Key Stage 4

Welcome to Key stage 4, when students in Year 10 will be having one week block of work experience.

Work experience is valuable for all students. It gives an insight into a professional field and it can also look impressive on a CV and Personal Statement. Work experience gives students the chance to find out what work is really like and help prepare them for working life. It also helps them to start to plan for their career and look at options for their future.

Why complete Work Experience?

  • Prepare you for working life

  • Make you more independent

  • Prepare you for further education, training or employment

  • Improve your social skills – communication and listening skills

  • Can improve your confidence, emotional well-being and self-esteem

  • Gives you experience to help you write your CV (Curriculum Vitae)

  • Provides you with evidence of your skills and knowledge to help with your applications to - further education, apprenticeships, university

Experience of Work Experience - Gatsby Benchmark 6

Personal Guidance – Gatsby Benchmark 8

“Every pupil should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a Careers Adviser, who could be internal (a member of school staff) or external, provided they are trained to an appropriate level. These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made. They should be expected for all pupils but should be timed to meet their individual needs. Every pupil should have at least one such interview by the age of 16, and the opportunity for a further interview by the age of 18.”

In addition – You can also contact the National Careers Service for help and advice:

The National Careers Service can help you with your career, learning and training choices. This service is available to people who live in England.

Contact National Careers Service

Call 0800 100 900

Year 11 students also have mock interviews, from an array of Employers, Colleges, and Educators, including Santander, Co-op, Maggie Mullen Architects, Magenta Living, HMRC, to name but a few. The interviews were held over a three day period, and were a great success for both students and employers.

Encounters with employers and employees – Gatsby Benchmark 5

“Every pupil should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. Every year, from the age of 11, pupils should participate in at least one meaningful encounter*with an employer. A „meaningful encounter‟ is one in which the student has an opportunity to learn about what work is like or what it takes to be successful in the workplace. This can be achieved through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes.”

Encounters with further and higher education – Gatsby Benchmark 7

“By the age of 16, every pupil should have had a meaningful encounter* with providers of the full range of learning opportunities, including sixth forms, colleges, universities and apprenticeship providers. . . . .”

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