Information, Advice and Guidance
Mr R D Jones - Head of IAG
Miss D Sutton - Careers Co-ordinator
Mrs R Parkinson - Head of PSHE
At St. Christopher's we aim to provide an impartial and individual programme of Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance to help pupils build on their strengths, identify areas for development, overcome barriers and develop aspirations.
An introduction to the concept of career pathways is begun in Year 7 and through Year 8, during PSHE lessons. In Year 9 preparatory work is begun with a view to helping parents and pupils with the critical choice of options for GCSE courses. An options evening is held for parents and pupils to discuss the available subjects and their suitability for each pupil. The options booklet provides details of all subjects and their relevance to particular careers.
At Key Stage 4 pupils complete a Progress File to support their development as independent learners, able to take effective control of their own careers and lifestyle choices. Each pupil's folder is a mixture of personal information, evidence of progress and achievements and documents to support future planning.
In Year 10, pupils are given the opportunity to undertake a two-week work experience placement with a commercial, industrial or professional establishment. In addition to the possibility of clarifying career aspirations, this experience generates an awareness of environments outside the familiarity of school, builds confidence and strengthens communication skills. Year 11 pupils are invited to attend a Mock Interview, intended to provide some valuable insight which will assist them as they attend interviews for work, training programmes or further education.
A careers section is available in the school library, along with access to computer programmes for all pupils to gain up-to-date information on careers. Year 9, 10 and 11 pupils are invited to meet and discuss post-16 opportunities with colleges, training providers, and local employers at our annual Futures Evening. The school's "Aspirations Programme" invites professional speakers from industry to talk to students and answer questions relating to specific career pathways.