What is careers education?

Careers education is a planned programme of learning activities that helps young people to think about, set goals and prepare for the future. It does this by helping them to develop the knowledge and self-help skills they will need to grasp opportunities, manage change and deal with success, disappointment and the unexpected. At the Math School careers education is provided through Life Skills lessons in the Lower School and in tutorials across all key stages.

What is impartial advice?

Impartial advice basically means that we will not tell you what to do. Impartial careers advice aims to provide young people with the knowledge and skills to make informed choices about what options they have key points in the school life. For example: in choosing GCSE options in year 9, A level options or suitable alternatives at year 11 and in year 13 whether or not to go into further or higher education, or enter the world of work. It aims to motivate and raise aspirations by providing clear goals and encouraging young people to participate in learning and to attain qualifications that reflect their potential. Qualifications are like keys – the more qualifications you have, the more doors are open to you. These doors represent opportunities.

Within the curriculum

Careers education is found across the curriculum in many different subjects, for all year groups and across the academic year,  for example: 

  • PE – leadership and teamwork 
  • English – communication skills needed in organisations 
  • Music – researching careers of music heroes 
  • DT – study of jobs involved in particular projects 
  • Art – image in the workplace 
  • Maths – data analysis is an employability skill
  • Psychology – presentation skills 
  • Drama production – you have to audition for parts or jobs like stage-hand /lighting  – these are like interviews for jobs
  • Prefect roles – you have to be interviewed for the role

Careers Roadmap 2022

Download Careers Roadmap 2022

Term 1

Life Skills Lessons

Moving up: To recognise the stages in transition and identify how to cope with change.  (PPT)

Tutorials

Becoming an organised student

  1. Organising my homework and revision
  2. Dealing with change

Lesson Time

Careers library induction part of library induction (Part of 1 English lesson)

Term 3

Tutorial

Unifrog

  1. Careers library treasure hunt
  2. What are skills?
  3. Interests profile
  4. Recording activities
  5. What’s your dream job?

Positive / Growth Mindset and Mental Health

  1. Personal strengths
  2. Helpful feedback vs. unhelpful criticism
  3. Careers case study
  4. Careers case study

Outside of Lessons

National Apprenticeship Week 7th-13th February

Term 4

Outside of Lessons

National Careers Week 7th-12th March

Term 5

Tutorials

Stories about Jesus

  1. Revision recap
Term 6

Tutorials

Money

  1. Sources of Money
Term 3

Tutorials

Unifrog Tutorials

  1. What does success mean to you?
  2. Career terminology
  3. Careers library treasure hunt
  4. GCSE choices
  5. Activities and competencies bingo

Health

  1. Leisure Time from Work

Outside of Lessons

National Apprenticeship Week 7th-13th February

Term 4

Outside of Lessons

Year 8 The National Enterprise Challenge

National Careers Week

Term 5

Tutorials

Social Media

  1. Dangers inc. future employment
Term 6

Life Skills Lessons

Market stall activity

  • Describe essential life and employability skills
  • Explain what transferable skills are
  • Explain how to develop skills which are transferable (PPT)

Tutorials

The existence of God

  1. Why do people work different work patterns?
  2. Why do people work different work patterns?
Term 2

Life Skills Lessons

Apprenticeships

  • To be able to understand what apprenticeships are
  • How they work and where to find them (PPT)

Choosing your options

  • To understand and evaluate the different career options available (PPT)

Outside of Lessons

Year 9 careers meetings

Term 3

Tutorials

Unifrog Tutorials

  1. What makes a great leader
  2. Talking about your activities
  3. Subject library treasure hunt
  4. Be kind to yourself
  5. Identifying interests
  6. Your skills, your team, your future

Outside of Lessons

GCSE Options evening (Options to be chosen by end of Term 3)

National Apprenticeship Week 7th-13th February

Term 4

Outside of Lessons

National Apprenticeship Week 7th-13th February

Term 1

Tutorials

Money

  1. Pay slips
  2. Part time jobs
Term 2

Tutorials

Living in the Wider World

  • Helpful feedback vs. unhealthy criticism
  • Prejudice and discrimination inc at work
Term 3

Tutorials

Unifrog Tutorials

  1. Personality profile
  2. Work experience: How to contact employers
  3. Work experience: Researching possible placements
  4. Careers library treasure hunt
  5. Teamwork: What makes a great team player
  6. Revision: Good vs. bad

Outside of Lessons

National Apprenticeship Week 7th-13th February

Term 4

WEX

Work Experience

Outside of Lessons

National Careers Week

Term 2

Outside of Lessons

Introduction to UCAS Progress

Next Steps Evening

Tutorials

Our World

  1. World of work
  2. Economic well-being
Term 3

Tutorials

Unifrog Tutorials

  1. Post-16 choices
  2. A Level Choices
  3. Introduction to apprenticeships in England and Wales
  4. Wellbeing: Recognising stress and anxiety
  5. Revision: Good vs. bad
  6. Coping: Changes Leaving School
  7. Managing stress

Focus on numeracy and literacy

Outside of Lessons

Opportunities in the sixth form evening

National Apprenticeship Week 7th-13th February

Term 4

Outside of Lessons

National Careers Week

Term 5

Tutorials

Focus on numeracy and literacy

Term 6

Tutorials

Focus on numeracy and literacy

Term 1

Tutorials

Transition + Independent Study Skills

  • Wk 1 – Academic Working Week + Expectations (2 tutorials)
  • Wk 2 – Independent learning – What is it? SMART targets to support learning
  • Wk 2 – 1 x planning tutorial following SMART PPT
  • Wk 3 – Exam Board Websites – specs, boundaries, exams etc
  • Wks 3 to 5 – complete exam board activities (past papers, specs, examiners reports, topic guides)
  • Wk 4 – Exam Board Tasks continued
  • Wk 5 – Cognitive Load and Retrieval Tasks
  • Wk 6 – Retrieval tasks continued and Mental Health Week (LIH/HD)
  • Wk 7 – Managing Workload
Term 2

Tutorials

Study Skills

  • Wk 1 – Use of examiners reports
  • Wk 2 – Getting the best from your Teachers
  • Wk 3 + 4 – time given for exam revision
  • Wk 5 – Skills Vs Context Exam analysis
  • Wk 6 – Update skills Audit and competencies on Unifrog

Outside of Lessons

Next Steps Evening

Term 3

Tutorials

Unifrog Tutorials

  1. Post-18: Choices
  2. Goal setting
  3. Acing your personal statement
  4. Apprenticeships: Finding best fit
  5. Geeking out
  6. Wellbeing: Recognising stress and anxiety
  7. Managing stress

Relationships

  • Wk 1 – Gold Form Dummy Run
  • Wk 2 – Peer Respect
  • Wk 3 – Toxic Friendships
  • Wk 4 – Respecting others relationships
  • Wk 5 – Ending Relationships
  • Wk 6 – Trust

Outside of Lessons

National Apprenticeship Week 7th-13th February

Term 4

Tutorials

Lifestyle Choices

  • Wk 1 – Paid Work vs Academic Study – Balance
  • Wk 2 – Brain Food – best diet for a healthy balanced life
  • Wk 3 – Gadgets – positive and negative effects of
  • Wk 4 – Sleep Patterns – how to ensure quality rest
  • Wk 5 – Body Language – sending mixed messages
  • Wk 6 – Drugs and Alcohol

Outside of Lessons

National Careers Week

Term 5

Tutorials

Post 18

Employability and LIfestyle Choices

  • Wk 1 – Employability Skills
  • Wk 2 – CVs
  • Wk 3 – Job Interview Techniques
  • Wk 4 – Understanding your Wage Slip and Taxes
  • Wk 5 – Safety on the roads
  • Wk 6 – Effects of Smoking

Lesson Time

Post 18 options, Life at university and alternatives;

UCAS – researching courses, personal statement prep, university visits, CVs

Term 6

Outside of Lessons

The opportunity is provided for students to have a career Interview. Students who do not know what to do after sixth form are targeted.

WEX

Work Experience Week

Lesson Time

Post 18 options

  • Life at university and alternatives
  • UCAS – researching courses
  • Personal statement prep
  • University visits
  • CVs

Last two days of term: Alumni talks

Tutorials

Post-18 Next Steps

  • Wk 1 – Post 18 Options Research
  • Wk 2 – Personal Statements
  • Wk 3 – Unifrog + Research + Statement Writing
  • Wk 4 – UCAS Login/Start Application
  • Wk 5 – Post 18 research continued
  • Wk 6 – WEX Week
  • Wk 7 – Careers Workshops

Post WEX debrief 2 Tutorials

Term 1

Lesson time

  • Oxbridge mock interviews
  • UCAS Completing Personal Statement

Tutorials

Post 18 Next Steps

  • Wk 1 – Unifrog – update statement and Plan A/B
  • Wk 2 – Evaluating Personal Statements + LoA’s
  • Wk 3 – Student finance + Next Steps
  • Wk 4 – Unifrog/CVs/Letters of application
  • Wk 5 – Unifrog/CVs/Letters of application
  • Wk 6 – Unifrog/CVs/Letters of application
  • Wk 6 – Mental Health Week (LIH/OCB)
  • Wk 7 – Cost of Living

Outside of Lessons

Apprenticeship Talk

Term 2

Tutorials

Post-18 Next Steps

  • Wk 1 – Renting vs Buying
  • Wk 1 – Prepping for Year 13 mocks
  • Wk 2 – Revision technique reminder
  • Wk 3 – What does success look like? What works?
  • Wk 4 – Making the most of Winter Break
  • Wk’s 5 & 6 – Mock Exam Prep
Term 3

Tutorials

Unifrog Tutorials

  1. Assessment centres
  2. Wellbeing Recognising stress and anxiety
  3. Managing stress
  4. Revision: Good vs. bad

Life after The Math

  • Wk’s 1 + 2 – Examinations
  • Wk 3 – Mock Shop – being self-sufficient
  • Wk 4 – How to Save Money
  • Wk 5 – The Cost of Life – mortgages, tax, wages etc
  • Wk 6 – Managing Credit

Outside of Lessons

National Apprenticeship Week 7th-13th February

Term 4

Tutorials

The ‘Run-In’

  • Wk 1 – Healthy Eating
  • Wk 2 – Cooking for Yourself
  • Wk 3 – Food Hygiene
  • Wk 4 – Prepping for final exams
  • Wk 5 – Making the most of Spring Break
  • Wk 6 – What failure looks like

Outside of Lessons

National Careers Week

Term 5

Tutorials

Final exams and leaving school

  • Wk 1 – Confidence
  • Wk 2 – Managing stress of final exams
  • Wk 3 – Life Plan
  • Wk 4 – What to do on results day
  • Wk 5 – Clearing/Adjustment

For Parents, Students, Teachers and Employers

In the sixth form, whilst the key focus is on applications to university, we provide students with information on all their options.  These are:

  • to pursue further education at a college
  • higher education at university
  • advanced, higher, degree apprenticeship
  • employment
  • gap year – deferred entry to university, organised gap year, employment gap year prior to entry to university, travel gap year travelling independently.

Sixth form students may ask for a careers interview, mock university interview and/or practise interview for employment.  They can arrange this via the sixth form office or ask Miss Halls, the Careers Co-ordinator.

There are lots of useful resources provided on the noticeboard facility on Google Classroom, including news and other careers related information, so make sure you check these regularly.

Who can I speak to?

Miss Halls, Careers Co-ordinator – email: shona.halls@sjwms.org.uk

The Careers department at SJWMS

There is a comprehensive careers education programme for all year groups delivered through Life Skills lessons, tutorials and across the curriculum. This includes activities on self-development, career exploration, and career management and explores further and higher education options. Students are also engaged in work related learning, including work experience in year 12. Impartial (unbiased) careers guidance interviews are available for access by any student and appointments can be made via Head of School or directly using the link below to contact Miss Halls, the Careers Co-ordinator. The Careers Office is in the Life Skills block (opposite room 1). Impartial advice can also be accessed from Medway Youth Trust and the National Careers Service, which helps adults too. Use their callback facility. In addition, students can access a variety of careers related information in the library and on the careers tab on all year group Google Classrooms. The latest news, including labour market information and job alerts, is posted onto Google Classroom. Unifrog enables students to check their skills, compile a CV and personal statement and to track their career plans. In 2019, SJWMS achieved the Investors in Careers Award. This demonstrates that we have achieved a quality standard for the management of careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) and we have demonstrated a commitment to provide impartial and independent CEIAG to all of our young people. Less than one third of secondary schools have achieved this prestigious award.

Student Entitlement

Through your time at SJWMS, you should get:

  • Clear impartial advice and information about all the options available, so that you understand what they involve.
  • Support and guidance to help you make choices and complete a career plan for the future.
  • Regular support and information on how well you are doing.
  • Help to decide what to do when you leave the school, including further learning, training or employment.
  • A programme of careers education helping you develop skills and knowledge to make choices and the transition to work and learning
  • An opportunity to set out an individual learning plan
  • An opportunity to learn about the world of work
  • Help at the appropriate time

Booking a Careers Interview

You can arrange a Careers Interview via your Head of School or by contacting Miss Halls. Your career interview is a confidential, impartial discussion with a qualified Careers Guidance Adviser. Don’t worry if you have no definite plans. We are here to encourage and support you while you are making decisions about your future. Depending on your needs, it may be helpful to have several discussions, so don’t think of your career interview as a ‘one-off’ event.

The school is an affiliate member of the Careers Development Institute (CDI) and the Careers Co-ordinator abides by their code of conduct.