“The school is committed to providing all its students with a planned programme of careers education activities throughout their school career, with opportunities at key transition points to access impartial information and expert advice and guidance.” HRS CEIAG Policy 2013
Careers Education and Guidance and Work Related Learning are taught through morning registration periods presented as the ‘Theme of the Week’, and KS3 PSHEE lessons within the curriculum. Additional ‘off time-table’ sessions are arranged as required.
- All students at HRS have access to a qualified impartial Careers Guidance Adviser who is available for them to see on a drop in basis when she is at HRS. (Students need to check the days with Mrs Abbott.) She attends Year 8 Options evening and also our Sixth Form Information evening.
- We have a fully equipped and resourced Careers Resource Centre, staffed full-time by our Careers Coordinator, where pupils can gain access to detailed information about the wide range of careers available. They can collect hand-outs, brochures, local college prospectuses or have information copied. The Careers Resource Centre is open to students at break and lunchtimes.
- All students have access to careers software. In particular, Kudos, a web-based site, is widely used to help students with career exploration and to encourage them to aim higher.
Key Stage 3 – Transition support is given to Year 8 to aid Options choices.
The students will have classwork to help them explore their career ideas and encourage them to make the connection between subject choices and the key skills learnt which may be useful for particular careers. They will be taught how to use Kudos to explore their careers ideas and assess their suitability.
Key Stage 4 – Preparing students for Post 16
Students in Year 10 attend an Occupational Talks event as part of their Work Related Learning. Guest speakers representing a variety of occupational areas come in to the school to talk to the students, who have free choice as to which talks they attend.
All students in Year 11 have the opportunity for an interview with the independent Careers Guidance Adviser to discuss post-16 options and career paths. Our focus for individual appointments is normally for Year 11 students who have reached key transition points, however any student can refer themselves to the Careers coordinator who will assess their needs. Further support will be available for CV writing, filling in application forms and interview skills.
Key Stage 5 – Preparing students for Post 18
In the Sixth Form the focus is on giving guidance and support in the process of applying to university or employment, and careers work is an element of the Enrichment programme. Work Related Learning for our Year 12 students is supported by various activities.
We arrange visits from outside speakers, for example from the National Careers Service, or specialists to inform the students about opportunities available to them, such as Higher Apprenticeships.
Students also have opportunities for Work Experience and to visit events such as the Higher Education Fair.
The Helena Romanes School and Sixth Form Centre has proudly been accredited with the Recognition of Quality Award (ROQA) for its dedicated provision of Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance).
|Staff Names||Staff Titles|
|Mrs Pamela Abbott||Careers Co-ordinator|
|Mrs Julie Kay||Independent Careers Guidance Adviser|
|Mrs Helen Witty||Assistant Headteacher – Curriculum|