PSHE & CEIAG
All Year 13 students will study the PSHE Careers scheme of work. This covers various topics designed to assist the student's progression to further education, employment or training.
Lessons are delivered by the CEIAG and Key Stage 11-13 team and outside providers at relevant opportunities throughout the year. Also, from September-December a UCAS programme will run with the internal student deadline for applications being mid-December.
We offer every student the opportunity to attend a one-hour Careers appointment with the school's Careers Adviser during the course of Year 12/13. Students, their teachers and parents can request an interview at any time during the year. They will not automatically receive an appointment however some students will be referred directly to the advisor if the school feel it would support their future choices.
During the interview, an action plan is produced for the student. A follow-up meeting can be booked at any time should they feel they need it.
Visitors from Local Colleges and Universities and visits to these educational providers
Throughout the academic year, representatives from the local further education colleges, universities and training providers are invited into Barnhill to speak to the students during PSHE and assemblies.
Details of college and university open days and taster sessions are supplied to the students and they are encouraged to attend.
Other visitors come to school to speak to the students whenever there is opportunity or demand.
Such visitors include the army, the RAF and apprenticeship providers. Also, we have organised in the past student career insight days to large multinational firms such as RBS, Citi Bank, GlaxoSmithKline etc.
Around February and March, prospectuses and application forms for the most popular local colleges and apprenticeship providers are made available to the students through their form tutors, the Careers Department and from the Key Stage 11-13 office as this is the period of the year when the majority of these opportunities go ‘live’.
Tutors can use the weekly PSHE period to help students complete their forms although many students prefer to complete their applications at home with their parents.
The special needs department also helps their students in the completion of the forms during support sessions. Later in the term, students wishing to apply for apprenticeships or training will be offered one to one support from the Careers Advisor to help create their applications.
These applications are circulated to employers seeking college leavers and to the training providers. The careers action plans are checked to ensure that no student has missed submitting an application in line with their stated intentions.
The Careers Adviser is present at parents' evenings to meet any parents who might wish to receive help, guidance and advice for their child.
Other Careers Services
In addition to providing an in house careers advisory and support service, our Careers Advisor also extends their service to post Barnhill students by:
- Providing extended support to students during the transition from Year 11 into training, employment or further education in an effort to reduce the number of students falling into the NEET (not in education, employment or training) category.
- Follow up on all Year 13 college leavers and collate information on destinations of those students.
- Offering interviews and drop-in sessions to former students not engaged in employment, education or training after leaving Year 13.