Careers preparation at Sexey's School

At Sexey’s School we provide all our students in Years 7 to 13 with a comprehensive programme of careers preparation, education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) and work related learning (WRL) to complement their curriculum learning and prepare them for life after school.

Careers preparation programme

 

Key Stage 3- Introduction into careers and interest guides
- Planning for the future – let’s talk about jobs!
Key Stage 4- Year 10: Employability and block work experience
- Year 11: Financials
- Taster days at local colleges
- Careers presentations: including talks from professionals and local employers
- South Somerset Careers Convention at Fleet Air Army Museum, Yeovilton
- CV writing and assistance with post 16 applications
- External speakers covering all post 16 (and post 18) options
Key Stage 5- UCAS convention visit, UWE, Bristol for all Year 12
- Oxbridge conference for HE+ students
- HE+ programme to support Oxbridge and competitive applications for medicine, veterinary science and dentistry
- Regular talks from professionals and local employers
- Work experience week (including briefing and debriefing)
- Y12: Allocated careers week (July) with university visits, professional speakers, workshops on GAP years, university, apprenticeships and employment
- Support and presentations on CVs, letters and application formats, including mock interview practice
- Access to alumni network of speakers and careers advice
- A Level results and clearing service
Post Sixth Form/Year 11- Ex-Sexey’s students can access support from the Independent Careers Adviser in the year after they have left, e.g. Gap Year students, those wishing to change their university course, look for apprenticeships, or recovering from illness

 

All students can access up to date labour market information and research tools via Moodle and the School’s Independent Careers Advisor.

Full details of our Careers Policy can be read and downloaded here.

Measurement and assessment of the impact of our careers programme

The impact of Sexey’s careers programme is assessed by the Assistant Head using the following means:

  • Lesson and tutor observations within PSHE lessons as part of School Self Evaluation
  • Student focus groups. Resulting action points then feed into the following years’ planning process to ensure they are addressed.
  • Review of the school’s adherence to the Gatsby Benchmarks undertaken in conjunction with the careers adviser.

Upcoming events: Student area

1. 10 ways to achieve careers education at home: download this pdf for top tips and a virtual activities list for students while we are in lockdown.

2. Springpod Work Experience Guide 2020

Download your guide to the UK’s top employers’ 2020 work experience programmes.

3. Leonardo Helicopters: Apprentice and Graduate vacancies for the 2020 intake are now live on the Leonardo People and Careers webpage. To access vacancies, please follow the links below:

4. IBM Apprenticeships: Apprenticeships range from Level 3 to Level 6 and each pathway gives you everything you need to start your career in the industry, with lots of exposure given. In addition to the day job there are plenty of opportunities to get involved in social activities and volunteering with other Apprentices, Students and Graduates. Opportunities are located across England and salaries start at £20,000/annum. Roles open periodically throughout the year and you can register your interest for more information here.

5. Headstart

Find out more about subsidised STE(A)M university residentials: www.etrust.org.uk/headstart 

6. Engineering and Business Apprenticeships with Honeywell Aerospace Yeovil: Read this leaflet for more information.

7. Free online summer medical school for Year 11

At a Medical Schools Council (MSC) Summer School students learn about the wide-range of roles involved in contemporary healthcare: doctor, nurse, paramedic, occupational health practitioner. The sessions ultimately provide students with the information, skills and confidence they need to submit a strong application to a wide-range of healthcare training programmes.

Spaces are extremely limited, and will be heavily over-subscribed, but Sexey’s has been selected for the first round of applications.
The application process is via an online form and takes less than 5 minutes to complete – visit catalysis.org.uk/MSC to apply.

More about the course
Last year this course was a residential summer school. This year, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are running the course online. We will be running the course as a real-time medical emergency simulation; students will take the lead in making diagnostic decisions and working to a deadline to build an effective response to an outbreak scenario.

You will be tutored by leading health professionals – the very people you will have seen on TV and heard on the radio in recent weeks. These surgeons, doctors, paramedics and leading research scientists will share their expertise in small seminar groups conducted through a range of simple online platforms.

It will run from 12.00 on 7th July -9th July and will involve a series of tasks, online teaching sessions, seminars and feedback opportunities. The summer school is fully funded by Health Education England and you will not have to pay to attend.

If you fancy it, follow the sign-up link above!

8. UK University Search Virtual Fair: catch up until Friday 17th July

Webinars from the UK University Search Virtual Fair are now available until Friday 17th July. Featuring over 80 universities and colleges and 10 live webinars it’s the perfect alternative to open days and recruitment fairs, open to students from Y13, Y12 and Y11.

https://ukuniversitysearch.vfairs.com

They’ve also extended their Webinar Wednesdays until Wednesday 8 July to continue to support both you whilst working at home – check it out for help with personal statement writing and more:

https://www.ukuniversitysearch.com/blog/post/webinar-wednesdays

9. Peninsula Pathways Workshops

If you are considering a career in medicine, dentistry, dental therapy & biomedical sciences then you may want to kick start your preparation for university courses with this FREE online workshop run by Plymouth University:

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/study/outreach/medicine-dentistry-biomedical-healthcare/peninsula-pathways-workshops

Register and sign up at the link above.

10. Allied Health Professions: free career webinars

Join the I See the Difference team for their series of free career webinars introducing the Allied Health Professions (e.g. dietitians, physiotherapists, paramedics, orthoptists etc) – available over a range of dates and times.

11. Do you have what it takes to tackle cybercriminals and help protect the UK Government?

Cyber security professionals are on the exciting front line of information security – they manage and fight cyber threats, hazards and risks to secure and protect IT systems and staff from harm. Take a look at these cyber security opportunities starting from November 2020:

Become a Cyber Apprentice

The Government Security Profession is working across a number of government departments and agencies to bring you exciting career opportunities in cyber security – so you could become a Cyber Apprentice in the Civil Service in England.

Our employers are very keen to attract a broad spectrum of applicants from diverse backgrounds. If you are passionate about technology and want to make a real difference in the work you do – we want to hear from you.

Register here: https://app.kallidusrecruit.com/GSPU/Search.aspx

Hear more from previous Government Cyber Security Apprentices and find out why they’re glad they chose apprenticeships: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViNz08hBos4

Careerometer 2 Widget

The widget below can be used to explore and compare key information about occupations to support the process of identifying potential careers.

The Careerometer widget provides access to a selection of headline data relating to pay, weekly hours of work and future employment prospects.

The data are organised by occupation: simply type in the title of the job you are interested in and the widget provides a series of options from which you can select the most relevant to you.

Find out more

Pupils, parents, teachers and employers may find out more information about Sexey’s School’s careers preparation programme by contacting:

Careers Leader Mr. Dan Glover (Assistant Head – Teaching & Learning) or Wendy Watson (Independent Careers Advisor)
Telephone: 01749 813393
Email us

The next review of this information will be September 2020.