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WEEK 39 - Friday 21 July 2022

Where has the time gone? I can’t quite believe I am writing my final blog for the academic year. I’m sure the students are ready for a well earned break, especially after a busy (and rather warm) half term. Our Year 10 students are preparing to transition into their final year at secondary school where there are some big decisions to be made. In order to prepare them, we ran our Year 10 Careers Week towards the end of June. This was a highly successful week with an astounding 94% of students saying they felt more confident in making decisions about their post-16 destination and 94% saying they enjoyed the week. The Year 10’s really embraced the variety of workshops/presentations they took part in across the week. We launched the week with a motivational speaker focussing on ‘Preparing for Employability’, this was delivered by Moj Taylor from PUSH who is fantastic at engaging the students and inspiring them to ‘do what you love, love what you do’... take a look here. As well as mandatory sessions, students were able to choose which sessions they would like to attend across the week as they received a bespoke timetable. It was certainly a jam packed week with external visitors delivering workshops / presentations including:

Where has the time gone? I can’t quite believe I am writing my final blog for the academic year. I’m sure the students are ready for a well earned break, especially after a busy (and rather warm) half term. Our Year 10 students are preparing to transition into their final year at secondary school where there are some big decisions to be made. In order to prepare them, we ran our Year 10 Careers Week towards the end of June. This was a highly successful week with an astounding 94% of students saying they felt more confident in making decisions about their post-16 destination and 94% saying they enjoyed the week. The Year 10’s really embraced the variety of workshops/presentations they took part in across the week. We launched the week with a motivational speaker focussing on ‘Preparing for Employability’, this was delivered by Moj Taylor from PUSH who is fantastic at engaging the students and inspiring them to ‘do what you love, love what you do’... take a look here. As well as mandatory sessions, students were able to choose which sessions they would like to attend across the week as they received a bespoke timetable. It was certainly a jam packed week with external visitors delivering workshops / presentations including:

  • Apprenticeships
  • College
  • Sixth Form
  • Post-16 Pathways Support (for those students who are very unsure)
  • Getting into Teaching
  • Armed Forces
  • HETA - Engineering
  • NCS
  • Professionals from a variety of Sectors: Construction, Law, Business, Health, Police, Performing Arts, Digital/ICT

Students also received their log in details for Log On Move On (LOMO) which is a local independent website which supports and inspires young people to succeed on their education and training journey. Students are able to use the website to search for local training providers, courses and apprenticeship vacancies, as well as completing applications and utilising the Skills Passport and CV Writer. During the Careers Week, students attended a CV Building workshop delivered by HOP (Humber Outreach Programme) which focussed on creating their own personal CV on LOMO. I would encourage students to continue working on their CV over the summer, but there will be opportunities during Year 11 to complete this. Following the session, 86% of students said they felt more confident with creating a CV.

A few comments from the week:

‘’Lots of useful information about things I was worried about’’

‘’Given me lots of options for my future’’

‘’Hearing the positives about different jobs and options and not treating us like kids’’

‘’Made me feel more confident with my choices and life after school’’

 ‘’Taught me more about apprenticeships’’

‘’ Showed me more ways to pursue my dream job’’

And finally, to top the week off, our students took part in our Dragons Den style event known as the Enterprise Day. This is always an enjoyable day as it allows students to develop business and entrepreneurship skills, with finalist groups pitching their ideas to a panel of judges. We were lucky enough to have Phil Benson, founder of Xing Smoothies launch the event and talk about his journey as an Entrepreneur. As a school we are always looking for external professionals, providers and businesses to support our events and inspire the next generation. Please do get in touch if this is something you would be interested in - hayley.lawes@hessleacademy.com

Our HOP mentoring programme came to an end in June, and to conclude the programme we took the group of Year 10 students to Hull University for the day. Students took part in a budgeting challenge, HOP Olympics, Higher Education lecture and a tour of the campus… including the halls of residence, which they were fascinated by as they began to picture themselves living there. It was a beautiful day and there was a lot of activity as our trip fell on the same week as the UCAS convention in which our Year 12 students attended, so it was lovely to see some familiar faces on campus as they explored and gained information about future University opportunities. Leading up to the convention, Year 12 students began their UCAS applications during their Pathways Day, receiving support with personal statements. Year 12 students have now received their face to face careers guidance interview with our external Careers Advisor, those who require a follow up appointment will be booked in towards the beginning of Year 13.

On the topic of visits, over the past week our Year 10 students have travelled across in small groups to the Sixth Form building with Mr Jarman, Director of Sixth Form. Tranby House is exclusive for Year 12 and 13 students, so it was nice to open up the doors to our future Year 11 students and give them an insight into further education and this new environment.

On Thursday 23 June, we celebrated International Women in Engineering Day during our careers tutor session. A big thank you to Amelie in Year 7 who was filmed interviewing Mrs Ward, our Engineering teacher, as she talked about her time in the Royal Air Force as an Aircraft Engineer. This was very popular amongst the students as Mrs Ward talked about what inspired her to go into engineering and specifically joining the Armed Forces. She also talked about some of the barriers women have faced in the past and why they may have steered away from this industry, but with the many opportunities up and coming in the Humber region, Mrs Ward explained why engineering is a fantastic career to go into for all genders and has hopefully inspired our young people, particularly females, to consider this as an option, as did you know? Only 14.5% of those working in engineering in the UK are female!!

Miss Moore, Mrs Edwards and the Duke of Edinburgh team have been busy preparing students for their bronze and silver expeditions this half term. Unfortunately due to the extreme heat the silver exhibition has been postponed and will now take place in September, however both bronze exhibitions were completed by the students as they travelled on foot from Skidby to Melton, camping overnight then heading from Melton to South Cave the following day. This was a challenging experience for the students but great fun was had and they should all be very proud of themselves. Sliver next?…

Finally, as we approach the end of the academic year, I have met with our Enterprise Coordinator from the Hull and East Yorkshire Careers Hub to complete our final Compass+ evaluation, reflecting on the careers work we have delivered across the last year. I am proud to say that our Careers Programme continues to develop and strengthen and it was great to see how far we have come in the last year in order to support our young people with their career journeys.

Have a lovely summer.

Miss Lawes

Careers Leader