Careers Education at King Edward’s

Careers Education at The King Edward VI School aims to be broad, balanced and personalised. Our aim is to inspire students, widen their horizons and support them to make informed decisions. The days of a Careers Adviser matching you to a particular job are long gone!

At King Edward’s Careers Education is delivered in a variety of ways across the year groups, but never as a ‘careers lesson’, it is much broader and more holistic than that.

To us Careers Education means:

Competencies The skills and dispositions beyond grades that are desirable to employers, these are employability skills and are about keeping ‘the’ job once you get it
Aspiration Students should not be told ‘no’ but asked how. The only limitations we have are the ones we impose upon ourselves
Research

 

The world of work is very different to what it once was, it is very dynamic with new companies and job types constantly evolving. Competition for jobs is fierce and truly international. Understanding Labour Market Information (LMI) is vital
Employability

 

Essentially this is career management i.e. getting the job when you apply for it. This is about achievement and progress in subjects (the ‘golden’ ticket of 5+ grade 4s), attendance and punctuality as well as competencies
Empowerment

 

Hopefully students will be empowered to ask questions and make decisions. They will see the value of work and their place within a particular pathway
Resilience

 

There will be setbacks, it is about having the self confidence and tenacity to deal with these. Learning from our disappointments and to keep trying. Reflection is a key skill
Success Success means different things to different people. It is about supporting students to be successful in their own right and move onto a post 16 or post 18 pathway that is right for them

Students will have access to our Student Mentor, Janet, who is a qualified careers adviser. Students can self-refer for an interview at any time they feel the need, or be referred by any staff member or parent. 

 

Our Careers Team

Leanne Johnston Assistant Headteacher and Careers Lead leanne.johnston@the3rivers.net

I am privileged to lead Careers Education at King Edward’s and exceptionally proud of the Careers team and all we have achieved being part of the National Pilot Programme for Good Career Guidance. It is phenomenal to think that our Northumberland school has influenced National Policy! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Janet Schreier, Student Mentor janet.schreier@the3rivers.net

 

I love my job! Working with students to make sure they can get to their next step after school or Sixth Form is so rewarding. There are so many options available for students, my role is to help them explore what is right for them

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Sixth Form Year Teams are hugely experienced supporting students and families in navigating options Post 18. Contact the Sixth Form team: sixthformkevi@the3rivers.net

Fiona Long and Ms O’Neill

Jessica Mares and Ms Familton

 

 

 

 

 

 

Careers Programme

This is a sample of some of the activities. We are constantly adding activities and opportunities throughout the year as they become available. These will be advertised as and when they become available.

Provider Access Statement 

Champion School Status!

National Citizen Service (NCS) has awarded ‘Champion’ status to The King Edward VI School (KEVI) thanks to its great commitment to working alongside NCS to build awareness of the NCS programme and having exceeded expectations in promoting the programme as well as recruiting students to take part.

The NCS programme supports young people’s transition to adulthood by developing their strength of character and life-skills which enables them to contribute to society with a greater sense of purpose, optimism and belonging.

Open to young people aged 16-17 the NCS programme takes place in school holidays and includes outdoor team-building exercises, a residential for participants to learn ‘life skills’, a community-based social action project and an end of programme celebration event.

Leanne Johnston, Assistant Headteacher at The King Edward VI School in Morpeth says:

“We are of course delighted to receive the recognition of Champion School. However, what we see, through supporting NCS are our students in Sixth Form who have completed the programme more motivated, engaged and independent learners. The benefit the programme gives to students in terms of experience and crucial life or employability skills is superb. The quality of applications for Post 18 progression are superior for those students who have completed NCS.”

Hayley Phillipson, NCS Recruitment Coordinator for Northumberland says:

“We always receive a warm welcome from staff and students at KEVI so I am delighted to present an award to mark their NCS Champion status. Current year 11s can now sign up to the 2019 summer NCS programme – places fill up fast so I’d encourage them to take action before it’s too late.”

NCS is making a positive contribution towards developing our country’s future talent and is proven to increase confidence, communication and leadership abilities. University participation rates for those who take part in NCS was on average 12% higher than those who didn’t take part*.

Izzi Dorrian, Head of Education engagement at the NCS Trust comments:

“Through working closely with schools and colleges across the UK, we are able to ensure more young people have the opportunity to be aware of the amazing benefits which come with participating in the programme. This collaboration is helping us to ensure the programme is embedded in local communities and reminds us exactly how the programme is helping change the futures of thousands of young people each year.”

For any students in Year 11, you can sign up to participate in NCS next summer at NCSYES.co.uk or calling 0191 247 4020. A range of departure dates will be available for summer 2019. Use the code NCS35! To book a place for just £35.

The Biggest King Edward’s Inspires… so far!

A Northumberland school welcomed hundreds of students and parents from across the county to its biggest and best careers event yet on 22 November.

King Edward’s Inspires, which is now in its fifth year, is an annual careers fair held by The King Edward VI School, part of The Three Rivers Learning Trust. And this year’s event featured stands from more employers than ever before, including accountancy firms PWC and Graeme Tennick & Co, law firm Muckle LLP, the NHS, Northumbria Police, Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service, Northumbrian Water, civil engineering firm ARUP, HR specialists Avec, Faulkner Browns Architects, design and brand agency JUMP, and more.

In addition, students and their parents and guardians could chat to representatives from colleges and universities from across the country, including The Northern School of Art, Edinburgh Napier, Leeds Beckett, Edge Hill, the London School of Economics, Trinity College Cambridge, and the Universities of Stirling, Newcastle, Cumbria, Sheffield, Dundee, Sunderland, Huddersfield, and Teesside among others.

There was also a full programme of advisory presentations on offer, covering topics including apprenticeships, personal branding, student life and finances, and careers in areas as diverse as nursing, engineering, medicine, film, sport, law and environmental science.

As well as King Edward’s own students, a coach descended on the Morpeth school from Berwick Academy and families from The Duke’s Secondary School were welcomed.

Sarah Flanagan, Head of Post-16 Education at Berwick Academy said of the event: “It’s been really valuable for us as a rural and isolated school to get access to this range of employers and higher education institutions. We simply couldn’t do this alone, so our ongoing partnership with The King Edward VI School has really been of benefit to my students over a number of years, and this year has been bigger and better than ever before.”

Mark Fox, Careers and Employability Manager at The Duke’s Secondary School in Ashington added: “I think it’s been a really amazing evening, because there’s something for everyone, so no one has gone home empty handed.”

Year 12 student at The King Edward VI School Shannon Brown said: “Tonight has been really good for me because I didn’t really feel I had a clue what I was doing but now I have a plan, and lots of information to go through.”

Exhibitor Graeme Tennick has already got work experience candidates lined up until July 2019 following the event. He added: “It’s a fantastic event that helps the students to fully get a feel for what businesses are like and what they are looking for, and the various routes forward. We’re looking forward to taking part again next year.”

 

Leanne Johnston is Assistant Headteacher at The King Edward VI School. She also organises King Edward’s Inspires. She said: “King Edward’s Inspires goes from strength to strength with our partnerships with The Duke’s Secondary School and Berwick Academy continuing to thrive.

“The students and their parents get a lot of benefit from the evening, so we want to thank all of the organisations that have taken time out of their busy schedules to attend.”

Live on BBC Radio Newcastle

The new academic year got off to a great start this week with BBC Radio Newcastle dropping in to talk to our Head Girl and Deputy Head Girl about the value and importance of women’s right to vote.

The interview took place in our Advanced Study Centre with the girls ‘going live’ at 8:50 (link to the show https://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/play/p06hpvzb). Despite being nervous Claudia and Phoebe provided thoughtful comment on such an important issue. The girls were joined by Penny and Philippa Supporters and educators around the Women’s Suffrage movement. Penny is part of the Morpeth-based Emily Inspires group and Philippa, a third generation descendent of Emily Davison.

Whilst being interviewed live on local radio was both nerve wracking and exciting, it was a great opportunity to see and discuss modern broadcast media. Laura from Radio Newcastle discussed the importance of work experience within the journalism industry. Indeed, the technology that was used was surprising… and iPad and microphone!

Adventures of King Edward’s Alumni

This summer, two King Edward’s alumni – Yasmine Shafiq and Elwin Marshall – will be volunteering for eight weeks with the Cambridge Development Initiative (CDI). . CDI is a registered charity and student-led organisation which works in partnership with local government agencies to improve the well being of communities in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.

Operating in Dar Es Salaam’s informal settlements, where residents earn under $1 per day and lack access to adequate sanitation, the CDI Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH) project implements a sustainable and community-centred solution. The WaSH project prevents water-borne illnesses by training and employing local technicians to build safe simplified sewerage systems, along with toilets. The new Year 13 students will recall Yasmine’s inspiring assembly linked to work experiences and enrichment and Year 11 students may also remember an assembly last Christmas from Yasmine about her previous work on this project.

To promote this initiative’s economic and environmental sustainability, the CDI WaSH team aims to offer biogas as a renewable alternative to charcoal. Since 2015, CDI has been testing biodigestor technology, which turns waste collected by the sewerage networks into biogas. CDI intends to ensure the continued benefits of the project by transitioning from the current biodigestor model to one that is locally sourced through a Tanzanian supplier. This shift will enable community members to efficiently undertake repairs while creating a social enterprise through which biogas sales will fund the construction of new sewerage networks. To accomplish this goal, CDI need to raise an additional £2,000.

Any donations, however small, from KEVI students, applicants, teachers or parents would make a huge difference to the impact that the CDI WaSH project could have this year. Please have a look at the JustGiving page for more information about the project (including impact reporting, photographs and video links) and consider donating if you can: https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/cdi/washproject.

Year 10 Work Experience Success

The week after the half term break continues to be our focused Careers Week for Year 10, where students are offered the opportunity to take part in Work Experience. We are proud of the fact that we are one of few schools locally who continue to offer ‘traditional’ Work Experience for our pre-16 students, indeed coordinating 300 work placements is quite a task!

As a proactive member of the National Pilot programme for Good Careers Guidance, that has see our views, knowledge and experience influence the Department for Education’s National Careers Strategy, we fully support the assertions that students should:

  • have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace (Benchmark 5)
  • have first-hand experience of the workplace to help their exploration of career opportunities and expand their networks (Benchmark 6)

We have had some hugely positive feedback from the students and the employers who hosted placements. From us, as a school, we would like to express our gratitude to the students, parents and employers who supported this process and made the week so worthwhile.

For the small number of students who did not attend placement, there were a full range of career-related activities going on in school. Use the #CareersWeek2018 on Twitter to see some of the things students got up to.

We hope the week has induced some self reflection for students as they begin to formulate their career plan. Once they arrive back in September students will be asked to think about their Post 16 future and begin the Sixth Form/College/Apprenticeship application process. We have excellent personal guidance available through our Student Mentor, Janet, where students can discuss their ideas.

KEVI Science Gardens: Past, Present and Future

The development of our three Science gardens depicting the past, present and future has been inspired by one of our Alumni, Alan Davison Emeritus Professor of Environmental Biology (Newcastle University).

Alan became a Foundation Governor to the school later in his life and as he moved into retirement, his passion and drive to continue working with the school, helped us to find new ways of enriching the learning experience for our students and galvanised us into action.

The Present: The Mulberry Science Garden

Between 2014- 2016 we worked with Alan and utilised his expertise and knowledge to develop the first science garden. With support from Brims Construction Company, 4 raised beds were built and Alan designed 10 different environments with particular plants in each section for students to study. Additional help came from Wyevale’s ‘Heighley Gate’ Garden Centre and Morpeth Town Council in looking after the plants and maintaining the new space.  The final step to completion was with the science charity Opal who helped us to begin a small wild meadow area.

The garden has been a great success with staff and students enjoying it and using it all year round in a variety of subjects. Alan died in August 2016 and to honour him we are continuing his work with the development of a further two science gardens. In the future we will host community events and invite the public in to view our special gardens. The first public event is planned for this summer to commemorate the death of our famous Morpeth botanist William Turner.

The Past: The KEVI William Turner Garden – under construction

Alan’s interest in local history has led us to explore our past and recognise the possibility that William Turner, the famous botanist, physician and theologian who was educated in Morpeth, may well have been a former pupil of our school. The King Edward VI School began life as a church school in the Morpeth Chantry back in the 1300s and was later re-founded (1552).  As a boy, William Turner (1508-68) lived in Morpeth and received his early education here before leaving for Pembroke Hall, Cambridge.

To develop our Turner Garden, we have worked closely with the Friends of William Turner Morpeth group (FOWTM) and received expert advice from plant historian Dr Marie Addyman. The preparation work began in 2017 and with everyone’s help; we have now completed the first phase of planting with recognised plants from the 1500s.

The Future: The Carbon Capture Garden – 2018 – 2020 project

Alan’s interest in the future of the environment has led to us furthering our links with Newcastle University. With the help of Professor David Manning and his Research Assistant Kevin Stott from the National Green Infrastructure Facility, School of Engineering, Urban Sciences Building, we are now embarking on a two year scientific project to develop a Carbon Capture Garden. This garden will be a site of experimentation for students and will be based on the knowledge that the NCl University team have acquired during the development of their ‘SUCCESS’* project.

Click here for a list of plants used.

KEVI STEM Champions

Girls STEM eventThirty Year 9 Girls took part in an amazing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) event hosted by ACCENTURE at St James Park. A total of 400 girls attended the event representing 40 schools across the North East. The event was also replicated in London and Manchester, and various cities across the world.

 

Girls STEM Event activity

Activities included a workshop to design and build a wind turbine and an “ideation” event where the girls had to come up with innovative ways to reduce food waste. The girls also had time at an Innovation Fair where they had the opportunity to experience many different STEM projects including experiencing virtual reality, electronic workshops, robot racing and much more.

The highlight of the day was the awarding of prizes for the most efficient wind turbine – KEVI designs won 1st and 4th position with Chantry 3rd place – a fantastic achievement for the Three Rivers Learning Trust!

Girls STEM Event - winning team

National Careers Week/National Apprenticeship Week

This coming week sees the return of these hugely successful annual events. In school we are supporting them in a number of ways. Assemblies for the next week will be ‘futures’ focused and there are a wealth of resources for students and parents on the KEVI Careers site, do make sure you explore these.

Over the course of the week there are a number of exciting opportunities which have been arranged for students: visits, workshops and talks. The full programme can be viewed on the KEVI Careers site, via the National Careers Week 2018 page. This information has been shared with all students and they have been asked to sign up for the various events. As places are limited, students will be notified whether they have gained a place the day before. Places for events will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

In the spirit of Careers Week, we are aiming to raise awareness of opportunities that can enrich the learning experience and enhance any CV. The National Park Authority are running an eight week, New Naturalist programme which leads to a John Muir Award. This opportunity is open to Year 9 and 10 students, and will really develop their knowledge and skills of nature, conservation and biodiversity in the local area. Any interested students should see Mrs Johnston before Friday 9 March.

You can also follow us on social media or search twitter using #NCW2018 and #NAW2018 to gain further insight into the breadth of events during the week.