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St Benedict's Catholic School

St Benedict's
Catholic School

Careers Programme

St Benedict’s Careers Programme

Throughout the school year all students in years 7-13 will take part in a variety of lessons, assemblies, employer engagement workshops and careers based activities to help develop an understanding of themselves in relation to future learning and employment opportunities providing each student with the platform to develop key employability skills.

In years 7, 8 and 9 students will be helped with their personal development by:

  • Understanding themselves and know who (and what!) plays a part in how they think about themselves and the things that matter to them.
  • Developing confidence in themselves and in their abilities.
  • Understanding how the world of work is changing and the skills that they (and the rest of us!) need in order to do well in their future life and career.
  • Making well informed choices about their future.
  • Students in year 9 will have the opportunity to use the Fast Tomato Careers Programme to help broaden their horizons and consider a broader spectrum of career opportunities prior to picking GCSE options.

The students will also take part in various planned Employability/STEM activities.

In year 10 students will be helped with their continued personal development by:

  • Identifying and setting short and medium term life goals as well as learning targets.
  • Identify, selecting and using a wide range of information resources.
  • Using work related learning/experiences to shape their career progression.
  • Understand the options open to them once they leave school, identify their priorities and explain the decisions they eventually make.

The students will also take part in various planned Employability/STEM activities.

In year 11 students will be helped with their continued personal development by:

  • Identifying, selecting and using a wide range of information resources.
  • Using work related learning/experiences to shape their career progression.
  • Helping to further understand the options open to them once they leave school, identify their priorities and explain the decisions they eventually make.
  • Identifying post 16 options best suited for them by taking part in 6th form and college taster days.
  • Understanding all post 16 option choices through 1-1 Careers interviews with Mr Steward.
  • Attending assemblies run through year to provide students with the opportunity to hear from Universities, FE providers and Employers.

In years 12 and 13 students will be helped to:

  • Understand pathways to further education.
  • Apply for and write applications to University.
  • Apply for Russell Group universities.
  • Understand the routes towards apprenticeships and work.
  • Understand and engage with the requirements of Local and National employers.
  • Engage in workshops run by Universities and Employers to help prepare for the transition to University or into the work place.
  • Understand post 18 option choices through 1-1 Careers interviews with Mr Steward.

Throughout the year careers drop-in will be available for students Wednesday to Friday break times.

Careers drop-in will also be available for parents/carers Tuesday after school 3.30-4.30

How do we measure the impact of our St Benedict’s Careers Programme?

  • Destinations data at KS4 and KS5.
  • Feedback from pupils and parents.
  • Review with Careers Enterprise advisors.

Careers Lead – Mr D. Steward dsteward@st-benedicts.suffolk.sch.uk

Careers Advisor – Mr D. Steward dsteward@st-benedicts.suffolk.sch.uk