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 email@example.com. (Entrust previously known as Staffordshire Young People’s Service and prior to this, Connexions).
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.
As part of the PSHE programme, pupils will look at topics such as, challenging stereotypes, post-16 options, apprenticeships and careers, as well as future academic opportunities. This will be covered by teachers, guest speakers, visits to fairs and events specific to the needs of pupils ( e.g. pupils interested in engineering), workshops and use of software such as U-explore and Fast Tomato.
We will also hold a careers fair in April, where, in liaison with Entrust, we hope again to bring around 30 companies, educational establishments and apprenticeships providers, enabling pupils to speak directly to people, to inform themselves of various future possibilities.
A Careers Library will be created within the existing library, where up-to-date information on careers will be available to pupils, as well as a computer suite, allowing pupils to 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.
All information will be available on the school website. The Careers Leader’s email will be available for employers, parents and pupils to contact me with any questions.
- 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.
- The date of our next review of the information published –
This information will be updated throughout the academic year 2018-19 and will be reviewed at the end of the year, in order to consider improvements and developments for the future.
As we develop the careers programme into 2019/20, we have made the decision to sign up to Unifrog. This is an excellent platform, which will enable your child to search for apprenticeships, further education and degree course, as well as career pathways, CVS writing skills, interview preparation and much more.
Pupils are being signed up this term and will be receiving instructions on how to use the software in due course.
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/