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Hilbre High School Humanities College

Hilbre High School
Humanities College

Careers

Work Related Learning, Careers and Enterprise:

Work-Related Learning, Careers and Enterprise education are significant facets of the development and preparation our students undertake in readiness for joining the highly competitive world of work.  Activities include mock interviews with external employers, industry days, speakers and on-line resources, all designed to give our students the most up-to-date and relevant experience and information available so their employability is enhanced.

Work-Related Learning, which includes Careers and Enterprise, is a compulsory element of the Citizenship programme.  There is a planned scheme of work for Years 7 – 13, which is delivered through Citizenship, tutorial lessons or discretely at other times.  Delivery is led by Fran Trought, the school’s Careers Education and Guidance Development Co-ordinator.

Student Entitlement:

Pupils in Years 8-11 and students in Years 12 and 13 are entitled:

  • To find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeship opportunities as part of a careers programme, which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point.
  • To hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options evenings, assemblies and group discussions and taster events.
  • To understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.

The aim of the Work-Related Learning programme is to make students aware of the opportunities available to them in the world of work and to provide them with the skills required to make a successful transition from school to work.

Careers Education:  Careers Education is delivered from Year 7 with particular emphasis on Years 9 - 13.  The programme includes visiting speakers, careers fairs and presentations from local universities in order to widen student participation in higher education.  The programme is delivered by a full time member of staff, Fran Trought, who is employed by the school to design and deliver a careers education, guidance service and bespoke work experience placement service.

Many students receive an individual careers interview with the remainder being seen via group sessions and group interviews.  Other contributions include a vacancy service, apprenticeship information evening and a range of other events, including the Lancashire Higher Education Conference.

Impartial Careers Advice - Hilbre High School offers impartial information, advice and guidance to all pupils regarding all their career options, both face to face and via the Careers page of the school website.

If any pupil wants to check the impartiality of any advice they have been given, they can telephone the National Careers Service helpline on 0800 100 900. Alternatively, they can check the advice they have been given by emailing the Careers Advisor, Mrs K Douglas at Upton Hall School FCJ at: kdouglas@uptonhall.org

‘Gatsby Benchmarks’ at Hilbre High School Humanities College:

The nationally recognised ‘Gatsby benchmarks’ of careers education are used by the school as a framework for our careers and employability strategy. Key performance indicators (KPIs) for each key stage are outlined in the Careers and Employability Strategy 2018 – 2019 document which can be accessed at the bottom of the careers page. The expectation is that the careers provision should have enabled students to achieve these by the end of each key stage. Impact is also measured using the Compass careers benchmark tool and feedback from careers software packages pupils are using.

This is based on the premise that every school and college should have an embedded programme of careers education and guidance that is known and understood by pupils, parents, teachers and governors (Gatsby benchmark 1).

Pupils, parents, guardians, employers and external education and training providers are welcome to access information on the schools’ carers programme, either from the careers page on the school website or by contacting Francis Trought, Careers Development & Guidance Co-ordinator for Hilbre High School Humanities College, Landline: (0151) 625 5996 extension 221. Mobile: 07769 880 881. Email: troughtf@hilbre.wirral.sch.uk

The school careers programme is managed and overseen by the school Careers Leader Jane Whisker, Deputy Headteacher Landline: (0151) 625 5996 extension 206. Email: whiskerj@hilbre.wirral.sch.uk

Management of provider access requests:

A provider wishing to request access should contact: 
Francis Trought – Careers Development & Guidance Coordinator:
Telephone: (0151) 625 5996 / Email: troughtf@hilbre.wirral.sch.uk

Opportunities for access:

A number of events, integrated into the school careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to pupils and/or their parents including an apprenticeship evening, assemblies and parent / guardian evenings.

Please speak to our Careers Development and Guidance Coordinator to identify the most suitable opportunity for you.  The school’s policy on safeguarding sets out the approach to allowing providers into school as visitors to talk to students.  The Safeguarding Policy is available on our website www.hilbre.wirral.sch.uk

Premises and facilities:

The school will make appropriate provision available for discussions between the provider and students, as appropriate to the activity. We will also make available AV and other specialist equipment to support provider presentations. This will all be discussed and agreed in advance of the visit, with the Careers Development and Guidance Coordinator.  Providers are welcome to leave a copy of their prospectus or other relevant course literature with our Careers Development and Guidance Coordinator, who will distribute the relevant information to pupils.

A review of the information published regarding the schools careers programme will take place in July 2020.