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 the School’s Independent Careers Advisor and on the Student Information Area below.
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 PSHRE 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. Get Curious! Explore all the latest information and opportunities to support your career options with the Heart of the South West’s free-to-use student Padlet Careers Hub
2. Speakers for Schools
As part of our commitment to providing students with a wide range of opportunities to prepare them for life beyond school, we have joined Speakers for Schools – a national network helping schools and students access influential people and opportunities to help raise aspirations. This service allows students to access free events, virtual talks, resources and wider careers programmes including virtual work experience opportunities. All opportunities will be listed below. Students in Year 10-13 have been offered the option to register their interest for bespoke careers opportunities from Speakers for Schools, but will need to have completed the required school form (previously sent to parents/guardians) to support the application process – please ask Miss Dickson for more information.
Watch here a variety of successful (and some famous) professionals speak about their work and how to achieve within their industry.
Did you know that the British creative industries are booming? There are thousands of exciting job roles in areas such as film, computer games, fashion and more. That’s why we want you to know about the vast range of career opportunities on offer and feel inspired to go after them. Find out more here.
Events coming up:
December 1ST 10-12pm
November 30th 2-2.45pm
You can discover what it’s like to complete an apprenticeship with Virgin Media O2 and make their careers fly! Click here to register.
- Join 10 minutes before the broadcast to be ready.
- You can join without needing an account – Watch how here
November 27th 2-2.45pm
Blind Not Broken with VIP SPEAKER Lucy Edwards-Cave, blind broadcaster, journalist, content creator, & disability activist. Click here to register
December 6th: Career Hacks with Kelly Beaver, CEO, Ipsos MORI. Click here to register
Celebrating the NHS 75th anniversary.
Watch Tracy Nicholls Paramedic and Chief Executive talk about the reality of being a paramedic.
Or hear from Andrew Rostron, Head of Public Health Commissioning and Operations Antenatal and Newborn Screening, NHS England talk about how the NHS is a place to grow your career.
3. Somerset TalentEd Academies
Learn about the world of work from local employers!
The Somerset TalentEd Academy Programme launched last November with the first in a series of four industry insights for this term with more to follow in the Spring.
Register in advance here to access and for a list of insights and further information. Open to all students in years 10 and 11.
Speakers for Schools is providing a great opportunity for twenty 15-17-year-olds to join its Youth Council to ensure the social mobility charity provides the best possible support to young people from state schools and colleges nationwide. The Youth Council will be able to have their say on SforS programmes; represent the Southwest region, influence policy, build their confidence and skills.
You can apply here and join our live Youth Council webinar on Tuesday 14th November from 4 – 4.30 pm to find out more!
For any unanswered questions or to simply learn more on what’s involved, SforS is inviting young people and their parents to join a free live webinar which will cover:
- What the Youth Council is
- What would be expected of new Youth Council members
- How the young representative would benefit from taking part
- What the plans are for the February residential
- A chance for Q&A.
The deadline for applications is the 1st December. Meanwhile, if you have any questions please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org
4. Creative and linguistic fields
Discover creative careers has an amazing bank of resources linking to jobs in creative industries. You can find links to it and screen skills – a website focusing on the television and film industries here:
If you are in the process of considering subjects to study in the future, careerpilot.org has a section exploring where different subjects can take you. Links to find out where languages and philosophy and ethics can take you are here:
Find out more about subsidised STE(A)M university residentials: www.etrust.org.uk/headstart
7. ASK Information webinars
A series of informative webinars that will provide an abundance of tips, advice, and information around the topic of apprenticeships. Each webinar lasts for 30 minutes and will take place on Zoom. Participants will be required to sign up before the session and will receive an email confirmation and a reminder an hour before it begins. The webinars will be recorded and shared with all registrants after the session.
Options for Post 16 Education
Other local colleges and Sixth Form’s will offer a mixture of A Levels and BTEC courses.
A number of Post 16 Colleges will offer a range of a T Level courses. Locally this includes:
Watch a six-minute video to find out about T Levels here: What Are T Levels
Watch this one min video summarising Subjects you can do as a T level
Traineeships – A skills development programme for 16-24 year olds, includes an unpaid work placement and designed to help you get ready for an apprenticeship. Traineeships can last between six weeks to one year – watch the video here
For more information and to see current vacancies please visit Somerset Skills & Learning pre apprenticeships
You can take an Apprenticeship after GCSEs…
Find out the basic information on apprenticeships here
You can find live vacancies on the The National Apprenticeship website here
Or after College and Sixth form – get your degree for free!! Find out more here
Information for parents can be found here
An inspiring full-length film featuring a wide range of apprentices in green roles, from organisations including Amazon, GEA and Leonardo – watch the video here – Green Apprenticeships Film – Amazing Apprenticeships
For further, individual advice about Careers and Apprenticeships, contact email@example.com
Students in Year 9 and above can apply for virtual work experience through springpod. To view the course and options available visit Virtual Work Experience Search (springpod.com)
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.
Thinking about skills, interests and the ways these can link to jobs can be a helpful first step in identifying possible future jobs. Take the Skillometer quiz, which requires you to reflect on a number statements and decide what you love, are not sure about or dislike. The statements are presented within six well established occupational categories (Artistic, Realistic, Investigative, Conventional, Enterprising, and Social), which are then ranked against jobs. Once you have completed the quiz you will be given a short list of job suggestions that are most likely to be suited to your own particular skills and interests. Each job can be explored as a description is presented together with information on pay and hours. For further information on the job, and to compare with other jobs go to the Careerometer.
Provider Access Statement
Employers & Training Providers
At Sexey’s School we are busy growing your employees of the future. We welcome the help of local businesses to raise the career aspirations of our students, develop their employability skills, assist with mock interview days and give career or curriculum talks to help students learn more about the exciting industries in Somerset and the wide range of careers available.
Sexey’s School has the benefit of a key business volunteer who works with us on a strategic level, encouraging the development of our careers programme and connecting us to the business community across the county. This role is recognised nationally as an Enterprise Adviser (EA) and they are part of the Heart of the South West Careers Hub community of support driving the connection between careers education and the business sector.
Our Enterprise Adviser is Rose Hiron-Grimes who brings a wealth of experience from her Business, Events and Education background – now working as a Lecturer in Business and Management at Bath Spa University.
A provider wishing to request access should contact Mr Adam Thomas, Assistant Head – Teaching and Learning:
Telephone: 01749 813393
Opportunities for access
A number of events, integrated into our careers preparation programme outlined above, will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to students and/or their parents/carers. Access to students will be granted or refused at these events depending on the suitability of the topic for discussion, as determined by the Careers Team and in line with our Safeguarding Policy, which outlines the school’s procedure for checking the identity and suitability of visitors. Education and training providers will be expected to adhere to this policy. Please speak to our Independent Careers Advisor to identify the most suitable opportunity for you. Our Provider Access Policy Statement can be read here.
Premises and facilities
When accessing students, we will provide suitable rooms (for example the school hall), wifi connection and HDMI cables for presenting audio/video. Please agree these facilities ahead of your visit with the Independent Careers Advisor, who will also take receipt of any handouts for distribution among students.
Find out more
Pupils, parents, teachers and employers may find out more information about Sexey’s School’s careers preparation programme by contacting:
Careers Lead – Mr. Adam Thomas (Assistant Head – Teaching and Learning)
Independent Careers Advisor – Wendy Watson
Telephone: 01749 813393
Teachers can access additional information regarding careers on our school SharePoint site.