Summary

All students will have access to assemblies on the subject of careers advice and subject choices. A range of relevant trips, activities and events throughout the year and at subject teachers’ discretion, parents and alumni will be invited into the classrooms to hold sessions on careers in specific industries. Work-related Learning is also delivered across the curriculum via a team of Career Curriculum Leads and there is a specific focus on preparing for future education and employment in PPP lessons. Below, you will find an overview of what careers education students will partake in within each Key Stage as well as an activity plan.

Key Stage 3

As part of the Year 8 GCSE options preparation process, all Year 8 students will attend a GCSE Options taster day at a London University. Currently these universities include Loughborough, London; East London, Westminster, Goldsmiths, Queen Mary Middlesex and the London School of Economics. In school, students will take part in a Careers Carousel, where they can meet and discuss GCSE options with a range of professionals as part of a GCSE Options-themed day. Students will also attend option interviews with SLT and the Career Lead. With a parents evening, including one for parents of Statemented and special needs children and targeted assemblies. Year 9 students have the opportunity to attend a careers fair.

Key Stage 4

All Year 10 students have the opportunity to undertake work experience placements, geared to their particular interests. Students will also attend a Careers Speed networking event in school. All Year 11 students will have a statutory interview with an independent, external, careers advisor. And have individual meetings with the school’s Career Lead. They will also have access to a sixth form Taster Day, showcasing subjects available in SNS sixth form and a selection of courses A level, BTEC, vocational and Apprenticeships available at local sixth form colleges.

Key Stage 5

In Years 12 and 13 numerous opportunities are promoted for students to gain knowledge and experience of a wide range of specific careers. In addition to events outside school, speakers and representatives from a wide range of professions present to and meet with students. Students applying to Oxford or Cambridge receive dedicated pre interview preparation training from the University teams. And specialist preparation for medical and dental degrees. All students in Year 12 will have an opportunity to attend a careers meeting and all students are encouraged and supported to arrange and attend work experience placements.

Careers Activity Plan

Activities

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Year 12

Year 13

Citizenship lesson on the labour market and careers

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Careers Assemblies

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Careers Related event during National Careers Week

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Careers Advisors at Student Progress Days

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Careers Speed networking

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Year 11 Sixth Form Taster Day

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GCSE Option Choices Careers Carousel

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Register and use Unifrog

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One to one career coaching for those making subject choices

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Careers Fair

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Open Evening for Subject choices

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Information on post-school options

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Opportunities to attend university open days

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Opportunities for Work Experience

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Opportunities to take part in Enterprise activities

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Opportunity to access mentoring for medical careers

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Support with Personal Statements and CVs

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Measurement

The school measures and assesses the impact of the careers programme on pupils by:

  • Student survey data (e.g. careers fairs, work experience, feedback forms)
  • Data on student progress to destinations such as apprenticeships, further education, or employment. We use this data to assess how successfully students transition into the next stage of education or training, or into employment.
  • Regular consultation with students and parents and carers, and employers.
  • The next date of our annual careers education review is October 2022.

More information

Students, parents, and employers can access more information about the careers programme by emailing: jul.ale@sns.hackney.sch.uk

External resources

General careers advice including support for choosing a career, writing a CV and completing job applications

Work experience

Apprenticeships

Gap Years