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Careers

At The Windsor Boys’ School we strive to provide our boys with relevant careers information, advice and guidance throughout their time at the school.  Each year group has specific needs and we plan our support to meet these needs.

Career paths are changing and there are a wide range of opportunities available to young people and we aim to equip our boys with the skills, knowledge and information to help them make informed decisions at each stage of the planning for their future careers.

Ms Lane is the Careers Leader at The Windsor Boys’ School and can be contacted via:

JLane@twbs.co.uk
Tel: 01753 716060

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TWBS WHOLE SCHOOL CAREERS PLAN 2018-19
Year Group Autumn term Spring term Summer term
Year 9

Alumni careers assemblies/talks

 

Pupils sign up to the online careers platform,

Start:  www.startprofile.com

 

Students sign up to the PiXL Edge programme and begin work on developing their LORIC skills (Leadership, Organisation, Resilience, Initiative and Communication)

Options Evening for pupils and parents

 

TWBS Careers Fair

 

Alumni careers assemblies/talks

 

Curriculum trips (TBC)

 

Go to Work Day

 

Alumni careers assemblies/talks

 

Enterprise challenge

 

Curriculum trips (TBC)

 

Year 10

Alumni careers assemblies/talks

 

Pupils sign up/continue work on to the online careers platform,

Start:  www.startprofile.com

 

Students continue work on the PiXL Edge programme developing their LORIC skills (Leadership, Organisation, Resilience, Initiative and Communication)

Dragon’s Den Challenge

TWBS Careers Fair

 

Alumni careers assemblies/talks

 

Trip to O2 Apprenticeship Event

 

Curriculum trips (TBC)

 

Students continue work on the PiXL Edge programme developing their LORIC skills (Leadership, Organisation, Resilience, Initiative and Communication)

 

Alternatives to University Careers Evening for parents and pupils

 

 

Alumni careers assemblies/talks

 

Students continue work on the PiXL Edge programme developing their LORIC skills (Leadership, Organisation, Resilience, Initiative and Communication)

 

Curriculum trips (TBC)

 

Year 11

Next Steps Assembly

 

Information shared re local provider Open Days/Evenings

 

1-2-1 next steps meeting with Careers Leader and/or Sixth Form team

 

Alumni careers         assemblies/talks

 

National Citizenship Challenge Assembly

 

 

 

 

Alternatives to University Careers Evening for parents and pupils

 

TWBS Careers Fair

 

CV Workshops & Interview Skills

 

Alumni careers assemblies/talks

 

Heathrow Jobs Fair

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 12

Alumni careers         assemblies/talks

 

National Citizenship Challenge Assembly

 

Visits to employers linked to relevant curriculum (TBC)

 

Eton College Careers Talks

 

 

 

Alternatives to University Careers Evening for parents and pupils

 

TWBS Careers Fair

 

CV Workshops & Interview Skills

 

Alumni careers assemblies/talks

 

Eton College Careers Talks

 

 

 

Eton College Careers Talks

 

Alumni careers         assemblies/talks

 

Visits to employers linked to relevant curriculum (TBC)

 

Introduction to the UCAS process workshop

 

Pupils to sign up to the

Unifrog online university and apprenticeship platform

 

Year 13

 UCAS Support

 

Eton College Careers Talks

 

1-2-1 interviews with Careers Leader for pupils not going to University

 

Visits to employers linked to relevant curriculum (TBC)

 

Alternatives to University Careers Evening for parents and pupils

 

TWBS Careers Fair

 

CV Workshops & Interview Skills

 

Alumni careers assemblies/talks

 

Eton College Careers Talks

 

 Careers Leader to support pupils seeking an apprenticeship with applications, CVs, interview skills.

 

External providers to provide additional support with CV writing and interview skills.

 

 

Year 9 – Key Stage 4 Option Choices

During the spring term all year 9 pupils are guided through the options process where they choose which subjects they would like to study at Key Stage Four. This can be quite a confusing time as they have the opportunity to study new subjects, such as Business or Media, and they don’t know anything about these subjects.  To help with this process we invite all parents and boys to an Options Evening, held at the school, where boys can visit all the subject areas and discuss the content of the course with the subject teachers. Form tutors also provide support and guidance at this time and together with the subject teachers, help all our boys to make informed choices based on their individual interests, skills and strengths.

 

 

TWBS WHOLE SCHOOL CAREERS PLAN 2018-19

Year Group Autumn term Spring term Summer term
Year 9

Alumni careers assemblies/talks

 

Pupils sign up to the online careers platform,

Start:  www.startprofile.com

 

Students sign up to the PiXL Edge programme and begin work on developing their LORIC skills (Leadership, Organisation, Resilience, Initiative and Communication)

Options Evening for pupils and parents

 

TWBS Careers Fair

 

Alumni careers assemblies/talks

 

Curriculum trips (TBC)

 

Go to Work Day

 

Alumni careers assemblies/talks

 

Enterprise challenge

 

Curriculum trips (TBC)

 

Year 10

Alumni careers assemblies/talks

 

Pupils sign up/continue work on to the online careers platform,

Start:  www.startprofile.com

 

Students continue work on the PiXL Edge programme developing their LORIC skills (Leadership, Organisation, Resilience, Initiative and Communication)

Dragon’s Den Challenge

TWBS Careers Fair

 

Alumni careers assemblies/talks

 

Trip to O2 Apprenticeship Event

 

Curriculum trips (TBC)

 

Students continue work on the PiXL Edge programme developing their LORIC skills (Leadership, Organisation, Resilience, Initiative and Communication)

 

Alternatives to University Careers Evening for parents and pupils

 

 

Alumni careers assemblies/talks

 

Students continue work on the PiXL Edge programme developing their LORIC skills (Leadership, Organisation, Resilience, Initiative and Communication)

 

Curriculum trips (TBC)

 

Year 11

Next Steps Assembly

 

Information shared re local provider Open Days/Evenings

 

1-2-1 next steps meeting with Careers Leader and/or Sixth Form team

 

Alumni careers         assemblies/talks

 

National Citizenship Challenge Assembly

 

 

 

 

Alternatives to University Careers Evening for parents and pupils

 

TWBS Careers Fair

 

CV Workshops & Interview Skills

 

Alumni careers assemblies/talks

 

Heathrow Jobs Fair

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 12

Alumni careers         assemblies/talks

 

National Citizenship Challenge Assembly

 

Visits to employers linked to relevant curriculum (TBC)

 

Eton College Careers Talks

 

 

 

Alternatives to University Careers Evening for parents and pupils

 

TWBS Careers Fair

 

CV Workshops & Interview Skills

 

Alumni careers assemblies/talks

 

Eton College Careers Talks

 

 

 

Eton College Careers Talks

 

Alumni careers         assemblies/talks

 

Visits to employers linked to relevant curriculum (TBC)

 

Introduction to the UCAS process workshop

 

Pupils to sign up to the

Unifrog online university and apprenticeship platform

 

Year 13

 UCAS Support

 

Eton College Careers Talks

 

1-2-1 interviews with Careers Leader for pupils not going to University

 

Visits to employers linked to relevant curriculum (TBC)

 

Alternatives to University Careers Evening for parents and pupils

 

TWBS Careers Fair

 

CV Workshops & Interview Skills

 

Alumni careers assemblies/talks

 

Eton College Careers Talks

 

 Careers Leader to support pupils seeking an apprenticeship with applications, CVs, interview skills.

 

External providers to provide additional support with CV writing and interview skills.

 

 

 

What are my options at the end of Year 11?

This might not be a question at the forefront of your sons’ minds at the moment, however the autumn term is a key time to start thinking about what they would like to do after sitting their GCSEs.

The range of opportunities and choices for young people has grown considerably and it is advisable to research all these options in order to make the right choice.

The first step this term is to visit local college open days/evenings and a list of these, together with website links can be viewed online:

College Open Days – Autumn Term 2018

Please note the Windsor Boys’ School Sixth Form open evening is Thursday1st November, 7.00 pm- 9.00 pm.

Before attending these events it would be a good idea to visit some careers websites that provide valuable information about the different pathways and types of qualifications, including apprenticeships and I would recommend the following:

www.allaboutschoolleavers.co.uk/what-are-my-options

If your son is unsure about which subjects to study START is a great site to visit in order to match their interests and strengths to specific careers:

Start careers for 11-18s

Going forward we will be inviting industry speakers and careers experts in across the year to help give the boys an insight into specific industries and for those who are considering the apprenticeship route we will be visiting the Heathrow Jobs Fair in February.  In addition, during National Careers Week in March, we will host our own Careers Fair.

On a day to day basis, if your son has any questions he can email me: jlane@tbs.co.uk or speak to his form tutor/PSE teacher.

Ms Lane, Careers Leader

Progression Interviews

The Sixth Form Team conduct ‘one to one’ interviews with each pupil in year 11 to discuss their individual performance, post 16 options and their future ambitions. These discussions allow students to ask questions about the school’s sixth form, college applications and suitability, plus initial thoughts on university. It also allows the school to plan for the next academic year, seeing what subjects have been provisionally chosen, plus the number of potential student that we may have next year. The students enjoy this opportunity to open up with senior colleagues, get purposeful feedback on their potential career entry point, and guidance towards the next steps in their education.

The Windsor Boys School - Apprenticeshipshttp://www.apprenticeships.gov.uk

 

Year 12 – The Career Ready Programme

In 2014 TWBS signed up to become a member of the Career Ready programme and our first cohort of boys are already seeing the benefits of being a part of this exciting careers opportunity.

The structured programme of internships, mentoring by employer volunteers, masterclasses and workplace visits  provides our boys with the work experience and skills they need to be able to perform more effectively in the wider world.

The Windsor Boys School - Career Readyhttp://careerready.org.uk/#careerready

Year 13 – University, Apprenticeships, Employment?

Young people have more choices when they leave school these days and at TWBS our aim is to help our boys make informed choices by giving them information, guidance and support at this crucial time in their lives.

In year 13 students are supported through the university application process. This can be quite daunting and we are fortunate to have members of staff within sixth form with a wealth of knowledge and they help the boys navigate their way through the process. From selecting the right university and their course, through to writing personal statements – staff at TWBS support all pupils considering the Higher Education route.

For some of our boys we recognise that going to university might not be the right path for them and we work with these boys to help them identify their next steps.  Apprenticeships are a fantastic next step and we have visits from large corporates, such as IBM, who speak to our boys about the apprenticeship route.

In addition we take students to the Berkshire Apprenticeship Fair where they have the opportunity to meet with employers who are offering apprenticeships in a wide range of industries. The Heathrow Jobs Fair is another event our boys attend and this provides those boys looking to gain employment at the end of year 13 with some useful contacts and potential job opportunities.

Throughout the year there are a number of important dates and we keep boys informed of the following: Careers Fairs, University Open Days, UCAS Applications and Deadlines.

The Windsor Boys School - UCAS                The Windsor Boys School - National Careers Service

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