St Thomas More gives students the opportunity for a week’s work experience in Years 10 and 12. There many local employers from private and public sectors of industry, commerce and education willing to offer students placements.

Our Work Experience dates for the academic year 2018 to 2019 are:

Year 10

25th March 2019 – 29th March 2019

Work experience letter – September 2018 (Link 8)

Student contact and consent form (Link 9)

Year 12

1st July 2019 – 5th July 2019

Work experience letter – September 2018 (Link 10)

Student contact and consent form (Link 11)

St Thomas More works alongside SIPS Education to offer a safe, worthwhile, suitable business placement. Access to the database to search for possible placements can be found here https://sipseducation.work-experience.co.uk/. Pupils will be given the password to access the database early September 2018. Pupils who have trouble using the site or can’t remember the password should see Mrs Prior in the Careers Office (F41).

To further support students in finding suitable placements there will be a fortnightly Work Experience drop in sessions for students to gain support and guidance.

 

As a school we want to work alongside parents to offer students a strong Careers Education Information and Guidance (CEIAG) programme. To help you support your child we will offer the following provisions:

  • Our Careers programme is available to view on the school website (broken down into Key Stage and Year group).
  • We will provide access to the most up to date Labour Market Information (LMI) on our website and at parent’s evenings where possible.
  • The External Careers Advisors Mrs J Rasmin will be present at Year 8 options evenings and Years 11 and 13 Parents evenings.
  • The Careers and Work Experience Coordinator Mrs N Prior, will be present at Year 10 and Year 12 parent’s evenings.
  • Any parent can access careers and work experience support information and guidance by calling the schools number and asking to speak to the relevant member of the team.
  • Parents will be given the option to complete an evaluation and feedback on the schools careers programme.

As a parent you can support your child with their careers education by staying informed. The world of education is continually changing, as is the world of work. Many of the jobs we know so well, have or will soon become obsolete. This is opening up the labour market to a new field of occupations we are yet to see. Being aware of the Labour Market Information (LMI) (Link 3) could help you to support your child when considering their future options. The guide highlights the jobs which are important in the area we live, and the skills employers in the West Midlands are looking for.

How parents can support - Year 11

As your child approaches Year 11 they have some fundamental life changing decisions to make. These are decisions which can go on to shape their future. Below are some tips on how you can support your child in making the best choice for them.

  • Encourage your son or daughter to consider all options.
  • Look through the sixth form and college prospectuses with your son or daughter to see what options are available.
  • Research Apprenticeship opportunities in the local area.
  • Research the entry requirements for the courses they are interested in, encouraging them to be realistic about their next steps.
  • Encourage your son or daughter to think about their next steps, long term future and how they will use the subjects / qualifications they have chosen.
  • Discuss your son’s or daughter’s career ideas with their teachers or careers team.
  • Discuss their subjects choices with their teachers to find out how they are progressing and if taking the subject further would be a good idea.
  • Attend sixth form and college open days and evenings with your son or daughter.
  • Encourage them to take part in extracurricular activities, e.g. the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, participate in work experience and/or become a volunteer.
  • For further information about how to support your child in their career options see www.careersadviceforparents.org

 

Coming Soon…

In May 2018 each department in school completed a careers audit to evaluate their contribution towards CEIAG. In the new academic year departments will be selecting their very own Careers Champions to drive forward CEIAG within individual curriculum areas.

Science revision resources are now in the pupil common in science student resources in a folder named ‘YEAR 11 REVISION MATERIALS’. Please use these for the upcoming paper 1 mocks.

At St Thomas More Catholic School we aim to raise the aspirations of our young people. We want to promote better access to all career pathways and enable our students to develop the skills outlook needed to achieve career wellbeing.

St Thomas More has a planned programme of Careers Education that is overseen by Deputy Head Teacher and Careers Lead Mr S Burns. He is supported by the Careers and Work Experience Coordinator Mrs N Prior, and external Careers Advisor Mrs J Rasmin. The Careers Administrator is Mrs R Mehmi.

Our programme of Careers Education underpins the Department for Education Guidance. It will provide students with opportunities to develop and apply the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to make realistic career decisions.

For any further information about the Careers Curriculum, please contact Mr S Burns or Mrs N Prior.

Attached are the DFE Guidelines

Click here to view our Careers Education and Guidance Policy

Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)

School Mission Statement: “To guide and encourage students to be responsible, caring and confident in a climate of Gospel values where they can realise their full potential and celebrate each other’s success”.

We recognise we have a Christian duty to encourage and support students to develop the necessary skills and knowledge required to meet their future aspirations. To support this ethos St Thomas More Catholic School ensures pupils have access to the following CEIAG:

  • At least 1 opportunity for individual personal guidance with an impartial careers advisor before the end of Year 11
  • A 'drop-in' careers office that is staffed and able to offer comprehensive and up-to-date information on opportunities in Education, Training and Employment.
  • Access to local Labour Market Information (LMI) via the school website (LINK to the latest LMI)
  • Access to occupational information including work experience, apprenticeships and further education training providers
  • Access to UCAS (information on universities in the UK).
  • A Careers Education Programme built into the school’s Curriculum.
  • A Work Placement for the duration of 1 week in Year 10
  • A Work Placement for the duration of 1 week in Year 12

Careers Curriculum

Careers in Key Stage 3

Careers in Key Stage 4

Careers in Key Stage 5

Careers activities schedule 2018-2019

Careers Resources

School leavers Guide 2018

National Careers Service “guide to the labour market in the West Midlands” (LMI)

Useful websites for schools and colleges (part one) (part two)

Linking curriculum learning to careers

Careers information for parents

Careers information for Employers, HE and Further Education Providers

Work Experience

Careers Activities, Events and Visits