Careers leader – Mr A Stokes
The Careers Programme at Walton High School will offer a comprehensive and varied package from years 7 through to 13. The aim will be to provide continuity throughout the school, giving pupils broad advice and the opportunity to discover their future path and make well informed choices.
Independent Careers Adviser – Nikki Lambert
For information, advice and guidance contact Nikki Lambert, Careers Adviser. Nikki is a Level 6 qualified Careers Advice and Guidance practitioner and has been working with Walton High School for over 10 years.
Nikki is in school on Thursday during term time (unless otherwise arranged with school). Appointments are made to fit with school class times. Appointments can be made through student’s class tutor, head of year, directly requested by the young person or by emailing.
Careers Provision - COVID notice
Given the current circumstances we have had to make some changes to our programme and these will remain under review, until the situation is back to normal.
Careers sessions – Usually there would be 6 tutor sessions through the year, which are coupled with the PSHE sessions. These have now moved online and will be sent out via Sims for pupils to work on.
Visitors/Speakers and other live events – As this is clearly not possible, the Careers leader will organise online sessions, which pupils can engage with. This will be during a[apprenticeships Week, nation Careers Week, Options Week and the Virtual Careers Fair. Links will also be sent to pupils for access to virtual work experience and other careers fairs and presentations.
Careers Interviews – all one-to-one interviews with our Independent Careers Adviser, Nikki Lambert, will be conducted by phone and not in person, until further notice.
During this pandemic, I will endeavour to provide a variety of alternatives to the usual programme and any pupils or parents needing advice or clarity about the Careers Provision at Walton at this time, should not hesitate to contact me and I will be happy to help.
I would also invite any companies or organisations, who are looking for access to our pupils, to provide important careers information, to contact me via email to discuss how we can organise things.
There are six careers session per year for all year groups across the school. Pupils will look at topics such as, challenging stereotypes, post-16 options, apprenticeships and careers, as well as future academic opportunities. This will be delivered by teachers, guest speakers and visitors from a variety of backgrounds.
We will organise visits to fairs and events specific to the needs of pupils (e.g. pupils interested in engineering), arrange workshops and advertise any online events to all year groups.
All pupils at Walton are signed up to a website called Unifrog, which is an excellent platform to gain a wealth of career and pathway information. Pupils will be actively encouraged to use this website at home, as well as during sessions at school.
We also hold our own bespoke careers fair in April, where, in liaison with Entrust, we hope again to bring around 40-50 companies, educational establishments and apprenticeships providers, enabling pupils to speak directly to people, to inform themselves of various future possibilities.
A Careers Library has been created within the existing library, where up-to-date information on careers is available to pupils, as well as a computer suite, allowing pupils to do research.
The Careers Leader will also;
- be liaising with Entrusts Careers Advisor, Nikki Lambert to ensure as many pupils as possible, receive individual advice and particularly focussing on pupils who are potentially at risk of lacking support in this area or who struggle to access the materials.
- be attending relevant meetings in the community (e.g. Careers Hub at Sir Graham Balfour)
- be liaising with sixth form and other colleagues to ensure continuity from lower school and clarity in our careers curriculum.
How we measure and assess the impact of the careers programme on pupils:
Pupils will fill in feedback sheets in PSHE sessions and the Careers Leader will liaise with Nikki Lambert to make sure careers meetings result in an action, where necessary.
Pupils will also be asked to indicate their plans in various PSHE sessions throughout the year, so we can monitor their progress/decisions as they go through the school.
QICs – Quality in Careers Award
We are already working towards this award for Walton High School and we will endeavour to provide outstanding carers and information Guidance. Please follow this link for more information - http://www.qualityincareers.org.uk/
If you are an employer, company, education provider or organisation wanting access to our school, to delivery career information, please do not hesitate to contact the Careers leader on the email above.
Useful careers websites and resources for parents, staff and students
‘Unifrog’ Each Walton Student will have access via a personalised log on account that the school Careers Leader provides. A school-purchased careers programme with all the information you need – anything from how to produce a CV, write a university personal statement, find careers that match you, find out about different GCSE choices, recording your work experience and information to help you develop your career ideas. https://www.unifrog.org/student
‘National Careers Service’ Job Profiles:
Use the following link to access job profiles. Use these profiles to explore your career ideas.
‘Careerswales’ Job Profiles:http://www.careerswales.com/en/tools-and-resources/job-information/job-families/
National Apprenticeship Service - use the following link to search and apply for vacancies
Icould- Free access to over 1000 personal video stories, detailed job information, plus practical tips, insight and advice and Labour Market Information http://icould.com
Careers box- National on line careers film and video library. You will be able to watch real people doing real jobs to help give you more of an insight
‘All about Careers’ A careers site highlighting job profiles, updates on job sectors, career matching tool and featured employer links www.allaboutcareers.com
‘My kinda future’ - A careers site to build your CV, meet employers and find a job http://www.mykindafuture.com/
‘Get my first job’ - a website to look at Apprenticeships and Traineeships https://www.getmyfirstjob.co.uk
U Explore - http://website.u-explore.com/
Students - Start provides you with all the information you need in one place, you can set up a personalised profile to help you make better education and career choices.
Parents- Use Start at home with your child to help cut through the fog of careers advice and begin making more informed choices – every step of the way
Success at School- https://successatschool.org/ Career advice for schools and students aged 13-19. Search jobs, advice & find out about employers, work experience, courses, career choices, apprenticeships.
Notgoingtouni - Find apprenticeships in Not Going to Uni, the online apprenticeships guide that offers you advice on how to become an apprentice, find traineeships, college courses or work experience https://www.notgoingtouni.co.uk
Find out more about apprenticeships including a parent pack for lots of information
General useful careers sector websites
http://ccskills.org.uk/careers - creative jobs and careers
https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/ - NHS careers
http:careers-in-sport.co.uk careers in sport http://www.sportengland.org/
http://www.citb.co.uk/ Construction Industry Training Board
The Gatsby Benchmarks -https://www.careersandenterprise.co.uk/schools-colleges/understand-gatsby-benchmarks