The school currently holds the Inspiring IAG Gold Standard Award. The award is a nationally validated careers award that recognises the quality of the school’s careers provision. Further information on the award and assessment criteria can be found by visiting www.inspiringiag.co.uk
As part of the school’s provision students have access to careers advice and support through the school’s partnership with the Connexions service. Students receive an individual interview from a Connexions advisor where they will have the opportunity to discuss and plan for further study and careers. In most cases students will receive this interview during Key Stage 4, however in particular circumstances this interview may take place lower down the school if it is beneficial for the student. In individual cases further interviews are required and all students are also provided with opportunities to request earlier/additional interviews. Such opportunities are particularly promoted in Year 9 when students are making important GCSE option choices and in Year 11 when students are exploring options for life after school! The school also works collaboratively with the Connexions service to provide valuable focussed careers sessions on topics ranging from apprenticeship awareness to student finance.
Students will also be involved in a designated Careers Week every year (from Year 8) as they move up through the school. The focus of the week is specific to each year group and is appropriate to their age e.g. ‘College Application’s week for Y11. Information is also provided to students through Immersion days, external visits, assemblies, form notices, careers posters and the VLE. Within this particular aspect of the school’s careers provision students have access to online career packages. These career packages allow students to explore further and higher education, career options and subject requirements in order to make informed decisions at every stage of their progression through school. Access to these packages is also available to students at home and instructions are provided on the school VLE along with further careers information such as links to useful websites and contacts like the National Careers Service.
Further careers support and guidance is provided through the Careers, Well-Being and Life Issues (CWL) programme that forms part of the school curriculum. Throughout both key stages students explore a variety of topics with designated elements of the programme being focussed specifically on careers. This focus is through the content that these topics cover, such as writing a CV and through the development of valuable, transferrable careers skills. Immersion Day activities (e.g. Year 8 ‘Managing an Airline’ day) also support this programme as do College visits (e.g. Year 10 ‘Apprenticeship Taster’ day at Bury College) and guest speakers.
As parents/carers you can support your son/daughter by using the VLE links and resources to help them explore further education and careers at home. As parents you can access the VLE by contacting the school to organise a user account. The Careers area of the VLE also contains useful destination information that provides an account of pathways taken by Bury and Tottington school leavers. A further valuable support can also be taking your son/daughter to College open days at Key Stage 4 (dates are communicated to students at school) as is using the National Careers Service to investigate options and gather useful information. Information evenings for different year groups (e.g. Y11 Post 16 Pathways Evening) are also provided to support parents and students.
I hope you will find this information useful during your son/daughters time at Tottington and should you have any questions regarding the school’s careers provision please do not hesitate to contact me at school. If you have a specific question or would like further information please complete the enquiry form below and return it to school for the attention of Mr Rashud (or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org) If you would also like to support the continued development of the school’s careers provision please complete the feedback form below and return it to school for the attention of Mr Rashud (email – see above).
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