Careers at KS4

Year 10 – Lessons take place in the Spring and Summer terms in form time and encompass the following themes:

  • Decisions: Taking on responsibility for making career plans. Setting goals and targets. Understanding Labour Market Information and how to use it in career planning. Understanding qualifications in both further and higher education.
    • Skills: Recognising personal skills, interests, values and qualities.
    • People: Discrimination, stereotypes and differences.
    • Work: The benefits of work experience, rights and responsibility in the work place, the importance of health and safety.
    • Work experience: To take place in summer term of year 10. All pupils are expected to self-generate their own placement. Lessons on interview skills, applications and CV’s are supported by employers and neaco.

Year 11 – Lessons take place in the Autumn Term during form time and encompass the following themes:

  • Post 16 Opportunities: College, Training Provider, Apprenticeship, Forces. How to make decisions on post school career pathway.


College Applications:

  • Personal Statement: How to write one to the best effect.
    •  Letters: Application and speculative.

Apprenticeships: Structure and Sourcing


  • Planning: Setting goals and targets.
    • Labour Market: Understanding how to use LMI.
    • Research using a wide range of resources.

Higher Education: Looking at the Longer Term


  • General: All year 11 pupils are taken to a local sixth form college and a local college of further education in order to better understand the difference and help make decisions of what sort of learning environment would best suit their needs. Colleges and training
    providers from across the county are invited to present to the pupils, as well as attending a post 16 parent and pupil presentation event.

During 2020 all tours and talks were virtual for the autumn term.

Representatives from a range of skill sectors and higher education run:

  • Talks and assemblies.
    •  Apprenticeship workshops.
    •  Drop in career sessions and appointments