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WEEK 21 - Friday 25 February 2021

Dear Students, Parents and Carers

Welcome to the first edition of our half termly ‘Careers Blog’ at Hessle High School. My name is Miss Lawes and I have recently been appointed as the Careers Leader at Hessle High School. I began working at the school in 2016 teaching Dance and Drama, as well as taking on the role as Pupil Premium Champion in 2017 which enabled me to support and build positive relationships with our young people and I am very much looking forward to taking this support further in an area that I am very passionate about … CAREERS.

Throughout this blog you will find a number of links to upcoming events, information and opportunities related to careers. As always we believe it is very important for our students to have as much information about potential careers, as early as possible. It is important we prepare everyone to make informed choices about their future.

We are continuously developing our tutor programme and all Year 11 students now have a careers related tutor session every Friday, and Year 7-10 every last Friday of the month. Some of the areas we have covered so far include CV building, employability skills, interview preparation and we recently celebrated ‘National Apprenticeship Week’ during week commencing 8 February. All of these resources are shared with the students on their main ‘Year Group’ page and can be accessed via Google Classroom.

It was great to hear from a number of students who attended the Young Professionals ‘Virtual Apprenticeship Fair’, many events and opportunities have now adapted to this new way of life and I will continue to share these with you. Year 10 and 11 were invited to a ‘Careers Info’ group on Google Classroom back in December and, if you haven’t accepted this yet, please do so as this is a fantastic way in which to gain quick access to all careers information and links to upcoming events and opportunities. I have included some links below.

The week commencing 1 March is ‘National Careers Week’ and students will be celebrating throughout the week with careers activities and discussions in tutor and throughout their different subjects, remembering that everything we do in school links and prepares us for the world of work! We will also be holding our very first ‘Virtual Careers Webinar’ for Year 11 students. The focus of the Webinar will be to prepare students for future interviews and we are delighted to have four guest speakers; there will also be an opportunity for students to ask questions during the event so please keep an eye out for updates on Twitter and Google Classroom. A link will be shared with all Year 11 students to join the webinar.

Throughout the lockdown, our Careers Advisor has continued with 1:1 appointments with Year 10 and 11 students via telephone or Google Meet, these will continue until we are able to restart our face to face appointments in school. As well as this, I have been emailing and making phone calls home to support students with their post-16 applications, please continue to get in touch if you have any questions or need additional support with this: hayley.lawes@hessleacademy.com

Year 10 students have recently received a ‘My Future’ Questionnaire (Post-16 choices), if you haven’t completed this yet, please do so in order to help us provide the best support for you moving forward with your post-16 choices.

This term we will be launching ‘Log On Move On’ for all Year 9 and 10 students, please keep an eye out for emails and information regarding this, login details etc. This site is extremely useful to help you find out what courses and apprenticeships are available in the East Riding & Hull area, as well as completing your applications. You can access parts of the site without a login, please take a look: https://www.logonmoveon.co.uk/

Sixth Form update:

Last term, Year 12 and Year 13 had tutor sessions tied in with National Apprenticeship Week. These included, for Year 12, sessions on how the application process for Degree Apprenticeships typically works, and the pros/cons of Apprenticeships vs University applications. Throughout the week, a number of Apprenticeship opportunities were also highlighted to Year 13. Meanwhile, with the UCAS deadline for university applications closing on 29 January, the focus with Year 13 turned to supporting them with selecting their firm/insurance offers, and with applications for student finance. Students have also been encouraged to consider virtual work experience opportunities. Whilst it will be hard for most students to gain actual workplace experience this year, companies are increasingly providing virtual work experience. Students can search via Unifrog, or via another company called "Forage" (theforage.com). As we move into the summer term, we will be working with Year 12 to develop their CVs and supporting them with starting their UCAS applications, while we continue to support any Year 13 students applying for apprenticeship positions.

Finally, please see the information below for upcoming events, opportunities and useful websites:

I hope you have found this information useful, here’s to another positive half term.

Take care

Miss Lawes

Careers Leader