The Knights Templar School

The Knights Templar School

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Careers at The Knights Templar School

Our Vision

Studying Careers at The Knights Templar School aims to provide students with the knowledge, information and skills they require to make informed choices about suitable courses at School, College and University and about the opportunities available with regard to jobs in the future.

The Careers Education Team aims to enable students to receive accurate and impartial information, advice and guidance about all the options which are open to them and the routes to which those options lead.

To achieve these aims students undertake a variety of Careers and Work Related Learning activities throughout every year of their education at The Knights Templar School. Please see the table below for a brief summary of some of the activities your son or daughter will undertake while they progress through the school.

Year 7

Statutory Careers Education starts at Year 8 however at The Knights Templar School:

Year sevens learn about aspects of careers in AABLe. Modules include:

·         teamwork, leadership, communication & problem solving

·         all year seven forms undertake a charity project in conjunction with 6th Form Students

·         (STEM) Faraday Challenge Day for selected students

Year 8

Year eights learn about aspects of careers in PSHCE. Modules include:

· self-awareness & communication and the world of work & money

· Work Shadowing Day & Review afternoon

·Vocational Morning (including 26 adults from a variety of backgrounds)

In addition to specific Careers related learning Year 8 -13 have access to the following:

 

 

 

 

 

The Knights Templar School

Careers Fair

 

Guidance from form tutors & Heads of Year

 

Access to a Connexions Personal Advisor

 

Up to date Careers Information through the use of IT (Launchpad, Kudos & Careerscape; Fast Tomato and Spartan,)

 

A comprehensive careers library (housed in the main school library

Year 9

Year nines learn about aspects of careers in PSHCE.

Modules include:

·Using Kudos software to complete psychometric tests, researching jobs & interview skills

·Year nines receive bespoke options advice and interviews to enable them to make relevant GCSE choices

·(STEM) Engineering Day

Year 10

Year tens receive formal Careers Education.

Modules include:

· CVs & Interview Skills

· 1 Week Work Experience placement

Year 11

Year elevens receive formal Careers Education.

Modules include:

·Post 16 preparation: applications & interview skills

·Year Elevens receive bespoke options advice and interviews to enable them to make relevant Post 16 choices

Sixth Form

Sixth formers receive formal Careers Education throughout Year 12 and 13.

Modules include:

·Options at 18 – Looking at available opportunities

·University Visits & HE Conferences

·Oxbridge Programme

·Is an Apprenticeship for me?

·UCAS Application Process

·Engaging Minds Visiting Speakers Programme

·Personal Statement Writing

·Enterprise Day

·Young Enterprise Programme

·Student Finance Information Evening

·Mock Interview Day

·Assembly focuses

 

The Careers Team at The Knights Templar School

Ms N. McGuigan – Head of Business Studies:  Ms McGuigan has overall responsibility for ensuring that high quality, impartial careers guidance is used by students to make informed choices at The Knights Templar School. She works with the staff team to ensure that the many opportunities for students to benefit from careers guidance, further study and general life skills are co-ordinated effectively and with the needs of students in mind.

Mrs G.Hopkins – Head of Sixth Form: Mrs Hopkins has been involved in careers teaching and providing students with impartial advice and guidance for over 20 years. She is responsible for careers delivery in the 6th form.

Mr D. Raymen – Assistant Head of Sixth Form: Mr Raymen assists Mrs Hopkins in the delivery of a strong careers package at Sixth Form level.  He has responsibility for Yr 12 Enterprise Day and the corresponding BASE Awards Competition trip. He also co-ordinates HE Conference trips to a range of tertiary institutions and delivers advisory talks to parents and students regarding student finance. Mr Raymen works closely with Connexions to provide support for those students considering apprenticeships and other training programmes after they have completed their A Level exams.

Miss M. Staines  – Head of PSCHE for Years 7 – 9: Miss Staines is directly involved the delivery of careers education to KS3 which is done through our PSHCE programme. 

Mr M. Breadmore & Mrs A Gunnell – Work Experience Co-ordinators:  Mr Breadmore and Mrs Gunnell are passionate about ensuring that all students undertake work experience that suits their needs. Our school values the place that Work Experience plays in providing our students with a range of skills and experiences which will help them to become more successful learners and more confident individuals.

Mr Chris Aylward - Connexions Advisor:  Mr Aylward has a long standing relationship with the school.  He provides students from Year 9 - 13 with one to one guidance and support about future career choices. He also works with small groups of students and is available for drop in sessions where students can ask a question about future choices.

 

Websites Our Young People May Find Useful

Website  Useful for 
 www.connexions-hertfordshire.co.uk  Local information about jobs and training
 http://www.channelmogo.org/  Lots of Hertfordshire information in 1 place
 https://successatschool.org/ 

Has an excellent pages including:

  • Work Experience
  • Why Study (Insert Subject Here) at School?
  • Employability Skills
  • Vocational Qualifications Explained
  • What Are Facilitating Subjects?
  • Career Zones (very easy to navigate)
 www.gov.uk/browse/education  Lots of government information relating to 14-19 opportunities and education 
 www.ucas.com  Main site for university & college applications 
 www.opendays/com  University & college open day directory 
 www.propsects.ac.uk  Official graduate careers website for UK 
 www.notgoingtouni.co.uk  Useful for Post 18 options