TGGS

30 Shiphay Lane, Torquay TQ2 7DY
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T: 01803 613215

Y7-11 Absence: 01803 653 750

30 Shiphay Lane, Torquay TQ2 7DY
E: admin@tggsacademy.org   T: 01803 613215
Y7-11 Absence Line: 01803 653 750

TGGS Careers Programme

 

Head of Careers: Mr G A Neighbour FGS

Independent Careers Advisor: Mrs Caroline Tully

Careers Governor: Mrs Suzy Wright

Telephone Number: (01803) 613215 Ext. 175

Email Address: careers@tggsacademy.org

 

Summary of Careers Provision at TGGS

Throughout the careers programme at Torquay Girls’ Grammar School, students are encouraged to develop their independence.  Thinking about work experience begins in year 7 and continues through to year 13. Students are encouraged to experience and learn about the workplace and the skills and qualities valued in it. The programme gives students the opportunity to explore the viability of their career ideas. More importantly, it allows students to reflect upon themselves: their own skills, qualities and how they wish to develop them for employability.

 

Key Stage 3

The Real Game (http://www.realgame.co.uk/) is used as a tool for delivering the careers programme at key stage 3.

In Year 7 Careers is taught as part of the schools “Wellbeings” program.  In year 7 students will study the following sections of work:

[1]. Module 1 – Work and Wages – Students identify different types of work and what the law says about students working;

[2]. Module 2 – Overcoming Barriers – Students identify work and gender stereotypes and overcoming bias / gender stereotyping in the workplace;

[3]. Module 3 – Skills Audit for Careers – Students updating their own Skills Audit / Personal Record of Achievement.

 

Year 8 Again careers is taught as part of the schools “Wellbeings” program. In year 8 students learn about the following areas of careers:

[1]. Module 1 – Professional Skills and Careers Development – Students identifying and developing skills for the workplace;

[2]. Module 2 – Thinking about Options – in the summer term – students to be introduced to Fast Tomato (https://www.fasttomato.com/) and iCould (www.icould.com);

[3]. Module 3 – Students update their Skills Audit / Personal Record of Achievement.

 

Year 9 Careers is taught as part of the schools “Wellbeings” program and is delivered by the head of careers. In year 9 students learn about the following areas of careers:

[1]. Module 1 – Careers – missed Opportunities – Getting students to keep an open mind about Careers Opportunities;

[2]. Module 2 – Options – Making a Choice – Options choices support lessons – this takes place in the Autumn term.

In support of the Options Evening, the school provides a Speed Careers Networking event in the Autumn term.  This event allows student to meet with local employers from a variety of backgrounds to find out more about the workplace and the possible future options available to them.  We are keen to involve as many businesses as possible. If you think that you could offer some of your experience and guidance, please contact Mr Gordon Neighbour (careers@tggsacademy.org).

Students also make use of the KUDOS (https://kudos.cascaid.co.uk/#/) careers program to research possible career and study routes. 

In the Spring term, prior to the Options Evening the students participate in a challenge Day activity where they are able to investigate a number of problem solving exercises with the help and support from both local and national universities. Finally, this is followed by the options evening, where the students are able to choose their GCSE subjects [LINK TO PDF COPY OF THE OPTIONS BOOK HERE].  The options evening for this year will be on [DATE TO BE INSERTED HERE].

In the Summer term, students are able to use the Unifrog program (https://www.unifrog.org/) where the students are able to use the program to start developing their CV.  They will be encouraged to do the following:

  • Record up to 5 activities
  • Complete up to 5 competencies
  • Have at least 2 interactions recorded
  • CV Contact information and Personal introduction

This will allow the students to start thinking about the process of applying for work-experience placements in year 10.

Throughout the year, students have the opportunity to attend lunchtime “Careers Talks” provided by local employers; again, if you feel that you could contribute to this programme then please contact Mr Gordon Neighbour (careers@tggsacademy.org).

Key Stage 4

During year 10 students are encouraged to start thinking about their ideas for Work Experience through their Careers research work from Key Stage 3 and also to make continued use of the Unifrog (https://www.unifrog.org/) program. By doing this, the students develop the skills within a realistic context in the application route for work experience.

Students will revisit their Key Stage 3 research, and are reminded of the use of resources in the school (software, online, paper-based) for making decisions about work experience. They are encouraged through tutors, the Independent Careers Advisor and the Head of Careers to discuss plans, problems and updates.

Students are encouraged to have identified work experience placements by March. (Support will be put in place to assist students with this).

The work experience placement is important so that students:

  • Gain awareness of a work environment;
  • Observe the skills and personal qualities required in the work place;
  • Practise these skills themselves;
  • Interview an employer/employee on the nature of their working life, occupational access routes and training.

Evaluation of work experience

The school evaluates work experience through:

  • Addition to their Unifrog profile in the Work-Experience Section;
  • Informal group meetings with the Head of Careers;
  • Feedback from supervisors on placements.

Awareness of the work experience opportunities is communicated:

  • To the relevant year groups through a structured and rehearsed assembly, involving students discussing their experiences, reflecting on how this has affected careers ideas and their understanding of the work-place;
  • To parents through reports in the Parents’ Newsletter;
  • To the wider community through the Careers Twitter feed.

 

In the Autumn term of year 11, the students have a Challenge Day – “Into the Future” – where they are able to investigate careers options at post-16 (covering apprenticeships / work experience / HE). 

In addition, all students have the opportunity at the beginning of the Autumn term to take part in an aspirations visit to one of our local universities.  The sessions covered include “Applying to a competitive university”, a Campus Tour and a session “Exploring Courses”.

All students will have had the opportunity for at least one interview with the Independent Careers Advisor and they have the opportunity to make additional follow up appointments or to make an appointment with the Head of Careers.

Throughout the year, students have the opportunity to attend lunchtime “Careers Talks” provided by local employers; again, if you feel that you could contribute to this programme then please contact Mr Gordon Neighbour (careers@tggsacademy.org).

 

Key Stage 5

Year 12 and 13 students have a wide-ranging careers programme that allows them to investigate all aspects of careers opportunities post-18. 

These include the following:

  • UCAS Careers Fair – Exeter Westpoint;
  • UCAS and Post-18 Challenge Day;
  • Lunchtime Careers Talks
  • University Visits to either the University of Bristol, the University of Bath or Cardiff University;
  • The school fully supports the attendance by students at University Open Days.

 

All of the varied post-18 opportunities available to students are communicated either in the Sixth-Form Careers Newsletter or directly via email from the Head of Careers.

Work experience is actively encouraged for students in year 12 and 13.  The distinctive nature of Y12 Work Experience.  The students are encouraged to take risks and to look for placements that are:

  • More enterprising/challenging ideas for placements;
  • Placements abroad for linguists;
  • Placements more focussed on HE options and specific career considerations;
  • A different aspect of a broad-based occupational area already experienced in Y11 (e.g. within medicine/journalism/law).

Support is offered to students at all stages.  Students applying for highly-contested places on the most popular or competitive HE courses often take further Work Experience placements outside of school time as a demonstration of their initiative and enthusiasm for a related vocational area.

In addition, several students use the AQA Baccalaureate programme, to engage in further placements e.g. voluntary work, especially where this is relevant to their career and Higher Education plans.

Throughout the year, students have the opportunity to attend lunchtime “Careers Talks” provided by local employers; again, if you feel that you could contribute to this programme then please contact Mr Gordon Neighbour (careers@tggsacademy.org).

All students (year 9 and above)

All students from year 9 through to year 13 have the opportunity to attend the annual Careers conference, which covers a different topic each year and is held on a Saturday morning.  Details of the most recent conference may be found here: www.tggsacademy.org/studentconference

 

Evaluation of careers opportunities

Students, parents and external providers are asked to contribute to post-event surveys sent out through Forms in Office365.  Feedback is considered and the opportunity for further contributions and comments are invited.

The school’s career programme is reviewed on an annual basis. Date of next review: 05/09/2019

 

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