The year 9 programme is important as this is the time that year 9 choose their options. As part of the careers process, students and parents have access to the careers team should they wish to talk about their next steps. Students are also introduced to various careers software (such as SACU) and websites, as well as Labour Market information (LMI).
As part of ensuring the careers tutor programme prepares the students for the option process, the PSHE careers programme looks at the careers and skills relevance of curriculum subjects, the range of option pathways post 16 and post 18 so decisions made now favourable affect future decisions and managing aspirations.
In year 9 there are a range of careers trips that allow for students to maintain those higher aspirations, including the new ‘launchpad’ scheme (new for 2022) that will see every year 9 student have a site visit to a business in an industry area in which they are interested (where possible) and learn about that workplace from an employer. There is also a residential trip to a university and leadership course for targeted students.
In year 9, students can sign up for the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award scheme and can opt to visit the Big Bang Show or National Skills Fair, both at the NEC.
Where applicable, through a referral system, access to 1to1 careers guidance is also possible. Oxbridge potential students will start their mentoring programme of workshops.