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WEEK 33 - Friday 10 June 2022

Last year we had to adapt many of our careers events due to the pandemic, and this included the Year 8 Ambition Day. Our external visitors live streamed into classrooms in order to give an insight into their careers and the different pathways available post-16. This has been a great alternative over the last two year, but I have to say, there’s no greater buzz for the students than having our visitors back in school and interacting face to face with our young people.

Our Year 8 Ambition Day saw ten external employers/training providers visit our school to introduce the students to careers and training opportunities they may not have thought about. The students carousel between each session and we had a variety of visitors including Balfour Baetty, KCOM, Siemens Gamesa with a focus on Apprenticeships and Women in Engineering, Paramedics, Hull University, Tigers Trust and East Riding Archaeology Society, as well as Camps International and Labour Market Information delivered by our Enterprise Coordinator from the HEY LEP (Hull and East Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership).

As with all of our careers events, we gather feedback from our students, staff and visitors in order to continually develop and improve our delivery and student experience. It’s never too early to explore careers and plans for the future and these events are designed to raise aspirations from an early stage and allow our students to get excited about their future prospects. 63% of our students said they felt more confident about making career choices post-event, and we had many positive comments and feedback about their favourite piece of information learnt, including:

‘‘It was good to learn about different careers’’

‘‘It was fun and made me realise how many options there are when I leave school’’

‘‘I learnt many new things that helped me gain an idea of what I want to do in the future’’

‘‘It was an amazing experience’’

‘‘I learnt about the different qualifications you need for different jobs’’

‘’There are lots of different jobs within one company like KCOM’’

‘’I can still follow my dreams, even if I struggle learning’’

‘’By 2050 we will have automatic cars that drive themselves’’

‘’There are lots of jobs available in Hull / Hessle’’

‘’Different ways to find out about different careers’’

‘’Don’t just pick what my friends pick’’

Last half-term we also ran our Year 9 Enterprise Day which is a Dragon’s Den style event in which students are tasked with designing, budgeting and marketing their own subscription box. This is a competition in which the finalists pitch their ideas to a panel of judges which included Mr Groak and Business Entrepreneur, Lucy Aldridge, who delivered an inspiring talk to the students at the start of the day to launch the event and talk about her personal journey setting up her own business. There were some fantastic and innovative ideas shared throughout the day. Well done to our winning team who created ‘Global Goodies - treats from around the world’ and our runners up ‘Baby Beginners’ and ‘The Marvel Box’.

Our External Careers Advisor, Graeme Peart, has now begun conducting careers guidance interviews with Y12 students to discuss their post-18 plans and ideas and to provide support with this. These sessions have been booked via their Tutors and will run up until the end of the summer term. Miss Lawes will send email reminders prior to their interview and any student who requires additional support will be given the opportunity to have follow up interviews during Y13.

I recently delivered some training to our trainee teachers on careers learning, particularly Gatsby benchmark 4 ‘linking curriculum learning to careers’. It is important that all staff, as well as our new upcoming teachers, thread careers into their day to day interactions with the students to continue to inspire and open their minds to the world of work.

GCSE exams and A-Levels are well underway and it won’t be long until we say goodbye to our Y11 and Y13 students as they head off to begin the next stage of their journey. Our students are moving on to a variety of destinations including College, Sixth Form, Apprenticeships, Employment with training and University. We aim to prepare our students, not only for the transition itself but also the general life skills they will need as they start to become more independent and recently in tutor we delivered a ‘Handy Tips for School Leavers’ session with Year 11 students which included information about bank accounts, wages slips, national insurance, taxes and bills. I read an article recently about the ‘things they don’t teach you in school’ and these were some of the topics highlighted, so I think it is so important that we educate and prepare our students for these day to day life skills.

Finally, we launched our HOP Mentoring Programme last half-term. This programme is delivered by the Humber Outreach Project, who work in partnership with schools to raise the aspirations of young people through challenging and exciting opportunities. The goal of this is to increase their awareness of and participation in further and higher education, whilst helping them prepare and manage their future studies whilst in school. Twelve students in Year 10 have been selected to take part in the six week programme and some of the topics covered include resilience, revision techniques and study skills, stress and time management, future options, CV writing and interview skills. Parents were invited to attend the launch evening along with their child to find out more about the programme, but also enjoy a slice of pizza and take part in a fun quiz. Upon completion of the programme, students will enjoy a day visit to Hull University to explore University life.

On the subject of mentoring, the school is lucky enough to be taking part in the BTP 'Brilliant Tutoring Programme’ run by the Brilliant Club, where students in Year 7, 8 and 10 are accessing tutorials with either PhD researchers or Masters students. These sessions are extracurricular and give students additional support in small working groups with Maths, English and Science.

Upcoming events / activities:

  • Y12 Pathways Day - Monday 20 June 2022
  • Y12 UCAS Convention - Tuesday 21 June 2022
  • Y12 Hull University Visit - Wednesday 22 June 2022
  • International Women in Engineering Day - Virtual Event

         Thursday 23 June 2022, 5:00 - 6:00pm

  • Y10 Hull University Trip (HOP mentoring students) - Thursday 23 June 2022
  • Y10 Careers Week - w/c 27 June 2022
  • Women in Manufacturing and Engineering - Careers Fair (Guildhall, Hull)

          Wednesday 6 July 2022, 4:30 - 6:30pm

  • Y11 Sixth Form Induction Event - 6, 7 & 8 July 2022
  • Y6 Transition Event - 11, 12 & 13 July 2022

Miss H Lawes

Careers Leader