Our careers programme, bolstered by our Catholic mission to develop a spiritual and moral dimension to our student’s development, is intended to equip our young people with a ‘Compass for Life”. The curriculum has been designed to provide opportunities for our students to develop the skills and insight that are relevant to the modern workplace.
Our close involvement with the world of industry, alongside the delivery of a comprehensive careers education programme and our independent careers advice service, enables us to support every young person to achieve their potential, ensuring that upon leaving us they are well prepared for the challenges of their next steps. The careers programme focuses on a theme for every year group extending from Year 7 up to Year 13.
The themes visited in each year group relate to the 8 ‘Gatsby Benchmarks’ which are part of the new careers strategy from the Department for Education. The strategy is a whole school approach to delivering careers guidance to all of our students throughout their journey in education.
These benchmarks are met by delivering a range of activities from 1-1 guidance appointments, work experience, events, visiting speakers and through the curriculum.
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As part of our commitment to informing our students of the full range of learning and training pathways on offer to them, we are happy to consider requests from training, apprenticeship and vocational education providers to speak to them. Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School also proactively seeks to build relationships with these partners as we plan our Careers, Information, Advice and Guidance (CIAG) programme activity throughout the school year to ensure that providers have multiple opportunities to speak to students and their parents across different school years. The purpose of these relationships are to offer information on vocational, technical and apprenticeship qualifications and pathways.
Opportunities for providers to speak with students may include school assemblies or employer and provider engagement events such as joint or separate career fairs. Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School’s CIAG programme is monitored by its school board and the quality and impact by the school’s Senior Leadership Team. The monitoring of access to and opportunities to engage with, technical, vocational and training providers will form part of this process.
In the first instance, requests by providers should be sent to Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School’s Careers Lead Mr Colin Beesley at firstname.lastname@example.org
All requests will be considered on the basis of staffing availability to support the activity, clashes with other planned activity, interruption to preparation for examinations or rooming and space availability to host the activity.