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Ss John Fisher and Thomas More
Roman Catholic High School

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Careers

Careers, Enterprise, Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) is an important part of the student development at Fisher More RC High School we endeavour to give all students the opportunity to develop an awareness of the pathways available to them so that they can make informed choices based on their personal aspirations. It features a coordinated programme which involves the whole school community including students, staff, parents, carers, the post-16 education and training providers and the local business community to produce a well-developed and innovative approach which is matched to the needs of the student.

The aim of CEIAG at Fisher More RC High School is to ensure that all students are effective planners to enable them to make suitable and informed choices regarding their own careers in a rapidly changing world of learning and work.

Our belief at Fisher More RC High School is that all students are entitled to Careers Information, Advice and Guidance and Enterprise Education which is:

  • Independent and impartial
  • Accessible to all students
  • Structured and forms part of a students' overall education
  • Recognises the contribution of other groups to this process
  • Respects the confidentiality of personal information

Students in years 8-11 receive specific careers elements at key times within their journey through Fisher More RC High School.  A CEIAG programme has been developed for all students to enable our learners to make positive informed choices regarding their post-16 options.  We recognise that some of our learners will require greater support to enable them to progress once leaving Fisher More.

Students with a Statement of Educational Need are of course encouraged to get involved with all mainstream careers and guidance activities, but will also have an entitlement to specialist advice through Young Peoples Services (YPS) during Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5.  CEIAG is also central to the planning process of the Personal Education Plan (PEP) for all Children Looked After (CLA).

For other students without a SEN or a CLA PEP but who may benefit from targeted CEIAG support, the school ensures advice is available for those through referral to the Careers Co-ordinator.  All students benefit from the compulsory two week work experience placement in year 10 that not only offers an experience of working life but assist students in many other ways including applying and being interviewed for a job, along with developing their key skills and personal talents and attributes.

CAREERS EDUCATION AT FISHER MORE:

Careers Information Advice and Guidance at Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)

Personal Development Lessons (CITIZENSHIP LESSONS)

  • Self assessment
  • Working conditions
  • Types of careers
  • Decision making
  • Personal finance

Researching Possible Careers

  • Visiting speakers and the ‘What's It Like to Be?' sessions
  • Access to conventions and careers visits
  • Access to the careers library

Options and Pathways 

  • Year 9 options evening
  • Options interviews for all students in year 9
  • Presentations from subject areas

Careers Information Advice and Guidance at Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

Personal Development Lessons

  • Different types of work (voluntary, self employment and employment)
  • What employers are looking for (qualifications, skills and attitudes)
  • The changing world of work (technology, organisations and companies, employment trends)
  • Finance and money management
  • CV's

Researching Possible Careers

  • Visiting speakers and the ‘What's It Like to Be?' sessions
  • Access to conventions and careers visits
  • Access to the careers library
  • Year 10 working life events
  • The ‘Future Pathways' experience
  • UEA Summer School
  • Connexions referrals
  • Year 10 Work Ethic evening

Sixth Form Applications

  • Information and advice
  • Interviews and application forms
  • Follow up interviews after GCSE results
  • Sixth form open evenings

Post 16 Options

  • Information and advice on all options
  • Sixth form
  • FE Colleges and other providers
  • Training and apprenticeships

 

Careers Information Advice and Guidance at Key Stage 5 (Years 12 and 13)

Applying for Higher Education

  • Researching possible courses and institutions
  • Access to careers library and prospectuses from universities
  • Specialist help with Oxbridge and Medicine Applications
  • Application process and the UCAS system
  • Financing HE and preparing for student life
  • Weekly conferences & tutor support

Job Applications

  • Sources of information and vacancies
  • Application letters
  • Application forms
  • Interview technique

Apprenticeships

  • Help with interviews and the apprenticeship programme

Work Related Learning and Careers

  • Visiting speakers and the ‘What's It Like to Be?' sessions
  • Access to conventions and careers visits
  • Access to careers library
  • Welcome to 6th form evening