Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance

Welcome to the Careers section of the St Laurence school website

In an ever-changing world where new and unexpected opportunities can appear out of nowhere, good careers education is essential to prepare students for adult life. Not only does it support young people to understand their own abilities, knowledge and skills, but it also enables them to plan and manage their journey through learning, training and into work.

Our aim here at St Laurence is to provide a continuous and progressive careers education from Year 7 right through to Year 13. The programme supports students to make their own life choices and to develop their personal qualities, ultimately leading to them living satisfying and effective lives in which paid employment clearly plays a key part.

The Careers Team works alongside Heads of House and tutors to monitor the progress and support for each student. Students are mentored by their tutors at key times throughout the year and, dependent on year group, are offered opportunities to meet with our Independent Careers Advisers and the Careers Team.

During these sessions, targets are set and advice given, which are then reviewed by the House and Careers Teams on a regular basis. Careers information is available in the ILC Careers Library and online via the links given on this page. This, together with an engaging and comprehensive programme of careers education, helps our students to plan and manage their own career plans.

More detailed information about the Careers Education at St Laurence can be obtained by contacting the Careers team on the links below. We are always actively looking to enhance our provision and would welcome contact from external parties keen to support us to develop our programme.

Key Stage 3

Year 7: Who am I and what do I like?

Introduction to Careers

In Year 7, students start to think about themselves in the context of a working environment and what it involves. They start to understand what type of person they are, what their interests are and what skills they have and are then introduced to the links between this and their potential future careers. They begin to recognise specific key employability skills and learn to relate them to the jobs and skills of the people around them. The course is primarily delivered through the PSHE course which explores and develops Personal Key Skills for Learning, within their subjects and as part of Careers Week activities.

Year 8: Opening the door

Options and opportunities

With a better understanding of the jobs involving those closest to them, students now start to look at a wider selection of careers beyond what they know. The aim of the Careers programme this year is to challenge gender stereotypes and preconceived ideas and to broaden students’ understanding of the pathways available to them. As part of the PSHE programme, students develop their decision-making skills, and learn about the importance of making informed decisions. During their Equality unit of work, students start to challenge the idea of gender bias within job roles as well as issues of discrimination. Different options, such as university and apprenticeships, start to be considered and students learn more about unusual and unexpected jobs. Again, the course is primarily delivered through PSHE lessons, within subjects and as part of Careers Week activities.

Year 9: Planning ahead

Making informed choices

With the focus of the year on future choices, students are supported to understand how they can get to where they might want to go and to understand the choices they are going to make and why they are making them. They begin to explore the world of work, developing their own self-awareness of their personal skills and qualities, and continuing to develop decision making skills. This learning, as well as support and guidance from staff, is designed to help students make the right option choices for Key Stage 4. The Key Stage 4 Curriculum Day which provides Year 9 students with a series of morning activities connected to option choices, and the Open Evening for both parents and students with class teachers present, allow students the opportunity to ask questions and to discuss their future choices.

Key Stage 4

Year 10: Understanding the World of Work

Developing knowledge of life in the workplace

Through the course of Year 10, students revisit their key skills and start to consider how these skills will prepare them for life after school. Students begin to develop an understanding of LMI and how the current job market is changing/ changes. They look at job advertisements, prepare a CV, understand how to apply for a job and understand basic interview skills. Alongside this knowledge, students research different jobs using our online resources and develop a greater awareness of their future interests, culminating in a successful and productive week of work experience in May/June.

Year 11: Moving Forward

Preparing for life beyond school

During Year 11, students prepare to make successful applications for post 16 training. Guidance is given about all available opportunities, and careers, and support is available to all Year 11. In Term 2, the Moving Forward programme ensures that students have the opportunity to learn about all available options, including apprenticeships, college courses and the Sixth Form. Our key priority in Year 11 is to ensure that all our students understand the options available to them and make the ‘right’ personal and individual choices. Students are supported with applications and individual careers appointments are available for all.

Sixth Form: Moving On

During the Sixth Form students are given advice and guidance to assist them with their next steps, whether it be to university, Foundation courses at College, Gap Year or into the world of work whether via an apprenticeship or straight into the workplace.

Core Enrichment lessons support students to make informed choices about their next steps. They take part in a careers morning during term 6 of Year 12 during which they meet over 50 professionals from a range of fields to discuss what their area of employment is like and what skills are needed to help make an informed decision about their next steps. There is also a visit to the University Fair in Bristol. In late June / early July of Year 12 all students are taken to a University Open Day at either Southampton or Cardiff University thus enabling them all to gain a real feel for a University. Students are also encouraged to visit as many open days as possible during Year 12 and 13.

The Careers Hub in the Independent Learning Centre or ILC is dedicated to careers and next steps information and allows all students to access information about courses or pathways.

Although the current situation has meant that face to face contact is proving more difficult, we are working hard to ensure that students do not miss out on opportunities and are making the most of the virtual world. Interactions with employers and careers advisers are still continuing and will continue to do so.

Careers Resources

National information, advice and guidance to help students make decisions on learning, training and work.

The LMI for All portal provides high quality, reliable labour market information (LMI) to inform careers decisions.

Support for all young people in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), in achieving a world-leading education.

Apprenticeships are key to growing a skilled and competitive workforce that meets the needs of employers and drives business growth. They are real jobs with training, available in more than 170 industries and 1500 job roles. Through their apprenticeship, apprentices gain the technical knowledge, practical experience and wider skills they need for their immediate job and future career.

For those of you interested in applying for an apprenticeship or who just want to know more about them. It has an excellent set of resources for parents as well as for students.

T Levels are new courses which follow GCSEs and are equivalent to 3 A levels. These 2-year technical courses have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares students for work, further training or study. T Levels offer students a mixture of classroom learning and ‘on-the-job’ experience during an industry placement of at least 315 hours (approximately 45 days).

Young Work Wiltshire is a virtual area for young people aged 16-24 to be able to link up with services and opportunities in the local area

Used alongside the platforms we use in school, this website supports you to make informed choices and decisions based on your interests.

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