The main ways we deliver our CEGs (Careers Education & Guidance) programme in the curriculum are:
- providing career learning through the PHSE curriculum from Years 7 to 11
- incorporating career learning within other subjects
- Organising career learning through co-curricular activities (i.e. enrichment activities strongly connected to the formal curriculum plus activities, events, trips and visits.
The impact on the delivery of a good CEG can be observed in the following areas:
- personal effectiveness e.g. improving self-esteem, motivation, personal agency and self-efficacy beliefs
- career readiness e.g. improving career exploration skills, understanding of occupations, decision-making and decidedness and preparedness for transitions
- Educational outcomes e.g. improving attendance and raising educational outcomes.
Careers inspired sessions are delivered throughout Years 7 to 11. Students have access to employer encounters and careers inspired programme of events. These include significant activities that are created throughout the year. These include visits to Post 16 providers, Challenge and Enterprise Days, Mock Interviews, CV Workshops, Trips, Visits, and Employee Encounters. These include trips and visits to:
- Derby University
- Nottingham University
- Derby College
- Rolls Royce
- Plus many more
Vision and leadership
A whole-school strategy underpinned by effective leadership and a shared vision is important. Building on local and national initiatives strengthens coherence.
A well-designed curriculum
The design of the curriculum is important as deciding priorities, organising the curriculum, allocating time and drawing up a timetable have a strong influence on its impact.
All our Year 10 students are encouraged to take part in work experience. Participation in work experience provides an opportunity to develop knowledge of the work place and gather relevant information on employment options; the skills, attributes and qualifications required, and the potential career opportunities. Work-related Learning experiences are the opportunity for planned and appropriate experiences of the world of work to increase learners’ motivation, develop their employability skills and give relevance to their learning programme. Appropriate experiences of the world of work can increase learners’ motivation to learn across the curriculum, give relevance to their learning programme, and increase their knowledge and understanding of the requirements in the world of work.