At Harper Green School we are committed to each pupil achieving their full potential. Through a structured forward looking strategy, our careers programme aims to bring out the best in everyone, operating across the curriculum and through specific careers-focused activities, to offer a broad and balanced exposure to post-16 progression routes and pathways.
The programme is designed to help pupils develop the knowledge and skills they need to make informed and successful choices, rewarding them in the world of work.
Impartial Advice and Guidance is provided by out Connexions PAs Kathryn Garner & Billy Vanden, who support pupils in the process of making informed decisions about post 16 progression into FE, employment or training.
As a school we will:
- encourage the development of self-awareness and independent thinking;
- help them to understand the decision-making process;
- equip them with information on current opportunities;
- provide appropriate resource materials for research and evaluation;
- offer support from our guidance team;
- promote a culture in which the pupils set for themselves aspirational goals, which will advance their interests and passions.
There is a programme of lunch-time drop in session including post-16 representatives (FE, HE, 6th form colleges, local employers and apprenticeship and learning providers), to keep pupils informed about up-to-date information on Open Days, Work Experience and Careers Events both in school and within the local area.
In Y7 & Y8 all students participate in a Career Spotlight day. Local college representatives and employers come into school and the students move round the different careers areas in groups asking questions, fact finding and taking part in practical activities designed to raise awareness about careers, local labour market information and progression pathways.
In Y9 all pupils participate in a Careers Day at a local college. This day allows students to sample several different courses and allows them to experience a typical college day.
In Y10 pupils participate in targeted college course taster days, a one-week Work Experience placement (including a health & safety seminar and preliminary visit to the work placement), UCAS planning, CVs and personal statement sessions as well as the opportunity to attend an Information, Advice and Guidance Evening.
In Y11 the Careers programme has a strong focus upon the completion of the UCAS application form with specific time blocks given to pupils to complete the online application, personal contribution statement and CV.
UCAS Progress 2017-18
UCAS Progress is an online prospectus identifying a wide range of post 16 learning providers. It enables students to gain instant access to information about the range of courses and opportunities available for students to continue onto further education at College or Sixth Form, as well as access to apprenticeships and other training opportunities.
Students at Harper Green School use UCAS Progress to submit their Post 16 applications.
Tutor Time preparations: During ‘tutor time’ students will complete their personal UCAS PROFILE (personal information, contact details and work history). Their UCAS Profile must be completed before an application can be made. They will be given additional support to complete the QUALIFICATIONS section and their PERSONAL STATEMENT. Applications can be made from 2nd October 2017.
UCAS Applications: Once the profile is complete students can start to submit applications. They will need to have selected and saved the courses they wish to apply for into their FAVOURITES.
Students must seek advice BEFORE submitting their applications. Support is available from the Connexions PAs (CR1), Miss Russell or Miss Lovatt in the Transition Hub.
Work Experience 2018
Work Experience for Year 10’s will take place the week COMMENCING 9th July 2018 (Band H & S), week commencing 16th July 2018 (Band G). All students have now received a Work Experience Pack including;
- Letter to Parents
- Information booklets for Parents & Students
- Work Experience Choice Form
If students need any support at any point throughout the work experience process they can contact Miss Lovatt in the Transition Hub.Copies of all the documentation relating to Work Experience can be viewed by clicking on the links.