Key Stage 3

Welcome - Careers - Work Related Learning, Careers & Enterprise

Careers Education, Information Advice and Guidance are a vital part of your education here at Co-op Academy Bebington. We are committed to delivering a full Careers Programme; adhering to the latest Government Guidelines and working in partnership with the Careers and Enterprise Company.

CEIAG - What is CEIAG? Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance is designed to prepare students for life in modern Britain by providing the knowledge, understanding, confidence and skills that they need to make informed choices and plans for their future learning and career

The Careers Department at Co-op Academy Bebington provides impartial information, advice, guidance and support for all of YOU through careers activities and lessons in school; from visiting speakers, careers related assemblies, advice on choosing your GCSE options, the opportunity to take part in Work Experience in Year 10 and Year 12 and by helping you to progress to successful futures - in sixth form, at college, an apprenticeship or university. Our aim is to empower each one of you to reach your full potential, by making well informed and realistic career decisions about your future education, training and careers.

All students, parents/carers, employers, universities, colleges and training providers are welcome to access information on the school website, or by contacting Mrs Carol Fardoe, CEIAG Coordinator and Careers Advisor at Co-op Academy Bebington. By email at carol.fardoe@coopacademies.co.uk or telephone: 0151 645 4154.

If you need help - You can talk with -
  • School staff – Subject teachers and Form Tutors
  • Your Careers Adviser
  • Progress Leaders
  • Your parents/carers
  • External partners such as Shaping Futures
  • Employers
  • Colleges

There will be a Sixth Form Open Evening in your school. This is usually in November of Year 11. There is also an annual Careers Fair, which is held in January. Your school will give you further details. Mrs. Fardoe is based in school, on the upper floor, along the corridor from the Staff Room in the office marked: Work Related Learning Coordinator.

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

About the National Careers Service

The National Careers Service can help you with your career, learning and training choices. Find out more about the different ways they can support you. This service is available to people who live in England.


Contact National Careers Service

Call 0800 100 900 or use webchat.
You can also contact them in other ways, including sending them an online message or post.

The employment market is changing; this makes it more important than ever for you to take personal responsibility for managing your own career development throughout your life. You need to develop the skills to manage your own career; including the abilities to reflect and review, to plan and make decisions and to use information resources effectively in order to create opportunities.

5 Steps

In addition to advice and guidance your children will receive throughout their time at Bebington and in keeping with our commitment to provide students with outstanding careers guidance and tailored support when choosing their next step after school, we will now be using Unifrog, an award-winning online careers platform. We have also set up a parent login so that your parents/carers can use Unifrog as if they were a student, allowing them to support you. The form code they will need is: parentsbebington and they can sign up here: www.unifrog.org/code

Decisions - Good vs Bad

Good Decisions
  • You are good at the subject
  • The subject is linked to careers you are interested in
  • The subject is one that you want to study beyond Year 11/ after GCSE
  • You like the subject
Bad Decisions
  • You are choosing the subject because your friends are doing it!
  • You like the teacher!
  • Your parents want you to do it!
  • You think the subject is easy!
  • You don’t know what else to choose!

Why Use Unifrog with Key Stage 3?

Unifrog


During KS3 you will be faced with your first ‘career decision’ in the form of choosing your GCSE subjects/options. Your school will let you know about compulsory subjects – e.g. English, math’s and science. Each school will be different in terms of what subjects and qualifications are available. Your choices can have an impact on your future studies and even your future career, so it’s important to make an informed decision.



Checklist

  • Read your school’s GCSE Options Booklet

  • Talk to subject leaders/ course tutors about your options

  • Talk with parents/carers, teachers and careers advisers about your choices

  • Explore what I can do with . . . .

  • Understand the new GCSE Grading system/England

  • Explore and find out more about what entry level grades are required at GCSE for sixth form, colleges and apprenticeships
Using Unifrog with KS3 is a great way for you to explore and begin to understand how your choices now will affect your career options in the future.
  • It can never be too soon for you to know what is expected of you, if you want to follow a certain career path

  • It helps you to understand how your GCSE choices can affect YOUR future

  • It helps make careers seem more achievable

  • Unifrog tools are accessible for students in KS3 and by building familiarity with the tool early on, you will be confident using it 'for real' when you are thinking about your choices - either in Year 11 or sixth form.

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