Careers Education

Careers education helps students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to make successful choices, manage transitions in learning, and progress into work. We offer guidance so that students are able to use their knowledge and skills to make informed decisions about learning and work that aid their aspirations and interests. Careers education forms an integral part of the curriculum in the PSHE programme. The three main areas of careers learning, identified in the National Framework, form themes throughout careers work from Year 7 to 13.

Careers guidance is supported by the work of Form Tutors. All staff are involved in guidance to some extent, for example support during the selection of KS4 options and through the UCAS process. Our CEIAG programme aims to guarantee that all students who leave St. John Payne at the end of Year 11 have an appropriate pathway to a secure and fulfilling future.

Our PSHE co-ordinator guides the delivery of careers within the PSHE programme in conjunction with Heads of Year, overseeing CEIAG and managing the delivery of careers appointments for Mrs Hindes of Rayleigh Career Guidance Co. Ltd. - our independent careers adviser. During these interviews and subsequent to them, students are given independent advice and guidance to inform them of the range of possibilities post-16. Careers Explore online allows students to see where employment and apprenticeship opportunities arise in their local area.

Along with Mr MacConville, Mrs Hindes has raised the profile of Careers in the school, with visits from Stem-Net, E2V, Google and Transport for London complementing our annual Careers Fair, which affords students access to information from a wide range of providers, among them:

  • Explore Stem
  • Colchester Institute
  • Anglia Ruskin University
  • Writtle College – Animal, Horticulture
  • University of Essex
  • Skillsnet
  • JTL (Electrical, Plumbing & Engineering Training)
  • Badgehurst Training - Animal, Horticulture
  • Prospects (Graduate Careers in Construction & Engineering)
  • Army
  • South Essex College
  • Navy
  • Seevic College
  • SEETEC - IT, Estate Agency, Business Admin
  • CIMA - Chartered Institute Managerial Accountants
  • Ben Biggs - AECOM Structural Engineering
  • ITEC Training (Employment & Training Services – Business Admin)
  • Queen Mary’s University London
  • Eden Training - Child Care
  • Essex Employability & Skills Team: ECC Apprenticeship Team
  • Essex Fire Service
  • Chartered Institute of Insurance
  • STEM. NET (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics)
  • Chartered Institute of Accountancy
  • Chelmsford College
  • E2v - Engineering company based in Chelmsford
  • The Law Society
  • Royal Navy

Links established by staging the Fair have seen students tour Lloyds and also The Law Society Chambers, access to which is not widely granted. We also host the Destination Success Roadshow, a drama by the ENACT Theatre Group about the implications of the raised participation age.

Students have opportunity to attend taster days at Writtle and Chelmsford Colleges, and also a Scenario Day of workshops delivered by the Police, Fire & Ambulance services in response to a Road Traffic Accident, also exploring how occupational health and counselling supports those affected.

Sixth Form Tutors work with university entrants on their UCAS selection. Outside speakers address Year 13 students about the processes of application to university. Year 12 students hear talks about university selection and application procedures and GAP year opportunities in addition to tutorial work in Form groups. Year 9 students engage in a 6 week programme which leads towards their GCSE option choices.

An excellent addition to our Careers Curriculum has been the introduction of The Real Game, an activity that engages Year 8 students with the reality of life beyond education.

Key Stage 3 provision includes:

  • Allocated time through PSHE lessons for self-development focusing on lifestyle and progression.
  • Access to careers software on the School website.
  • Direction towards careers resources available in School.
  • Participation in The Real game in Year8.
  • Assemblies and other information on KS4 options, including vocational and alternative courses.
  • A structured and intensive programme of support and guidance for selecting KS4 options.
  • KS4 Options evening.
  • Targeted offsite provision where appropriate.

Key Stage 4 provision includes:

  • St John Payne Sixth Form information evening.
  • Annual Careers Information evening.
  • Careers interview for a number of targeted Year 11 students.
  • Supported personal statement sessions within PSHE lessons.
  • Parents’ evenings are supported by our qualified and impartial careers adviser.
  • Assemblies outlining alternative progression routes
  • Close and continued monitoring and support for vulnerable students.
  • Individualised plans for progression and transition between key stages for the most vulnerable and SEND students.
  • Individual mentoring for identified students.
  • Targeted academic intervention to support achievement for those identified.
  • Targeted offsite vocational placements where appropriate.
  • Targeted work experience where appropriate.

Key Stage 5 provision includes:

  • Annual Careers Information evening.
  • Attendance at the Annual Superfair held in Colchester.
  • UCAS and university applications evening for parents and students.
  • Support with completing UCAS applications and access to their own computer suite.
  • Careers interviews for those identified or who make a request.
  • Parents’ evenings are supported by our qualified and impartial careers adviser.
  • Close and continued monitoring and support for vulnerable students.
  • Individualised plans for progression and transition between key stages for the most vulnerable and SEND students.
  • Individual mentoring for identified students.
  • Targeted academic intervention to support achievement for those identified.
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