Careers provision at Vandyke Upper School

 

We are committed to providing an outstanding Careers Education and Guidance Programme which will motivate and inspire all students to ‘Aim High’ and achieve their potential.  We believe that all students are entitled to impartial and, where necessary, confidential advice in order to manage their own lifelong learning and career development.  The careers team at Vandyke work alongside the curriculum and pastoral teams to promote achievement and enable young people to follow their aspirations.  Every student at Vandyke has access to a high quality Careers Education and Guidance Programme and, in addition, more focused and targeted support where needed.

We believe that our students are entitled to a careers programme which prepares students for the opportunities, challenges, responsibilities and experiences of not only post-16 education, training and employment, but for life-long career planning.  Our Careers Education and Guidance Programme is designed to support students to feel positive about their future, to improve their motivation, raise their aspirations and take responsibility for their career plans.

Read our Autumn Careers Newsletter here.

You can skip to the full Careers Programme for Years 9 – 11 by clicking on these quick links:

Year 9 Careers Programme

Year 10 Careers Programme

Year 11 Careers Programme

Sixth Form Careers Programme

At Vandyke, the Gatsby Career Benchmarks and The Baker Clause are at the heart of our Careers Education and Guidance Programme. Our latest destinations data can be found here, and our Policy Statement on Provider Access sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to students at the school for the purpose of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer.  Our Careers Programme is reviewed in September of each year.

The Careers team at Vandyke Upper are:

Mr T Lally – Head of Careers; Deputy Headteacher (01525 636700, lallyt@vandyke.cbeds.co.uk)

Mrs D Lord – Careers Co-Ordinator (01525 636700, lordd@vandyke.cbeds.co.uk)

To read Vandyke’s Careers Education Guidance Policy, please click here.

If you require any further information about our careers programme, please contact Mr Lally or Mrs Lord.

Careers Programme 2021 – 22

 

Here is an overview of what students can expect to happen as part of their careers education across their time at Vandyke Upper School.

Year 9 – Autumn Term

Key dates:

  • September-December – Options Lessons in Lifeskills
  • September-December – Employability Skills
  • November – Local Market Information Assembly

 

During Year 9, students will begin a programme to support their future intentions and how these choices might impact on the options they choose for GCSE. Students will receive dedicated ‘Options’ lessons in Life Skills lessons where they will be given time and guidance to research career information and explore the local labour market.

Students will also take part in the LORIC initiative to develop a Growth Mindset attitude. Students will have opportunities throughout the year to demonstrate employability skills: Leadership, Organisation, Resilience, Initiative and Communication (LORIC).

 

Year 9 – Spring Term

Key dates:

  • January – Options Evening / Choices
  • February – National Apprenticeship Assemblies
  • March – National Careers Assemblies March – Options Interviews

 

All Year 9 students are invited to an Options Evening in January which provides opportunities to talk to subject staff about option choices and long-term career plans.

 

Year 9 / 10 – Summer Term

Key dates:

  • June – GCSE Options begin
  • June – Virtual Work Experience Opportunities

 

All Year 9/10 students will experience live online work experience opportunities in lesson time which is presented by Speakers for Schools.

Year 10 – Autumn Term

Key dates:

  • September-December – Employability skills in Lifeskills
  • November – Local Market Information Assembly
  • December – CV Writing

 

During Year 10, students will develop employability skills whilst raising their achievement in their GCSE subjects. Life Skills lessons will include a focus on developing and evidencing employability skills. During Life Skills lessons, students will learn how to apply these skills to personal statements and CVs.

 

Year 10 – Spring Term

Key dates:

  • February – Future Pathways Evening
  • February – National Apprenticeship Assemblies
  • March – National Apprenticeship Show & The Higher Education Expo
  • March – National Careers Assemblies and college presentation

 

Y10 students will also have access to the Future Pathways Evening in February in order to begin to explore the many possible options available post 16. During this evening students will be given the opportunity to meet colleges to discuss the post 16 courses they have to offer including technical A-levels, BTECs and other level 2 and 3 qualifications. Furthermore, there will be a number of national and local employers at the event to discuss the apprenticeships and employment opportunities they have to offer, ensuring impartial advice is given as stated in the Baker Clause.

All Year 10 students will have the opportunity to participate in a visit to the National Apprenticeship Show and Higher Education Expo in Milton Keynes to give them an insight into the variety of apprenticeships on offer at all levels including degree. This face to face exposure to over 50 employers/companies provides the students with information about the different level apprenticeships on offer.

 

Year 10 – Summer Term

Key dates:

  • June 2022 – Professionals Morning
  • June 2022 – What Career Live (TBC)
  • July 2022 – Initial Intentions Begin

 

Towards the end of year 10, students will complete their first Initial Intention form which will track their possible future plans into Year 11 to ensure students receive dedicated careers advice and highlight any intervention opportunities.

Year 11 – Autumn Term

Key dates:

  • September – December – Post 16 Lessons through life skills
  • September – December – Local Market Information through tutor time (T-levels & Local Providers)
  • November 2022 – Sixth Form Open Evening
  • November 2022 – Aim Higher Day
  • December – Application and Personal Statement Writing

 

Year 11 students receive dedicated Life Skills lessons focused on post 16 planning. Students have the opportunity to explore the different options and levels available after year 11. Students are also given time to independently research post 16 options and application processes. Life Skills lessons also cover: how to write applications, what to include on a personal statement and information about the local labour market.

All Year 11 students have the opportunity to visit a post 16 provider in November on our Aim Higher Day. Students will be out of school for the day visiting a college or a university; experiencing what college/university life is like and have the opportunity to speak to current university students about their experience of post 16 education.

Throughout Year 11, students will also receive career focused assemblies, tutor time discussion and access to a qualified careers advisor appointments as a priority. It is the intention that all students have a Plan A and Plan B in place by April 2022 regarding their options post 16.

 

Year 11 – Spring Term

Key dates:

  • February 2022 – Future Pathways Evening
  • February – National Apprenticeship Assemblies
  • Spring Term 2022 – Vandyke Sixth Form / Other Post 16 providers application deadline
  • March – National Careers Assemblies
  • March – Local provider presentations

 

Our Future Pathways Evening in February is where students can meet local colleges, universities, and apprenticeship providers. This event is also well supported by national and local employers, showing our commitment to delivering the Baker Clause with impartial careers information.

Initial Intentions forms will continue to track students throughout the year to ensure all students have understood the options available to them post 16 and to highlight any intervention opportunities.

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