Entitlement and Learning Outcomes
Students are entitled to careers education and guidance that meets professional standards of practice and is person centred, impartial and confidential. It will be integrated into students’ experience of the whole curriculum and be based on a partnership with students and their parents or carers. The programme promotes equality of opportunity.
By the end of key stage 3
•Should have acquired the knowledge, understanding and skills to undertake a realistic self-assessment of their achievements, qualities, and abilities and should be able to identify areas for development, set short and medium term goals, build self-confidence and develop a positive self-image.
•Should also to be able to make realistic and informed choices of the options available to them post 14 and to consider alternatives and make changes if necessary.
•Should be able to identify stereotyping and equality of opportunity and how their views on these issues may affect their decision making.
•Should realise that the world of work is changing and therefore the skills to promote employability should be addressed.
•Should be aware that work is more than paid employment, and the value that individuals and society attach to different kinds of work can vary considerably.
•Should be able to research and evaluate careers information relevant to them and to use the appropriate vocabulary.
•Should know how to identify and access the people that can assist in their decision making, including parents or carers, teachers, other staff in School and Connexions Personal Advisers.
By the end of Key Stage 4 all students in addition to the skills learnt at Key Stage 3, should also be able to
•Through self-exploration, explain why it is important to develop personal values to combat stereotyping and tackle discrimination in learning and work. In addition to be able to distinguish between objectivity and bias.
•Explain the term career and its relevance to its lives.
•Compare and explain the options available to them post 16 and taking factors such as finance and others into account select suitable options
•Describe employment trends and understand what employers look for in relation to behaviour at work, rights and responsibilities and know where to get help.
•Understand the need to use work–related learning and work experience to improve their chance of success.
•Understand and follow application procedures, targeted CV’s, personal statements and application letters.
•Understand and prepare for interviews.
By end of Key Stage 5
•Assess their career exploration and management skills and identify areas for development to confirm medium and longer term goals
•Make good use of opportunities to extend their knowledge and understanding of destinations relevant to personal career plans
•Consider the possible implications of change and financial options relating to their career goals.
•Evaluate the impact of external influences and promote equal opportunities in relation to their career plans
•Present themselves well at selection interviews and demonstrate enterprise, negotiation, networking and self-marketing skills to an appropriate level.