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Careers Education & Guidance

Northwood School is committed to preparing our students for life after school by helping them make well informed and realistic choices about their future. Our Careers Education Information and Guidance (CEIAG) programme enables pupils, parents, teachers and employers to access and understand what the school has to offer in terms of its careers provision.  It is modelled around best practice for careers under the Gatsby Benchmarks.

On this website you will find information on Post-16 Options, work experience, apprenticeships, technical and vocational qualifications, universities and colleges and career pathways.

Northwood School Career Provider Policy - Draft copy

Our Objectives

  • To ensure each student has some meaningful encounters with employers
  • Encourage students to start their career exploration early
  • Offer students with opportunities for real life learning by making it part of the school curriculum
  • Provide access to an independent and impartial careers advisor
  • Make CEIAG resources available online and offline to all students, parents and care -givers
  • Develop a network of employers who can work with the school to support students develop their employability skills

Key Contacts 

Mr N McManus Deputy Head and Careers Leader careerseducation@nwschool.org.uk
Ms L Wilkins PSHCE Coordinator careerseducation@nwschool.org.uk
Mrs M Hayford-Fynn Independent Careers Advisor careerseducation@nwschool.org.uk
Mrs C Bamrah* Careers Coordinator careerseducation@nwschool.org.uk

* Employers wishing to contact the school can do so on the above email address F.A.O. Mrs C Bamrah

Careers Programme at a glance 

Year  Theme INSPIRE>INFORM>EXPLORE>PLAN>DECIDE>
REFLECT>SPECIALISE
7 Inspire

In Year 7, our aim is to raise awareness about the wide range of jobs and career options available.  We want students to be inspired to investigate areas of interest, whilst developing key stills useful in life and the workplace.  Activities in Year 7 are aimed at opening students minds to the possibilities available.

  • Students can list 3 careers that link to their areas of interest
  • Students can explain what Labour Market Information (LMI) is and how it might help them in the future
  • Students can explain how to be become a professional author or a vet and know where to find out such information
8 Inform

Students in Year 8 choose their GCSE subject options. Our aim is to show students how different subjects link to careers and Post-16 qualifications to inform their Key Stage 4 subject choices.  Activities in Year 8 are aimed at bridging the gap between education and the world of work.

  • Students can identify skills and areas of interest that link to possible future careers
  • Students are able to pre-plan questions in preparation for an employer encounter
  • Students have explored different subject routes for GCSE Options
  • Students can use LMI and understand how it might help them in the future career decisions
9 Explore

Year 9 provides an opportunity for students to fully explore particular fields of interest.  They will research next steps and know the criteria for entry into these areas. Students will also identify the desirable skills, attributes and experiences for these areas and seek to develop these, both in and out of school.

  • Students can explain the skills and qualifications they need to go into one of their possible areas of interest
  • Students can explain the different routes available (including apprenticeships, UTC, FE Colleges)
  • Students have pre-planned questions and have had three encounters with employers (3) and university (1)
10 Plan

Students will use all of their careers knowledge acquired between Years 7-9 to plan possible routes after Year 11.  This will involve identifying key strength and weaknesses in their skills and academic studies to create an action plan to address identified areas of development.

  • Students are actively using their Career ePortfolio from StartProfile.com
  • Students can explain their current strengths and weaknesses through a Skills Audit
  • Students have had three (+) encounters with employers, universities and FE Colleges
11 Decide 

The end of Year 11 requires students to make decisions about what their next steps are, whether that is college, A-level studies, a training programme or an apprenticeship. Students will be taken through the application process for their chosen route and revisit their plans to ensure that they are on track to get the grades they need to move into the next phase of their education.

  • Students have explored different subject routes for A-level and have explored sixth form routes
  • Students fully understand LMI and understand how it might help them in the future career decisions
  • Students have also explored apprenticeships and FE routes to possible future careers
12 Reflect

Sixth Form students will reflect on their chosen pathway by exploring various career paths that link to their studies and seeking a range of opportunities to inform their decisions.  For students who are new to our school, they will be offered a tailored provision at the beginning of the year to ensure they are starting the year with the same information as everyone else.

  • Students have participated in a formal work experience programme
  • Students have participated in UCAS preparation programme
  • Students have visited at least one university and have explored different universities
  • Some students have participated in Level 3 Apprenticeship Workshop
  • Students have completed their Northwood Diploma
  • Students have additional personalised career planning re UCAS, financial planning
13 Specialise

By now, students are fully prepared and supported in Year 13 to move into one of three main pathways – university, work or apprenticeships. Whether students arrived in Year 12 or went through the complete Northwood Diploma programme, they will have a clear idea of which route they are planning to take and what they need to do to give them the best possible chance of being successful in that path.

  • Students have met three (+) employers
  • Students have participated in mock interviews and a mock assessment centre
  • Students have additional personised carer planning re UCAS, financial planning

Careers Resources and Useful Websites

Information on different careers, apprenticeships and college/university is available for all students.  The Sixth form also has a dedicated space where there is a wealth of information tailored for their age range. 

Click on the links below to useful websites:

Your Involvement 

We value the input of staff, students, governors, parents and employers in helping us build a better future for our students. You could help us with:

  • Offering work experience
  • Industry visits
  • Mock Interviews
  • Assembly Talks in school
  • Mentoring
  • Careers Fair
  • Work Shadowing

If you are interested in any of these activities or you have suggestions to support our students, please contact our school careers coordinator above.