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WEEK 26 - Friday 16 April 2021

Last half term saw a busy few weeks for careers. We celebrated ‘National Careers Week’ as a whole school and all students took part in careers activities within their subjects and tutor time, this gave students a great insight into the world of work and the job opportunities and transferable skills related to their subjects. We were lucky to hear from some of our Alumni and Miss Moore interviewed the Artist, Richard O’Neil.

We also hosted our very first Live Virtual Careers Webinar for our Year 11 students focussing on interview preparation and skills, selling yourself, handling nerves and post-interview. Our guest speakers included:

Scott Young, Assistant Chief Constable for Northumbria Police

Natasha Hoggard & Sanna Saidy, Humber Outreach Project

Moj Taylor and Aron Tenant, Push

Kallum Nicholson, Business Entrepreneur / School Careers Link Governor

Please take a look at our guest speaker bios here

The event was a great success, students had opportunities to ask questions throughout and it was wonderful to see them become more confident as the event progressed. Feedback from students was extremely positive, all students who completed the feedback form recommended we host future events in this way and said it was easy to access and they enjoyed the fact it was an online event specifically for Hessle High School students.

It was great to welcome our students back into school, the next few months are very important for our Year 11 and 13 students as they secure and prepare for transition to their Post-16 and 18 destinations. Year 11 students were given a Post-16 Destination Form to complete upon their return, this enabled me to see which students needed additional support with their applications moving forward. I have been working through these over the last few weeks and will continue over the next half term. Please get in touch if you need any additional support or have any questions regarding this: hayley.lawes@hessleacademy.com

This half term, Year 11 students will be given a Destination Data Consent Form to complete, this will enable the school to keep in contact with students to see how they’re doing in their education and employment, as well as using this information to improve careers guidance and support. We always love to hear from our Alumni and the great things you have gone on to do!

On the topic of destination data, here is an update for our Yr 11 2020 leavers, with 97.7% participation:

FE College

35.1%

School Sixth Form

32.7%

Other Sixth Form College

 19.9%

Apprenticeship / Traineeship / Full-time Employment

9.9%

Other

2.3%

When reviewing our careers provision we use this data to influence any changes we make as we continue to raise aspirations, support individual needs and challenge stereotypical thinking.

We have continued with our careers tutor programme, a reminder that this is every Friday for Year 11 students and every last Friday of the month for Year 7-10. Last half term we introduced ‘Career in the spotlight’, students are given information about specific jobs, qualification requirements, salary and labour market information, we began by looking at a career as a pharmacist.

A video was played to Year 7-9 students, introducing myself as Careers Leader and what to expect in these tutor sessions. Students were given the opportunity to discuss the topic with their tutor and complete a Google Form with any suggestions they may have for the programme so that we can tailor it to best support their needs. All Year 10 students have now completed the ‘My Future’ Questionnaire (Post-16 choices), which will also be used to influence the programme.

During tutor, Year 11 students were given the opportunity to ask any questions they had regarding Sixth Form and what to expect next year. Mr Jarman, our Head of Sixth Form, then created a video which was played during tutor time, answering students' questions in preparation for September. Year 11 were also offered the opportunity to enhance their CV and life skills through participation in the National Citizen Service (NCS), which was launched in March. Students can still sign up for the programme, all information and links to register are on Google Classroom.

We are always looking to develop our careers and enrichment programmes and, very soon, we will be unveiling an incredible opportunity for our Year 9 students. This will be an unprecedented opportunity for them and we can’t wait to share it with them. I will reveal more in my next blog!

We are delighted to have our new Careers Advisor, Graeme Peart, working with us at Hessle High School to support our students with careers information, advice and guidance. 1:1 face to face appointments have now re-started and we are continuing to work through all Year 10 students' first appointments plus any Year 11 and Sixth Form students who need additional support.

By Year 10 we are encouraging all of our students to think carefully about their potential post-16 pathways. As part of this process, this term twelve Year 10s start an exciting opportunity to work on the "Scholars Programme". They will experience small group university-style tutorials delivered by a PhD tutor from Sheffield University, to give them an experience of university-level learning. Next half term we will also speak to all of Year 10 about the range of subjects available to them at Hessle Sixth Form College, and to give them an opportunity to talk to current Sixth Form students about how they chose their subjects.

All of Year 12 are signed up to UCAS Discovery Days taking place in April. Sadly the face-to-face sessions we would normally take students to are not able to go ahead this year, but this provides the next best thing. Throughout the event, students can attend a range of talks covering everything from "securing your dream job" to advice on university and apprenticeship applications. Talks can be attended live or on-demand, giving students ample opportunity to participate.

This half term we have two career days for our Year 7 and  8 students. These will run slightly differently to usual due to Covid restrictions, but we are sure to make them exciting and engaging events for our young people, with opportunities to hear from external employers and professionals.

Year 8 ‘Ambition day’ - Thursday 6 May 2021

Year 7 ‘All About Me Day’ - Thursday 20 May 2021

Finally, with more events adapting to the virtual world, there have been some great opportunities that I have shared with students via the Google Classroom ‘Careers Info’ groups; many students have been attending and we love to hear your feedback. Recent events include; Royal Marines Commando Virtual Experience, zoom meeting with Keith Hunter the Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner, National Careers Week Virtual Fair, EY Apprenticeship Wellness session and WEX opportunities with Browne Jacobson Law Firm and Careers Days.

Here are some upcoming events, opportunities and useful websites:

Take Care

Miss Lawes

Careers Leader