Formby High School has a busy and meaningful careers programme and we are proud of the quality of experiences offered to students across the school. The new Gatsby Benchmarks are a national framework of 8 guidelines that define the best careers provision in schools and colleges. Following a comprehensive audit of our current provision, we have updated our offer in line with this national careers strategy.
The following documents demonstrate the high standards, breadth and creativity in our careers programme. Click on the visuals to access full size view.
Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) at Formby High School forms an essential aspect of every student’s personal education and future well-being. From as early as Year 7 students begin to consider life skills and potential employability during their Careers Units in PSHEE. At KS4 Careers lessons work on a carousel basis alongside PSHEE with all students receiving around eight hours of guidance in both Years 10 and 11.
Students are introduced to the importance of CEIAG and the school identifies and facilitates opportunities that can support and assist them during their GCSEs. All lessons are designed to inform and coach students about career and educational opportunities and requirements. There are a variety of exciting resources used to deliver sessions on every issue from perfect interview techniques to positive thinking. Curriculum areas also integrate elements of subject-specific careers content into lessons across the school.
Our partners in the delivery of CEIAG is ‘Career North’, whose team of specialists conduct individual ‘career conversations’ with most students regarding Key Stage 4, post-16 and university choices.
Students (and parents) may book their own Career Conversation by contacting the General Office. During the meeting, students will discuss a whole host of options available to them and produce a personalised action plan. Some students may require more than one appointment. Our careers advisers are:
Every student has the opportunity to attend a practice interview in year 11. Throughout the year, students have numerous opportunities to work with local employers and take part in activities which develop their long term employability. As part of our Sixth Form Enrichment Programme, Year 12 and 13 students take part in a Careers Education and Guidance activities over two years which involves outside speakers from Universities and charities, the opportunity to participate in a one week ‘Career Experience placement’, Careers Workshops, UCAS training, trips to Universities and much more.
Year 7 FAME Programme
In partnership with our colleagues at Career North and a successful funding application to the ‘Careers and Enterprise Company’, we are delighted to be launching the FAME Programme for Year 7 this September (Focused and Achieving More in Education).
This year-long programme will allow us to kick start our careers education curriculum early and ensure Year 7 students maximise every opportunity to think about their futures. Time flies at secondary school and it will not be long before students (and parents) and considering GCSE options choices in Year 8, GCSE examinations in Year 11, Sixth Form and beyond.
The FAME Programme will provide a range of exciting assembly sessions delivered by our Career North colleagues, as well as some exciting opportunities for students themselves to become trained as ‘Careers Champions’ and represent their form group supporting and developing careers across the year group and the local community.
There is also support for parents and families in the shape of ‘Careers, Coffee and Cakes’ – a series of engaging and informal, early evening workshops and presentations designed to inform and educate parents in guiding their young people in the right direction over the coming years.
For details about the FAME Programme, please keep checking the website and reading our fortnightly ‘Focus ON’ newsletter on your ParentMail account.
GET INVOLVED AND INSPIRE THE NEXT GENERATION
We are always looking to encourage parents, organisations and individuals to contribute to our careers programme in school. If you would like to support our Careers Fair or Meet the Professionals or offer a Careers Breakfast, workshop or presentation, please get in touch on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Try using the following Careerometer tool to explore what different career opportunities can offer.
Click the image below to access our ‘Careering Ahead’ Guide