While at St Edmund Campion Catholic School, students will study a range of subjects and qualifications to prepare them for their next step. We offer students a broad and balanced curriculum including academic and vocational qualifications. The curriculum supports students in their next step: be that at age 14, 16 or 18 depending on their chosen education or career path. Students also acquire and develop important knowledge and skills in preparation for entering the world of work through our careers programme.
At St. Edmund Campion, we are committed to ensuring to ensuring your child receives their full entitlement to careers education. To ensure this is taking place, we are working towards the Quality mark in Careers education, information, advice and guidance. The Standard offers the opportunity for us as a school to undergo an external evaluation of our careers programme. The Standard has been aligned to the Gatsby Benchmark (a government strategy that each school must follow) and incorporates a self assessment (compass)s into its processes, so as a school achieving the standard, meet all eight Benchmarks.
Aims & Delivery
Senior Leader for Careers: Mrs Natalie Brodie
Teacher with Careers Responsibility: Miss Leann Fisher
Aims of our careers programme (based on the eight Gatsby benchmark targets in bold):
- To design a stable careers programme from Year 7 to 11 providing all students with CEIAG.
- To learn from career and labour market information through targeted CEIAG and use of LMI in the careers programme.
- To address the needs of each pupil through targeted IAG depending on personal need and education and career intentions/aspirations.
- To link curriculum learning to careers by designing opportunities for Employability and Enterprise within faculties and departments and contact with employers, particularly within the vocational curriculum.
- To design encounters with employers and employees through opportunities within faculties and departments and within the enrichment curriculum. We aim to provide students with at least four encounters with employers at each key stage.
- To enable experiences of workplaces through workplace visits, work placements (for selected students) and work experience in Year 10 and 12.
- To design encounters with further and higher education through opportunities within the enrichment curriculum, particularly in Years 12 and 13.
- To provide personal guidance [independent and impartial] to all students, particularly those in Years 10 to 13.
Alongside timetabled lessons, Years 7 to 13 follow a careers programme that is based on five key areas. Our careers programme is delivered through our tutor time provision. For Years 7 to 10 we have a vertical tutoring (VT) system and Years 11 to 13 we have a horizontal tutoring (HT) system.
The careers programme is adapted to fit both systems. Moreover, our careers programme is delivered through our Theme Day provision whereby a part or full day off-timetable is used to cover elements of the programme e.g. Year 11, 12 and 13 employer interviews.
The five key areas of our programme are:
- Careers education
- Careers information
- Careers advice and guidance
- Work-Related Learning (WRL)
- Employability and Enterprise (E&E)
Careers Information, Advice & Guidance
At St Edmund Campion, our Careers Education is supported by Ms Reetu Devi, independent careers advisor from a company called Birmingham Careers Service. She is a Level 6 trained Careers Adviser and provides one-to-one and small group careers advice every Monday.
Students in Years 11 to 13 will be given an appointment to see Ms Devi but all students can request careers advice and guidance or a careers advice session.
Students can speak to Mrs Turner to book an appointment. Our careers meeting room is in the library.
Our careers library contains many books and magazines containing information, advice and guidance on future education and employment. The careers library is part of our main library. This document contains the books we have in our careers library
www.icould.com – videos of people talking about their jobs.
www.plotr.co.uk – information on a range of jobs.
Further Education and Training
www.getingofar.co.uk – find out more about apprenticeships.
www.ucasprogress.com – search for further education courses and work-based learning providers.
www.worksmart.org.uk – information on rights at work.
www.jobzoo.co.uk – CV and careers resources.
www.ucas.com – advice and information on university courses.
www.direct.gov.uk/unistats - student satisfaction surveys to help you compare subjects and universities.
www.universitycompare.com - a comprehensive university comparison site, offering students resources, tools, student discounts and university stats and rankings.
www.clearing.co.uk - a website which tells you everything you need to know about Clearing and Adjustment and offers an app which allows you to speak to universities directly.
Building Life Skills
www.ncsyes.co.uk – National Citizen Service programme, open to 15 to 17-year-olds to help build skills for work and life.
www.do-it.org.uk – search for volunteering opportunities.