Wood Green School has an ongoing commitment to ensuring that all our students have access to good quality impartial careers advice, thereby ensuring that each student has the best possible foundation on which to base their future choices and pathways.
Each student has access to information in the Careers Library as well as the Careers Advisor. David Bingham from Adviza provides impartial careers advice for Years 9-13, helping students make those crucial career decisions from choosing GCSEs, Apprenticeships and A Level Choices.
Every Year 11 student is seen by the Careers Advisor to make sure that they have explored all possible options before making their decision about their post-16 education, since it is a legal requirement for all young people to be in either education, employment or training up to and including the age of 18.
Careers, course options and their links are also an integral part of the tutor mentoring process, again ensuring that our Year 9s and Year 11s have adequate support to help them make informed choices regarding their options.
Careers education is also covered in Personal Development beginning in Year 7 through to Year 11.
In Year 7, students explore their own personality and interests so that they have a direction to consider the kinds of careers that will appeal.
In Year 8 the students start exploring the World of Work, matching careers to subjects. The majority of students also attend a Working with Parents day in May/June. Any students who are unable to work with their parents are given an alternative work experience curriculum within school. This experience is then followed up in class and in addition members of the school staff come and talk to the students about their experiences in the world of work.
At the beginning of Year 9, students are encouraged to become involved in the wider community, through visits from outside agencies such as the Scout and Military Cadet movements as well as local volunteering organisations. In this important year, each student is given access to eClips , our careers advice portal, to look at their own skills as they start thinking about their GCSE Options.
As part of their Personal Development programme, all Year 9 students have sessions on making GCSE choices in terms of career pathways (matching careers to subjects), an introduction to eClips and are provided with an Options Booklet. Following on from this, Parents and students are invited to an Information Exchange Evening followed by a Parents Evening where parents and students can discuss their options with their subject teachers.
Any Year 9 who is unsure about their choices and who has been identified by their tutor as needing additional support, can be offered an interview with our Careers Advisor. There are also taster lessons available for any GCSE choices that are new to the students, including the vocational courses offered through Abingdon and Witney College.
As part of the Personal Development programme, students attend presentations from the Sixth Form, Oxfordshire Apprenticeships, Abingdon & Witney College and Oxford Brookes University.
The Year 10s also have an assembly from David Bingham, our careers advisor.
Careers Interviews will begin in the Summer Term for those students who have requested an interview or are undecided about their choices for post-16. The Morrisby Careers Assessment Test is offered to any students that apply.
In the Spring Term, the students begin to make their applications for Work Experience as part of their personal development programme. In addition, the students are taken through a series of lessons on applications and CVs.
During the second term of Year 11 every student spends a week on Work Placement. We ensure that every student has a one to one interview with our Careers Advisor David Bingham. Every student has guidance and advice for their chosen route after Year 11.
Before and after their week on Work Experience, the Year 11 Personal Development programme takes students through the process of revisiting and researching the Post 16 options available to them. They are also given some training on interview skills, and the writing of personal statements, as a preparation for their interviews. The students are given valuable feedback as part of this process.
Outside speakers from different professions, including STEM careers (science, technology, engineering and maths) describe their work, and the pathways leading to their profession.
Again, as in Year 10, The Morrisby Test careers assessment is offered to any students that apply to sit it.
All students who show an interest in attending the Sixth Form at Wood Green School have an interview where they will be given advice on choosing their A level options. Advice can also be obtained from Tutors and Subject Teachers.
The government's National Careers Service website is an excellent resource for students wishing to begin to develop employability skills in preparation for their chosen job. You might want to start with their section on Job Profiles if you're unsure what job might suit you.
The Scottish Government's Skills Development website is a very useful resource. It has a very comprehensive database of careers information, including skills/qualifications needed, routes into careers, typical salaries and useful links. While the target audience is young people in Scotland, but the advice and web links are applicable to the whole of the UK.
The National Stem Centre (which promotes careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) also has a wealth of information for any student who is interested in careers in any of the above subject areas.
If you'd like to learn more about apprenticeships, the National Apprenticeship Service website is a very good place to start. There is a Parent section that helpfully explains how apprenticeships work.
Oxfordshire County Council's excellent Oxcentric website offers advice and guidance for young people (aged 13-19) looking for jobs, apprenticeships, opportunities for voluntary work and advice on things like money and health etc.