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’ 

Intent: why do we teach what we teach?

The aim of our Careers Programme is to ensure that all our students are prepared for life after King Solomon Academy, for university and for 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.

Our aim is to meet all of the Gatsby Benchmarks this academic year to ensure we are providing the best preparations for our pupils. To meet these Gatsby Benchmarks, our Careers Curriculum strategic objectives for the year are:

  • Organise parent engagement events to ensure parents know about the changing job market and the world of work and how to advise their children on these topics.
  • To track at a pupil level all the careers curriculum, visits, trips and experiences each child at the school experiences to help ensure our careers programme provides opportunities for all pupils. 
  • For pupils to actively reflect on each experience they have through the use of post trip and activity reflections. 

Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, our careers curriculum has been disrupted and we have had to find new ways to ensure students still gain the knowledge and experience to be prepared for life after KSA. We have audited the careers curriculum to identify the biggest gaps caused by lockdowns and remote learning and made a plan to ensure all year groups catch up during the rest of their journey at KSA.

Implementation: why do we teach what we teach? 

Curriculum in each Year Group

All Primary Year Groups

When will it happen?

Objective

Link to Gatsby Benchmarks

Morning Meeting

In Morning Meeting one day a week, pupils have the opportunity to find out more about a particular career, learning about key facts about that career.

Benchmark 2 Learning from Career and Labour Market Information

Careers Week

Each Careers Week, Primary school pupils participate in the following:

  • Assemblies on careers including guest speakers.
  • Visits to their classrooms from people with different careers.
  • A Careers Dress Up Day, where they can dress up as their dream job.
  • A careers competition

Benchmark 5 – Encounters with Employers and Employees

Curriculum

Careers is embedded within the curriculum throughout primary. For example, in EYFS, they complete a unit on people who help them (including learning about emergency services) and in Year 5, they complete a PSHE unit on learning about careers.

Benchmark 4 – Linking Careers to the Curriculum

Trips and Experiences

The curriculum in primary is supported with trips and experiences to begin exposing them to the workplace environment and different jobs. This includes a trip to Kidzania in Year 2 and a Yr6 Trip to Parliament. This is backed up with visitors and workshops in school, for example Yr5 learn about architecture within the art curriculum and had a visit from an architecture firm.

Benchmark 5 – Encounters with Employers and Employees

Benchmark 6 – Experiences of the Workplace

Year 7

 

When will it happen?

Objective

Link to Gatsby Benchmarks

HT1 (Advisory)

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 (Advisory)

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 (PSHE Drop Down Day)

The benefits of setting ambitious goals and being open to opportunities in all aspects of life.

About different work roles and career pathways, including clarifying my own early aspirations.

Different types of work, including employment, self-employment, and voluntary work.

Benchmark 3 – Addressing the needs of every student

Benchmark 4 – Linking Careers with the Curriculum

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 (Advisory)

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 (Advisory)

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 (Advisory)

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 (PSHE Drop Down Day)

The different work roles and career pathways, and to challenge stereotypes and family or cultural expectations that may limit aspirations

To review strengths, interests, skills, qualities and values and how to develop them. Including the skills and qualities required to engage in enterprise.

Benchmark 3 – Addressing the needs of every student

Benchmark 4 – Linking Careers with the Curriculum

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 (Workplace visit preparation)

Understand health and safety aspects relating to work experience and laws on child employment.

Benchmark 6 – Experiences of the Workplace

HT4 (Workplace visits)

All students take part in a workplace visit in a sector of their interest in small groups 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 (Advisory)

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 (PSHE Drop Down Day)

About routes into work, training and other vocational and academic opportunities and progression routes.

The laws and by-laws relating to young people’s permitted hours and types of employment.

To manage emotions in relation to future employment.

Benchmark 3 – Addressing the needs of every student

Benchmark 4 – Linking Careers with the Curriculum

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 Curriculum

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 (PSHE Drop Down Day)

The information, advice and guidance available to them on next steps and careers, how to access appropriate support and opportunities.

To explain the benefits and challenges of cultivating career opportunities online; how to manage their online presence and its impact on career opportunities.

Their rights and responsibilities at work (including their roles as ‘workers’, and the roles and responsibilities of employers or unions). •

How to challenge discrimination, and harassment in the workplace.

About confidentiality in the workplace, when it should be kept and when it might need to be broken

Benchmark 6 – Experiences of the Workplace

Benchmark 4 – Linking Careers to the Curriculum

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 (Advisory 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 (Advisory 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 (Advisory 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?

What skills can I develop with a 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 (Advisory 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

HT5 and 6 (PSHE Drop Down Days)

The implications of the global market for their future choices in education and employment and how to recognise career possibilities in a global economy.

Their rights and responsibilities as students in casual, part time jobs, including the ‘gig economy’.

The importance of professional conduct and how it can be demonstrated in different workplaces, including following health and safety protocols.

To appreciate the importance of workplace confidentiality and security including cyber security and data protection.

The importance of equality and inclusion in the workplace and how to recognise and manage harassment in the workplace.

 The role of trade unions and other professional organisation in supporting workers’ rights. Including to challenge prejudice and discrimination.

Benchmark 7 – Encounters with Further and Higher Education

Benchmark 4 – Linking Careers to Curriculum

HT6 (Advisory 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 (Advisory 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 (Advisory 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 (Advisory 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 (Advisory 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 (Advisory 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

HT5 (PSHE Drop Down Day)

The concept of ‘affordability’ and how to budget effectively at university, and how a budget might have to be adapted when moving out of home).

How to manage taxation and national insurance.

About pensions and their importance; knowing the benefits of starting early and making regular, realistic contributions

Benchmark 3 – Addressing the needs of every student

Benchmark 7 – Preparing for Further and Higher Education

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 Advisory
  • 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 curriculum work 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 click 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.

Impact: how do we know what pupils have learnt and how well they have learnt it?

We measure the success of our University and Careers curriculum in the following ways:

  • Destinations Data – we monitor destinations data each year, to ensure we understand what our students go on to do after KSA and whether the Information, Advice and Guidance they received during their time here has had an effect. 
  • Pupil Level Tracking – as we track what our students do each academic year individually, this allows us to identify groups of students who are not receiving as many opportunities for careers and university related experiences. It also allows us to see trends and patterns between attainment data, destinations and the experiences pupils in that year had. 
  • Pupil reflections – pupils reflect on their experiences when they visit workplaces or hear from speakers. This allows us to identify which experiences pupils enjoyed and which they didn’t, as well as providing a record for the pupil they can use in future applications. 
  • Evaluation of the programme – each year, we have an annual review of the programme with Ark, who assess how many of the Gatsby Benchmarks we are meeting and identify strategic goals for us to work on over the next year. 

Destinations Data 

Post 18 Destinations

The destinations for the cohort departing in 2021 shows 86% of students are going on to a top 40 university after leaving KSA.

Destination type

Percentage (2021)

Percentage (2019)

University - Super Selective

13.6%

10%

University - Highly Selective

13.6%

15%

University - Selective

59%

40%

University – Non Selective

9.1%

16.6%

Apprenticeship

0%

1.6%

Gap Year

13.3%

4.5%

For the year ahead, our aim is to:

  • Continue to increase the number of students attending highly and super selective universities
  • Increase the number of students attending high quality apprenticeship options
  • Continue to reduce the number of students attending Non-Selective universities, especially for non-vocational courses. 

Post 16 Destinations

Destination Measure

Percentage (2021)

% going on to KSA Sixth Form

68.3%

% going onto a L3 course

90.5%

% going on to planned destination

90.5%

% of students who got below five 4s at GCSE going on to an appropriate course

60%

For the year ahead, our aims are to:

  • Ensure all students are going onto a planned destination which they have researched and applied for before Results Day.
  • Ensure all students who do not achieve grades to go straight into Level 3 study to move onto suitable courses which offer them good future options.