work on START, which enables them to explore strengths, skills and career pathways.

All students attend the careers fair with exhibitors from our local colleges, universities and employers.  This gives students an opportunity to discuss future courses and career pathways.

Year 10 Make it Work

Experiencing the world of work and employers’ expectations is vital in moving towards employability.  During Year 10 all students take part in a work related learning experience, working with employers from a range of sectors. The focus is very much on developing their employability skills.  They are fully prepared for this with a series of preparation sessions during Winston Extra and tutor time, focusing on the Winston Competencies of communication, collaboration, ingenuity, resilience and analysis.

An important part of this process is for students to find their own work experience placement – this gives them a valuable insight into the process of contacting employers using speculative letters and telephone calls and by submitting their CVs.  Students complete a reflective journal which becomes a valuable resource when completing their personal statement or application for apprenticeships/school leaver programmes at the end of year 11.

All students attend the careers fair with exhibitors from our local colleges, universities and employers.  This gives students an opportunity to discuss future courses and career pathways.

Year 11- Preparation for Progression

Students undergo a programme of education, information and guidance to help them make the vital decisions about their future.  Over a series of tutor sessions and START, students continue work on writing applications and an effective CV and develop the skills required for successful interview.  Our programme of study teaches them about effective decision making, explores their options and gives support in making their applications.  It covers the full range of routes into their future including sixth form, FE College, apprenticeships and school leaver programmes.  This is supported by 1:1 careers interviews.  All students attend the careers fair with exhibitors from our local colleges, universities and employers.  This gives students an opportunity to discuss future courses and career pathways.

Programme overview

(see separate sheet)

FE / Training Provider and Employer access

Management of provider access requests

Procedure
A provider wishing to request access should contact Mrs L Smyth, Careers Co-ordinator.

Telephone: 01483 476861; Email: l.smyth@wcsc.org.uk

Opportunities for access

A number of annual events, integrated into the school careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to pupils and/or their parents/carers. In addition, form time, assemblies and careers interventions during the year, allow for access opportunities:

Careers table of events

Please speak to our Careers Co-ordinator to identify the most suitable opportunity for you.

Premises and facilities

The school will make the main hall, Discovery space, classrooms or private meeting rooms available for discussions between the provider and students, as appropriate to the activity. The school will also make available AV and other specialist equipment to support provider presentations. This will all be discussed and agreed in advance of the visit with the Careers Leader or a member of their team.

Providers are welcome to leave a copy of their prospectus or other relevant course literature at the Careers Resource Centre, which is managed by the school librarian. The Resource Centre is available to all students at lunch and break times.

Information for students, parents, carers and teachers

The principal Winston Churchill CEIAG can be found on our FROG Careers site.

Please access the FROG Careers site at https://frog.wcsc.org.uk/careers/careers for general information on careers, useful careers websites, information on colleges, open days, virtual open days, universities, apprenticeships, Labour Market Information, virtual talks, Work Experience, CV writing, interviews and application forms.

All students have access to the START digital careers platform from years 7-11. You can explore future career and study options at school or at home. User names and passwords are provided in Year 7. Please see your tutor if you need assistance. Login at www.startprofile.com.

Students can visit the Careers Library in Discovery Space for information on options, to collect college prospectuses, apprenticeship information and look at useful books on a multitude of different careers, industries and further and higher education establishments.

Please ensure that you access your FROG messages for career opportunities that arise throughout the year.

Policy

To read the full careers policy please  use this link

Destinations

The majority of our students leave Winston and move on to Woking College or Farnborough 6th Form.  Other destinations include ‘Activate Learning Colleges’, including Guildford and Merrist Wood, Brooklands and Farnborough College of Technology.  Apprenticeships and the armed forces are also popular choices.  For further information, please refer to the Policy.

Review

This information is next due for review in Summer Term 2022.