Special Education

    Helping pupils and students prepare for the workplace.

    We prepare pupils and students during their time at school with a careers education programme which offers a broad range of opportunities and experiences. An overview of this provision follows,

    Year 7:

    Ideal for pupils as they transition to secondary school, the Thinking ahead programme helps pupils explore the value of different curriculum subjects and build their understanding of the education system through various interactive workshops. 

    Pupils imagine an alien has landed on Earth where they have to explain why we go to school and why we study different subjects. 

    Learning outcomes

    • Develop an awareness of the value of subjects in relation to skills and knowledge beyond school.

    • Enable pupils to understand the educational process and the choices they have.

    • Be able to articulate and provide evidence of the key skills learned through school subjects.

    Year 8:

    The Self-awareness programme introduces pupils to the concept of job families. Pupils imagine they have been stranded on a deserted island, first identifying the key jobs they need to do to survive and then exploring how these roles evolve to build to a functioning society. 

    The activities completed throughout the programme help pupils develop their self-awareness, explore careers and challenge job stereotypes. 

    Learning outcomes 
     

    • Begin to explore the range of potential career options available and different types of jobs. 

    • Consider changing patterns and the evolution of careers. 

    • Begin to explore individual strengths, skills, interests and the link to potential careers. 

    • Challenge stereotypes.

    Year 9

    The Exploration programme is designed to help pupils make informed choices about how to start taking steps towards their future career path through a combination of interactive activities and the online Career Investigator tool.

    Pupils explore the wide the wide number of careers associated with an industry and debate the links between subject choices, skills and careers. 

    Learning outcomes 

     

    • Develop an awareness of the wide range of careers that exist within a single industry. 

    • Promote the links between the curriculum subjects and different careers. 

    • Enable pupils to begin to reflect on their career personalities.

    Year 10

    Pupils are introduced to ULAS, an online platform, that allows them to investigate a wide range of careers options. They build a profile of themselves and record instances where they demonstrated key ‘soft-skills’ required in the workplace.

    Pupils are audited according to their careers profile and targeted accordingly with opportunities to hear guest speakers and to go on educational visits suited to their career ambitions.

    All Year 10 pupils are offered the chance to have an academic or business mentor. These mentors support students in preparing for exams, developing revision techniques as well as starting to work on their communication and public speaking skills.

     

    Learning outcomes

    • Enable students to reflect on whether their skills match up with their desired career path

    • Compile a record of skills and set targets for those skills that need to be developed

    • Develop good study skills to help prepare pupils for GCSE examinations

    Year 11

    All pupils sit a psychometric test which measures, amongst other things, their verbal reasoning, numerical skills and memory. It also explores their interests and personality type. Results feed into a one-to-one guidance interview with level 6 trained careers advisors. Following the guidance interview, all pupils are provided with an action plan.

    Through practical activities, based on a superhero scenario, pupils better understand their abilities by exercising key skills and recognising the importance of transferable skills. 

    Learning outcomes 

    Understand that employers require skills that go beyond qualifications and experience. 

    • Gain an awareness of the importance of transferable skills from post and present experiences. 

    • Enable pupils to reflect on how they can demonstrate employability skills. 

    • Develop an action plan to develop these skills further.

    Year 12

    Weekly guest speakers contribute to the Inspire programme. The speakers, from across the industry spectrum,  offer invaluable insights into careers. Students hear about apprenticeships, graduate programmes, school leaver programmes as well as traditional careers. The aim of the programme is not only to provide practical tips about career pathways, but also to introduce career options to students that they may not previously have thought about.

    At the end of Year 12, students have a guidance interview with a level 6 trained careers advisor. Results inform applications for their nexts steps be it their UCAS application or alternative post 18+ pathways.

    There will also be subject specific opportunities and students are encouraged to sign up to a range of visits and programmes that include workplace visits and exercises.

    All year 12 students are offered the chance to have an academic or business mentor. These mentors support students in C.V. writing, preparing for job interviews and formulating revision programmes.

    Year 13

    All Year 13 students visit the Westminster City School careers fair. Students are guided through the UCAS process and provided with the opportunity for careers workshops. These workshops will enable them to create a Linkedin profile, to develop their interview techniques and to refine their C.V.

    Whole school

    Careers focused weeks arise throughout the school calendar. These weeks involve assemblies, challenges and educational visits.

    The school’s Career Co-ordinator is Mr C Rees

    e C.Rees@wcsch.com T 0207 963 6300