Lawrence Sheriff are committed to work towards meeting the Quality in Careers Standard incorporating the Gatsby Benchmarks and gained their Quality in Careers Commitment certificate in January 2019.
Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) at Lawrence Sheriff :
The Careers Program at Lawrence Sheriff is developed and revised on an ongoing basis so that the program can endeavour to fulfil the Department of Education’s Careers Strategy (released December 2017) which outlines the Gatsby Benchmarks as comprehensive guidance for all schools when delivering careers related learning and activities. For an overview of the program offered to students please see the table below;
A tailored program of events is planned every year for Years 7 to 11. In addition to this Year 8 and Year 9 receive dedicated careers lessons within a rotation.
Year 11 also receive one to one Career Guidance Interviews with our independent qualified Careers Advisor, Mrs Jill Whittingham. After these interviews all students receive a personalised Action Plan, which will help them to focus on their Post 16 options.
A designated Work Experience Week, which normally takes place for Year 11 after exams in July each year is still to be confirmed for 2021. Should you have any questions regarding this please contact Mrs Warde directly.
In the meantime students in Years 10 to 13 currently have access to a wealth of virtual work experience (VWEX) options and we have developed relations with Medic Mentors, Learn Live and Speakers for School.
Regular Careers Newsletters are also emailed to all students and to parents via Insight.
Years 12 and 13 have a comprehensive programme of Careers related activities in the Sixth Form. Please refer to the Sixth Form pages or the Sixth Form staff.
Further to the program all students can access impartial careers advice andguidance from Mrs Warde (for students up to Year 11) and Mrs Halestrap (for Sixth Form).
All students have access to the National Careers Service helpline, which offers comprehensive information via their Careers Adviser Team. Students and parents/carers can access this service via the information below;
National Careers Service Helpline; Available everyday 8am till 10pm on 0800 100 900 or online
Students have access to a range of recently updated careersresources such as books and leaflets in our Library. However should there be information required on a particular career that is not in the library please contact Mrs Warde.
Online Careers Guidance tools available to all students -
Kudos We are very grateful to the Parents' Association for supporting our statutory duty to ensure that students obtain impartial careers advice and guidance, by part funding our subscription to Kudos. Kudos is accessed during timetabled lessons for Year 8 and Year 9. However, all students including Sixth Form have access to the site, in school and at home. Kudos offers comprehensive information on a wide range of careers and study routes, including Apprenticeships. It also has the function to help students develop CV’s and UCAS statements. The site is regularly updated and provides students with current Labour Market Information (LMI) which again can be valuable when making future study or career choices.
Any student or parent/carer that wishes to learn more about the site or if you would like information on accessing Kudos please contact Mrs Warde directly.
Indigo Light We are delighted to be working with Trotman to enable our students to access independent careers information and guidance via their Indigo platform.
Indigo has a wealth of information including career, industry and employer profiles, degree and University information, Post16 information and video insights into over 600 careers.
Please contact Mrs Warde directly for login information.
Let’s Do Business a new online employer engagement platform that allows students in Years 7 to 13 to explore key business sectors in the local area. This platform also allows students to complete a online task set by the employer and allows the school to interact further with the business. For further details please contact Mrs Warde.
Tutor Time Careers Activities.
From September 2020 all students Year 7 to Year 12 will receive a planned careers learning activity during their Tutor time, which is once a fortnight on a Wednesday.
During these sessions we use information about the world of work that we receive directly from Coventry & Warwickshire’s Careers Hub, The Careers and Enterprise Company and the National Careers Service.
We also use STEPS (published by Prospects). This is a booklet targeted for each year group and covers budgeting, employability skills, CV’s, action planning and decision making for the future. To complement the program further we also plan events, presentations and assembly talks for which the timetable is suspended for a particular class or year group at various points throughout the academic year.
We regularly interact with local companies and business professionals who assist us with the delivery of various careers activities by volunteering their time. We also have close working relations with Coventry & Warwickshire Careers Hub, The Careers & Enterprise Company (CEC), and Warwickshire County Council Skills for Employment Team, Project Ask and Amazing Apprenticeships, Bright Futures, Oxford Life Skills, CWR, local Colleges and Universities. All of whom enable us to deliver a broadrange of career’s advice and guidance across all year groups. InFebruary 2018 we launched our own secure online Alumni networking community. Thisenables paststudents, parents and staff members to interact with current Sixth Formers to offer insight into their own career paths since leaving LSS. It has also proved a valuable source of past students willing to give assembly talks and volunteer to facilitate events such as the Year 11 one to one Practice Interviews. If you are a former student, parent or staff member and wish to join our Alumni network please complete the registration form via the link below:
We are also always open to meeting individuals and companies who would be interested in helping us in the following ways;
- Presenting an assembly talk to a group of students about the job you do or the company you work for.
- Could you or your company could offer a work experience placement to students in Year 11, 12 or 13
- Volunteer your time to help us with practice interviews.
- Attend our in house Careers Fair’s.
Mrs A. Warde
Head of Careers and Alumni
Office Hours; Monday to Thursday 9.00am – 2.45pm (Term time only)
Updated by Mrs Warde on 14th January 2021.
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