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CAREERS EDUCATION

The Careers (CEIAG) Department, in partnership with their stakeholders; SLT, subject teachers and other facilitators are responsible for all aspects of Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance within the school. The aim is to provide the pupils with up to date information and expert advice to enable them to make well informed decisions about their education and future career choices.

 

Careers Co-ordinator: Miss B. Deery

Key Stage 3

 All key stage 3 pupils are now actively involved in a series of activity based lessons on Employability through the shared LLW lessons with LHS.

This includes:

  • Introduction to Employability

  • Personal Career Planning,

  • Working in the Local and Global economy

  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship

 

This programme aims to ensure that all young people develop the personal qualities, skills, knowledge, understanding and attitudes that will give then a strong foundation for lifelong learning and work.

 

In addition a number of school/subject based CEAIG/STEM events are organised in conjunction with the 'Young Enterprise', Sentinus etc.   

 

 

Key Stage 4

 

  • All pupils take part in a series of lessons incorporating the main elements of the Preparing for Success Map of Learning Intention requirements.

  • In addition all pupils take part in Self Evaluation activities and Personal Career Planning exercises through Xello to help them make informed and realistic career choices based on knowledge of their personal qualities, skills, qualifications and attitudes.

  • All Year 12 all students are interviewed by Career Advisors from Dfe to ensure they receive impartial Career Guidance.

 

Key Stage 5

  • All pupils take part in a structured taught Careers Programme and Enrichment activities to encourage and inform them regarding their post 18 options. Students can avail of individual guidance and ongoing on-line guidance through Dfe website and Xello throughout these years to ensure they have realistic plans in place.

  • Emphasis is placed on Personal Career Planning to help them make informed decisions regarding relevant Work Experience Placements.

  • In addition to the taught programme all year 13 students attend presentations from QUB, UU, Scottish Universities and ROI institutions on life and study at university, either virtual or physically.

  • Students will be encouraged to avail of work related insights and programmes as they are made known to the careers staff.

  • All Year 13 students are encouraged to avail of meaningful work experience placements during the school year whenever possible.

 

Work Experience

 

All year 13 pupils take part in one weeks work experience in late January each year. Pupils are encouraged to seek a placement in an area which reflects their future career ambitions.

 

Year 14

 

  • In Year 14 the emphasis is on UCAS process and applications to other institutions and vocational careers.

  • All students take part in a second workshop in early September which focuses on UCAS Applications and References.

  • In September Year 14 students visit QUB, University of Ulster and other institutions of their choosing.

  • All students undertake a course on Interview techniques and take part in an Interview evening held each October/November.

  • Students are encouraged to seek apprenticeships where appropriate