Skills For Life
Careers Leader – Mrs K Pamphlett
Please click here to view Walderslade Girls’ School’s Career Education plan (2021 – 2022).
Please click here to view the Careers Policy.
Please click here to view Options Careers Advice
Skills for Life is the main focus of our careers programme with this being a whole school focus we aim to provide students with outstanding careers education.
AIMS – The main focuses of our program are for all our students to understand the range of opportunities available to them, to learn from employers about work and the skills that are valued in the workplace, to have first-hand experience of the workplace and to get an excellent program of advice and guidance which is delivered by individuals with the right skills and experience.
SFL CURRICULUM – We not only have Skills for Life as a whole school priority where all lessons and outcomes are aimed around ensuring students are prepared for the next stages but we also have developed a curriculum lesson to ensure we continue to invest in our students and their careers knowledge. Our Skills for Life curriculum is all about enabling our learners to be equipped for life outside of education. The curriculum allows for young people to gain the skills necessary to be successful in the diverse aspects of life. Education allows for our students to thrive through traditional methods of academic learning and vocational training. However, Skills for Life is different and caters to the needs of society and businesses in terms of the ‘soft skills’ that many of us take for granted.
IMPACT – We measure the impact on our careers education by ensuring we are meeting the Gatsby Benchmarks and we regularly complete surveys with our students and staff. The Gatsby Benchmarks are nationally recognised and although they are not a statutory framework but by adopting them, we are ensuring we offer our students the best provision.
The Eight benchmarks being:
– A stable careers programme.
– Learning from Careers & Labour Market Information.
– Addressing the Needs of Each Pupil.
– Linking Curriculum Learning to Careers.
– Encounters with Employers & Employees.
– Experiences of Workplaces.
– Encounters with Further and Higher Education.
– Personal Guidance.
MONITORING – We keep records of all events, inputs and sessions that every student has completed in order to ensure we are supporting our students in the best possible way.
Helpful Careers Websites
National website that provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work.
Career pilot is a career tool which will help you decide on your choices at 14, 16 and 18.
My world of work is a website which helps you to understand who you are, where you want to go and how to get there.
TARGETcareers FUTUREWISE is here to help school leavers make decisions about their future. Explore options for careers, university or apprenticeships and get help applying successfully.
Success at School is the place for young people to explore careers, get the lowdown on top employers, and search for the latest jobs, courses and advice.
IMI is all about understanding the local labour markets to support you in your career decisions.
Careers Box contains videos about different careers.
IT Ambassadors is all about connecting students and parents with people who work in the communications and IT sector.
Pure Potential wants to increase applications to the best universities and graduate recruiters from students who have attended state schools and sixth form. If you are at sixth form or an FE college, its website is useful in providing information on the application process, profiles of universities and changes to tuition fees.
For support reviewing national and local labour markets:
This could be part of the interview or selection process. If you want to find out more about what this means and what these tests might look like then please following the below links.