At the Moat School, we prepare our pupils for a wealth of opportunities, responsibilities and experiences. Careers education and guidance is an essential part of this process and we ensure that our learners get access to a sophisticated programme of careers education lessons. This includes careers fairs and dynamic outside speakers who discuss their careers pathway and progression.
Further, an LEA representative for SEN attends annual reviews at the end of KS3 and in Y11. This helps pupils transition from KS3 to KS4 and from KS4 to Post 16. The SEN advisor is available to provide additional guidance if necessary.
We are keen for our pupils to move into a Post-16 course/apprenticeship that accommodates their skills, interests, personality, and values. Pupils are encouraged to consider what is important to them and to increase their self-awareness through the Careers Education Programme. This programme enables pupils to develop their personal insight and knowledge, and to develop career planning which includes management skills.
Pupils have the opportunity to speak with staff for support and guidance at any time including key decision points in their academic career. They can talk about their ideas for the future, explore the range of options after they leave school, and create a plan to achieve their end goals. Students can expect advice and direction that is personalised, comprehensive and impartial.
Work experience is an integral part of career planning. At The Moat School, pupils from Year 10 must complete 2 weeks of work experience at the end of the Summer Term. This experience integrates the material from Study Skills and Citizenship Education Programmes; it is designed to provide opportunities for real life experience. Whenever possible, pupils attend careers fairs and outside speakers are invited to come in and talk to the pupils about their careers pathway and progression.
To support careers activities, we use the websites listed below. They give a useful insight into jobs, industry sectors and the work environment.
General Careers Websites/Information
www.apprenticeships.org.uk : government portal to apprenticeships that is packed with apprenticeship opportunities and information, advice and guidance.
www.notgoingtouni.co.uk : provides excellent information covering alternatives to university.
AllAboutSchoolLeavers.co.uk : website with jobs and careers information which is dedicated to educating young people about school leaver programmes, apprenticeships and other alternatives to university.
http://www.allaboutcareers.com/ : helpful for Sixth Form.
http://www.bestcourse4me.com : provides real information on career opportunities, salary trends, comparisons of graduate and non-graduate salary expectations, where to study and what course to choose.
www.careersbox.co.uk: provides careers films on a range of topics and areas.