Careers Education

In line with our whole school intent, we ensure that our students leave us with the knowledge, skills and experiences they need to successfully enter the world of work. We have a relentless focus on ambitious aspirations for all, ensuring our students are given opportunities and experiences that open their eyes to potential new pathways, partnered with the knowledge and skills required to flourish in this environment. Careers education, information and guidance (CEIAG) programmes make a significant contribution to meeting these aims.

The CEIAG programme at Trinity Academy Grammar runs through all year groups from year 7 to year 11, supporting students in making informed choices about their future. Enhanced CEIAG takes place at key transition points in years 9 and 11. We support students in year 9 as their make their option choices for KS4. In year 11 we ensure students have an appropriate destination in place for their post-16 education.

We aim to raise aspirations, challenge stereotypes and encourage students to consider a wide range of careers. Through careers education and guidance, students will be encouraged to make the most of their talents and to go on to jobs or courses which suit their needs and ability. Our careers programme works hand in hand with our wellbeing curriculum, known as Weekly Wellbeing.

Our intention is that, through our careers education programme, our students develop:

  • A broad understanding of the world of work and an ability to respond to changing opportunities.
  • Independent research skills so that they can make good use of information and guidance.
  • The skills they need to review achievements, plan future actions, make decisions, present themselves well and cope with change and transition.

We work towards an overall target for each year group, and our careers programme is designed to work towards that aim. These are outlined below, along with examples of the implementation for each year group:

Year 7 – Discovering the vast and varied world of work

  • Visit to a university campus as part of our transition process.
  • Weekly Wellbeing lessons dedicated to the importance of education and ambitious aspirations.
  • An assembly led by a local MP or councillor.

Year 8 – Developing ambitious aspirations

  • Weekly Wellbeing lesson on equal opportunities and the labour market.
  • An assembly on the labour market index.
  • An assembly from an external business leader.

Year 9 – Making the right choices to support my future

  • Weekly Wellbeing sessions on CV writing.
  • Participate in job explorer database survey at the beginning of the options process.
  • All parents invited to a one-to-one interview with a member of the senior leadership team to discuss their options.

Year 10 – Becoming responsible young adults prepared for the world of work

  • Experience of the world of work for all students, linked to their options subjects.
  • Weekly Wellbeing assembly led by a leader from the finance industry.
  • One-to-one careers appointments for students with SEND, along with students who would benefit from an early referral appointment.

Year 11 – All students go on to successful placements at appropriate destinations

  • All students have at least one one-to-one careers appointment with our independent, level-6 trained careers advisers.
  • A visit to a university for all students.
  • Weekly Wellbeing session linked to CV writing, post-16 options and the application process.

This is just a flavour of our careers support, which is embedded in our curriculum. There are termly careers weeks that clearly link the work students complete in the classroom with a range of careers. Students are advised on how they would access careers they are interested in.

We work with a range of partners to deliver our careers programme, including C&K careers, The Careers and Enterprise Company, and a variety of local employers. C&K careers offer students impartial careers advice, for more information on the service they offer and how to get in touch with an adviser please read the following introductory document or visit https://ckcareersonline.org.uk/.

Click here for more information on the C&K careers advisers

If you have any questions regarding our careers strategy then please contact our Assistant Principal with responsibility for careers, Ms Stothers, on rstothers@grammar.trinitymat.org