Careers Education and Guidance
At Leasowes High School, we aim to provide careers, skills and training advice and guidance for all our students. Every year group follows a careers education and guidance programme which forms an essential part of the curriculum at each Key Stage. The aim is to raise aspirations and provide students with a better understanding of the pathways needed to take in order to achieve their goals.
We are committed to ensuring that students get the best possible advice to help with the key decisions about what subjects to choose and what career paths to follow. We support their decision-making with impartial, quality careers advice and support, including access to an independent adviser through our partnership with Connexions.
All students have access to a careers library, with up to date college prospectuses, career pathways information and dedicated computer packages. Students are encouraged to come along and browse the publications, ask for support or use one of the computers to explore the many online careers resources available. The careers library is open to all students every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday lunchtimes.
All of our year 11 students have the opportunity to meet with an Independent Careers Adviser from Connexions, where they receive a written record of the discussion and an individual action plan. Follow-up discussions enable the Adviser and the student to monitor the progress of their action plan. We place a great deal of emphasis on providing information, guidance and support in preparing personal statements, completing UCAS progress applications and preparing for college or apprenticeship interviews.
Here are some examples of Careers Education and Guidance at Leasowes High School:
- Tailored PSHCE careers work for each year group
- Competitions and events in Key Stage 3 to inspire and engage students to considering future career choices
- Parent information evenings for year 8 to provide information about option choices for Key Stage 4
- The opportunity to take part in our Year 10 Work Experience Programme
- Careers Events giving students access to advice and information from professionals representing a broad range of industry sectors
- Mock interview practice to prepare students for college and job interviews
- Year 11 Careers Showcase, where students can meet with local colleges, sixth forms and training providers
- Year 11 parent information evening to discuss post-16 options and college applications
- Links to national events such as Global Enterprise Week and National Careers Week
- Opportunities to attend Careers Taster Days