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Our Careers Programme

We aim to equip students with a wide range of experiences and knowledge that will allow them to consider their options and make decisions in a fast-changing world.  

Below is a breakdown of our careers programme by year group.

Year 7 

Careers Week/Assemblies 

Year 7 students take part in competitions and activities throughout the year during tutor periods to introduce them to the world of careers and employability. This usually takes place during careers week however other opportunities to do this may be available. Year 7 students also receive careers based assemblies as part of careers weeks. 

 

Guidance Meetings   

One-to-one meetings with students can be organised and provision has been put in place for some students to receive targeted appointments in order to raise aspirations or give academic direction. 

 

Progression materials 

Students complete tutor activities towards the end of the academic year ready for year 8. 

 

Speed Networking  

All year 7 students take part in a speed networking event, coming into contact with and speaking to a range of employers including alumni, where possible. 

 

Farm – Vocational Study 

Year 7 students that are either a concern in terms of behaviour or working within the Learning Centre are given the opportunity to engage in vocational study based on the school farm. This is used as a way of engaging students and giving an opportunity for non-classroom based learning.  

Year 8 

Careers Week/Assemblies 

Year 8 students take part in competitions and activities throughout the year during tutor periods to introduce them to the world of careers and employability. This usually takes place during careers week however other opportunities to do this may be available. Year 8 students also receive careers based assemblies as part of careers weeks. 

 

Parents’ Evenings 

The Leader of Careers attends all parents’ evenings to share information with parents/carers about the careers provision that is offered to students at Fullhurst. Hand-outs with information around future options and progression are available. 

 

Trips and workshops 

Previous year 8 students have attended a ‘Where can Maths & English take me?’ university workshop, a Barclays life skills employability workshop and a University of Leicester taster day. Similar workshops are set out throughout the year. 

 

The National Enterprise Challenge 

All Year 8 Students take part in the National Enterprise Challenge. As a school we pay for this service to enable students the opportunity to develop their careers education.  

 

The Faraday Challenge  

HA students take part in the Faraday Challenge, a science based challenge that requires students to invent a product and work out costings, the challenge also sees students present their ideas at the end of the day.  

 

STEM Activities 

Year 8 students take part in STEM activities led by volunteers, previously students have taken part in the Tomorrow’s Engineer Workshop which focusses on robots and Engineering. 

 

PSHE 

Students will spend time during their timetabled PSHE lessons researching and gaining a greater understanding of Careers and their pathways. 

 

University Visit 

In order to raise aspirations for our students, all students attend a day visit to a local university. During this day, students receive talks in lecture theatre style rooms, get a tour of the university and explore options available to them if they chose to go to university. 

 

Farm – Vocational Study 

Year 8 students that are either a concern in terms of behaviour or working within the Learning Centre are given the opportunity to engage in vocational study based on the school farm. This is used as a way of engaging students and giving an opportunity for non-classroom based learning. 

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Year 9  

Year 9 Options 

We hold a week of tutor activities in the lead up to our options assembly and evening in January. Every student has one-to-one meetings concerning their options either with their tutor, the Leader of Careers or the Deputy Principal. 

 

Year 9 Options Evening 

The year 9 options evening is held to explain the options process and to advise students on what they should consider when making their choices. Representatives from all subjects, the Leader of Careers, SENCO and the Senior Leadership Team are present to provide advice and guidance.  

 

Parents’ Evening 

Year 9 parents’ evening takes place during the year 9 options window. The CEIAG leader is present to provide further advice and guidance following on from the options evening. 

 

Trips and Workshops 

Previous year 9 students have attended a Dynamic DNA visit to the University of Leicester, a University of Nottingham taster day and a University of Loughborough options assembly.  Students recently had the opportunity to attend an environmental careers event to find out more about careers in the environmental and low carbon sector.  Students will also get the opportunity to listen to and engage with external speakers about the work they do in their industries.       

      

PSHE Careers Sessions 

All students will take part in four one hour sessions of careers education as part of a PSHE rotation that includes learning how to access LMI through the Kudos software and understanding how to plan to enter a career. 

 

Farm – Vocational Study 

Year 9 students that are either a concern in terms of behaviour or working within the Learning Centre are given the opportunity to engage in vocational study based on the school farm. This is used as a way of engaging students and giving an opportunity for non-classroom based learning. 

 

10 Weeks of Careers Lessons 

Year 9 will take part in 10 weeks of careers lessons with a focus on the KS3 element of the new CDI framework.  

Year 10
 

Transition Evening - All Year 10 and 11 students invited 

Attendance from Leicester College, Wyggeston & Queen Elizabeth I College, Regent College, Gateway College, New College, Beauchamp College, Brooksby Melton College, South Leicester College, English Martyrs Catholic School, Loughborough College, University of Loughborough, De Montfort University, British Army, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force, 3aaa Apprenticeships, Leicestershire Apprenticeship Hub, Connexions and Women in Construction. 

 

Speed Networking 

An event for all year 10 students to interact with a wide range of business volunteers, aiming to increase student knowledge about various careers. 

 

Work Experience 

All students take part in a week long work experience at the end of year 10, which is organised in partnership with Leicestershire Education Business Company (LEBC). For students, the process for work experience begins in October when they have assemblies and tutor lessons about choosing their work experience placement. Application forms are checked and students have a one-to-one session to discuss their chosen placement. Students have a week of tutor activities in preparation for their work experience. All students are visited on their work experience placement by a member of staff.  Year 10 students experience placements at a wide a variety of organisations.  

Students are asked to complete an evaluation following their placement. 91% felt more positive about the world of work and 70% felt more motivated to work harder in college. 39% were offered further work experience / voluntary work, 11% were offered an apprenticeship and 9% were offered paid employment. 

 

PSHE Careers Sessions 

All students will take part in four one hour sessions of careers education as part of a PSHE rotation that includes accessing LMI and planning for the future. 

 

Farm – Vocational Study 

Year 10 students that are either a concern in terms of behaviour or working within the Learning Centre are given the opportunity to engage in vocational study based on the school farm. This is used as a way of engaging students. 

 

Vocational Study 

Year 10 students can choose from a range of vocational subjects when choosing their GCSE options. This includes; Engineering, Hair and Beauty and Health and Social Care. 

 

10 Weeks of Careers Lessons 

Year 10 will take part in 10 weeks of careers lessons with a focus on the KS4 element of the new CDI framework. 

Year 11 

Mock interviews 

Each year, over 20 employers from companies such as Santander, National Grid, Nylacast, Leicester City Council and Leicestershire Constabulary conduct a mock interview with every student in year 11. Students have assemblies and two weeks of tutor sessions in preparation for the interviews.  They also produce a CV. 

 

Transition Evening - All year 9, 10 and 11 students invited 

Attendance from Leicester College, Wyggeston & Queen Elizabeth I College, Regent College, Gateway College, New College, Beauchamp College, Brooksby Melton College, South Leicester College, English Martyrs Catholic School, Loughborough College, University of Loughborough, De Montfort University, British Army, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force, 3aaa Apprenticeships, Leicestershire Apprenticeship Hub, Connextions and Women in Construction. 

 

PS16 

This takes place over the course of the autumn term of year 11. The process begins with staff training for all year 11 tutors by the Leader of Careers. Following whole year group assemblies, students then have a programme of lessons delivered through tutor sessions on Careers, Education, Advice, Information and Guidance (CEAIG). Following this, a rolling programme sees each tutor group spend two weeks on the online site with the Leader of Careers.  

 

1:1 College Meetings  

One-to-one meetings are available for students to review their personal statement and check that their course choices are realistic and aspirational. Following this, revisions are then made to applications before submission. Form tutors, the Leader of Careers and Head of Year are actively involved with each student throughout this process. 

 

College / Post 16 presentations 

Presentations are given by most popular colleges. These are scheduled to take place at lunch time, at Fullhurst, during the autumn term for year 11 students in preparation for UCAS Progress applications and during the summer term for year 10 students. 

 

Parents’ / Open Evenings 

The Leader of Careers attends parents’ evenings to meet parents/carers and offer information, advice and guidance. 

 

Trips and Workshops 

Previous year 11 students have attended the ‘Get Inspired’ careers exhibition, an Oxbridge careers workshop and a Santander business workshop. 

 

Farm – Vocational Study 

Year 11 students that are either a concern in terms of behaviour or working within the Learning Centre are given the opportunity to engage in vocational study based on the school farm. This is used as a way of engaging students. 

 

Engineering – Vocational Study 

Year 11 students that completed and passed their Engineering exam in Year 10 continue this vocational study in Year 11.  

 

Construction – Vocational Study 

Year 11 students that failed the Year 10 Engineering exam are offered the chance to engage in a construction course each Friday as a means of continuing vocational study. Other students on a reduced timetable are, where appropriate, able to access this course. 

 

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Fullhurst Community College

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