Careers

“Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

– Confucius

Career Mark 6 accreditation – the Gold Standard for careers provision in schools.

Varied and extensive external speaker programme for pupils in Years 9 to 13.

Dedicated careers lessons with an emphasis on pupils making their own well informed decisions.

Strong links with local employers who offer pupils work experience placements and apprenticeships.

Career education, information advice and guidance is more than just deciding what job you want – it is a lifelong process that is influenced by your interests, abilities and passion.

Our careers education programme is delivered to all students from Years 7 to 13 and is supported by a number of outside agencies including the Education Business Partnership, Morrisby, Lincolnshire County Council Children’s Services and a large number of local and national businesses.

In 2015, the school received the highest careers recognition by achieving Career Mark 6 status confirming outstanding provision of careers education and advice within school.

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Key Stage 3

Students receive dedicated career lessons as part of their PSHE programme with the emphasis being placed on options, decision making skills and enabling pupils to make their own well-informed decisions.

Year 7

  • Have careers lessons which are incorporated into the PSHE programme to enhance pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the world of work
  • Gain a better understanding of themselves (personal characteristics, abilities, interests, potential, weaknesses and limitations).
  • Receive a careers education brief given by the Head of Careers in assembly or during the PSHE programme.
  • Have access to careers education, information, advice or guidance in school through the Head of Careers or an independent career adviser.
  • Be able to access one-to-one careers support through the Head of Careers or an independent career adviser.

Year 8

  • Have careers lessons which form an integral part of the PSHE programme.
  • Build upon self-awareness and how it relates to the world of work
  • Gain a greater understanding of the world of work and basic employment laws.
  • Receive a careers education brief given by the Head of Careers in assembly or during the PSHE Programme.
  • Be able to access one-to-one careers support through the Head of Careers or an independent career adviser.

Year 9

  • Have careers lessons which form an integral part of the PSHE programme.
  • Receive dedicated lessons focusing on options and choices available to them at the end of Key Stage 3 and beyond.
  • Have discussions about how different subjects can enhance/affect career choices.
  • Be taught about equality in the workplace and young people in work.
  • Receive a briefing/assembly by the Head of Careers during their PSHE programme.
  • Meet with the Head of Careers at Year 9 Options consultation evening and parents evening, to discuss their options and choices in greater details.
  • Be able to access one-to-one careers support through the Head of Careers or an independent career adviser.
  • Be introduced to the Work Experience Programme completed in Year 10
  • Receive briefs from external speakers on a range of topics including post 16 options.
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All pupils have access to individual impartial advice and guidance.

Year 10

  • Receive dedicated careers lessons as part of the core-curriculum, aiming to develop key skills of communication, problem solving and teamwork and to prepare for situations in adult working life.
  • Be taught and encouraged to research career and post 16 choices through a variety of mediums including the internet.
  • Receive a structured work experience programme and undertake one week Work Experience in the Lent Term (January).
  • Be taught how to access careers information using the National Careers Service.
  • Meet with the Head of Careers at the Year 10 Parents’ Evening to discuss work experience, options and careers in greater details.
  • Be able to access to one-to-one career support through the Head of Careers or an independent career adviser.

Year 11

  • Receive dedicated careers lessons as part of the core-curriculum, focussing on developing key skills required to apply for Higher Education, Apprenticeships or Employment.
  • Enhance their knowledge and understanding of researching different careers and post 16 choices using careers software and the internet.
  • Use the National Careers Service as a source of valuable careers information.
  • Meet with the Head of Careers at the Year 11 Parents’ Evening and Sixth Form introduction evening to discuss options and careers in greater details.
  • Be encouraged to have a one-to-one career interview with the Head of Careers or an independent career adviser.
  • Receive briefs from external speakers about apprenticeships, armed forces, higher education and employment.

 

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Work Experience

We seek to ensure that every student, whatever their background or ability, undergoes a minimum of one work experience placement during Year 10.

The fundamental aims of work experience are to empower students to make a positive contribution to society, experience first-hand the world of work and develop existing economic and industrial understanding. To achieve this we encourage students to find their own placement, by choosing an area that they are genuinely interested in finding more about.

Work experience takes place during the Lent term of Year 10, when students, not under the direct supervision of a teacher, spend time at a place of work away from school.  They are encouraged to experience careers that they may be interested in pursuing and observe employees going about their normal tasks.

To guide students through the process, a dedicated work experience programme is delivered by the Head of Careers.  The programme includes internal briefs about finding a placement, writing letters, making contact with employers and it also includes talks from past students who offer advice about how to get the most out of the placement and how it helps in later years.  Students also receive briefs from employers about the value of work experience and how to make the most of their opportunity.  Each student and their parents are given a support guide which will help them through their work experience journey.

Prior to any placement being agreed, the school is bound by strict Health and Safety procedures and therefore EBP are contracted to conduct risk assessment and necessary checks of all employers to ensure placements are suitable for our students to attend.

Whilst on placement, students complete their work experience booklets which encourage them to research the organisation and identify what skills they need to develop and what they have learnt. Students are asked to complete a report about their placement and on successful completion they receive a work experience certificate and employers reference to record their achievements.

At Lincoln Minster School we really value work experience as we recognise that the skills students develop in finding their placement, the confidence they gain during their placement and the experiences they achieve will help them apply for future employment, university or apprenticeships.

A Level

Throughout Sixth Form pupils will participate in in a programme of Careers Education, Advice and Guidance activities.

 

The aim of the careers programme is as follows:

  • To ensure that before leaving the Sixth Form, each student has made a clear decision about the next stage of their career, based on a realistic appraisal of their abilities and interests.
  • Decisions are rational and can be justified in terms of the criteria of the student concerned.
  • Each student should understand his/her own criteria and be able to describe them.
  • Decisions have been made after considering a range of accurate information.
  • Students recognise the degree of realism, or lack of it, which is inherent in their ideas, and can identify barriers to achieving their aims.
  • Students have a plan for putting their ideas into effect, and a contingency plan in case the first course of action does not bring success.

Year 12
Careers sessions are in place for all Year 12 students throughout the year. Students will:

  • Have access to one-to-one career interviews with the Head of Careers or an independent career adviser. Students will have their individual ideas explored whether it be degree courses, apprenticeships, employment or gap year opportunities; taking into account financial elements for all options.
  • Complete psychometric testing. The findings of the test will allow students to effectively continue their research into H.E, apprenticeships and career areas, in turn this will enable students to make well informed and realistic decisions regarding their career planning.
  • Be encouraged and supported to gain work experience during their holidays. This type of life experience is paramount during the university/employment selection process, and may be the deciding factor. Students can make their own arrangements for work shadowing, which is an excellent tool for building independence.
  • Take part in a 2 day Higher Education Programme which will prepare students for life beyond the Sixth Form. Students will receive specialist briefs from external providers and visit a university.
  • Receive an introduction to UCAS and be shown how to create a UCAS account.
  • Receive specialist support to write their UCAS personal statement.
  • Receive specialist briefs throughout the year from external agencies to provide support in a variety of areas.
  • Where appropriate, receive mock interviews.
  • Where appropriate, receive briefs from Year 13 students to learn from their experiences through the UCAS/employment process.

Year 13
Careers sessions are in place for all Year 13 students throughout the year. Students will:

  • Continue to receive one-to-one interviews with the Head of Careers or our independent career adviser to support students throughout the Year.
  • Receive specialist briefs from external agencies such as universities, gap year providers, employers or apprenticeship champions to ensure students are fully briefed on all their options.
  • Receive UCAS support and guidance to help students through the UCAS process.
  • Be encouraged to take part in ‘Interview Week’ where they will be given the opportunity to receive a “mock interview” with feedback, to help them identify the key attributes required to perform well in the interview process.
  • Participate in ‘Writing your personal statement’ workshops
    Where appropriate, share their ‘application’ experiences with younger students to share knowledge and lessons identified.

Entitlement Statement

Each student has an entitlement to receive a comprehensive Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance programme delivered by experienced and enthusiastic teaching staff.

Pupils themselves are central to an effective programme and of course, teachers, the Head of Careers and independent, impartial careers advisers also make a vital contribution to ensuring that young people have the tools they need to make the choices that will enable them to achieve their full potential.

The overall aim of an effective Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance programme is to help pupils to:

  • Understand themselves better and develop their capabilities.
  • Acquire the skills necessary for making realistic decisions.
  • Make choices about their own career paths, continuing education and training.
  • Be aware of education, training and career opportunities Post 16
  • Manage transitions to new roles and situations especially in KS4 and KS5.

At Lincoln Minster School, all students will have:

  • Access to a planned and structured careers education programme to help develop key skills around self-awareness and informed decision making.
  • Access to up to date, impartial and comprehensive careers information covering educational, vocational training and career opportunities.
  • Access to individual impartial advice or guidance interviews with a qualified professional careers adviser.

Beyond Lincoln Minster School

 

The majority of our Sixth Form cohort choose to go to university with an 86% acceptance rate into their first choice institution.

Pupils have successfully been offered places to Grant Thornton and Deloitte School Leaver Programmes which are highly competitive. We also have many successful applicants for the military (Commissioned Officer Entry).

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