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All Year 11 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, Key Stage 9-10 team and outside providers at relevant opportunities throughout the year.

Careers Interviews

We aim to give every student at least one, one-hour interview with the college's Careers Adviser during the course of Year 11. The programme of interviews begins towards the end of Year 10 when a number of students deemed to be "at risk" of under achieving and falling out of the qualifications and education systems and are identified and granted early interviews.

Students, their teachers and parents can request an interview at any time during the year. During the interview, an action plan is produced for the student and usually the student will be called to a follow-up meeting to check if the action plan has been successfully actioned.

Visitors from Local Colleges

During the autumn term, representatives from the local further education colleges and training providers are invited into Barnhill to speak to the students during PSHE and assemblies.

Details of all college open days are supplied to the students and they are encouraged to attend. 

Other Visitors

Other visitors come to Barnhill to speak to the students whenever there is opportunity or demand. Such visitors include the army, the RAF and apprenticeship providers.

College and Apprenticeship Applications

Around December and January, prospectuses and application forms for the most popular local colleges are made available to the students through their form tutors, the Careers Department and from the Key Stage 11-13 office.

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 have group sessions with the Careers Adviser 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.

Parents' Evening

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 11 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.