School Life

Our Careers Policy

A young person’s career is their pathway through learning and work. All young people need a planned programme of activities to help them make 14-19 choices which are right for them and to enable them to have the necessary skills to be able to manage their careers throughout their lives. Schools have a statutory duty to provide careers education in Years 7-11 and to give students access to careers information, advice and guidance.

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Careers education and guidance programmes make a major contribution to preparing young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. A planned progressive programme of activities supports them in choosing 14-19 pathways that suit their interests and abilities and help them to follow a career path and sustain employability throughout their working lives.

Our Development Priorities

  1. Raise aspirations for all learners
  2. Increase career opportunities for all learners
  3. Provide opportunities for vulnerable students at KS4

Our Aims

The Crestwood School Careers, Education, Information, Advice and Guidance policy has the following aims:

  • To contribute to strategies for raising achievement, especially by increasing motivation and aspirations
  • To support inclusion, challenge stereotyping and promote equality of opportunity
  • To encourage participation into continued learning including higher education and further education
  • To develop enterprise and employment skills
  • To reduce course switching at KS4
  • To contribute to economic prosperity of individuals and communities
  • To meet the needs of all our students through appropriate differentiation
  • To focus on student aspirations
  • To involve parents and carers

We Offer:

Year 7

  • Assemblies introducing Careers, Jobs, Further Education, Higher Education
  • Workshops looking at dream jobs and interests
  • An enrichment day where students get to meet employers, university students and apprentices to discuss different options

Year 8

  • Workshops looking at jobs and careers
  • Fun competitions aimed to inspire students
  • An enrichment day where students meet employers, university students and apprentices to discuss their stories and choices they have made
  • A formal assessment to highlight students strengths and possible career paths based on these

Year 9

  • Assemblies to inform students about options available at GCSE along with what colleges, sixth form, etc will expect form them after they leave secondary school
  • Workshops to improve research skills, brain training and applying for future jobs
  • An enrichment day where students have the opportunity to write CVs, learn about money management and provide students with strategies and techniques to improve their study skills. We will also work with students to improve their self-confidence, self-belief, esteem and visioning.

Year 10

  • Assemblies introducing Post-16 options and raising aspirations
  • Workshops focusing on jobs, online presence and employability skills
  • An enrichment day where students meet employers and apprentices from local companies and then complete a group competition around an industry suited to them
  • Mock interviews to help prepare students for real-world situations

Year 11

  • An enrichment day which gives students the opportunity to meet future employers and learn about options available to them
  • 1:1 interviews focusing on “Where to Next”. A great opportunity for students to start thinking about their future and what they want to do
  • A dedicated stand at parents evening allowing parents the opportunity to speak to a specialist careers advisor

Sixth Form

  • Independent one to one careers guidance meetings for sixth form students with regards to their post 18 options (university, higher and further education, apprenticeships, employment and gap years), as well as mock interviews in preparation for future career pathways.
  • Advice, information and personal support to students about decision making and their future direction, specifically:
  • A ‘drop-in’ at break time and lunchtime for any student to come and ask questions about any education or career area, or any help they may require in overcoming barriers to their goals.
  • UniFrog – An excellent tool to help students to plan for University and complete CV’s, references and university applications.

What Individual Subjects Do:

Students within Art and Design are encouraged to develop and nurture their creative skills through the application of a variety of media, techniques and processes; with the addition of academic skills. They learn to manipulate materials to realise their intentions in a 2D or 3D style; giving a personal response to a given theme. Students are encouraged to consider cultural and historical links within Art and Design to widen their knowledge of important artists and movements and the vast range of techniques and processes used by these artists, craftspeople and designers.

Students can work independently, through joint thinking or collaboration with their peers; which is a skill reflected in industry. Creative skills are of huge importance in a range of careers within the Art and Design but can also be utilised within management roles and other careers not directly linked to formal creative practices. To develop opportunities for our students to consider future careers within Art and Design, we organise trips to Museums and Galleries; college visits to view A Level and BTEC exhibitions; forge links with local industries such as the Glass House in Wordsley and Think Creative Graphic Design Company. We have a careers display board within the Department and have extensive knowledge of career paths for this subject coupled with success stories of students who have gone onto study Art and Design at degree level leading onto a career within the Visual Arts.

In Computing we strive to ensure all students know the career paths available to them; whether it be IT, Programming, Game Design, Networking or Artificial Intelligence. We do this explicitly through regular conversations with students about their options and choices from as early as Year 7. We believe it is important that students have high aspirations in Computing and strive to be better. We also have display boards around the department which help encourage and inspire students towards careers, apprenticeships & university. Furthermore, we provide extra-curricular opportunities including “coding clubs” to engage young programmers and also external trips to Sheffield University and Jaguar Land Rover to introduce our students to working environments.

Design and Technology is a phenomenally important subject. Logical, creative and practical. It’s the only opportunity students have to apply what they learn in Maths and Science” (Sir James Dyson – Founder and Chairman of Dyson.)

Design and Technology (Product Design, Materials Technology, Fashion and Textiles, Food and Nutrition) opens the door to a wide range of careers in the creative, engineering and manufacturing industries. It is also excellent preparation for careers in many other field e.g. medicine, law and computer science. Whatever career you choose, the knowledge and skills you learn, particularly those concerned with rapidly developing technologies, will be extremely valuable. You will also develop skills, such a teamwork and time management which are highly prized by employers. The average salary for designers is growing much faster than the UK average and engineers typically earn £25,000 to £40,000 more than the national average. Alternatively, you may decide to be an entrepreneur and start your own business.

One third of all UK jobs are in D&T – more than any other sector! To help encourage a career in D&T we have life changing opportunities available for all Crestwood KS4 students that include: Arkwright Engineering Scholarships, Carillion Apprenticeships and Jaguar Land Rover Apprenticeships.

There is no doubt that English and English skills are a fundamental basis for many careers throughout the world; the acquisition of strong English based skills opens the doors to many careers including: journalism, media, law, education, Museum curating, archival research and customer service. Students at Crestwood are made aware of their career options from the day that they join the school! English skills are embedded in every subject and the whole school supports the value of lifelong literacy skill improvement. The English team in particular converse with students on a daily basis about career pathways, and encourage a passion in both English language and literature alike.  Trips to the theatre, visits to historical establishments, virtual tours of literary landmarks, entry into nationally recognised writing competitions, and the subsequent publication of their work, all encourage learners to take an interest in the many positive aspects of studying English. These experiences also provide a powerful insight into careers which can be undertaken through the study of English language and English literature; the possibilities are literally ‘endless’.

Mathematics is at the heart of thousands of different careers and underpins almost every discipline. Mathematics is among the most useful and valued qualifications, greatly regarded by universities and employers. Employers highly value problem-solving skills, thinking logically, analytical and numerical skills. Mathematics qualifications open doors to many careers such as: Engineering, Commerce-orientated courses, Architecture, Software Development, Banking and Finance, Operational Research, Statisticians and potential Medics. The Mathematics Department raise students’ awareness regarding future careers from the moment they arrive at Crestwood. Being numerate helps us to function responsibly in everyday life and contribute effectively to society. As a whole school, we support the need for students to have strategies to develop their numeracy skills through their learning across the curriculum.

In MFL, we regularly explore in class the practical applications of foreign language learning. This is done through dialogue with students about higher education and career opportunities involving languages. The Modern Foreign Languages Department also works closely with local universities to give our students access to the Routes into Languages programme.  Past events have included visits to Wolverhampton University to take part in Business and Languages workshops, and a visit to their Telford campus to attend a Formula 1 Languages Day.

In PE careers are a topic for discussion on a regular basis. We have our Sports Leadership course that looks at developing skills that are applicable in the workplace such as communication skills, planning and dynamics of teamwork. Our BTEC course is also vocational, which means that the work is set in workplace scenario and is therefore directly relevant towards students understanding the workings of a career in sport. Students throughout year groups are inspired to achieve via our STEPS targets that generate areas where students need to progress, this in turn creates an environment where students have high aspirations. We also run a multitude of trips and events that raise aspirations by introducing students to sports that they may not otherwise have had the chance to attempt, such as clay shooting, sailing and rock climbing.

History provides you with a set of skills which are not just confined to the study of the past, but ones that can be applied to every day life. At Crestwood, we learn and practice these skills from year 7 right through to GCSE, to ensure students have a solid base of being able to weave these skills into their day to day. The skills of interpretation, debates, seeing arguments from different side and forming opinions are invaluable skill sets students will develop. Discussing how places, people and life have changed over time. Skills of analysis are invaluable in most jobs, and the ability to prioritise information is vital to decision making. Also history is relevant – and employers know this! In order to make sense of current affairs, it is important to study the past.

If studied at University level, a degree in History can be an impressive and attractive feature on a CV or personal statement. At many universities you can also study history as part of a combined degree or another degree e.g. Art History, Archaeology, History and Music.

History is a valuable subject which will add value to any further education or career – there are so many careers you can go into with a history background. Careers that are directly related to history include; Heritage Manager, Historical Buildings Inspector, Conservation Officer, Museum Education Officer, Museum or gallery curator, Secondary School Teacher, Archaeologist

Jobs where history would be useful include; Academic Librarian, Archivist, Journalist, Editorial assistant, Politician, Solicitor, Lawyer.

Geography gives a unique blend of both the social and physical sciences helping to give our students a broad base of skills and understanding which employers are looking for. Geographers gain an understanding of processes, place, people, environments and their interrelationships. This gives them a firm understanding of the world and their part within it. Alongside this, geographers gain many valuable skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, data analysis and data mapping using new GIS technologies. We give out students the opportunity to put their skills into practice each year by going on local field trips to collect primary data which can be mapped and evaluated.

Geography is a valuable subject which will add value to any further education or career. Some more direct careers include Environmental management or protection, Sustainable energies industries, cartography & data mapping, climate change research or management and the leisure and tourism industry.

Religious Studies makes a magnificent contribution to students’ success in their future career whatever that might be. In our increasingly multicultural world it is vital in our work that we understand and are tolerant of how others live their lives and Religious Studies is vital in making sure that happens. Whether it be taking into account the religious observance of Muslims at Ramadan or understanding different views on divorce people that have these skills do better at work.

However, Religious Studies also leads into many careers. In particular people going into the caring professions often study it and gain valuable careers skills from it. Future doctors, nurses, care assistants, nursery nurses and teachers often say how useful the skills learnt in Religious Studies are to their careers. People who wish to follow the law often find the subject very useful too with its focus on right and wrong (moral issues).

Lastly, in these days of very stressful working environments a study of a religion like Buddhism gives them the chance to think about how they will cope with the “humps and bumps” of a working life.

Balanced, thoughtful students do better in their careers and that is what Religious Studies is all about.