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Careers within COVID19

All schools have been challenged to find new ways to deliver careers information since March 2020.  It has been impossible to have face-to-face contact with our friends from local businesses and education providers but we have found new ways to communicate!

Here are a few examples of how we have managed to keep the Careers flag flying during the pandemic;

Autumn Term

  • Whole year group assemblies replaced by video presentations from Hannah delivered in form time to remind students about the three main pathways after year 11 – 6th Form, College or Apprenticeships.
  • Unable to have a whole day focusing on Employability Skills, we have commissioned guest speakers & organisations to record bespoke video messages with activities.  We are grateful to Lancaster & Morecambe College, Lancs Forum (ASK Apprenticeships), Future U and our own Enterprise Adviser Debbie Bullock for their contributions.  These messages will be delivered over Teams.
  • Skills for U – by Future U.  All of Year 10 & 11 have taken part in an 8 week programme looking at skills for their future working lives and will receive a certificate for their work. 
  • All Year 11 students will take part in a 1:1 careers guidance interview with Hannah to talk through their plans for the future – some in person, some online.
  • We are especially grateful to our friends at The Bay Health & Care Careers Team who have been providing virtual mock interviews for some Year 13 students before their university interviews.

Spring Term

  • Year 7 & 8 begin their Careers Education within Personal Development lessons.  They start with a video introduction from Hannah about ‘Careers past, present and future’ – focusing on our local area.
  • All Year 12 students will begin a programme of careers education through their PSHE lessons including live (virtual) Q&A sessions with guest speakers.
  • Year 12 students will be introduced to Unifrog – an online platform that will guide their career planning and decision making beyond 6th Form, whether that be university, apprenticeships or employment. This is accessible from school and home.
  • All Year 12 students will take part in a ‘virtual’ 1:1 Careers Guidance interview with Hannah to discuss their plans. 
  • Year 9 students will begin to focus on their future by exploring their option subjects for the GCSEs & BTECs that they will start in Year 10 & 11. 
  • Students will have help from Future U to identify which subjects are going to be best for their individual career journey. A whole day off-timetable will be replaced by a package of activities that students can access at home.
  • The Information Evening about Year 9 options will be replaced by an online presentation explaining the subjects available, the option blocks and how to choose subjects

National Apprenticeship Week  8-14 February 2021

National Careers Week  1-6 March 2021

British Science Week  5-14 March 2021

These are usually really fun and busy weeks in school, we are planning on including activities and information as usual - it might be a little different!

  • We have also invested in a package of employability activities from Reed Education, including ‘virtual’ work experience, which we look forward to delivering in the summer term with Year 10. 

'Careers Information, Advice & Guidance’

Year 7 & Year 8                 Discovery & Exploration

  • Personal Development lessons - community & careers, life choices and patterns of work. 
  • Assemblies and visitors in school.

Year 9                                   Focus

Year 9 students narrow their focus on future pathways as they decide on which subjects to choose for their GCSE options.  We are supported in school by FUTURE U who provide interactive workshops and activities designed to match skills to subjects and encourage students to aim high with their career planning.

  • Assemblies on pathways, making decisions & choosing subjects.
  • Parent’s Information Evening

Year 10                                 Planning & Preparing

Year 10 Careers education involves being ‘future ready’.  We start to plan post-16 routes and get ready for the world of further study and work. 

  • Skills for U by Future U – 8-week Employability Programme including lessons on organisation, communication, problem solving, resilience and teamwork skills. 
  • Mock interviews
  • Careers Fair
  • Subject focussed trips and visits linking with local employers
  • Work Experience Programme planned for 2021

Year 10 leaflet

Year 11                                 Decisions & Applications

Building on lessons learned throughout their schooling, students are now required to explore their options and determine the best route forward for their individual strengths.

  • 1:1 impartial careers guidance interview with Hannah, which forms part of the curriculum. 
  • Skills for U by Future U – 8-week Employability Programme including lessons on organisation, communication, problem solving, resilience and teamwork skills. 
  • Careers Fair
  • Employability Day
  • Further & Higher Education visits

Year 11 Leaflet

6th Form Ruth Lowe

Year 12 & Year 13

The exploration of careers continues in Year 12 & 13 with higher education, employment and apprenticeships being the focus of many talks, workshops and visits.  Raising awareness of mental health and resilience is also encouraged – ensuring students have a broad knowledge of their future options and how to set and achieve their goals.

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Further information

Students in all year groups can being their career exploration by looking at the wealth of information available online.  There are many websites that offer information about specific careers and some are more general.  See links below for some ‘tried and tested’ websites – a great starting point for students and parents!








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