Richmond School is committed to providing a high-quality, planned programme of careers education and guidance for all students. Our aims support those of the Department for Education and help students with decision making. Key themes running through the programme are:
- Self-awareness - helping young people assess their own interests, skills, strengths and weaknesses, recording their experiences and developing their capabilities
- Careers research - using resources, understanding how curriculum subjects support careers, and learning about the labour market.
- Career decisions - helping young people make decisions regarding programmes of study for GCSE and Post-16 options.
We are one of the first schools to be awarded the prestigious Quality in Careers standard which recognises our commitment to careers for all students in school and the sixth form. Our careers plan can be viewed here
Years 7, 8 and 9
Students have careers education which helps to provide them with access to information and advice from an early age. Students discuss the world of work, the types of careers available and how careers link to education. This enables them to be able to make better-informed decisions and it also helps to raise aspirations and improve motivation for learning.
Students spend time carrying out careers research which includes use of online careers software, for example “MyFirstCareers” careers matching software which assesses interests, attitudes and motivations.
Students in Years 7, 8 or 9 who wish to have a careers interview, should let their tutor know and this can be arranged with Ms Mannion, Careers Leader.
Students develop their understanding of the world of work, employment opportunities and health and safety at work. All students develop a CV, a letter of application and notes for preparation for an interview, ahead of a week of work experience each summer through which we have developed strong relationships with local employers.
All Year 10 students have the opportunity to be involved in our Work Experience programme, this takes place each June and July. Students are able to attend work experience in a business in North Yorkshire (and occasionally further afield).
Examples of the types of placements offered are local primary schools, construction companies, veterinary surgeries, architects, IT and web design companies, theatres, dentists, nurseries and leisure centres. We work in partnership with North Yorkshire Business and Education Partnership (NYBEP) to ensure all placements are checked for health and safety.
Richmond School is committed to providing all students with impartial careers information, advice and guidance to enable them to make the right choices for their futures. Students in Year 11 have careers education in Learning for Life lessons. This helps them to make decisions about the next steps in their education and careers post-16.
Students have the opportunity for face-to-face careers interviews with one of our Careers Advisers. Students also take time to carry out a self-assessment using online careers software, for example Start U-Explore and Fast Tomato.
Other support that is available includes use of Morrisby.com software which is designed to offer comprehensive and accurate information about an individual. It focuses not only on their interests, motivations and the subjects they are studying, but most importantly on their strengths and potential.
Further Education and Apprenticeships
We work closely with a range of other education and training providers who offer technical education qualifications or apprenticeships to keep students fully informed of their options. Students have presentations about different local colleges and are able to assess the provision for academic and vocational courses in the area. We also organise trips to local further education colleges, taster events, application workshops and mock interviews for students.
We also work in partnership with higher education providers, for example Newcastle University and The University of York who offer visits and workshops. Year 11 students have the opportunity to attend external careers events, for example the Skills North East Event at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle.
National Careers Week
Each year in March, National Careers Week is “Topic of the Week” for all year groups. We hold career assemblies and invite guest speakers from local businesses to talk about apprenticeships and other related themes.
Labour Market Information
Richmond School is committed to ensuring that all students, parents and carers have access to good quality information about the labour market and future opportunities. The following hyper link “Shape Your Future” provides an overview for North Yorkshire and also national trends.
We also work in partnership with the following organisations to ensure that our programme is current and reflects the need of local and national labour markets.