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 

The Value of Work Experience

You might think that the only point of doing work experience is to ‘tick a box’. You probably think you’ll just sit there twiddling your thumbs, or be given a stack of 2,000 envelopes to stuff, stamp and send. Although some work experience does involve doing menial tasks, it can still be very important. Some work experience placements might even give you the opportunity to take on some really interesting and challenging responsibilities. How meaningful each placement is depends on the set up and what is agreed from the outset.

The experience of being in an environment that is not school, seeing how different organisations work and how teams operate is invaluable. Your work placement doesn’t have to be in the sector/careers/job that you expect to be doing for the rest of your life. It is about seeing the big picture and developing real work, work ready young people. This is important as there is no such thing as a career for life. Most people who leave school, will have up to 7 different careers, with up to 40 different job roles in their working life. Any experience that shows how dynamic and adaptable you are is worth it.

10 Reasons to complete work experience:

  1. Research has shown young people are more likely to be successful in their job hunt if they have done some good work experience
  2. If you haven’t got a clue what career you want to do work experience is a perfect way to sample all the career options out there. It’s a way of exploring different jobs without actually committing to anything. Finding out you don’t like or don’t suit a particular job or working environment is just as valuable as confirming your aspirations.
  3. It’s the best way to get a real sense of your chosen industry. You’ll get to speak to employees and ask them questions. You’ll then be able to make informed choices
  4. Doing work experience shows passion and interest.
  5. Work placements can increase motivation and effort, they can provide a real goal and realise ambition
  6. You can gain the skills to thrive in the work place, in a non-threatening situation, you can learn the do’s and don’ts of employment
  7. It’ll help you identify your own skills and perhaps even highlight the areas that you might want to work on
  8. You might secure your own job – part-time, or that dream apprenticeship.
  9. You will be starting to build a valuable bank of contacts for when you are ready to gain serious employment
  10. You get to enhance your CV with experiences beyond school, something that will really make you stand out among your peers

[source: adapted from allaboutcareers.com]

Year 10 work experience really is the chance to put all of the learning from Build my Skills into action. It is a chance for students to start thinking about where they want to be after year 11 and further.

Details of work experience, the placement provider forms and advice on how to organise a placement can be found via the Your Future – KEVI Careers page.

North East STEM Tournament

Students were brilliant, representing King Edward’s at the North East STEM tournament on Friday 22 March. Up against schools from across the area from Hexham to Middlesborough and Durham – in total 24 teams competed.

Students were given a set of materials and had to problem solve and think on their feet to respond to the project brief. Teams designed and built a working crane, capable of picking up and moving nuclear waste. 

Both of our teams, one year 9 and and year 12, worked fantastically well and it culminated in the Year 12’s winning the “advanced” category.

BBC Bitesize Schools Tour

Tuesday 19 March saw much more excitement and anticipation for assembly than usual! As the students began to filter in, the notices the hall undergoing a transformation!

BBC Bitesize, as part of BBC Learning has long been established as a reliable and comprehensive digital and print revision resource. Over the years they have expanded that provision to include useful media clips to support teaching and now have began to proliferate the careers arena, with well researched and produced career-related learning content. 

As part of BBC Learning’s focus on Careers, they have introduced the 10-week Schools Tour that brings into the spotlight digital, media and creative careers. This is something out students yearn for, with one telling me “Miss I want to be an artist, but I can tell you have to get onto an engineering course!”

Living up to their brand the BBC Bitesize Schools Tour was slick, excellent production value. However, it was much more than a good-looking assembly. The content was engaging, it was delivered from industry professionals, it was sound advice for those interested in creative careers.

Year 9 and Year 10 students got an awful lot from the experience… and not just the free BBC branded highlighter!

Oxford and Cambridge Student Conference

Oxford and Cambridge Student Conference 
St James’ Park, Newcastle 21 March 2019

Every year many of our students choose to apply to ‘competitive universities’. The annual Oxford and Cambridge Student Conference is a great opportunity for our students to attend subject specific presentations, to find out the facts about applying to and studying at ‘Oxbridge’, and to meet admissions officers, lecturers and students. It’s a roadshow event allowing northeastern students to find out more…on their own doorstep.

Parallel is the Advisor’s Conference which is a very useful event for our staff to make sure that they are totally up to date with the latest information, to grill the admissions officers and lecturers, and to share ideas and best practice with colleagues across northern England.

National Careers Week 2019

The week beginning 4 March saw the annual event that is a celebration of successful Careers Education and once again, King Edward’s participated with the addition of numerous activities to the already extensive careers programme.

Like in previous years, National Careers Week coincided with National Apprenticeship Week, where there is an increasing awareness of the multiple progression opportunities available to young people. Our #NCW programme was extensive and all year groups from across school and sixth form had the opportunity to learn from a broad and varied range of professionals in their field.

Following National Careers/Apprenticeship Week we also relaunched our KEVI Careers website, rebranded as Your Future. This has a whole host of information for students and parents about the full range of progression routes and opportunities. It is accessible from the Quick Links section of the site.

Our commitment and endeavour in the field of Careers Education does not stop after National Careers Week. We have more guest presenters booked in for year groups, the BBC are coming into talk about digital and media careers, Year 12 will attend the Oxbridge conference, The Brilliant Club continues… all of this is in the next few weeks!

Sister Act Rehearsals

The bi-annual musical was in final dress rehearsal over the last weekend. All cast, musicians, technical and support crew were in over Saturday and Sunday making sure everything is perfect for opening night on Thursday.

The production of Sister Act follows on the success of High School Musical back in 2017. It is fantastic to see some returning cast members but lost of new faces.

Massive congratulations to the musicians who are playing in the band – a three-volume score to rehearse with some piece 200 bars long! It is excellent experience for those with their sights set on careers as professional musicians.

The Technical Production crew do an outstanding job with all of the lighting and sound, many of the Sixth Form use these experiences to support applications to Media and Production courses at University. It is great hands on experience, all supported by our Alumni and volunteer Jonathan.

Without volunteers like Jonathan and the committed staff from Music and Drama these productions couldn’t go ahead. The talent and professionalism from the students has been remarkable over the weekend… bring on 2021 and the next one!

The show begins it’s three-night run on Thursday 21 March, tickets are available from the Finance Office. 

 

 

National Careers Week 2019

The week 4 – 8 March sees the return of these hugely successful annual events. In school we are supporting them in a number of ways. Assemblies for this week will be ‘futures’ focused and there are a wealth of resources for students and parents/carers on the ‘Your Future – KEVI Careers’ website. This is currently under construction and will be launched during the week.

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 is available to view here. We ask that students and any parents/carers wanting to attend the parent session on Monday 4 March to sign up using the Google Form. If students prefer they can sign up and register with Mrs J Schreier in the Careers Office.

Careers Education and a future focus is constant within and across school, the preparation of students for their next stage happens throughout the academic year and different year groups. Our Student Mentors are available for one to one conversations at all times, students have access to quality careers advice outside of National Careers Week. In the spirit of Careers Week, we are aiming to raise awareness of opportunities that can enrich the learning experience and enhance any CV.   

You can also follow us on social media or search twitter using #NCW2019 and #NAW2019 to gain further insight into the breadth of events during the week.

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.”