Key Stage 4 PSHE, Citizenship and Careers
Students consolidate and develop key topics from key stage 3 and also have Core RE lessons delivered as part of the programme of study.
Greater emphasis is placed on careers education to prepare students for the education pathways available to them after their GCSE’s and to enable them to make successful transition from education into the work place.
- Applications for Work Experience
- Further information on pathways in education, apprenticeships and careers
- Advice on the application process including CVs, forms and interview techniques
- A further development of awareness of Labour Market Information
- Advice on how to manage online reputation and issues surrounding digital careers self-promotion
Citizenship - Crime and the Law
- Youth crime and how the law deals with young offenders.
- The UK Justice System, including the role of the courts and the judge.
- The law around use of the internet and social media
- Illegal drugs and the law
Sex and Relationships Education
- Relationships (including marriage, arranged and forced marriage)
- Sexual Health: Contraception, STI’s (including HIV and AIDS) and where to get information and help
(further details in the SRE policy)
- Animal Rights
- Application preparation to Post 16 providers (application forms, interview techniques)
- Final collation of students’ Record of Achievement documents (to include CV, Personal Statement, Career Action Plan)
- Further course exploration of pathway options in Further Education, Higher Education and Apprenticeships
- A week’s work experience placement
- Mock Interview practice at an event where employers conduct individual interviews with students.
- Mental health
- Consent and sexual violence
- Consolidate drug education and how to ensure good sexual health
- The influence of the media and pornography on young people, including influences on self-esteem, relationships and body image.
Core REDebating ethical issues around the death sentence as a form of punishment.
- Mock Interview Evening: All Year 11 students take part in a ‘Mock interview’ with an employer volunteer.
- Post 16 workshops: All Year 10 students attend workshops about the key education pathways of Sixth Form, College and Apprenticeships.
- Work Experience week: All students take part in a week’s placement at a local work place. This happens at the end of September – beginning of October whilst students are in Year 11.
- Record of Achievement portfolio: Leading on from their personal careers information compiled since KS3, students compile a ROA portfolio in preparation for their Post 16 interviews in the spring term of Year 11.
- Careers guidance interviews and ‘self-referral drop in’ sessions: Students have access to a qualified level 6 independent Careers advisor to provide 1-2-1 support for students who need additional support with their education pathways and applications.
- Employability ‘drop down’ day - activities enable Year 10 students to work together in reinforcing key skills and attitudes. This is supported by volunteers from local business and training providers.
- As stated in the KS3 section, Careers Library is open at lunchtimes, Monday – Thursday. Students can drop in for advice about further and higher education, help in writing CVs and Personal Statements, use careers websites for research and inspiration.
- Careers talks – the ‘Be Inspired’ programme.