Eastlea Community School provides its students with a comprehensive careers education programme. The programme is delivered alongside and within the PSHE programme in a variety of ways. Predominantly students will learn about careers and the development of skills needed for careers through their mentoring programme. In this programme they cover the following topics:
Targets and goals for the future
Looking into the future
Developing your skills
Personal statements and C.Vs
Work experience preparation
How to complete an application form\
Careers Education also takes place in a number of other formats, as listed below:
Students will attend a fortnightly (years 7-10) or weekly (year 11) assembly. Each assembly has a ‘Big Question’ that students will think about and develop answers to during mentor time. Some assemblies have a specific careers focus. For example all students will take part in a Labour Market Information assembly.
As well as this, students will also have assemblies that are relevant to their year groups e.g. year 11 will have a Post 16 assembly in September to help them to get ready for the year ahead, year 8 will have an options assembly to help understand their options choices.
We hold a variety of lunch time sessions for students to take part in. These include qualification information sessions e.g. apprenticeships, BTEC, A Levels.
Subject specific information workshops take place e.g. the Fashion Retail Academy deliver sessions on the fashion industry and we also hold support sessions where we help students to complete applications, find a work experience placement etc.
Students will have the opportunity to take part in sessions run by external visitors. These will normally be in the format of a workshop. In the past these have included sessions from organisations such as Thames Water (problem solving), the RAF (a STEM session on flying) and the IGD. We also hold employer talks within curriculum areas where relevant. During the last academic year Citizenship students took part in a workshop with a journalist from The Economist and had an additional talk from a Lord! For the past two years we have also held a speed networking event for year 8 students. KPMG volunteers also work with specific year groups on communication, presentation and CV writing skills.
Students will have many opportunities to take part in trips that will relate to the world of work. These may be very specific to a particular career. Last year 10 Textiles students visited a working artist’s studio. Students who were interested in a career in the Arts visited the set of the Secret Cinema and year 9 GCSE Citizenship students visited the Royal Courts of Justice where they took on legal roles and acted out a court case . Trips also take place to Post 16 organisations, for example last year 9 and 10 GCSE citizenship students took part in an A level law lesson at NewVic.
All students will have the opportunity to take part in a weeks work experience in year 10. Students are given the opportunity to find their own placement for work experience. If they are unable to do so, they are supported to find a suitable placement.
WORLD OF WORK DAY
Year 10 will have a WOW day. During this day students will meet a variety of volunteers from a range of careers. Students will learn about first impressions, interview questions, how to write a C.V and how to have a successful work experience placement.
POST 16 INFORMATION
In October of each year we host a Post 16 options fair at the school. Around 20 organisations set up stalls in the school, students are able to discuss their options, subjects and the different organisations whilst collecting application forms and prospectuses.
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Sajida Raja is a fully qualified Careers Adviser. She is based at Eastlea Community School for two days a week (Tuesday and Thursday). Sajida works closely with Ms Shirani in order to ensure that students receive the guidance they need.
The majority of her work is with Y11 students who receive one-to-one careers interviews. The aim of these interviews is to support students with their post 16 progression choices, with an overall aim of empowering and enabling young people to raise their aspirations and maximise their potential.
In a careers interview, Sajida will help students to;
explore different careers options and what they involve
develop self-awareness, relating choices to their own likes and dislikes, strengths and weaknesses
encourage career management, devising clear next steps and longer-term actions to reach their goals
Each student receives a progression action plan, recording the outcomes of the interview, along with careers information specific to their plans.
Sajida also works with students in groups, delivering assemblies or workshops at lunch-time focused on various topics such as apprenticeships, qualifications and occupations. She attends parent’s evenings, and has also delivered workshops to parents aimed at supporting their children with progression. During the lunch-time, she offers careers clinics where any student can drop in without an appointment.
If you would like to see Sajida in school, please pop into C.0.21 during lunch-time or break on Tuesdays and Thursdays, or speak to Ms Shirani to book an appointment. Alternatively, you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sajida is also very happy to talk to parents who may have careers related queries. In the first instance, they can contact the school, or email Sajida at the email address above.
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CAREER PATHWAYS & sectors
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National Career Service
MEASURING & ASSESSING THE IMPACT OF THE CAREERS PROGRAMME
The school measure and assesses the impact of the careers programme in several ways:
This figure measures how many students did not remain in education, employment or training. We are currently waiting for the figure for the leavers from 2018. Our NEET figure for students who left in 2017 is 1.1%. In the previous year (2016) Eastlea Community School’s NEET figure was 0.5%
The school’s destination data for leavers in 2017 (we are currently waiting for the 2018 leavers shows that the majority of our students go into full time education. In 2017 97.8% of students continued in full time education. This includes 40.8% who attended a Sixth Form College, 29.6% attended a School Sixth form and 26.8% attended a Further Education College. The most popular courses studied were as follows; 38% went on to study A Levels
19% went on to study a Level 3 NVQ, 15% of students went on to study L1 and L2 NVQs.
The school’s activity report can be found here.
Tracking of year 11 students
Year 11 are offered a variety of experiences to assist them with their post 16 choices. In order to measure the impact of these experiences the school tracks a range of information. We track school careers interviews, student attendance to the Post 16 Careers Fair, applications made by all students and offers that have been made to students.
All year 10 students take part in a one week work experience placement. To understand the impact of this we track the success of students placements. In 2019 201 students took part in a work experience placement. This was 100% of students. Of these students 95% completed a successful placement. 30% were awarded a certificate for an outstanding placement (this is hard to achieve).
As a school we will now be introducing the following measures;
Year 11 survey on the current careers programme at Eastlea Community School
A year 7-10 survey on the current careers programme at Eastlea Community School
A student council focus group to gather in depth views on the careers programme
A parental survey on the current careers programme
A yearly tracker to monitor all careers experiences of students in year 7-11
If you would like to access information about our careers programme, please contact either Leilee Shirani or Sajida Raja on the provided email addresses.
If you wish to make contact with the Careers team, please mark FAO at :
Alexandra Stechmann - Curriculum Team Leader
Our next review of this published information will be July 2019.