Careers at Endon High School
All of our students have the right to access free and impartial Careers Information, Education and Guidance (CIAG).
This is delivered through our L4L programme which is for all pupils from Year 7 up to Year 11. In addition to the L4L programme, there are many opportunities for pupils to participate in talks, visits and events in school. The school invests in a dedicated Careers Advisor who undertakes individual guidance interviews with students.
Careers Information and Guidance Team
Please click here for the Careers IAG Termly Programme
Mr R Cartlidge – Assistant Headteacher & Senior Careers Leader
Mr Cartlidge is the senior member of staff in school responsible and accountable for the Careers programme at Endon High School (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Mrs J Sawyer – Support Services Manager & Middle Careers Leader
Mrs Sawyer is the Middle Careers Leader in school supported by Mr Cartlidge, Senior Careers Leader, and is responsible for organising speakers, visits and events for all pupils throughout the academic year. This will include the bi-annual Careers Convention which is available for all pupils and their parents. Alternative years, Year 10 and Year 11 pupils and their parents are invited to an information evening where they can access information on Post-16 options, higher education and student finance. Post-16 options and information are also made available to pupils in Year 11 as they begin their progression from Endon High School. Mrs Sawyer also coordinates the Careers Advisor interviews with pupils as required (email@example.com).
Mrs N Tapley – DTL PHSE
Mrs Tapley is the Director of Teaching and Learning for PHSE in school and organises the timetable for the PSHE Careers in school. Mrs Tapley will invite speakers in school and will organise resources for Form Tutors to deliver in school for all pupils (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Ms Sarah Ellis – Careers Advisor
Ms Ellis is our Careers Advisor from Changing Education. Ms Ellis is in school every other Tuesday from September until April and is able to offer careers advice and guidance to students.
Form Tutors and Progress Managers
For many, the first point of contact will be the pupil’s Form Tutor or Progress Manager. These members of staff can refer them to Mrs Sawyer for CIAG.
Higher Horizons is a government-funded project that aims to help raise the aspirations of young people about educational progression in targeted areas in the country. They aim to give young people the tools they need to make an informed choice about what to do when they leave school.
Higher Horizons are a group of universities and colleges delivering NCOP activities in Staffordshire, Cheshire and Shropshire. Our Higher Horizons hub is based at Keele University.
There is a small careers library within the school’s LRC which holds college and university prospectuses and general information on various employment sectors.
There is also a dedicated Careers noticeboard outside Mrs Sawyer’s office with up to date information for pupils.
Pupils learn about different jobs and careers and understanding the different styles of jobs and careers that exist. Pupils start to develop their own career plans understanding what input this also may involve. Pupils develop an understand of voluntary roles and paid work. Pupils look at money matters, job security and understanding the business world. Pupils are encouraged to challenge gender stereotypes for careers. Pupils look at risks with job security, financial stability and careers.
Pupils continue to develop their understanding about jobs and careers. Pupils look at salary and working hours and how these are interlinked. They look learning about risk assessments in the workplace and also in their own life. Pupils look at careers around the world and compare these. Pupils are encouraged to continue to look at different jobs and careers linking with the option process they also complete. Pupils learn about being enterprising, the function of money and economy and business and the risk associated with these.
Pupils start to appreciate the different options available to the post 16. Pupils start to apply for different positions of responsibility within school by letter of application. Pupils start to look at CV and understand what makes a good CV. Pupils are given an opportunity to research different careers and appreciate wage and expectations within these job roles. Pupils learn about managing personal finance, borrowing money and savings and insurance. They also look at the risks of lending and borrowing money and begin to understand stocks and shares and key terminology linked with economics and careers.
Pupils will design their CV and start to input their own personal statements. They will also see what an application form looks like and look further at skills and attributes needed for specific jobs. They learn about risks and safeguarding within job roles and additional qualifications needed for specific jobs and why these are important. Pupils look at different career pathways. They talk openly about bills and spending, buying a house and the cost of living and how this links into salary.
Pupils will update their CV using relevant grades from examinations. They also look at starting to understand appropriate etiquette for interviews and also interview technique itself. Pupils are encouraged to continue to write letters of application for college and jobs outside of school. They further learn about being enterprising, how to manage their bills and spending and the real cost of living. Pupils are encouraged to realise their own attributes and skill set and how these could, if they choose, connect with a chosen career path.
This programme helps pupils to understand how their working life and choices they make will fundamentally affect their future.
KS4 Careers Programme
During the spring term’s Flexible Learning Day, Year 9 pupils will attend a day at work with their parents or member of their family. This is aimed at giving pupils the experience of work environment to develop their understanding of its demands and practices; encourage pupils to reflect on their experience and develop their skills outside the school environment; develop self-esteem and confidence, and to take increasing responsibility for their own learning and career development.
Each year the school holds a Mock Interview Evening for Year 10 pupils. Volunteers from the world of work come into school and interview pupils in a “job interview” style. The pupils will get feedback on how they did and advice on how they could improve their techniques. During the summer term, Year 10 will take part in a Careers Week. During this week pupils will have talks from local post-16 providers on what options are available to them. They will also have the opportunity to visit local providers during this week.
Year 11 is a focus for pupil’s progression and ensuring that all pupils have a quality pathway after Endon High School. Pupils are invited to attend a one-to-one careers interview with Ms Ellis of Changing Education. Pupils will also attend a series of assemblies from local post-16 providers who will explain their application process and inform them of their open events.
As part of the Year 8 Options process pupils will use the online careers tool U-Explore. Pupils will complete a series of questions that gives possible job areas to suit the individual. Further information on these roles are available within the programme. Tutors will talk to pupils about possible careers using the various subjects offered at Endon High School. Current pupils studying subjects available as an option choice will also support staff and share their experiences about that subject with pupils. A Parents’ Evening is also arranged so that staff can speak to parents about the process so that they are able to support their child.
Options for Post-16 Education for Endon High School pupils
There are a range of options available for continuing to study, post-16 within the local area. Pupils will either apply for A Levels or BTEC. There are also many apprentice opportunities within the area and are supported by the local further education providers. You will find prospectuses for many of the colleges online or in school. Look at the school and colleges’ websites for further details on what they offer, and for details of their open days and application process. UCAS (www.ucas.com/further-education) is a useful website that allows you to search which courses are offered by Staffordshire schools and colleges.
Apprenticeships are available at Intermediate, Advance and Higher/Degree levels, and are available in a wide range of employment sectors. All apprenticeships are real jobs so you earn a salary, at the minimum National Apprenticeship wage but some employers may decide to pay more. All Apprenticeship opportunities are advertised on the National Apprenticeship website https://hireanapprentice.campaign.gov.uk . You must register on this site to apply.
Raising the Participation Age (RPA)
All young people are now required to attend a form of education or training until the age of 18 and any job must have recognised accredited training.
Choosing what to study
This takes careful consideration and research.
Consider the subjects that you are strong in, that keep your interest and that you enjoy. Do you have a particular career in mind? Some careers require specific subjects to be studied. Are you thinking of continuing your studies at University?
Click here to view sources of help available for your research:
Success at School (www.successatschool.org)
All About Careers (www.allaboutcareers.com)
National Careers Service (www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk)
Barclays Life Skills (www.barclayslifeskills.com)