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’.

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.