Careers & Work Related Learning

Careers information, advice and guidance enables our students to progress through learning and into work.

All students have to make choices through their time in the school and we have therefore developed a varied careers and work related programme that will allow our students to understand and develop the qualities, attitudes and skills needed through life and work.

Careers team

Karen Heppleston (right) and Kathryn Lawton (left) bring a wealth of careers-related experience to both the main school and sixth form.


Careers Information Advice and Guidance enables our students to progress through learning and into work.  All students have to make choices through their time in the school and we have therefore developed a varied careers and work related programme that will allow our students to understand and develop the qualities, attitudes and skills needed through life and work.

Careers is delivered thought the PSHE programme to all years within the school.

Year Topic area Learning
7 What is careers – what do I want from Careers education

Planning a visit

 Looking at their ideas as well as what Careers is about.

Students plan for a visitor to come and talk in tutor time about their job

8 Real Game – dream cloud

Job Families and Careers Research

Planning for the future

What do we mean by Job Families

Making decisions – using careers information

9 Option choices – through Kudos and e-clips

Option decision making

Computer based programme for pupils to learn more about themselves and the opportunities available to them.

Look at how to make decisions about option choices

10 Rights and Responsibilities in the  Workplace

Financial Capability

Talk by an external employer – looking at what is expected at work.

Pay day loans, pay and work, budgeting, savings and investment.

11 Options post year 11

Financial Capability

Career development and career choice

Pay slips, taxation and implications.

12 Social Education Students have Education for Life Sessions within the school.  As part of this, tutors will work through choices, building a CV, applications.

Financial Capability – Credit and Debt management

13 Social Education As part of the Education for Life Programme students either follow a programme which is related to UCAS and university as a next stage – applications are completed with Higher Education Tutors, who will also look at Finance.

Students who are not progressing through higher education but into employment and further training follow a planned programme which looks at CV’s writing, Applications, Interviews.  Employers work with students to develop their skills,

Additional careers related work

Careers in Year 12

All our year 12 students have a Mock Interview in the summer of year 12 – we work with local employers, universities and colleges.  The aim is to have a more challenging interview than year 11 and develop their skills.

Destinations Day – employers work with those students who are not going to University to look at employment, CV writing, Psychometric Testing and first impressions in the work place.

All year 12 students will attend the World Skills Fair in Birmingham – one of the largest Careers Fairs in the Country – they will do some preparation work in Social Education lessons beforehand and on their return an evaluation and discussion with their tutor on career choices.

Careers in Year 10/11

Year 10 students will undertake a session on Personality Profiling all information from this is used in their careers interviews in year 11.

Year 10 students will have group sessions in the summer term to help them start considering their post 16 options.  They will be introduced to Unifrog and Careers Companion.

All Year 11 students have individual and impartial, one to one careers advice and guidance interviews with a professional careers adviser, who discusses the range of post 16 options followed up with a written action plan which is given to students and parents.  If a student requires additional follow up sessions this is available to as and when they require either via another one to one session, group work or drop in session at break or lunchtime.  All year 11 tutor groups have a timetabled registration once a fortnight which is careers related – this gives an opportunity for tutors to discuss options with students, look at websites and careers packages, help with applications, interviews and choices – students can seek help and advice during this session from the Careers team in the Sixth Form.

All year 11 students will have a Mock Interview with an employer or representative from our local colleges.  In PSHEE and tutor time they will learn about filling in application forms and writing a CV.

All year 10 and 11 students will be reintroduced to the careers library.

Careers in Year 8/9

Year 8/9 students are invited to a series of talks looking at different careers and option choices e.g. Careers in ICT and Computing, Careers in the Law, delivered by our Independent Careers Adviser

All year 9 students are introduced to the careers library in January – this enables them to understand the range of material available, but also the staff that can help with their choices.  During the option process all students have access to Careers Advice and Guidance and can book an interview.  Tutors and Year Heads work with students to ensure they make the right choices.

Year 9 students have tutor time activities based on careers and option choices.

Careers in Year 7

As part of PSHEE sessions, students will look at skills for life and this is often put into context of what employers want and future choices.

Whole school career activities

The school also run an annual careers fair – working with employers, local colleges, training providers and universities.

We run Mini Careers Fairs during the year – targeted at particular options and choices.

Local Employers, Colleges, Training Providers and Ex Students support our students through drop in sessions at lunchtime and talks with interested students.

There is a well-stocked careers library in the Sixth Form and we endeavour to ensure that all opportunities and information we receive are publicised to students within this area and on Frog.  We have a dedicated Careers and Work Related Section within Frog that supports student’s wider research into careers, work experience and employability.

Work related learning

Work Related Learning also plays a crucial role in the school and provides a set of experiences and opportunities both within the classroom and outside.  We aim through these areas to develop student’s employability skills.

Events for 2018 to 2019 include:



Year Group 2018 – 2019 Dates
Year 12 University of Gloucestershire – Induction Day 12 7th September 2018
National Apprenticeship Show 10 and 12 3rd and 4th October
STEM Project – Girls into Science 9 18th October 2018
Careers Fair Year 9 to 13 Thursday 18th October 2018
Y9 Enterprise day 9 Friday 15th February 2019
Y11 Mock interviews 11 Thursday 7th and Friday 8th March 2019
National Careers Week/Apprenticeship Week All Years 4th to 8th March 2019
International Women’s Day 9-13 Friday 8th March 2019
Racing to School 8 tbc
UCAS Convention 12 Tuesday 12th March 2019
STEM Careers Day 7 Wednesday 8th May 2019
Destinations Day and Evening 12 Thursday 23rd May 2019
Y12 Challenge Day 12 Friday 24th May 2019
Work experience preliminary visit 10-13 Thursday 6th June 2019
Y10 Post-16 experience day 10 Tuesday 25th June 2019
Work Experience 10-13 1st to 5th July 2019
Y8 STEM Activity 8 tbc

Work experience

Year 10, 11, 12 and 13 students are offered work experience during their time at Bournside.  Rather than undertake block work experience where all students go out at once, we give students the opportunity to decide when it is best for them to complete this valued experience – so if they need to make decisions on A Levels, Apprenticeships or College Courses, students will be encouraged to look at year 10.  If they wish to gain some extra experience then Year 11 may be best.  When looking at University Courses then Year 12 and 13 are the most appropriate times.


Careers Policy (2019-20).pdf