Academic: Career Guidance

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Career Guidance at TBSHS


Our Vision

The Careers Service aims to provide pupils with the knowledge, information and skills required to make informed choices about suitable courses at School, College and University and about the opportunities available with regard to jobs in the ‘real world’.

The Service aims to enable pupils to receive accurate and impartial information, advice and guidance about the options which are open to them and the progression routes to which those options lead.

To achieve these aims pupils have Careers and Work Related Learning lessons as part of PSHE, compulsory Work Experience in Years 10 and 12 – plus any additional work experience in the Sixth Form as and when required.  There are numerous careers themed careers assemblies throughout the school year for all year groups including presentations on different further education options.

Pupils also have access to the school’s Careers Advisor as well as access to a comprehensive careers library, housed within the main school library.  Refreshed weekly, both the student Daily Notices and the Parent Bulletin also highlight many opportunities available plus there are links to websites with tips and advice for careers, apprenticeships and further education.


Programmes of Study

Careers Education and Guidance at TBSHS currently follows the statutory programme, providing a planned programme of Careers Education throughout the school. Information about opportunities in learning and work with advice and guidance is given.

The programme of Careers Education takes place in Years 7 to 9 as part of the PSHE framework. Individual guidance is given by tutors and on dedicated target days.  In Year 7, Work Related Learning (WRL) is delivered as part of PHSE, through modules on friendship, family relationships and personal qualities. Each of these help students to make realistic and informed decisions about their futures


In Year 8, WRL is again delivered as part of PHSE. A comprehensive programme to help students with options choices is in place from the beginning of the year. Students have access to The Real Game, a software package used to help students understand a potential career choice, options evening and meetings with subject leaders and tutors.


In Years 9, 10 and 11 students have individual guidance by tutors and academic mentoring to track progress. As the major part of WRL, the whole Year 10 cohort of students go out on Work Experience in July each year and they have access to the school’s Careers Advisor;  Year 11 take priority with regard to access to our advisor. The Headteacher and Senior Management interview Year 11 pupils with regard to their future options.


In Years 10 & 12 pupils follow a programme, which covers; the skills required in the modern world, applying for jobs, the curriculum vitae, completing application forms, WRL and preparing for Work Experience.


In Year 11 pupils follow a programme covering economic wellbeing, including skills for enterprise and employability, how businesses operate and how to make informed career choices. Some students are selected to be involved in apprenticeship talks and all students listen to a careers talk about post 16 options.

For Sixth Form information, please see ‘Life After TBSHS’ within the Sixth Form section of the school’s website



Top local websites that young people that young people might find useful are:– jobs and training for young people, careers sections, opportunities & includes vacancies for School leavers - directory of courses and apprenticeships

Local F.E. College websites for details of courses or for Higher Education use

See Post-16 Brochure & Options for more local Colleges and Further Education contacts


Education and - are both directories of UK further education courses - is a link to a directory of services available via the government website

See Post-16 Brochure & Options for more local Colleges and Further Education contacts


Latest News!

National Careers Week & National Apprenticeship Week

Monday 6th- 10th 2017

The biggest careers events of the year take place this week - National Careers Week and National Apprenticeship Week; a celebration of careers guidance and free resources in education across the UK. Their aims are to provide a focus for careers guidance activity at an important stage in the academic calendar and help support young people leaving education. Careers and Apprenticeship Weeks also encourage us to bring together students and advisers through special careers events and activities.

Please find below just some of the information rolled out to our students.


There are many websites dedicated to information and opportunities, please find below links to just some that are available:

Government Website – National Apprenticeship Week

Click here

Find an Apprenticeship

Click here

Information on Apprenticeship Roles

Please click here

Key Facts

Click here

Apprenticeship Guide

Explore the following website - it has some excellent information on apprenticeships

Click here and click here

‘All About Apprenticeships’ here

Click here

Everything you need to know about Degree Apprenticeships

Click here

What to look for in Apprenticeships

Click here

Finally - How Much is the Apprenticeship Wage?

Click here


National Careers Week


Here’s a link to the NCS home page – you can even download the 2016 magazine which is packed full of fantastic careers advice plus information on jobs of the future.


Motivation Monday!

See link to find 60 Second Interviews and maybe find a job role you can identify with.

What draws them to the profession? What do they think looks challenging?

60 Second Job Tours


Talent Tuesday

Every job requires young people to have a range of skills. Challenge yourself to discover the key skills that you might already have, this may help: check out this guide to the skills that employers want.  Make a checklist of what skills you have already and which that need work.


Career Zone Wednesday

Wednesday’s challenge from Success at Schools is to head over to Career Zones. These pages give you the low-down on what all the work sectors are and what roles students could do. What roles match their skills? What careers do you like the sound of? If you’re ready for the next step, jump on to the Employers page, where you can read about different organisations and see what they're looking for in employees.


CV Template Thursday.

Now you've got some skills & work experience under your belts, it's time to give your CV's a makeover.  Start by reading this guide which covers all the CV dos and don'ts.  Then, use this template to create your own CV  CV – Writing a Blinder


Friday Fun-day

Make working on your career and fun – complete your profiles by looking at the subjects section. What are you studying? What are you gaining from each? Explore here


Tutor Group Discussion:

Form Tutor Time; Topics for Discussion

Entrepreneurial careers




Careers Board display in Reception during Careers Week


Careers Forum

Years 10-13 - Wednesday 2nd November 2016

Students from Years 10-13 are invited to the school’s seventh biennial Careers Forum on 2nd November 2016. It could turn out to be the largest one to date with over 50 exhibitors representing 65 professions as well as more than 400 students are also expected to be in attendance. In a friendly and informal setting and based on a Careers ‘Fair’, the students will be able to circulate amongst the stands, drop in on exhibitors and find out about A level options, apprenticeships, university entry requirements plus careers from all the professions represented.

Employers represented will range from accountancy to the army, veterinary science to law and medicine to banking. The evening will provide the perfect opportunity to help our students begin to develop their ideas about higher education, employment and make important choices about their futures.