Students have a C&G experience in every Year Group during their time at Ormiston Six Villages Academy.
In Year 7 this is based on Action Planning and Personal Finance elements within L2L and these are built upon in Year 8 when we look at the students' options and how their subject choices might influence their careers choices.
In Key Stage 4 the C&G input takes the form of ‘stand alone’ topics with whole class inputs from our Independent Careers Advisor in Years 9 and 10 and specific C&G lessons in all three Year Groups. These classes will also use the website u-explore.com to help them find out information about specific jobs, Further and Higher Education opportunities and Apprenticeships.
In Year 11 the students do more work on u-explore.com and are guided through the college and job application process. Some students work in groups with others who are interested in similar areas of work to find information and consider progression routes whilst others have 1-2-1 interviews. Both of these inputs are taken by our Independent Careers Advisor and further supported in lessons. Any student who has taken part in a group activity can request a 1-2-1 interview if they are in need of further guidance and follow-up sessions are available for those who initially had a personal interview.
Once a student has registered and used u-explore.com they can log on to it at any time from anywhere they find convenient. They can change preferences, add information or research jobs, Further and Higher Education providers and check up on Apprenticeships available in the area.
u-explore.com enables students to investigate careers choices in more detail as well as build a CV and other useful documents. Once a student has registered on the ‘u-explore’ site they can access it from anywhere. Parents and carers might find it useful to work with the students when they access these sites from home.
It is important to us that students develop clear ideas of the skills and preferences they have concerning the world of work. Every opportunity is given for them to develop strong progression routes and to leave us with a definite idea of the direction they will be taking in the near future. They may have a clear idea of a specific job or career area they wish to work in or just a plan for the next two or three years. Whatever their plans are, we want our students to build on the experiences they gain with us and be fully informed about the choices they make.