Falinge Park High School
Opening Doors; Unlocking Potential
Years 7 & 8
The PSHE course contains statutory elements that become important later, in relation to employment. These elements include relationships, skills, strengths and weaknesses and so forth. The PSHE lessons are under the direction of the PSHE co-ordinator and include job research using the ‘Fast Tomato’ programme and decision making skills. The school Careers Adviser and the Positive Steps Careers Adviser are both present at the Year 8 “Options Evening” and Year 8 Parents’ Evening to meet any parents who might wish to receive help, guidance and advice for their child. Local further education institutions are also invited to send representatives. Gifted and Talented students are identified and are given an introduction to further and higher education available at post 16 through the Gateways Programme in co-ordination with Manchester University.
1. PSHE lessons are delivered and ensure the statutory requirements for Careers Education are fulfilled, this includes Personal Qualities and Skills for work, under the direction of the PSHE co-ordinator.
2. Parents’ Evening. The school Careers Adviser and Positive Steps Careers Adviser is present at the Year 9 parents’ evening to meet any parents who might wish to receive help, guidance and advice for their child. Local further education institutions are also invited to send representatives.
3. Gifted and Talented students continue to be identified and progress through the Gateways Programme in co-ordination with Manchester University.
4. Business Enterprise Day. The whole of year 9 participate in this day to explore the world of work, including Teamwork, Leadership skills, Finance and Business awareness, Creativity, Confidence, Employer expectations, Goal setting, Planning, Communication skills, Presentation skills, Time management, Negotiating skills, Listening skills and Decision making.
5. PSHE Careers Module. All Year 10 students will study the PSHE Careers module as part of the PSHE carousel. This module covers various topics designed to assist the student’s progression to further education, employment or training. This also includes introduction to the software packages Kudos and Careerscape.
6. Practice Interviews. All Year 10 students have the chance to attend a “Practice Interview” with a member of the local business community or a further education representative. Before the interview, students complete a “Practice Job Application Form” and afterwards they are given written feedback by the interviewer covering both their interview and their application form. Their PSHE tutor uses this feedback during the lesson to highlight good interview techniques. The SENCO arranges to assist those of her students who are given additional support and she also assists in the feedback to them.
7. Gifted and Talented students continue to be identified and progress through the Gateways Programme in coordination with Manchester University.
8. Parents’ Evening. At the Year 10 parents’ evening, the school Careers Adviser and Positive Steps Careers Adviser are in attendance. Local further education institutions are invited to send representatives.
9. Priority Careers Interviews. During the summer term, the Positive Steps Careers Adviser consults with the SENCO and Head of Year 10 to compile a list of those Year 10 students who, through special educational needs, ability, attitude, behaviour or attendance, are deemed to be at greatest risk of falling out of the education and training system. These student so identified are given their first priority careers interviews during the second part of the summer term.
10. Skills Event. All year 10 will attend the Skills North West Event in Manchester, where students are given the opportunity to meet employers, colleges, training providers and advisers in a highly interactive and inspirational environment.
1. PSHE Careers Module. All Year 11 students will study the PSHE Careers module as part of the PSHE carousel. This module covers various topics designed to assist the student’s progression to further education, employment or training.
2. Careers Interviews. We aim to give every student at least one 40 minute interview with the school Careers Adviser or the Positive Steps Careers Adviser during the course of Year 11. The programme of interviews is begun towards the end of Year 10 when a number of students deemed to be “at risk” of under achieving and falling out of the qualifications and education systems are identified and granted early interviews. Students and their teachers can request an interview at any time during the year. During the interview, an action plan is produced for the student and the student may be called to a follow meeting if the adviser thinks this is necessary, or the students requires further help or advice.
3. Visitors from Local Colleges. During the autumn term, representatives from the local further education colleges and training providers are invited into school during ‘Careers Week’ to speak to the students during the assemblies. Details of all college open days are supplied to the students and they are encouraged to attend.
4. Careers Fair. A wide range of providers of post 16 opportunity providers are invited to be represented at the school Careers Fair, which all year 11 are given the opportunity to attend.
5. College and Apprenticeship Applications. From September prospectuses and application forms for the most popular local colleges are made available to the students through the school Careers Adviser’s office. After school ‘Applications Club’ is available weekly for students to attend if they need help or advice with their applications. The special needs department also helps their students in the completion of the forms during support sessions. Later in the term, students wishing to apply for apprenticeships or training have group sessions with the school Careers Adviser to make their applications. After school ‘Applications Club’ runs from February to help students with their apprenticeship applications. The careers action plans are checked to ensure that no student has missed submitting an application in line with their stated intentions.
6. Gifted and talented students continue to be identified and progress through the Gateways Programme in coordination with Manchester University.
7. Parents Evening. The school Careers Adviser is present at the Year 11 parents evening to give help and advice to students and parents. The local colleges, including Hopwood Hall College and Oldham Sixth Form College are invited to send representatives.
8. Mock results day. All Year 11 students attend a mock results day in January. Students are given advice and guidance with regards to their Mock exam results and which courses they can access.
In addition to providing an in house careers advisory and support service, our Positive Steps Advisor also extends their service to post Falinge Park High School students by:
1. Providing extended support to students during the transition from Year 11 into training, employment or further education in an effort to reduce the number of students falling into the NEET category.
2. Providing a job vacancy matching service.
3. Take intensive support clients to Entry to Employment to commence immediately after Year 11 and bridge the gap to further education.
4. Follow up on all Year 11 and 12 college leavers and collate information on destinations of those students. Carry out home visits to former students not engaged in employment, education or training.