The Careers Department at the Senior School supports pupils with careers information, advice and guidance, to assist pupils with knowledge of their subject interest, strengths and abilities and their preparation for the next step after Sixth Form.
The vast majority of pupils go on to university. However, pupils are now considering other options; Degree apprenticeships were introduced by the Government in 2015 and offer pupils an alternative route to achieve a full bachelor’s or master’s degree as part of their apprenticeship. Gresham’s Careers assists individual pupils in exploring the options of apprenticeships, and employment, linking with employers and OG Foundation employers who offer apprenticeship opportunities.
Gresham’s Careers works closely with the Gresham’s STEAM coordinator to showcase and illustrate the future job roles, skills and qualifications within Science, Technology, Engineeering, the Arts, Maths with talks, interactive workshops with employers, careers events for all year groups.
Fully qualified careers guidance is available for both pupils and their parents to help with Sixth Form subject choices and give information, advice and guidance on post-18 choices.
- Careers Education is delivered as part of the PSHE curriculum to help pupils develop knowledge of future employment, the variety of job roles and the subjects, qualifications and skills that are needed. Careers Education and Guidance raises aspirations, increases motivation and raises achievement.
- A comprehensive and varied selection of visiting professionals from the local community and OG Foundation give informed talks on their job role, their education and professional pathway and future opportunities to widen pupils’ knowledge of job roles and employment and to give aspiration, inspiration and knowledge of work experience opportunities, contacts and future employment.
- Career events are organised for all year groups to have an opportunity to meet Higher Education establishments from the UK; Europe and Overseas. Employment events and speakers for all year groups are provided to give information on growth employment sectors and the opportunity for pupils to meet employers, find out what they do and to link their subject and extra-curricular learning to the future workplace. Work Experience is encouraged in Lower Sixth for pupils to find out about job roles, take responsibility and experience the working world.
- Providing an up-to-date Careers Library with resources to carry out individual career research, and access to online subscriptions of careers programmes enabling further support and guidance with effective decision-making e.g. Morrisby online, UniFrog.
Gresham’s pupils receive provision of career-related learning from Year 7 through to Year 13 in order to inform and educate them every step of the way, through their senior years at the school. This provision is grouped under the headings: Careers Education; Individual Guidance; Tutoring and Mentoring; Work-related learning and Careers Information.
Years 7 and 8
Pupils are supported via the academic tutor system in reviewing their future aspirations and their transition to the Senior School. A variety of enterprise activities are held each year for pupils to identify and develop their teamwork and leadership skills. Careers Education is delivered through the PSHE curriculum each term.
Years 9, 10 and 11
Throughout Years 9, 10 and 11, pupils receive Careers Education sessions through the PSHE Carousel curriculum, where they focus on self-awareness, identification of individual skills and the exploration of future pathways, incorporating the UniFrog online careers platform. Pupils partake in Annual Aspiration Reviews, identifying progress, and discussion takes place regarding potential plans for their future. Various enterprise and careers-related activities are provided for these year groups within school e.g. Career Bite Talks, Armed Forces Information Session and Employer Speed Networking Event.
Pupils entering the Sixth Form receive consistent and experienced support and guidance on the UCAS process with the Deputy Head (Academic), UCAS coordinator and Careers Coordinator.
Pupils partake in Annual Aspiration Reviews, identifying progress, and discussion takes place regarding potential plans for their future with their Tutors and Houses Masters/Mistresses.
The UCAS and Careers coordinator work collaboratively, visiting all Houses to offer support in post sixth form destinations and in organising workshop sessions for UCAS registration and with speakers talks/workshops to help pupils who are looking at alternative pathways to university.
There is access to one-to-one advice and career guidance, as well as access to the careers online platform UniFrog and to Morrisby online psychometric tests to help pupils with finding out more about themselves.
Through the academic year pupils are invited to attend a variety of careers events to support and help pupils with next step decisions including –
In the Michaelmas Term – the UCAS and Careers coordinator organise a variety of talks to help pupils with different option paths and to assist with the UCAS registration and application process.
In the Lent Term – the Career Bites Talks are organised for pupils to hear from a diverse range of speakers representing a wide range of careers sectors; STEAM events with talks and a careers fair showcasing the variety of roles within Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, Maths; they attend the Higher Education Fair with all universities in attendance.
The Gresham’s Careers Business Breakfasts are targeted to Lower and Upper Sixth Form pupils to provide an opportunity for the pupils to practise and develop their presentation and networking skills with business employers.
In the Summer Term, the Lower Sixth pupils, and their parents, attend the Lower Sixth Futures Conference which is based at the School, where seminars are provided to offer information about going to university and future pathways.
Throughout the academic year all Sixth Form pupils have an open opportunity, and are encouraged, to receive guidance from the Gresham’s Careers coordinator.