Careers

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance

At Atkinson House School we are committed to providing our pupils with a careers programme that is centred around their individual need. The careers programme is integrated into our pupils’ experience of the curriculum.

Our aim is to:

  • encourage all pupils to consider their future careers through KS3 and KS4;
  • encourage all pupils to develop decision making skills;
  • inspire as well as inform and guide; and
  • provide pupils with impartial advice.

Year 7 Careers Programme – Exploring the Pupils’ Interests

  • Tutorial PSHE to help pupils understand more about themselves (self-development).
  • Know where to look for information (careers exploration).
  • Plan for their future (careers management) and create a ‘Careers Passport’.
  • Visit a local employer / activity based on pupil’s interests, e.g. Diggerland.

Year 8 Careers Programme – Exploring the Pupils’ Interests

  • Tutorial PHSE help pupils to self-evaluate their ‘strengths’ and ‘areas to develop’ to make decisions for their ‘options’.
  • Pupils have access to impartial careers guidance through the Northumberland Careers Service (careers management).
  • Early visit to a local college / training providers to look at post 16 opportunities.
  • ‘Follow on research’ from the visit to the annual careers fair.
  • Visit a local employer based on pupil’s interests, e.g. Nissan or Komatsu.

Year 9 – Careers Programme – Building Aspirations

  • Tutorial PHSE to help pupils form a deeper understanding about themselves and their future (hopes, interests and ambitions).
  • Pupils have access to impartial careers guidance through the Northumberland Careers Service (careers management).
  • Complete research into a chosen career path.
  • Pupils have support planning college courses.
  • Parents / Carers / ‘Friends of Atkinson House’ visit school to discuss their job.
  • Early visit to local college ‘mini-taster’ days with careers lead.
  • Early planning for work experience opportunities.
  • Visit a local public service, e.g. Fire Service or Army.

Year 10 – Careers Programme

  • Addressing self-presentation’ and focus on what employers want.
  • Tutorial PHSE to help pupils form a deeper understanding about themselves and their future (hopes, interests and ambitions).
  • Prepare CV.
  • Sign up to the National Apprenticeship website.
  • Attend at least one mock interview.
  • Subject teachers to give a presentation ‘My subject can …’
  • Pupils have continued access to impartial careers guidance through the Northumberland Careers Service (careers management).
  • Pupils attend the annual Special Schools careers fair at Woodhorn Colliery.
  • Pupils have support researching, planning college courses / apprenticeships.
  • Early visit to local college ‘mini-taster’ days with careers lead.
  • Visit to the job centre.
  • Visits to external employers to discuss their job roles / apprenticeships.
  • Early planning for work experience opportunities with a work experience opportunity.

Year 11 – Careers Programme – Practical Focus on Making Plans

  • Tutorial PHSE to help pupils form a deeper understanding about themselves and their future.
  • Employment trends, challenges to stereotypes.
  • Pupils have continued access to impartial careers guidance through the Northumberland Careers Service (careers management).
  • Pupils attend the annual Special Schools careers fair at Woodhorn Colliery.
  • Pupils make applications for college courses / Modern Apprenticeships.
  • Visit local college ‘taster days’ and/or ‘open days’ with careers lead and parents / carers.
  • Visit external employers to discuss their job roles if appropriate.
  • Preparation for work experience placement with an employer for a period of a week. While pupils are working there, they will find out what kinds of skills employers look for. The completion of the work experience ‘journal’ will be a useful record for their future.