Careers Information Advice and Guidance at The Warriner
Careers and Work Experience
The Warriner School has a strategy for the careers advice and guidance we provide to young people. The strategy is embedded within a clear framework outlined below. It reflects the school’s ethos and aims to meet the needs of all students. We provide access to a range of activities that inspire young people, including employer talks, a careers fair, motivational speakers, college and university visits, coaches and mentors. We also consider the needs of pupils who require more sustained or intensive support before they are ready to make career decisions. High quality mentoring is an important part of delivering against the duty of the school to deliver impartial careers advice.
Careers education is provided across the year groups during tutorial time where weekly activities, tailored to the year group, are provided at specific times throughout the school year.
Modules Within the Tutorial Framework
From the start of life at The Warriner pupils are coached into being aware of the reason that they are at school at all. The greater this awareness, the clearer the goals of the students and the more motivation is evident. This self-motivation is invaluable in terms of success for young people. We actively encourage the ‘I want to be a…’ philosophy from an early age.
Year 7- Focus: Personal Attributes -developing self-awareness with a view to future career choices
Year 8- Focus: The importance of education in allowing choice – ensuring pupils understand the benefits of a good education and experience
Year 9- Focus: Qualifications and gaining experience – focussing on the importance of choosing the correct options and using the school environment to support qualifications with achievements and experience.
Year 10- Focus: Skills for employment- utilising the tools of work experience, CV and letters of application writing and mock interviews to introduce students to the process of embarking on a career.
Year 11 – Focus: Preparation for post 16 opportunities –ensuring that students develop a goal for their next stage of education in order to provide purpose to their studies.
Years 12 and 13- Focus: Working with the future in mind - Sixth Form students are provided with comprehensive advice and guidance from the outset on Post 18 options including the UCAS process, apprenticeship routes and alternative options. We utilise a number of guest speakers throughout the year to ensure students are given a broad range of options to consider as well as visiting a number of universities for open days and careers events. All Year 12 students are required to undertake community service and at least one MOOC over the course of the year to ensure that all applications and CV’s are of the highest calibre. A further week of Work Experience is also mandatory.
External Impartial Careers support
The Warriner School invests in the services of a professional careers advisor (Mrs S. Nowell, PGDip RCDP, Careers Guidance Practitioner, Nowell Bloxham Ltd.) to support appropriately with extra careers advice. Individual appointments can be arranged where extra support is required.
The Rotary Club of Banbury support the school each year by providing interview panels with a wealth of human resource experience, to support our students with mock interviews. This valuable contribution to our careers service in an integral part of the holistic approach to the education of our students.
The school enjoys a close and productive relationship with the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OXLEP) and has a specific Enterprise advisor in John O’Brien, MD and Founder of LCMB Ltd. Bloxham, who has been instrumental in securing key support for the school from the business community and securing funding to enable specific projects to be implemented.
Students in Years 10 and 12 have obligatory Work Experience weeks
Year 10 4th – 8th June 2018
Year 12 2nd – 6th July 2018
We are fervent supporters of the value of work experience weeks which allow students to gain key insights into the world of work, its demands and opportunities. Students need to complete the Work Experience Booklet appropriate to their year group and return it to Mr N. Smith, Careers Leader, in adequate time for Health & Safety and safeguarding checks to be completed. As soon as booklets are delivered to the students they should start the process of finding a work placement and completing the booklet. Booklets will be given to students along with a presentation in Term 2.
Careers Fair (Thursday 18th January 2018)
Incorporated into the school's focus on careers is our annual Careers Fair. This is an evening event in the school hall providing the opportunity to meet with a diverse array of employers, further education providers and careers advisers. All students are welcome to attend along with parents and carers. This is an opportunity for parents to join with students to investigate possible options for particular interests. (If parents would like a stand to represent their company or career area they should contact the Careers Leader).
The school utilises the icould careers website software to support careers guidance in an impartial way. From Year 7-13 pupils can log in and be guided in careers decisions and supported with clear advice.
Mr N.Smith Careers Leader firstname.lastname@example.org