Careers Education and Guidance

How do we provide students with information about course choices and careers?

All students receive the following three strands of careers education and guidance:

*     the Wider curriculum aims to equip students with the knowledge, skills and experiences necessary to succeed in the world of work through range of activities related to economic well-being

*     advice and guidance about qualification pathways and specific subject demands is provided by the Student Services and Curriculum Teams at each of the key transition ages of 14, 16 and 18

*     general careers advice and specific guidance on progression routes is provided by the school’s independent Careers Adviser

 Wider Curriculum – the skills agenda
The Careers Coordinator works within the Applied Learning Team, organising activities to further students’ knowledge of how to access careers information and opportunities.

Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS) are integral to the KS3 curriculum and help students make links between classroom skills and the wider world.

Through Years 10 and 11 students work through a number of work related learning modules as part of the Wider curriculum.

In Year 12 students are guided in their career planning and management application to Higher Education and complete a careers day, attending a range of seminars presented by volunteers.

Wider Curriculum – experience of the workplace
During the summer term of Year 10 each student gains a work placement either through self-placement or with support from school, allowing them to gain a better knowledge of expectations and skills needed for the world of work.

In the sixth form students often find that further work experience placements add context to their academic studies and assist them in their application for Higher Education courses, apprenticeships or other future pathways.

Excellent links exist with the community and local businesses. Volunteers are frequently used during Wider Curriculum activities to assist students in their exploration of future careers.

Information, advice and guidance about qualification pathways
For full details of the programmes provided for each year group please see the relevant Curriculum Digest, KS4 Courses Booklet and the Sixth Form Prospectus and click on the links below:

Students are encouraged to use the excellent range of careers information and guidance materials available in the LRC to research information related to their specific interests and aspirations.

Information, advice and guidance – the role of careers advisers
Government funding for careers advice and guidance services in schools has been cut both nationally and locally. As a result, although we still have Dr A Rowe based in school for two or three days every week it is no longer possible for students and parents to directly book careers guidance interviews.

Students in Years 11, 12 and 13 who are about the leave Wilmslow High School and in need of greater support in securing a suitable education, employment or training route will be automatically booked in for interviews.

Other students may either request a formal careers interview through Mr Jones, the Careers Co-ordinator.

Outside school the National Careers Service website provides an extensive range of information, advice and guidance:

For young people wanting to discuss careers issues with a National Careers Service Advisers it is possible to do this for free over the phone, via email, forums, webchat and even text.