Careers

Careers

Key Contacts and how to get involved.

Miss Al-Hariri leads our Careers Programme as the Head of Universities and Careers Service. She can be contacted on c.al-hariri@kingsolomonacademy.org. If you are an employer or self-employed person, interested in working with the school on their Careers Programme, please see ‘Ways to get involved’

Vision

The aim of our Careers Programme is to ensure that all our students are prepared for life after King Solomon Academy, in the world of work. We particularly want to help students develop the skills and knowledge needed for the changing job market which we set out to achieve through giving students a range of opportunities to engage with employers, further education and higher education providers through their time at the Academy.

Curriculum in each Year Group

Year 7

 
When will it happen? Objective Link to Gatsby Benchmarks
HT1 (PKSA) Understanding transitions ‘write a guide for Year 6s, reflecting on the transition from Junior to Middle School’ Benchmark 3 – Addressing the needs of every student
HT2 (PKSA) Understand your own personal strengths and weaknesses Benchmark 3 – Addressing the needs of every student
HT3 (Careers Week Drop Down Day) How does gaining higher qualifications increase the breadth of jobs and earning potential you can access? Benchmark 2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information
HT3 (Careers Week Drop Down Day) Understand how different jobs require different skills and knowledge Benchmark 2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information
HT3 (Careers Week Drop Down Day) Careers Carousel- hear from 4 different speakers about their careers and reflect on these. Benchmark 5 – Encounters with Employers and Employees
HT3 (Careers Week – DEAR) What makes for a dream job? Benchmark 2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information
HT3 (Careers Week Drop Down Day) Be able to understand the range of graduate jobs in a brief way i.e. being able to name 10-20 graduate jobs Benchmark 2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information
HT6 (Warwick University Trip Preparation) Why do I want to go to university? What are the reasons people want to go to university? Benchmark 7 – Encounters with Further and Higher Education
HT6 (Warwick Trip) Students attend a 4 day residential to University of Warwick where they learn about university life, meet current undergraduates and learn about studying Politics at university. Benchmark 7 – Encounters with Further and Higher Education

Year 8

 
When will it happen? Objective Link to Gatsby Benchmarks
HT1 (PKSA) Can one person make a difference? How to have a real positive impact in any job Benchmark 2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information
HT2 (PKSA) What types of job are high-impact? How to choose which world problem to focus on. Benchmark 2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information
HT3 (Careers Week Drop Down Day) Understand the range of graduate jobs in more depth i.e. what does a pharmacist do? Benchmark 2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information
HT3 (Careers Week Drop Down Day) Careers Carousel- hear from 4 different speakers about their careers and reflect on these. Benchmark 5 – Encounters with Employers and Employees
HT3 (Careers Week Drop Down Day) Understand jobs in terms of advantages and disadvantages and likes and dislikes of jobs. Benchmark 3 – Addressing the needs of every student
HT3 (Careers Week Drop Down Day - DEAR) Understanding the concept of LMI and how it may affect job choice. Benchmark 2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information
HT3 (Careers Week Drop Down Day) Relating your own personal strengths and weaknesses to the skills needed for different jobs. Benchmark 3 – Addressing the needs of every student
HT4 (PKSA) Understand key employability skills needed for success in many workplaces and how to develop these. Benchmark 2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information
HT5 (Morning Meeting Slides and Discussion) How are universities similar and different? Campus v City, subject specialisms, facilities, London vs non-London, Super selective, highly selective Benchmark 7 – Encounters with Further and Higher Education
HT6 (University of Bath Trip) Visiting Bath University and understanding how student societies work at university. Benchmark 7 – Encounters with Further and Higher Education

Year 9

 
When will it happen? Objective Link to Gatsby Benchmarks
HT1 (Assembly and Reflection Task) Explain how you have benefited from careers/universities activities and what you have learnt. Benchmark 3 – Addressing the needs of every student
HT3 (Careers Week Drop Down Day) Research skills- how do I find out information about careers and universities? Benchmark 2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information
HT3 (Careers Week Drop Down Day) Careers Carousel- hear from 4 different speakers about their careers and reflect on these. Benchmark 5 – Encounters with Employers and Employees
HT3 (Careers Week Drop Down Day) Understanding how careers may develop over time and how these relate to companies structures e.g. understanding promotions, sideways moves, changing sectors etc. Benchmark 2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information
HT3 (Careers Week Drop Down Day) Write a cover letter when applying for work shadowing to present yourself within a selection process. Benchmark 3 – Addressing the needs of every student
HT3 (GCSE Options Process) An understanding of the different routes at post 16 and beyond to achieving your goal (Apprenticeships/Degree apprenticeships/BTECs etc.) Benchmark 7 – Encounters with Further and Higher Education
HT4 (Work Shadowing) Understand health and safety aspects relating to work experience and laws on child employment. Benchmark 6 – Experiences of the Workplace
HT4 (Work Shadowing) All students take part in a 2 day work shadowing placement, to gain an experience of the world of work. Benchmark 6 – Experiences of the Workplace
HT5 (Morning Meeting slides and reflection) University courses- what is out there? How do I find out more? Benchmark 7 – Encounters with Further and Higher Education
HT5 (PKSA) Employability and subject choice. How does subject choice now, after GCSEs and in the future affect my employability? Benchmark 2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information
HT5 (Oxford University Trip) Students visit the university of Oxford, where they attend subject taster lectures and understand the collegiate university system. Benchmark 7 – Encounters with Further and Higher Education
HT6 (Upper School Transition Day) Make targets to reflect your aims for your next steps e.g. GCSE grades, Post 16 choices Benchmark 3 – Addressing the needs of every student

Year 10

 
When will it happen? Objective Link to Gatsby Benchmarks
HT1 (Advisory) Pupils relate their academic targets to their next steps Benchmark 3 – Addressing the needs of every student
HT1 (Advisory) What can I do beyond the curriculum to develop passion in my subjects? Benchmark 4 - Linking Careers with Curricul
HT2 (Advisory) University and employability- what doors do different courses open or close? Benchmark 2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information
HT2 (Advisory) Why does it make financial sense to go to university? Student Finance/other bursary/sponsorship opportunities /comparing cost to apprenticeships etc Benchmark 7 – Encounters with Further and Higher Education
HT3 (Careers Week) How to network effectively in a speed networking format. Benchmark 5 – Encounters with Employers and Employees
HT4 (Advisory) Understand the qualities and attributes needed to succeeed in different careers and how to record these. Benchmark 3 – Addressing the needs of every student
HT4 (Advisory) How to complete application forms, cover letters and CVs to be successful with lots of guidance. Benchmark 3 – Addressing the needs of every student
HT5 (Guidance meetings) Ms Al-Hariri meets with all of the Year 10 to discuss Work Experience and future career plans. Benchmark 8 – Personal Guidance
HT5 (Advisory) How jobs are changing in the future e.g. portfolio careers/flexible working Benchmark 2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information
HT5 (Advisory) Understanding salaries including starting salaries and progression and what that means in reality. Benchmark 2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information
HT6 (Work Experience Preparation Day) How work related learning can help you understand more about careers and how to do it safely. Benchmark 6 – Experiences of the Workplace
HT6 (Work Experience Preparation Day) How to nerwork effectively in a relaxed networking format in preparation for effective communication during work experience. Benchmark 5 – Encounters with Employers and Employees
HT6 All students take part in a 4 day Work Experience Placement Benchmark 6 – Experiences of the Workplace

Year 11

 
When will it happen? Objective Link to Gatsby Benchmarks
HT1 (Post 16 Drop Down Day) How to complete application forms and cover letters to be successful, with some assistance. Benchmark 3 – Addressing the needs of every student
HT1 (Post 16 Drop Down Day) How your post16 options can affect your choice of careers in the future, and have the opportunity to have a taster day to experience these options.  This includes hearing from an FE College, Apprenticeship provider and a Sixth Form. Benchmark 7 – Encounters with Further and Higher Education
HT1 (Post 16 Drop Down Day) How to complete an interview/application form effectively, understanding STAR format of interview questions. Benchmark 3 – Addressing the needs of every student
HT1 (Guidance meetings) Ms Al-Hariri meets with all Year 11 students to discuss Post 16 options and create action plan Benchmark 8 – Personal Guidance
HT2 (Sixth Form Taster Day) All students experience a day in the life of Sixth Form, including taster lessons and the opportunity to Q&A with current Sixth Form students.  There is an optional trip as part of the day to visit a college. Benchmark 7 – Encounters with Further and Higher Education
HT2 (Advisory) Understand how you can use LMI data to choose a career – McKinsey assembly using data from a research report on LMI. Benchmark 2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information
HT3 (Careers Week) How to develop skills to independently communicate with adults from a range of careers and how to ask them questions about their role through Speed Networking. Benchmark 5 – Encounters with Employers and Employees
HT3 (Advisory) How to understand how selection is carried out in the workplace, with relation to equality of opportunity, interview skills etc. Benchmark 3 – Addressing the needs of every student
HT4 (Guidance meetings) Ms Al-Hariri meets with Year 11 students who are not staying at KSA for Sixth Form to support with applications and confirm intended destinations. Benchmark 8 – Personal Guidance
HT4 (Advisory) How do I understand university league tables? Benchmark 7 – Encounters with Further and Higher Education
HT4 (Advisory) Understanding the different types of university degree e.g. those with placement years, those with integrated masters, sponsored degrees etc. and other routes into careers. Benchmark 7 – Encounters with Further and Higher Education
HT5 (Advisory) What can you do over summer to develop that passion? Benchmark 3 – Addressing the needs of every student
GCSE Results Day All students will have the opportunity to meet with a member of staff to assist them with their next steps.  All students destinations are recorded. Benchmark 3 – Addressing the needs of every student   

Benchmark 8 – Personal Guidance

Year 12

 
When will it happen? Objective Link to Gatsby Benchmarks
HT1 (Induction) What is my vision? What do I achieve when I leave KSA? Benchmark 3 – Addressing the needs of every student
HT1 (Sussex University Trip) All year 12 students visit the University of Sussex Benchmark 7 – Encounters with Further and Higher Education
HT2 (VESPA curriculum) Why do we go to university? What opportunities does university offer?  

What is the UCAS process?

How do I make the most of opportunities to build my UCAS in Y12?

What are Apprenticeships? Why should I choose this pathway? How does the application process differ between these two pathways?

Benchmark 7 – Encounters with Further and Higher Education  

Benchmark 2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information

HT2 (Guidance conversations) Ms Al-Hariri meets with all Year 12 students to understand their goals for the next 5 years and to create an action plan for the student to complete including applications to university access schemes, apprenticeship taster sessions and work experience. Benchmark 8 – Personal Guidance
HT3 (VESPA curriculum) How am I a professional member of Sixth Form / the wider community?  

What is professional dress?

How do I communicate effectively and professionally?

How do I use technology at school and in the workplace?

Benchmark 3 – Addressing the needs of every student
HT3 (BP Speed Networking) All students take part in a Speed Networking event at BP Benchmark 5 – Encounters with Employers and Employees  

Benchmark 6 – Experiences of the Workplace

HT3 (Careers Week) All students attend a Careers Fair Benchmark 5 – Encounters with Employers and Employees
HT4 (VESPA curriculum) How do I set up a bank account? What is important to consider when getting a bank account?  

How do I budget effectively?

How do I find a part-time job?

How do I write a CV? How do I write a cover letter? How do I get references?

How do I balance my studies and my part-time job?

Benchmark 3 – Addressing the needs of every student
HT4 (Guidance conversations) Ms Al-Hariri meets with targeted Year 12 students who need support in completing activities this year to help them achieve their goals Benchmark 8 – Personal Guidance
HT5 (VESPA curriculum) What course would I like to do at university?  

Which universities should I consider?

How do I select which open days to attend?

How do I write a personal statement?

Benchmark 7 – Encounters with Further and Higher Education
HT6 (VESPA curriculum) As part of the end of term activities:  

-          Apprenticeship Launch Day including mock group task.

-          Visit to an apprenticeship provider.

-          Subject related visit in London.

-          Complete a volunteering day in the local community.

-          Complete a mock interview with an employer panel and receive feedback.

-          Write a first draft of their university personal statement.

-          Attend a careers fair and meet a range of employers.

Benchmark 2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information  

Benchmark 3 – Addressing the needs of every student

Benchmark 4 – Linking Careers with Curriculum.

Benchmark 5 – Encounters with Employers and Employees

Benchmark 6 – Experiences of the Workplace

Benchmark 7 – Encounters with Further and Higher Education

HT6 (Guidance conversations) All students have a conversation with a member of the Sixth Form Leadership team, where they discuss their End of Year grades and relate these to their plans for university and apprenticeship applications.  A summer action plan is set. Benchmark 8 – Personal Guidance

Year 13

 
When will it happen? Objective Link to Gatsby Benchmarks
HT1 (Guidance conversations) Ms Al-Hariri meets with all Year 13s to review summer action plans for university and apprenticeship applications Benchmark 8 – Personal Guidance
HT1 (VESPA curriculum) What am I working towards?
How do I select the right universities/apprenticeship providers?
Benchmark 7 – Encounters with Further and Higher Education
HT1 and HT2 (Guidance conversations) Sixth Form Destination mentors work with their students to help them complete applications to University and Apprenticeships. All students also have follow up meetings with Ms Al-Hariri to discuss course and apprenticeship choices. Benchmark 8 – Personal Guidance
HT2 (VESPA curriculum) How do I prepare for interviews? What are the challenges and excitements of leaving home? What does my academic, social life and routines look like at university and in the workplace? Benchmark 3 – Addressing the needs of every student
HT3 (VESPA curriculum) How do I build my CV? 

What opportunities are available for me at university to help my career?

Preparing for online tests, interviews and assessment days (including session with recruiters)

Benchmark 5 – Encounters with Employers and Employees 

Benchmark 2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information

HT3 (Careers Week) Students attend a Careers Fair, with work experience, internship, apprenticeship and graduate opportunities. Benchmark 5 – Encounters with Employers and Employees
HT4 (Guidance conversations) Ms Al-Hariri meets with all students to discuss application outcomes and decide 1st and 2nd choices ahead of the UCAS deadline. Benchmark 8 – Personal Guidance
HT4 (VESPA curriculum) Understanding Student Finance, and financial budgeting for both students and apprentices
Applying for university bursaries and scholarships.
Benchmark 7 – Encounters with Further and Higher Education
HT5 (VESPA curriculum) How do I choose from the options I have available – university and apprenticeships? 

What happens if I don’t get my grades?

What does results day look like?

Benchmark 3 – Addressing the needs of every student
A Level Results Day All students will have the opportunity to meet with a member of staff to assist them with next steps including clearing, adjustment and gap year advice. Benchmark 3 – Addressing the needs of every student 

Benchmark 8 – Personal Guidance

 

Curriculum Routines

Careers education takes place in a variety of contexts within the school. This includes:

- Year group specific sessions in PKSA (KS3), Advisory (KS4) and VESPA (KS5).

- Drop Down Days – in Careers Week or in preparation for Work Experience, Interviews etc.

- Assemblies- we invite a range of employers to speak to students about their careers.

- Careers Week Activities - Careers Week happens in late January each year, with a range of activities engaging with employers happening for each year group.

- Through the academic curriculum – all subjects link careers when teaching to ensure students understand how the skills they are learning are relevant to the workplace.

- Experiences of the workplace - Work Shadowing in Year 9, Work Experience in Year 10, plus a range of opportunities across other year groups to visit a workplace.

Students keep a record of the Careers preparation work they have completed within their Careers Folder. This allows them to reflect on each experience, to help them achieve their personal goals.

Careers Opportunities

As well as the core curriculum, students have the opportunity to take part in a range of activities relating to the world of work in school. These include:

- trips associated with a subject e.g. visit to Somerset House to understand about jobs within the Arts as part of Art week.

- Workplace visits e.g. visits to our partners McKinsey or BP.

- Workplace Skills workshops and competitions e.g. Enterprise competition, STRIDE, MyBnk.

- Extra Curricular – employers support our extra-curricular provision including in sport and coding.

- King’s Scholars Programme – we are fortunate to be able to have 25 high achieving students in each year group in Middle School (Year 7-9) be part of the Kings Scholars programme, a programme run with Kings College London to increase aspiration for going to top universities and developing students metacognitive skills.

- TAP Tutoring programme – all tutors on the Access Project are top graduates working for a range of employers. To find out more about The Access Project see here

There are also opportunities run outside the school day, which are advertised to students through noticeboards and emails and are an independent way for students to learn about areas of particular interest to them. This has led to students gaining mentors, visiting workplaces and gaining new skills.

*updated 21st March 2019