Careers Advice and Guidance

CAREERS EDUCATION, INFORMATION ADVICE AND GUIDANCE

Careers research, advice and guidance starts in Year 7 at Toot Hill School and runs through to Year 13 in Toot Hill College and beyond via our Alumni. It is our aim that Toot Hill students have the skills, qualities and capabilities required by not only the UK labour market but the global job market too.

A Toot Hill student will be "well rounded" and will stand out from the crowd. They will know how to make the most of the opportunities available to them and what they need to do, to not only achieve academic success, but to get the experience, transferable skills and qualifications needed to fulfil their ambitions.

At Toot Hill School we are committed to ensuring that all our students in years 7 to 13 have high quality impartial advice on career opportunities, and that they progress onto appropriate sixth forms, Further Education Colleges, apprenticeships, T Levels or traineeships. On leaving Toot Hill all students will have a clear career plan in place for Post 16 and Post 18 destination.

We support our students in making well-informed decisions in Year 8 in respect of academic/vocational option choices, at Year 11 for transition to Post 16 education and at the end of Year 13 for transition to Post 18 destinations. We offer impartial and independent information and guidance about the range of options for all career pathways. We believe that giving students the best careers education and guidance is vital to enabling students to learn, achieve and ultimately realise their ambitions.

We are proud to celebrate the success of students whilst they are at Toot Hill but also after they have left via our Alumni.

Every week we send out a Careers Newsletter for Years 7-11 and for Years 12-13. These newsletters contain important career related opportunities. Our most recent Newsletters can be accessed below:

The Toot Hill School offer:

All students will be entitled to a Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) programme that will:

  • provide good quality impartial and independent careers advice to students which inspires them and motivates them to fulfil their potential;
  • provide personal advice and guidance which is in the best interests of, and meets the needs of, all students;
  • be based on the Gatsby Benchmarks for Good Careers Guidance;
  • contribute to the raising of student achievement by encouraging students to develop high aspirations and consider a broad and ambitious range of careers;
  • provide opportunities to work in partnership with employers, training providers, local colleges and others;
  • provide opportunities to inspire students through real-life contact with the world of work;
  • develop enterprise and employability skills including skills for self-employment;
  • support inclusion, challenge stereotyping and promote equality of opportunity;
  • encourage students to see career development as a life-long process;
  • develop students’ skills and knowledge of careers including career management skills and knowledge of the local labour market (LMI);
  • ensure students are aware of the full range of academic and technical routes available at each transition point so that students have the necessary knowledge to make successful transitions;
  • provide opportunities for meaningful encounters with employees, employers, further and higher education and experience of workplaces;
  • support social mobility by improving opportunities for all students, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds and those with special educational needs and disabilities.
  • be weaved and embedded into subjects across the curriculum.

How do we evaluate?

Toot Hill School works towards achieving the Gatsby Benchmarks, is evaluated using the online Compass tool. This is carried out on an annual basis by the Careers Leader. The CEIAG development plan is based upon the outcomes of the Compass audit.

Provision is also monitored through regular feedback from students, parents/carers, staff, governors and employers. This feedback is collected after each event throughout the year and is recorded on an evaluation report. This is analysed by the Careers Leader and necessary improvements are put in place for the next academic year. Key action points are also included in the annual CEIAG development plan where required.

The effectiveness of our careers guidance will be reflected in all students progressing to positive Post 16 and 18 destinations (e.g. apprenticeships including degree apprenticeships, technical courses, sixth form colleges, further education colleges, GAP year or employment. Destination data is used to assess how successfully students make the transition into the next stage of education or training, or into employment and to inform future CEIAG provision. This is analysed by the Careers Leader with key trends and actions fed back to SLT and Governors. A designated governor has responsibility for overseeing the quality of careers guidance.

The CEIAG policy is reviewed on an annual basis by the Careers Leader along with the Head Teacher and Governors.

Year 7 Careers Entitlement

During Year 7 students will be working with their own tutor group and year group on a range of careers related activities. The key area will be self-awareness and to be able to identify strengths, areas of development, transferable skills and capabilities and how these relate to academic subjects and the world of work. Enrichment and Extra Study activities both in school and out of school are highly important to our students.

Year 7 will be doing the following activities throughout the year:-

  • Recognition of strengths and areas of development
  • Recognition of transferable skills, qualities and capabilities
  • Career Interests questionnaire.
  • Tutor mentoring.
  • Researching career websites.
  • Activities Week - TFest and Enrichment activities
  • Diplomat training.
  • After school extended study/enrichment activities,
  • Student Voice.
  • Charity Fund Raising.
  • STEM activities.
  • Access and activities on the Unifrog careers platform.

Year 8 Careers Entitlement

During Year 8 students will be working with their own tutor group and year group on a range of careers related activities. The key area will be to prepare students for the decision making for option choices. Teaching staff, Tutors, Careers Leader will take an active part in advising and guiding in consultation with parents and Senior Leaders.

Year 8 students will be doing the following:

  • Making well informed decisions in respect of option choices – both academic and vocational.
  • Attending Options Information Evening with parents.
  • Attending an Options Taster Day in School whereby they can try new subjects to aid informed decision making.
  • Guest speakers for all tutor groups – meet the Employer.
  • Role model work.
  • Mentoring sessions with tutors on option choices.
  • 1-2-1 option sessions with Senior Leadership Team/Careers Leader when needed.
  • Career interests questionnaire.
  • Careers research on websites.
  • Taking part in Activities week - TFest and Enrichment activities
  • Diplomat Training.
  • After school Enrichment and Extended Study.
  • After school sports programme - representing school in competitions.
  • Charity Fund raising throughout the year.
  • Student voice.
  • Foreign Exchange.
  • STEM activities
  • Access to activities on the Unifrog careers platform.

Year 9 Careers Entitlement

During Year 9 students will be working with their own tutor group and year group on a range of careers related activities. The key area will be for students to research a variety of careers and pathways suitable to their own individual ambitions.

Year 9 students will be doing the following:

  • Work on transferable skills, e.g. team working, determination, resilience, self-confidence etc. as part of their personal development in preparation for the world of work.
  • Attendance at PSHE days – Guest speakers from the world of work.
  • Sports activities representing school.
  • Reviewing the assessment point data to understand how to develop in the future.
  • Young Market opportunity.
  • Careers research on a variety of websites.
  • Exploring career pathways
  • Active tutoring with a focus on careers.
  • Activities Week - TFest and enrichment activities
  • Charity Fund Raising.
  • Ambassador training
  • After school enrichment/Extended Study.
  • Student voice
  • Cadets.
  • Guest speakers.
  • STEM activities.
  • Access and activities on the Unifrog careers platform.

Year 10 Careers Entitlement

During Year 10 students will be working with their own tutor group and year group on a range of careers related activities. The key area will be for students to research a variety of careers and pathways suitable to their own needs and to work on their career action plan.

Year 10 will be doing the following:

  • Continue work on the transferable skills, qualities and capabilities to further develop character in line with what employers look for when recruiting staff.
  • PSHE Days including careers workshops and guest speakers.
  • Continue Career Action planning.
  • Attend CV and interview skills workshop,
  • Attend Mock Interview Day - interview with an employer – held in March each year.
  • Careers research on a variety of websites.
  • Guest speakers, taster days and trips where appropriate.
  • Research and applications for work experience.
  • Explore pathways: college, apprenticeship, traineeship, university including degree apprenticeships
  • Active tutoring with a focus on careers.
  • Careers Week focusing on pathways: visits to a variety of colleges and universities and presentations from apprenticeship providers and speed networking with employers in July.
  • Ambassador recruitment.
  • Preparation for work experience.
  • Five days’ work experience – usually takes place in October.
  • Debrief of work experience week with tutor group, reflecting and evaluating the experience.
  • Extensive sports opportunities to represent the school.
  • Charity fund raising throughout the year.
  • Student voice
  • Cadets
  • Duke of Edinburgh
  • STEM talks and visits.
  • Personality Testing – identifying possible careers
  • Access and activities on the Unifrog careers platform.

Year 11 Careers Entitlement

Year 11 will be doing the following:-

  • Continue with development of transferable skills.
  • Continue with character development to ensure that students have the skills, qualities and capabilities that employers need from their future workforce.
  • Continual review of CV and update when appropriate.
  • 1-2-1 careers support from Careers Adviser when needed.
  • 1-2-1 Senior Leadership Team mentoring where required.
  • Year 12 Toot Hill College Induction Day.
  • Visits to alternative Further education providers.
  • Support with all College/apprenticeship applications.
  • Research on a variety of websites.
  • Continue exploring pathways during tutor time.
  • Active tutor mentoring.
  • Destination Planning.
  • Toot Hill Careers and Networking Fair - January
  • Various subject related visits.
  • Continue charity fund raising.
  • Prefect recruitment and training.
  • After school enrichment/extended study
  • Sports programme during school time and after school.
  • Student Voice,
  • Cadets
  • National Citizen Service application
  • Toot Hill Alumni sign up. Keep in touch with our students as a way of them inspiring our current students and for us to continue to share and celebrate in their achievements.
  • Revision techniques and preparation for GCSE examinations.
  • Personality Testing – identifying suitable careers
  • Access to activities on the Unifrog careers platform

Year 12 Careers Entitlement – Sixth Form

During Year 12 students will be working with their own mentor group and year group on a range of careers related activities. The key area will be for students to settle into college and to continue with careers research by using Unifrog ensuring that students are fully ready to make well informed decisions about their career pathways. Enrichment, volunteering and work experience is key to them fulfilling their aspirations.

Year 12 will be doing the following:

  • College Induction Day with subject taster sessions
  • Self-reflecting target setting with mentor.
  • Continue work on transferable skills in preparation for University, apprenticeships including degree and employment.
  • Attending inspiring guest speaker talks.
  • Application and preparation of work experience
  • Volunteering during term time.
  • Evaluation and reflection on work experience and transferable skills developed.
  • Review and update CV ensuring personal profile is relevant to careers aspirations
  • 1-2-1 meeting with Careers Adviser when requested.
  • Research on a variety of websites.
  • Research the top Universities and apprenticeships including degree apprenticeships.
  • Information evening on UCAS process
  • Destination planning
  • Toot Hill Careers and Networking Fair - January
  • STEM projects
  • Opportunities to mentor younger students
  • University Masterclasses at Lincoln and University of Nottingham.
  • Detailed Career Planning with action points.
  • Continue charity fund raising.
  • Recruitment of Student Union reps.
  • Cadets
  • Duke of Edinburgh
  • 1-1 Support with University and Apprenticeship applications
  • Access to Unifrog – selecting suitable pathway and personal statement writing.

Year 13 will be doing the following

During Year 13 students will be working with their own tutor group and year group on a range of careers related activities. They key area will be for students to make well informed decisions on a career pathway suitable to them. Students will be supported with UCAS applications for university, applications for apprenticeships including degree apprenticeships, gap year and employment.

Year 13 students will be doing the following:

  • Research on a variety of Universities, apprenticeships (including degree) and employment pathways
  • Individual target setting and reflection with college mentor.
  • 1-2-1 mentoring during application to University ensuring students get into their first choice of university and course
  • 1-2-1 mentoring by Toot Hill College team and other members of the school team when required to ensure that all students access the destination of their personal choice.
  • Inspiring guest speakers
  • Toot Hill Careers and Networking Fair - January
  • Opportunities to mentor younger students
  • University Masterclasses
  • Charity Fund raising
  • CV and personal profile update
  • Volunteering
  • Enrichment programme both inside and outside of school
  • Cadets
  • Duke of Edinburgh
  • 1-1 support with applications for apprenticeships and employers with a Careers Adviser.
  • Support with personal statement writing and application for University from College Destination Coordinator.
  • Sign up to Alumni so that they can inspire the next generation and the School and College can continue to celebrate their success.

Employer Engagement

Toot Hill School and Sixth Form welcomes contact from employers, training providers and colleges. There are many ways in which you and your organisation can participate in collaborating with Toot Hill, to help shape the workforce of the future. At the same time, involvement in this activity can enhance and address the training needs of your employees in developing the key personal and work skills essential to create a thriving and successful enterprise operating in the private or public sectors. Young people need access to quality experiences in order to prepare them for the opportunities, experiences and challenges that the future world of work has to offer.

You, your employees and your company could be the key to unlocking the potential that is present in every young person currently making their way through the education system. Employees volunteer their time to give young people the best chance to succeed in an ever increasing competitive and global job market, and some of those young people could become part of your workforce in the future. Some companies have taken the strategic decision to use specific opportunities to help them to identify their future apprentices; as they have the chance to see at first-hand how individual young people cope with the discipline, opportunities and challenges of tackling real industry problems, working as individuals and as members of a team. The purpose of this section is to help you clarify the benefits that you as the employers/employees will seek to gain by working with Toot Hill School.

If you are interested in working with Toot Hill School and/or Sixth Form please contact Fiona Farmer, Careers Leader.

Please find attached the following documents:

Provider Access Policy

Careers Education Policy

Careers Plan

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