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  • Careers at Goffs

    At Goffs we believe that a well-planned impartial Careers Education and Guidance programme which contributes to preparing young people for responsibilities life experiences and responsibility, is vital as important in helping young people make decisions. It is vital that with the wide range of opportunities for 14-19 year olds, young people have the knowledge and skills they need to make informed choices. 

    At Goffs we ensure this happens by:

    Using a variety of strategies to raise achievement, especially by increasing motivation Encouraging participation in continued learning, including higher education Developing a range of employability skills in all years Supporting the students' development of key skills and personal qualities Ensuring that students have high quality, accurate and up to date impartial information about careers and work opportunities and that they know the sources of help available to them Ensuring that all students in Year 10 gain an understanding of the world of work and participate in a high quality work experience Meeting the statutory requirements for the provision of work related learning and enterprise education

    Careers Education Programme

    At Goffs we provide a fully planned programme of careers education, information and guidance for all students in Years 7 – 13, in partnership with the Independent Careers Advisers from Connexions, local businesses, parents and colleges.

    We ensure our careers programme is differentiated to meet the needs of all of our students, reflecting the National Framework for Careers Education and Guidance. This ensures progression through activities that are appropriate to students' stages of career learning and development.

    To help our young people develop the knowledge and skills they need to make successful choices, we provide a range of activities through Drop Down Days, Enterprise Days, Work Experience and our ATM programme. 

    Activities include;

    The Real Game - This is a web based programme designed to promote effective learning in the careers area of PSHE, it is an online role play game which a student becomes an adult in occupational roles, it shows the students how their schoolwork relates to occupational choices and to their lifestyle and income. It allows students to explore adult realities such as budgeting (taxes, mortgage or rent, other household bills and transport), work life balance, different work and family roles and career making decisions. Kudos this is again a web based programme which helps the students to investigate future options by: generating career ideas based on their own interests and aspirations, encouraging them to explore their own career ideas and assess how well suited they are, providing essential industry information which helps them understand the routes into different careers, setting and recording their own goals and ambitions in the Action plan. Enterprise Days, Careers Fairs, Mock Interviews, CV writing)

    Work experience for all year 10 students - The students are encouraged from November to start thinking of types of work they may be interested in and approaching companies to ask for a placement over this two week period. Visits are made to all students including those working in London whilst they are on their placement. The programme is for students to see the world of work, travelling, longer days, responsibility and work place rules and regulations.

    Work Experience Evening -This provides careers information and advice for parents and students on the skills needed for work experience and both school and private placements.

    Step Up Programme - The programme is delivered to Years 7 – 11 and is designed to encourage and educate students about their career pathway through life. The programme focuses on living, learning and earning. The students complete booklets which are designed to enable the students to understand more about themselves, their own personal self-development. In addition sessions provide information on where to look for useful information (careers exploration) and to help them plan for their future (career management).

    All About Me & Individual Careers Plans - Students are encouraged to reflect on their own talents and interests and complete their 'All about me' forms. These forms encourage students to start to plan for their future and become their ' Individual Career Plans' as they move through Goffs

    Kudos - This is a website that our students are encouraged to use which enables them to access information and guidance on a variety of areas including;

    • Labour market information which highlights at a glance the future employment projections in each relevant career
    • Four exploration routes. So that young people can explore their future careers differently. All students can work through the program at their own pace to end up at the stage where they can make informed decisions about their future.
    • Through Careerscape students can view important information including, case studies, video and HE information. Is accessible directly through Kudos
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    Inspirational Speakers - A variety of inspirational speakers come to Goffs to speak to students about their experiences and how to be successful in achieving their goals

    Careers Carousel - Through our careers carousels students have the opportunity to meet and talk to a variety of companies from a range of Jobs, Apprenticeships and Higher education.

    Mock interviews - These take place every year for both Year 10 and Years 12 & 13. These involve interviewers from a number of businesses preparing our students for interviews by asking challenging questions and encouraging students to be reflective and positive about their skills and talents. Every student receive feedback about the interview and uses the feedback to improve their interview techniques and plan for their future

    Connexions 1:1 careers interviews – These take place for KS4 & KS5 students and provide impartial careers advice on 6th Form, College and apprenticeships. 

    Goffs Programme of Careers, Information and Guidance Education - Year 7

    Key Theme:

    Transition including Year 6 to 7 coping with change and identifications of strategies for successful transition. The programme encourages students to think independently, work both as an individual or as part of a team and provides them with impartial careers advice and guidance.

    Activities Include:

    All About Me forms (to start individual career planning) – This encourages students to start the process of thinking of things they enjoy doing, that they feel they are confident in and their strengths and their future

    Enterprise Day – Students have the opportunity develop their enterprise skills through; working as a team, thinking of new ideas and being creative with their minds in order to develop a product which they have the opportunity to pitch to their year group

    ATM Careers Programme – Students complete Next Step Booklets which are designed to encourage students to think about their career is their pathway through life. The programme enables students to understand more about themselves and their self-development. 

    Goffs Programme of Careers, Information and Guidance Education - Year 8

    Key Theme:

    Making choices & decisions. The programme encourages students to think about the options process and identify their options choices. In addition the programme focuses on the difference between school and work and encourages students to think about budgeting.

    Activities Include:

    All about me forms are further developed to encourage students to explore how ideas have changed from year 7 and focusses on option ideas

    ATM careers Programme – Students complete Next Step Booklets which focus on budgeting, what students want from working, the difference between school and work and making decisions

    Real Game gives students the reality of the cost of living and how their career will affect what they can have in adult life, car, house etc. 

    Kudos is a web based programme which students put their information in likes/dislikes etc. and it then calculates various careers they might follow, this may help them with their decisions on GCSE option choices. 

    Talk form an inspirational speaker – we try to where possible have a talk from an ex student who is highly success in their area of work. The talk focuses on the speakers' time at school and how they now see all the advice they received from teachers was of great use to them and their chosen career. The inspirational speaker is used as part of the students impartial advice and demonstrates that school is important education is the key to all successful careers

    Options assemblies and process

    This programme encourages students to work independently and Connexions provide impartial advice regarding GCSE choices at options evening to both students and parents.

    Goffs Programme of Careers, Information and Guidance Education - Year 9

    Key Theme:

    Employability & Enterprise Skills. The programme encourages students to think about their personal skills and qualities. In addition students develop their understanding of the skills they need for the world of work.

    Activities Include:

    Students use their knowledge and experience of the 'All about me' to start to complete their 'Individual Careers Plan'

    Next Step programme – focuses on self-development and career exploration. Students develop their knowledge and ideas regarding studying beyond year including; college and apprenticeships and sixth form.

    Use of Kudos as a web based programme which students are able to investigate future options by: generating career ideas based on their own interests and inspirations, encouraging them to explore their own career ideas and assess how well suited they are, providing essential industry information and recording their own goals and ambitions linked to students 'Individual Careers Plan'

    Goffs Programme of Careers, Information and Guidance Education - Year 10

    Key Theme:

    Work Experience. The programme encourages students to think about their strengths and areas for development and what their Curriculum Vitae would look like. In addition students focus on applying for a Job/Sixth form/College, interview techniques and moving on from work experience.

    Activities Include:

    Mock interviews these are organised by Youth Connexions the Work Related Learning Team, with many local businesses giving up their time to interview our students – enables students to have the feeling of how their first job interview may go, feedback on their presentation of themselves during the interview is encouraging to students and helps with their confidence. These interviews help to prepare students for Work Experience

    Work Experience programme - Enables students to seek their own placements independently or choose a school placement. The placement encourages students to gain confidence in dealing with adults in the world of work and the employability skills they need. Whilst on placement students are visited and staff receive feedback on how the students are developing

    Careers Carousel – Provides students with vital information on various careers, qualifications needed. Employers from a range of businesses attend from hairdressing, to the hotel industry to the army

    ATM Programme - Focusses on CV writing and interview techniques, enabling students to look at themselves and write their personal specification

    Kudos research on potential next steps

    Connexions appointments provide impartial advice towards the end of year 10 on life beyond year 11

    Goffs Programme of Careers, Information and Guidance Education - Year 11

    Key Theme:

    Transition to Sixth Form, College or apprenticeship. The programme encourages students to think about their qualifications and what they need to achieve their goals.

    Activities Include:

    Every student receives a 1:1 Connexions interview this helps students decide if 6th form, college or an apprenticeship may be more suitable to them

    College visit for students to provide the opportunity to look at alternative options that are available beyond school

    Inspirational Speakers from College/6th form/apprenticeships to give impartial advice on all areas to enable students to consider all the options

    Kudos research on potential next steps and planning

    Into the Sixth evening – Focusing on option choices in the Sixth Form

    Individual careers interviews with the Senior Leadership Team and Sixth Form team to look at student achievement and next steps

    Students are also signposted to the drop in centre at the One Stop Shop in Waltham Cross Connexions run and the National Careers website. www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk

    Goffs Programme of Careers, Information and Guidance Education - Sixth Form

    Key Theme:

    Transition to Employment, Higher/Further Education or apprenticeships. The programme encourages students to plan for their future and identify the qualifications needed to achieve their goals.

    Activities Include:

    All students have regular one-to-one mentoring meetings with Learning Managers, with a focus on career and further education aspirations at key points in the year

    Enrichment days include a focus on careers and employability.

    All students take part in a 'Mock Assessment Centre' with interviews and an observed group task run by visiting employers All students attend a period of work shadowing

    Students attend talks and have the opportunity to meet with external careers advisors and visiting professionals from various fields

    All students attend the Higher Education conference, which also includes various seminars on Apprenticeships and gaining employment

    Students who are considering alternatives to University attend the Fresh Horizons and Skills Show trips

    Students are given personalised guidance regarding applying for UCAS

    Students are given personalised guidance to support applications for employment and Apprenticeships

    Students develop skills to support their future employment through participation in the G-Involved scheme

    Students are also signposted to the drop in centre at the One Stop Shop in Waltham Cross Connexions run and the National Careers website. www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk

     

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