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WEEK 9 - Friday 10 November 2023

An eight-week half-term was a slight shock to the system for many following a six-week summer holiday break, but it certainly meant we could hit the ground running and fit in a variety of careers activities and events to start of the new academic year! We said goodbye to our Year 11 and 13 leavers but welcomed our new Year 7 students and our current students moving up into the next year of their education journey. 

I began the year by delivering a careers assembly to each year group, focussing on the Careers Programme and highlighting the different events and activities we have in store for the students over the next year. I talked about the importance of CEIAG (Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance) and how their time in school and involvement in these events and activities can prepare them for the decisions they will make in the future. My Year 9 assembly was teamed up with Miss Moore who coordinates and delivers the Duke of Edinburgh programme, which has proven to be very popular amongst students over the years. Demand continues to be higher than ever with nearly 100 students signing up to take part this year. 

It is particularly a busy time for our Year 11 students, and full of mixed emotions as they prepare for their GCSE exams and the transition from school life to their post-16 destination! An exciting time for many as students can really start to take some ownership on their life. The ‘Careers Info’ group on TEAM’s is up and running and open events have been shared for a wide range of Colleges, Sixth Form and Training Providers so that students can move forward with this process. It is hugely beneficial for students to look around, get a feel for a place and ask questions in order to help them make the right decision for them. Students can now begin completing their post-16 applications whether that be for the Consortium Sixth Form College, other sixth form and college providers, apprenticeships, Armed Forces, employment with training etc. and as a school we provide information, advice and guidance (IAG) on all the different options available to students so they can make a well-informed decision. 

The Careers Programme for 2023/24 can be found here

Our External Careers Advisor, Graeme Peart and I have attended the Year 10 and 11 Parents’ Information Evenings, offering support and information to students and their parents so that the work we do in school can continue at home. Graeme works in school typically on Mondays and Wednesdays conducting careers guidance interviews. All Year 11 and 13 students have had their initial careers interview, and we are now working through the follow up appointments for those who require. Please contact should your child require another appointment. 

In my last blog before the summer, you may remember I mentioned a key development to our careers programme this academic year... we are delighted to announce the re-introduction of Work Experience for Year 10 students. This is an opportunity for students to take part in a short-term placement with an employer, gaining an insight into the world of work and develop valuable employability skills. Students are responsible for finding their own placement for three days between Wednesday 3 July and Friday 5 July 2024. The Launch for students and parents took place in October, and completed forms must be returned to their Tutor by the following deadlines: 

  • Parental Consent/Medical Form – no later than Thursday 21 December 2023 

  • Placement Form – no later than Friday 23 February 2024 

Year 10 students have also completed a pre/post Interview Questionnaire in preparation for their initial careers guidance interviews which will commence from the end of November up until the summer term. Students included information about their initial post-16 plans and ideas; where they are thinking of applying, the types of jobs they’re interested in and there was also an opportunity to rank their priority which will help to determine the order in which the students will be seen across the year.   

Following a successful event last year, we delivered our newly integrated Year 9 Inspiration Day. The aim of this event is to prepare students for decisions they will be make as they choose their KS4 study options for years 10 and 11. The workshops aimed to motivate and inspire students, as well as prepare for life beyond school, and 92% of students agreed the event was useful in supporting with this.  

Workshops included: 

  • Careers with STEM subjects – Reckitt's 

  • Careers Advisor – Finance & Budgeting  

  • Choosing your Key Stage 4 Options (to study in Y10 & 11)  

  • Post-16 Pathways (after Y11)  

  • Log On Move On & Employability Passport – ESP Team 

  • Apprenticeships & T-Levels – Hull College 

  • Modeshift – Recruiting Active Travel Ambassadors 

  • Post-14 Transitions and Preparations 

An important part of my role is to network with external providers, employers and businesses as they play a vital role in supporting our careers events and providing information to our students. At the start of the academic year, I met with a wide range of people to plan for the year ahead and book into our careers calendar of events. We are very lucky to have a strong and supportive network of professionals who engage with the school! 

Over the last half term, we have been fortunate to take groups of students on visits to the WiME exhibition (Women into Manufacturing and Engineering) at the Guildhall, Hull and Foundations Live Construction Event at Bishop Burton College. Both events had a wide variety of local employers, apprenticeship and training providers for students to explore and find out more about the opportunities available to them.  

The annual Restart a Heart Day took place on Monday 16th October. Our Year 7 students met some of our local NHS heroes as they learned vital lifesaving CPR skills as well as hearing about different roles within the health sector. This event has been running for ten years and sees thousands of people across the UK and many more worldwide, come together to increase the public awareness of cardiac arrests and increase the number of people trained in life saving CPR and defibrillator use. Anyone would agree a very important day in the calendar. 

Finally, our Year 13 students took part in their firs Pathways Event of the year. As with previous years, the sessions included interview skills, personal statements, revision & motivation techniques and post-18 plans including apprenticeships, and we saw several providers and businesses attend the event to discuss the opportunities available including BAE Systems, HETA, Siemens, McArthur Dean, Humber Teaching NHS Foundation. 

Last year, two of our Year 13 students were selected to represent The Hessle Academy by taking part in a Student Voice Careers Panel with the Hull & East Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (HEY LEP). This has continued into its second year with a new cohort of students involved and we are proud to have two of our Year 13 students involved again this year, sharing student opinions, suggestions and ideas relating to careers guidance within schools and colleges. 

Upcoming Events: 

  • Y7 All About Me Day – Wednesday 15 November 2023 

  • Sixth Form Taster Day – Tuesday 14 November 2023 

  • Y11 Careers Week – w/c 18 December 2023 

  • Advanced notice: Year 11 Mock Interview Day – Friday 2 February 2024 

Please click the links below for local training provider upcoming events: 

Miss Lawes 

Careers Leader