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.
- 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
|Mr N McManus||Deputy Head and Careers Leaderfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Ms L Wilkins||PSHCE Coordinatoremail@example.com|
|Mrs M Hayford-Fynn||Independent Careers Advisorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Mrs C Bamrah*||Careers Coordinatoremail@example.com|
* 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
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- Career sectors
- The National Careers Service is a free service which provides independent and impartial advice on career pathways and destinations to parents, carers and students
- UCAS website offering career ideas
- Parents Advisor - This site is aimed at parents and guardians to help them students make decisions about post 18 options.
- Careers Video and Labour market information
- Government portal for Apprenticeship with videos
- Job profiles and information on career sector
- Labour Market Information
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
- 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.