Schools are faced with the increasingly difficult task of preparing learners for an increasingly uncertain world where there is less emphasis on defined careers and more on skills that equip students for a potential variety of roles. In Year 12 there is a Careers programme which outlines ideas that students may wish to explore during their time in the Sixth Form. It runs every Wednesday Period 4 and includes a variety of speakers from different vocations. Additionally, there is an extensive UCAS support programme where students are given help on their personal statements, choice of universities and in June a UCAS day is held where students are taken through a series of workshops designed to help them. All Sixth Form students have access to Careers South West an independent careers service and in June a “Non UCAS” day enables students to explore the alternatives to higher education when they leave. Additionally we utilise various partners in the community from accountancy firms, sporting organisations, and apprenticeships so that students are always given the most up to date and impartial careers advice. We feel that when imparting advice and guidance to our students it is vital that it is set within the context of the world that they will be entering; bringing in partner organisation to deliver information sessions is a crucial element in how the careers curriculum is developed.
This year we have introduced a programme called PiXL Edge which looks at developing skills through a range of activities where students are actively engaged in an array of tasks. These tasks cover a number of disciplines that look at leadership, resilience, organisation, initiative and communication. All tasks fall into one of these categories and serve to empower the student with the key attributes needed to survive in the world of work. In tandem with the Sixth Form this has been launched with the whole school so that as younger year groups progress into Sixth Form, the number of tasks and skills that they would have acquired will be valuable in helping a student prepare for their endeavours when they leave at the end of Year 13.