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Careers Education

Careers Education is much more than being just about jobs- it’s about preparing for life after school. As a parent, and governor, its wonderful to see the excellent provision at Gordon's is agile, comprehensive and embedded right from year 7.

 

DAN HORTON, CAREERS GOVERNOR, SURREY UNIVERSITY

Careers lead

Careers Lead - Mrs Sandra Radford.

For queries, please contact Mrs Augusta Kennedy; Careers Administrator: careers@gordons.school

Careers Governor - Mr D Horton

Careers Education, information, advice and guidance overview for governors, parents, teachers and students

years 7-9
 

Careers education for Years 7-9 is mainly delivered through the PSHE curriculum. 

In Year 7 students will be introduced to the world of employment through topics such as assessing their personal strengths, careers, raising aspirations, leadership, and understanding behaviour at work.

In Year 8 there is an exciting competition about working in the NHS with a focus on equality of opportunity - the theme is careers in the NHS and life choices. Students are exposed to job descriptions, adverts and create their own application for the job for which they feel they are best suited. There is an analysis of the skills needed for the job. Students also learn strengths and behaviours required in the workplace.

In Year 9 students will understand career sectors and be exposed to labour market information. They will explore career pathways and important themes such as equality at work.

All students receive access to our extensive Careers-Industry Talks Programme, and career assemblies. Careers information is embedded in all subjects' schemes of work. All students attend the Careers Fair with external companies available for meaningful interaction. Labour market information is shared regularly.

years 10-11
 

Careers education in Year 10 is mainly through PSHE with specific employability modules. In Year 10 they will learn how to write a CV, how to apply for a job with confidence and will also have an opportunity to learn interview skills.

In Year 11 the careers modules continue to be embedded in PSHE and in this year the focus is on self- efficacy, future opportunities, personal leadership and readiness for work.

In addition, all Year 10 and 11 students receive a one-to-one careers guidance interview with our external careers consultant and all students attend the Careers Fair with external companies available for meaningful interaction. All students in Year 10 and Year 11 have access to our extensive Careers-Industry Talks Programme, and career assemblies. Careers information is embedded in all subjects' schemes of work and labour market information is shared regularly.

 

years 12-13
 

In Year 12 and Year 13 careers guidance has a focus on Post 18 progression. Students attend the UCAS fair in addition to the Gordon's School Careers Fair. There are speakers educating students on apprenticeships, university pathways and employment. All students in Year 12 and Year 13 have access to our extensive Careers-Industry Talks Programme, and career assemblies. Careers information is embedded in all subjects' schemes of work and labour market information is shared regularly.

 

Careers Calendar 2021-22
MONTH

Year 7

YEAR 8 YEAR 9 YEAR 10 Year 11 Year 12 Year 13
September Careers bulletin - Law (2) Careers bulletin - Law (2)

 

Careers bulletin - Law (2)

 

 

 

Careers bulletin - Law (2)

 

 

 

 

1-1 Career Interviews (3,8)

 

Careers bulletin - Law (2)

 

Careers bulletin - Law (2)

Art talk from Architect student (3,5)

 

Careers bulletin - Law (2)

 

 

October

Careers assembly (7) 

 

Career Insight Talks (3,5)

 

Character and Employability (2,4)

PSHE

 

 

 

Labour Market Information bulletin (2)

 

Careers bulletin - jobs in the army (2)

 

Careers assembly

(7) 

Career Insight Talks (3,5)

 

 

 

Labour Market Information bulletin (2)

 

Careers bulletin - jobs in the army (2)

Careers assembly

(7) 

Career Insight Talks (3,5)

 

 

 

Labour Market Information bulletin (2)

 

Careers bulletin - jobs in the army (2)

Careers assembly

(7) 

Career Insight Talks (3,5)

 

Apprenticeships Talk (2,7)

 

Career & WEX parent / student talk(2,3,7)

 

 

 

Careers bulletin - WEX with Virtual opportunities (2)

 

Labour Market Information bulletin (2)

 

Careers bulletin - jobs in the army (2)

Careers assembly

(7) 

Career Insight Talks (3,5)

 

Apprenticeships Talk (2,7)

 

Sixth Form Open Evening (7)

 

1-1 Career Interviews (3,8)

 

 

 

Labour Market Information bulletin (2)

 

Careers bulletin - jobs in the army (2)

Careers assembly (7) 

 

 

Career Insight Talks (3,5)

 

Art and Architecture -curriculum talk (4)

 

 

 

Careers bulletin - WEX with Virtual opportunities (2)

 

Labour Market Information bulletin (2)

 

Careers bulletin - jobs in the army (2)

Career Insight Talks (3,5)

 

 

 

Art and Architecture -curriculum talk (4)

 

 

 

Labour Market Information bulletin (2)

 

Careers bulletin - jobs in the army (2)

 

 

November

NHS Careers and Jobs Competitions (2,3,4,5,8)

PSHE

 

Labour Market Information bulletin (2)

 

Career Insight Talks Artificial Intelligence  (3,5)

 

Careers bulletin- Engineering (2)

Career Insight Talks Artificial Intelligence (3,5)

 

NHS Careers and Jobs Competitions (2,3,4,5,8)

PSHE

 

 

 

Labour Market Information bulletin (2)

 

Careers bulletin- Engineering (2)

Career Insight Talks Artificial Intelligence (3,5)

 

Labour Market Information bulletin (2)

 

Careers bulletin- Engineering (2)

 

 

Career Insight Talks Artificial Intelligence (3,5)

 

Labour Market Information bulletin (2)

 

Careers bulletin- Engineering (2)

 

Meducators (2,3,4,5,7)

 

 

Career Insight Talks  Artificial Intelligence (3,5)

 

Engineering talk by GE (2,4,5)

 

 

 

Labour Market Information bulletin (2)

 

Careers bulletin- Engineering (2)

 

Meducators (2,3,4,5,7)

 

 

 

Career Insight Talks Artificial Intelligence(3,5)

 

Medicine, Veterinary & Dentistry Evening (4,7)

 

 

Labour Market Information bulletin (2)

 

Careers bulletin- Engineering (2)

 

Meducators (2,3,4,5,7)

 

WEX tutor time and use of LMI (2,3,4)

Career Insight Talks Artificial Intelligence(3,5)

 

Labour Market Information bulletin (2)

 

Careers bulletin- Engineering (2)

 

Meducators (2,3,4,5,7)

December

NHS Careers and Jobs Competitions (2,3,4,5,8)

PSHE

 

Labour Market Information bulletin (2)

 

Careers bulletin (2) Construction

 

Career Insight Talks (3,5)

 

NHS Careers and Jobs Competitions (2,3,4,5,8)

PSHE

 

Labour Market Information bulletin (2)

 

Careers bulletin (2) Construction

Career Insight Talks (3,5)

 

Labour Market Information bulletin (2)

 

Careers bulletin (2) Construction

Career Insight Talks (3,5)

 

Labour Market Information bulletin (2)

 

Careers bulletin (2) Construction

 

 

Career Insight Talks (3,5)

 

Labour Market Information bulletin (2)

 

Careers bulletin (2) Construction

 

 

 

Career Insight Talks (3,5)

 

Labour Market Information bulletin (2)

 

Careers bulletin (2) Construction

 

 

 

Career Insight Talks (3,5)

 

Labour Market Information bulletin (2)

 

Careers bulletin (2) Construction

 

 

January  

Career Insight Talks (3,5)

 

 

 

 

Careers Assembly (7)

 

Careers bulletin (2) HSBC banking Apprenticeships and Careers

Career Insight Talks (3,5)

 

GCSE Open Evening (2,4)

 

Careers Assembly (7)

 

Careers bulletin (2) HSBC banking Apprenticeships and Careers

Career Insight Talks (3,5)

 

 

Careers Assembly(7)

 

1-1 Career Interviews (3,8)

 

Careers bulletin (2) HSBC banking Apprenticeships and Careers

Career Insight Talks (3,5)

 

Careers Assembly (7)

 

Careers bulletin (2) HSBC banking Apprenticeships and Careers

Career Insight Talks (3,5)

 

Careers bulletin (2) HSBC banking Apprenticeships and Careers

Career Insight Talks (3,5)

 

Careers bulletin (2) HSBC banking Apprenticeships and Careers

February

Career Insight Talks (3,5)

 

National Apprenticeship Week Assemblies

Career Insight Talks (3,5)

 

National Apprenticeship Week Assemblies

Career Insight Talks (3,5)

 

National Apprenticeship Week Assemblies

Career Insight Talks (3,5)

 

SATRO Careers Speed Networking (2,4,5)

 

National Apprenticeship Week Assemblies

 

1-1 Career Interviews (3,8)

Career Insight Talks (3,5)

 

National Apprenticeship Week Assemblies

Career Insight  Talks (3,5)

 

National Apprenticeship Week Assemblies

Career Insight Talks (3,5)

 

National Apprenticeship Week Assemblies

March School Careers Fair (5,7)

Career Insight  Talks (3,5)

 

School Careers Fair (5,7)

Career Insight Talks (3,5)

 

School Careers Fair (5,7)

Career Insight Talks (3,5)

 

School Careers Fair (5,7)

 

1-1 Career Interviews (3,8)

 

Career Insight Talks (3,5)

 

School Careers Fair (5,7)

 

 

Career Insight Talks (3,5)

 

School Careers Fair (5,7)

 

 

Career Insight Talks (3,5)

 

School Careers Fair (5,7)

 

April

 Anti -Slavery Collective Princess Eugenie

Insight  Talk (3,5)

 Anti -Slavery Collective Princess Eugenie

Insight  Talk (3,5)

 Anti -Slavery Collective Princess Eugenie

Insight  Talk (3,5)

 Anti -Slavery Collective Princess Eugenie

Insight  Talk (3,5)

 Anti -Slavery Collective Princess Eugenie

Insight  Talk (3,5)

 Anti -Slavery Collective Princess Eugenie

Insight  Talk (3,5)

 

 

Anti -Slavery Collective Princess Eugenie Insight  Talk (3,5)
May

LMI careers bulletin (2)

 

Winchester Planetarium  workplace visit (4,6)

 Careers in ICT (Fujitsu insight event) (2,4,5)

 

LMI careers bulletin (2)

 

Winchester Planetarium  workplace visit (4,6)

 

 

 Careers in ICT (Fujitsu insight event) (2,4,5)

 

LMI careers bulletin (2)

 

Winchester Planetarium  workplace visit (4,6)

 LMI careers bulletin (2)

 

Creative Arts Careers Day (3,4,5,7)

 LMI careers bulletin (2)

 

 

 1-1 Career Interviews (3,8)

 

LMI careers bulletin (2)

 

Creative Arts Careers Day (3,4,5,7)

 

Maths Oxford STEM mentoring programme (3,7)

 LMI careers bulletin (2)

June       Careers in Quantum technology STEMHub (3,4) 1-1 Career Interviews (3,8)

Progression Evening (3,7)

 

Progression Day (3,5,7)

 

Careers in Quantum technology (3,4) STEMHub

 

1-1 Career Interviews (3,8)

 
July       Work Experience (6)   Work Experience (6)  
August         Post Exam Result Support (8)   Post Exam Result Support (8)

Careers and Work Related Learning

Students at Gordon’s School can expect a wide variety of activities to enhance their Careers and Work Related Education. There are monthly careers talks and careers drop-in, appointments with our independent Careers Adviser, CV workshops, careers fairs and many other activities. Careers education starts in Year 7, and continues until students leave us in Year 13. 

To find out which career best suits your personality, free psychological and careers tests are available through 123test.com. Once you've found it, please click on one of the widgets below for Labour Market Information (LMI) on that career.

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Skills assessment, careers exploration and finding a course is all available through the Government's National Careers Service. Click on the image below to access:

Students, parents, teachers and employers may also access further information and arrange appointments by contacting the Careers Lead directly.  

USEFUL PARENT GUIDES

 

 

 

 

 

 

LABOUR MARKET INFORMATION for governors, teachers, parents and students

CAREERS EDUCATION, INFORMATION, ADVICE AND GUIDANCE POLICIES 
 

Careers bulletins

 



MEASURING AND ACCESSING THE CAREERS PROGRAMME 

Gordon's measures and accesses its careers programme against the Gatsby Benchmarks. The impact is measured through student and parent feedback. The programme is conducted in relation to the school's equal opportunities policy, work experience policy, external visits policy and other relevant policies. 

National Apprenticeship Week (7th February to 13th February 2022) was marked with a series of Assemblies for all year groups. Please click here for a mail out giving a host of information about apprenticeships, together with links to the assemblies.

insight into careers for governors, parents, teachers and students

 

Summer 2022

Our Virtual Insight into Careers Talks covered a range of interesting careers from a host of fascinating people and can be listened to as a Zoom Webinar or as a pre-recording. Upcoming live webinars can be booked through the Box Office. Recordings of webinars will also be available on this page after the event. 

Please click on the pictures below for ringside seats at your leisure!

 

 


 

Apprenticeship Week - Gordonian Tori Andrews talks about her journey after leaving Gordon's aged 16 to join one of the largest accountancy firms in the world as an apprentice. Click on the image below to see her presentation. 

The founder of multiple beauty and entertainment agencies, Camilla Collins' true passion is making people look and feel their very best. Now she coaches to individuals and corporations on self-image, self-confidence, and lifestyle. Click on her image below to see her presentation.

Barrister Nutan Fatania specialises in crime and speaks to former Head Boy Oliver Henderson about how she entered the profession and her top tips for those considering law as a career choice.

Autumn Term 2020 - Virtual Insight into Careers Talks

Back to the Future - Further Education and Early Years Career Skills Coach Sarah Dean will help you decide on the best way forward for you after Gordon's, whether it is going to university, starting working or studying for an apprenticeship. Please click on the picture below to hear her talk.

VIRTUAL INSIGHT INTO CAREERS ARCHIVE
 

Please click on the images below to see their recorded talks.

A Day in the Life of a Premiership Rugby Player

Breakfast with George Nash - Engineering

A Career in the Army

Musician Frank Turner - Black Sheep: Following a Career Path that Everyone Warned you Against

Entrepreneur and Marketing Jarmila Yu - Making Your Linkedin Profile Work for You

Kathryn Watson - Nutritional Therapist

 

Community/Employer gateway - Can you help? 

Can you help to maximise our students’ contribution to the wellbeing of our community by providing them with work experience and/or becoming involved with careers guidance?

We are looking for employers and businesses in every sector, that can engage with our students and impart their skills and knowledge as well as opening their eyes to career opportunities.

There are a number of ways in which you can help our students – many of them taking just one hour of your time periodically (please see below).

Action                 Timing                 
Site Visit – let our students visit your organisation and see how it works 2-4 hours
Interview Techniques – How can our students ‘sell themselves’ at interview to a potential employer? 1-4 hours

Work Experience – Introduce students in Year 12 (16/17 years old) to working life within your organisation.

1 week (five days)
Careers Fair – Open to all students at Gordon’s and other partnership schools, the annual Careers Fair showcases a multitude of different businesses and professions, HE and apprenticeship providers under one roof One evening

Lectures/Insight Talks – Become a speaker at one of our bi-weekly lectures or

termly Insight Talks which provide a spotlight on various careers

1 Hour
Sponsorship – Opportunities to sponsor various events or by taking out advertising in school publications. Contact development@gordons.school for more information N/A

Employability skills – What makes a person employable? Help our students to

become the workforce of the future through developing their attributes to potential employers

1 Hour
Offer Volunteering Work – All Gordon’s students are expected to complete volunteering hours as part of their DofE and the school’s Character Education. Is your business able to offer this? N/A

Provide Apprenticeships – Could you provide an apprenticeship scheme to those

students wishing to venture into the working world through this route?

Ongoing
Come to our Business Breakfasts (click here for more information and to book). 2 hours (Monthly)

If you would like to be involved with the careers programme at Gordon’s or know someone at your workplace who could be of any assistance please complete the form below.

Careers Lead: Ms Sandra Radford - sradford@gordons.school
Link Governor for Careers: Mr Daniel Horton       

quality in careers standard Award

The Quality in Careers Standard Award is designed as a development and external assessment framework for accrediting the highest quality CEIAG provision by education providers. Investor in Careers supports educational providers to meet the National Quality in Careers Standard through our unique 3 stage approach which focuses on Commitment, Organisation, Delivery and Evaluation. Our approach to meeting the national Standards supports schools to deliver effective CEIAG, meet statutory and Ofsted inspection requirements and improve their student’s life chances.

For more information about this award, please click here.

Student Entitlement Statement

At Gordon’s you can expect to have:

  • Access to information and time to research careers during school
  • Talks from people who are in the profession you want to go into
  • Useful work experience (including experience in the industry you would want to be in)
  • Tests to see what job would suit you best
  • No pressure to decide what you want to do
  • Information on the job you want to do – hours, salaries, qualifications and skills

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