Careers Education and Guidance

Our comprehensive Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance programme for Year 8 to Year 11 pupils is designed to ensure that all our girls are supported to develop the skills and knowledge they will need to make successful educational and career choices.

This is delivered through timetabled PSHE and Careers lessons, individual support (including twice weekly lunchtime Careers Clinics with our Head of Careers) and a programme of evening and weekend careers events as detailed in the Careers Calendar. Individual subject departments are also keen to relate their subject to the world of work and regularly invite former students, working parents and local employers into the classroom.

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The School is proud to hold Career Mark accreditation.  Career Mark is a Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) award validated by The Quality in Careers Standard Board (QiCS).  This award recognises that the School offers high quality careers education and guidance.  We're the first school in Sheffield to have achieved this accreditation.

  1. The School has effective systems for planning, managing and integrating Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance
  2. There is an effective integrated programme of advice, guidance and support
  3. The curriculum effectively supports the development of learners’ knowledge, skills, understanding and attitudes
  4. The School makes available to pupils relevant, important and effective information and helps them to acquire the skills required to research and evaluate so that they can make well-informed and realistic career decisions
  5. The School evaluates learners’ knowledge, competence and attitudes towards career planning

 Year by Year General Overview

Year 8

  • The focus is on self-awareness and how we relate to the world around us.

  • Industry Day in the Summer Term introduces the girls to the skills and personal qualities they will need to be successful in a business environment.

Year 9

  • PSHE lessons continue the self-development theme and use the Kudos and Careerscape ICT based careers programmes to help students link their personal interests and academic abilities to potential careers and GCSE option choices.

  • Our Head of Careers sees all students in form groups to help each girl make the GCSE choices that are right for her.

Year 10

  • Students have fortnightly Careers lessons which aim to broaden their understanding of the wide range of careers available to them. They develop the research skills necessary to access information in a fast changing economic environment and explore the employability skills they will need to succeed in a competitive job market.

  • In the Summer Term all students complete Futurewise tests designed by the Morrisby Organisation. These tests are designed to match individual aptitudes with potential careers.

Year 11

  • At the start of the Autumn Term students receive their Futurewise Profile and have a careers guidance interview with a qualified adviser from Inspiring Futures (formerly ISCO) who will offer impartial careers advice leading to an individual action plan.

  • All students attend a workshop with the Head of Careers to explore making successful AS choices followed by individual interviews with a senior member of staff.

  • Throughout the year PSHE lessons include support for making job applications, including CV writing, and prepare the girls for the two week work experience placement all students undertake at the end of the Summer Term.

Personal, Social Health and Economic Education (PSHE) - General Overview

PSHE Education is an important strand in the curriculum and is followed by all students from Years 7-11. The PSHE programme is wide and varied and aims to enable students to become:

Successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve

Confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives

Responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society

PSHE lessons are intended to be relaxed but focused sessions where students can -

  • Acquire relevant information and increase their knowledge
  • Develop their own values and attitudes
  • Develop a range of skills that will enable them to participate actively in society

PSHE lessons, however, are only the starting point. Students are shown where they can access relevant resources (leaflets, helplines and websites) for advice, support and guidance so that they can help themselves - so important in today’s increasingly challenging world.

The PSHE Education Programme of Study (comprising Health & Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the Wider World) is available on the PSHE website enabling students and parents to see which topics are being studied when so that meaningful discussions can go on at home too.

In addition to lessons, the PSHE Department also makes a significant contribution to the wider life of the school through -

  • Arranging visiting speakers in lessons and other events
  • Peer Education in Sexual Health: an enrichment option for Year 12 students which trains them up to deliver Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) sessions to younger students
  • Curriculum Days for Years 8-9 – Health/Values for Life
  • Teen Issues Evenings  for parents