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Charles Darwin School

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Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance

By the end of Key Stage 3 you will:

  • be able to use and have regular access to the careers information held within the library and internet sites – Kudos
  • know how to make decisions about your choice of GCSE subjects
  • begin to recognise your skills and strengths and the possible careers in which these would be of benefit, as well as the attributes employers would look for
  • receive careers advice and support via staff such as your Form Tutor and your careers adviser
  • learn about financial capability, routes from 16, self-employment and voluntary work
  • be asked about your views and what you know, understand and can do in relation to your career learning

By the end of Key Stage 4 you will:

  • be given the opportunity to visit careers conventions
  • be able to use and have regular access to the careers information held within the library and internet sites – Kudos and Careerscape
  • have met with our independent careers adviser as part of a group and/or as an individual, to discuss future plans
  • have knowledge of a wide range of further and higher education, training and career opportunities
  • have taken part in Work Related Learning activities, designed to develop self-awareness skills for self-reliance and dealing with the world of work and everyday life
  • take part in enterprise challenges and competitions and charity fundraising events helping to develop skills in leadership, problem solving  and team work, as well as developing your enterprise and financial capabilities
  • have opportunities for recording and evaluating your own achievements
  • be asked about your views and what you know, understand and can do in relation to your career learning
  • have taken part in a mock interview with a professional from an industry sector relevant to your career aspirations

By the end of post-16 you will:

  • have had the opportunity to take part in a Higher Education, UCAS convention day
  • have received information about and had the opportunity to attend university/college open days
  • have received information about alternatives to HE such as advanced apprenticeships and employment options
  • have had the opportunity for individual careers advice and guidance discussion with our independent Careers Adviser
  • have had the opportunity to experience interview techniques
  • have accessed computer based information about Higher Education and the world of work
  • have access to information on how to apply for bursaries or gap year placements
  • have attended a sixth form tutorial session on student finance, led by an external expert
  • have been given the opportunity to take part in Horizon activities to enhance key skills and employability in the future
  • have been given guidance and support to help write a personal statement especially for the UCAS application process
  • have been given guidance on writing a letter of application for content and accuracy