At Keystage 3, most of the Careers Education takes place during the weekly tutor period and is delivered by the form tutor.
At Keystage 4, Careers Education will form a separate module within the PSRE carousel in each of years 10 and 11. Further aspects of Careers Education, including Work Experience, will be taught during the weekly "tutor period".
Years 7 and 8
There is no separate careers education here, but the PSRE course includes those statutory elements that become important later in relation to employment. These elements include relationships, skills, strengths and weaknesses and so forth. The PSRE lessons are under the direction of the PSRE co-ordinator. Some pupils in year 7 and 8 will be involved in the Careers Interactive Pathway Game from Chester University.
Introduction to the Careers Library
Early in the spring term (January), the college's Positive Steps Careers Adviser takes a lesson with each tutor group. This is usually during an RE lesson but the tutor period could be used.
As with years 7 and 8, the statutory requirements for Careers Education are fulfilled during the weekly PSRE tutor lessons under the direction of the PSRE co-ordinator.
The college's Positive Steps Careers Advisor again uses an RE lesson or PSRE tutor period to introduce option choices at 14 and link these choices with possible future progression and employment post 16. A assemble is held by the Assistant Head Teacher responsible for Option Choices. The form tutors continue the work on choices as necessary during the weekly tutor period.
The college's Positive Steps Careers Adviser is present at the Year 9 "Choices Fair" parents' evening to meet any parents who might wish to receive help, guidance and advice for their child. A Gifted and Talented Evening for the Year 9 Parents, is also offered with regards to pupils taking A Level courses in year 10 and 11.
Gifted and Talented and Aimhigher.
During the course of year 9, a number of students are identified by the gifted and talented co-ordinator are given, through visits and displays, an introduction to the range of further and higher education available at post 16.
Future First Event
All year 9 pupils are invited to the Future First Event held by Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council. During the event they get the opportunity to visit all FE and HE providers but also apprenticeships and armed forces. Parents' of the pupils can attend also.
PSRE Careers Module
All year 10 students will study the PSRE Careers module as part of the PHSRE carousel. This module covers various topics designed to assist the student's progression to further education, employment or training. Detailed lesson plans are published elsewhere. The Hollingworth and Beyond module is delivered by specialist PSRE teachers.
Choosing Work Experience Placements
Preliminary work for choosing Work Experience placements is undertaken during year 10. Work Experience is co-ordinated by the Business & Enterprise Administration Manager. The Year 10 will undertake a 10 day work placement, currently in July.
All Year 10 students have the chance to attend a "Practice Interview" with a member of the local business community or a further education representative. Before the interview, students complete a "Practice Job Application Form" and afterwards they are given written feedback by the interviewer covering both their interview and their application form. The tutor uses this feedback during the tutor period to highlight good interview techniques. The SENCO arranges to assist those of her students who are given additional support and she also assists in the feedback to them.
At the Year 10 parents' evening, the college's Positive Steps Careers Adviser is in attendance. Local further education institutions such as Hopwood Hall College, Oldham Sixth Form College, Rochdale Sixth Form College, Oldham College are invited to send representatives.
Priority Careers Interviews
During the summer term, the Positive Steps Careers Adviser consults with the SENCO and Head of Year 10 to compile a list of those year 10 students who, through special educational needs, ability, attitude, behaviour or attendance, are deemed to be at greatest risk of falling out of the education and training system. These student so identified are given their first priority careers interviews during the second part of the summer term.
Visitors from/to Local Colleges and Universities
During the autumn term, representatives from the local further education colleges, training providers and Universities are invited into college to speak to the students during the weekly tutor period. As a school we also offer visits to The University of Manchester, Oxford and Chester University.
PSRE Careers Module
All year 11 students will study the PSRE Careers module as part of the PHSRE carousel. This module covers various topics designed to assist the student's progression to further education, employment or training. Detailed lesson plans are published elsewhere. This module is delivered by specialist PSRE teachers.
We aim to give every student at least one half-hour interview with the college's Positive Steps Careers Adviser during the course of Year 11, but this is dependent upon the amount of time allocated to the college by the local Positive Steps service. The programme of interviews is begun towards the end of Year 10 when a number of students deemed to be "at risk" of under achieving and falling out of the qualifications and education systems are identified and granted early interviews. Students and their teachers can request an interview at any time during the year. During the interview, an action plan is produced for the student and the student may be called to a follow-up meeting if the adviser thinks this is necessary.
Visitors from Local Colleges
During the autumn term, representatives from the local further education colleges and training providers are invited into college to speak to the students during the weekly tutor period. Details of all college open days are supplied to the students and they are encouraged to attend.
Other visitors come to college to speak to the students whenever there is opportunity or demand. Such visitors included the army, the RAF and Rochdale Borough Chamber.
College and Apprenticeship Applications
Around December and January, prospectuses and application forms for the most popular local colleges are made available to the students through their form tutors, the LRC and from the careers office. Tutors can use the weekly tutor period to help students complete their forms although many students prefer to complete their applications at home with their parents. The special needs department also helps their students in the completion of the forms during support sessions. In previous years, the college has made use of representatives coming into college each week to provide a "drop in" advice service for the students. The completed forms are returned from college in bulk. Later in the term, students wishing to apply for apprenticeships or training have group sessions with the Positive Steps Careers Adviser to make their applications for the Positive Steps Careers Service. These applications are circulated to those employers who approach Positive Steps seeking college leavers and to the training providers. The careers action plans are checked to ensure that no student has missed submitting an application in line with their stated intentions.
The college's Positive Steps Careers Adviser is present at the year 11 parents evening to give help and advice to students and parents. The local colleges like Hopwood Hall College and Oldham Sixth Form College are invited to send representatives.
In addition to providing an in house careers advisory and support service, our Positive Steps Advisor also extends their service to post HBEC students by:
Providing extended support to students during the transition from Year 11 into training, employment or further education in an effort to reduce the number of students falling into the NEET (not in education, employment or training) category.
Providing a job vacancy matching service.
Take intensive support clients to Entry to Employment to commence immediately after Year 11 and bridge the gap to further education.
Follow up on all Year 11 and 12 college leavers and collate information on destinations of those students.
Carry out home visits to former students not engaged in employment, education or training.
Visits are also made to current students who are non-attendees.
The Careers Library is an integral part of the Learning Resource Centre. There are numerous books, magazines, leaflets, pamphlets and prospectuses for students to browse through.
There are a number of items of careers software available on the college's network. These can be accessed by any student or member of staff from any PC terminal or laptop connected to the network. The software includes:
- KUDOS INSPIRE
Any teacher or tutor can take their group to the LRC to use the careers programs by booking the LRC in the normal way.