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Dorchester Learning Centre

Careers Programme

 

 

Aims of the programme:

 

Following the Ofsted inspection in February 2019 the following area for development was identified:

 

‘More is done to raise pupils’ aspirations further and to prepare them for their next steps in education or employment.’

 

As a result, a careers programme has been set up to ensure that the school falls in line with the expectation of current guidelines. Within this programme we aim to work towards the Gatsby Benchmarks set out by Lord Sainsbury in 2014 and the government’s new Careers Strategy, published in December 2017, and statutory guidance for school leaders and school staff, published in January 2018, which set out the plan for building a high-quality careers system that will help all young people to achieve.

 

The Gatsby Benchmarks have a key role in:

 

  • raising young people’s aspirations and promoting access to all career pathways
  • enabling all young people to develop the skills and outlook they need to achieve career wellbeing, including adaptability and resilience
  • underpinning the Department for Education guidance to schools on meeting their statutory responsibility for careers guidance.

 

Pupil Entitlement:

 

All pupils Yr 7 - Yr 13 are entitled to:

 

  • Access and inclusion in a stable careers programme providing information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point, including opportunity to find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeship opportunities.
  • To meet and listen to a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education & apprenticeships – this may be via events organised in school, FE/ HE visits, assemblies, group discussions and taster events.

 

Careers Guidance:

 

  • Careers Guidance will focus on the specific needs of each individual student, promoting self-awareness and personal development. Each student will receive current and relevant information to enable informed decisions and future choices. All information will be delivered by qualified professionals, impartially and differentiated to suite specific needs.  Each student will also have access to confidential, personalised careers guidance.
  • The Dorchester Learning Centre Careers Programme will promote the following to all students:
  • Self-development through employability and enterprise education – planning & managing own future
  • Raising aspirations and awareness of all available options at each transitional point.
  • Learning about Careers and the world of work
  • Developing career management, employability and enterprise skills
  • Promoting equality, diversity, social mobility and challenging stereotypes.

 

Partnerships: 

 

       

               Ansbury

 

                    Magna Housing

          Dorset Build     

     

                   Weymouth College

    

             Kane Autos

 

 

Winfrith Pre-School

 

 

 

Programme of Learning

 

   Autumn Term  Spring Term  Summer Term
 Year 7

Individuals & Friendship

 

Self-Esteem

 

Bullying

 

Rules & Fairness

 

Punishments & Sanctions

 

Rights & Responsibilities

 

Risky Behaviours,

 

Community Awareness

 

Global Citizens

 

World careers

 

Dream jobs

 

Discover family job groups

 

Jobs of the past- Jobs of  the future

 

Recognise how to develop ‘Soft skills’

 

Recognise different attitudes/ values and how these can influence them.

 

Recognise and challenge stereotypical views.

 

Introduction to Prince’s Trust award.

 

One Page Profile

 

Career Planning

 

Identify sources of careers advice

 

Give examples of career aspirations

 

Identify tasks that the career would entail

 

 Year 7   (additional)

 

Guest speakers from education/training providers Alumni & professional mentors in curriculum areas (throughout the year)

 

   
 Year 8

 

Learning for Life

 

Young people & The Law

 

Crime & Consequences

 

Global Market and Awareness

 

One Page profile- Anything changed?

 

Career Planning

 

Soft Skills assessment- Change from year 7?

 

Identify job to apply for

 

Application forms

 

Preparing for an interview

 

 

Historical Careers

 

Women in work

 

Ancient careers

 

Social Class

 

Customer Service

 

Good/Bad customer service

 

Customer service importance

 

Examples of good service from recognised companies.

 

How organisation provides products/services to meet needs.

 

How can we improve customer service?

 

Participating in Exercise

 

Benefits of exercise

 

Risks of exercise and how to avoid

 

Research local service providers and what Customer service they provide

 

Participating in Exercise

 

Research/Participate/Lead warm-up routine

 

What went well?

 

What to improve?

 

Leading an active life project

 Year 8   (additional)

 

Guest speakers from education/training providers Alumni & professional mentors in curriculum areas (throughout the year)

 

   
 Year 9

 

Career Planning

 

1 Page profile- amend if apt

 

Advantages and disadvantages of chosen career

 

Research vacancies

 

Produce a CV

 

Complete application form

 

Career Planning

 

Preparation for interview

 

What do we need to consider?

 

Responses to potential questions

 

Simulated interviews

 

Areas for improvement

 

Digital Skills

 

E-safety

 

Positive and negative online behaviour

 

Password security

 

Jobs that require digital skills.

 

Digital Communication tools

 

Digital Skills

 

Research project using internet

 

Present research digitally

 

Identification of skills that need to be developed

Teamwork Skills

 

Advantages and disadvantages of working in a team

 

Roles within teams

 

Decision making and leadership

 

Resolving conflict

 

Teamwork skills

 

Identify objective of team activity

 

Feedback and how to give and take constructive criticism

 

Identify role within team

 

Participate in activity

 

Assessment of activity and Teamwork skills

 
 Year 9   (additional)

 

Careers day on January 22nd 2020

 

   
 Year 10

Managing Money

 

Compare financial services available

 

Opening a bank account

 

Borrowing – why do it?

 

Saving money

 

Managing Money

 

Wages and Tax

 

Where does the money go?

 

Monthly budget

 

Financial services and debt collectors

Presentation Skills

 

When and why we have to do a presentation

 

Features of good/bad presentations.

 

Choose an area of interest to present and why.

 

Identify resources required and way to present

 

Prepare visual resource to enhance audience understanding

 

Prepare for potential questions

 

Presentations

 

Respond to questions

 

Evaluation

 

Career Planning

 

1 page profile

 

Preparation for interview

 

What do we need to consider?

 

Appropriate language and dress code

 

Responses to potential questions

 

Questions to ask interviewer

 

Simulated interviews

 

Areas for improvement/Improvement from Year 9?

 

Health and Safety in the Workplace

 

Why H&S?

 

Identify safe and not safe

 

The Law and H&S

 

H&S at DLC

 

 Year 10   (additional)

 

Careers day on January 22nd 2020

 

Weymouth College access day

 

HE visit to Bournemouth University June 19th 2020

 

   
 Year 11

 

Planning for Personal Development

 

Strengths and areas for improvement

 

Set SMART targets

 

Action Plan for SMART targets

 

What may stop the targets from being met?

 

Review progress

 

Receive feedback and constructive criticism from peers.

 

Practicing Leadership Skills

 

Explore effective leaders

 

Assessment of ‘soft skills’ in view of being a leader

 

Select an activity to lead.

 

Peer-assessment and constructive criticism

 

Self-assessment

 

Career Planning

 

Preparation for interview

 

What do we need to consider?

 

Appropriate language and dress code

 

Responses to potential questions

 

Questions to ask interviewer

 

Simulated interviews

 

Areas for  improvement/Improvement from Year 10?

 

Revision

Revision
 Year 11   (additional)

 

Careers day on January 22nd 2020

 

HE visit to Bournemouth University June 19th 2020

 

   

 

The Gatsby Benchmarks

 

 1 A stable careers programme

 

An embedded programme of careers education and guidance that is known and understood by pupils, parents, teachers, governors and employers.

 

2 Learning from career and labour market information 

 

Every student, and their parents, should have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. They will have the support of an informed adviser to make the best use of the available information.

 

3 Addressing the needs of each pupil 

 

Students have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support should be tailored to the needs of each pupil. The careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.

 

4 Linking curriculum learning to careers 

 

All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths.

 

5 Encounters with employers and employees 

 

Every student should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace.  This could be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes.

 

6 Experiences of workplaces 

 

Every student should have first- hand experiences of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and / or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities and to expand their networks.

 

7 Encounters with further and higher education 

 

All students should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them.  This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace.

 

8 Personal guidance 

 

Every student should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a career adviser, who could be internal (a member of staff) or external, provided they are trained to an appropriate level. These opportunities should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made. They should be expected for all pupils but should be timed to meet their individual needs.