Careers education helps young people develop the knowledge and skills needed to make successful choices, manage transitions in learning and move into work. Careers guidance enables young people to use the knowledge and skills developed to make decisions about learning and work that are right for them. (Careers Education and Guidance in England, DfES 2003).
Careers Education and Guidance is delivered by a specialist team within the ethos and mission statement of Notre Dame School, mainly through the PSHE programme. Its three strands enable students to :
These three strands are developed from Year 7 through to Year 13.
In Year 9 students apply knowledge and skills gained in choosing appropriate KS4 courses. In Year 10 all students experience a one-week work placement, giving them a valuable insight into the wider world of work.
In Year 11 students prepare job applications and curriculum vitae, which forms the basis for a mock interview with a local employer. A careers guidance interview with a Connexions adviser is available for Year 11 and Sixth Form students requiring one. Work experience is an integral part of Sixth Form, NVQ and AVCE courses.
Appropriate ICT software (e.g. Kudos, Higher Ideas) is used at each key stage as part of the investigative and decision making process.