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 Contact our Careers Leadertcrowley@notredame.southwark.sch.uk or at the school address.

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Careers and pathways presentation.pptx

STEPS booklets/Resources Link

 Careers Statutory Guidance 2020

Gatsby Benchmarks

 

A stable careers Programme

Learning from career and labour market information

Addressing the needs of each pupil

Linking curriculum learning to careers

Encounters with employers and employees

Experiences of workplaces

Encounters with further and higher education

Personal Guidance

 

All schools careers programmes now have to achieve eight Gatsby Benchmarks which were introduced after a report written by Sir John Holman in 2014 commissioned by the Rowntree Foundation expressed serious concerns about the quality of delivery of careers advice, information and guidance in schools. One of the recommendations of the report was that all schools should have a qualified careers leader. Teresa Crowley successfully passed the course in July 2019 and is now a Level 6 Accredited Careers Leader.

Stable Careers Programme

 

 Careers Leader Certificate 

Quality in Careers Award

Year 11

Canape Making session at Hilton Bankside
8 Students attend Hospitality and Catering Presentation at the Hilton Bankside 
Bristows Language Mentoring Programme
Christ the King Assembly
Dine ‘N’ Discuss Speed Networking Event organised by 12 students
James Frater Assembly
RE Session with Hillsong 
Mentoring Programme with Standage
NCS Programme with Groundworks Assembly
Next Step Evening 
One to One interviews with Careers Advisor
Meeting with Southwark Borough Commander of Police
St Francis Xavier College PSHE Lessons & Assembly
Southwark Apprenticeship Assembly
Southwark Legal Service at Southwark Cathedral Stewarding Duties
STEP Booklets
Stones End Day Centre Christmas Project with Faith Friends
Subject Matters Course at Cambridge University

Year 10

Assembly with Elizabeth Ajagbe
Assembly with Sam Jones Director of the Tate Modern
CV Writing Sessions with Making the Leap 
Dine ‘N’ Discuss Speed Networking Event
Employability workshop for 20 students at Teneo
International Day of the Girl at the Southbank Centre with 6 students
London Citizens Training
London Citizens Knife Crime Campaign 
Mentoring programme with Word Bank for 6 students
Mentoring programme with Bristows Solicitors for 30 students
One to One interviews with Careers Advisor
Meeting with Southwark Borough Commander of Police
Raising University Aspirations with 20 students
Royal Courts of Justice Question Time with 5 students

STEP Booklets

Work Experience Preparation Day with one to one interviews for all Year 10 students with employability sessions in form classes

Year 9
Bristows Solicitors Mentoring programme for 28 students
5 Students to City Hall for project bid for project with Stones End Day Centre Construction Youth Trust session with SJ students in school 
CTK Leadership Course for 12 Junior Perfects
Dine ‘N’ Discuss Speed Networking Event
Elmer the Elephant Trail with 25 student’s project funded by Lendlease
Hilton Bankside Taster Day for 12 students
HSBC Employability Event with 25 students at Canary Wharf
Kings College Careers Carousel for 23 students – one full day at Kings and 5 after school sessions
London Citizens Training
London Citizens Knife Crime Campaign 
Park Plaza Hospitality and Catering Event for 20 students
Southwark Careers Fair with 17 students
STEP Booklets 
US Embassy event with Kathy Sullivan for 30 students
WE Charity Assembly
WE Event at Wembley Arena for 5 students
Wellcome Bodyworks Exhibition with 20 students
Youth Travel Ambassadors programme for 10 students

Year 8
Canape Making session at Hilton Bankside for 7 students
7 Students attend Hospitality and Catering Presentation at the Hilton Bankside 
Cybergirls event at Fieldfisher Solicitors for 20 students
London Citizens Knife Crime Campaign 
London Citizens Training
Kings Scholars Design a University Day
Rambert After School club with dance instructor funded by Coin Street
STEP Booklets

Year 7
Canape Making session at Hilton Bankside
Hospitality and Catering Presentation at the Hilton Bankside 
Construction Youth Trust Quantity surveying sessions with 7C & 7F
DELTAS IT Sessions with 7J & 7L
Launch of Kings Scholars Programme involving 25 students lasting for 3 years
Kings College Taster Day at the Strand Campus
Rambert Dance Project with 7M – this included a visit to Rambert and a professional dancer working with the form in PE Lessons  
Trip to Worshipful Association of Salters for 25 students
STEP Booklets
WE Event at Wembley Arena for 13 students

Enterprise Advisor
As part of a scheme set up by The Mayor of London to support the delivery of Careers in schools we have been linked to an Enterprise Advisor. This is a volunteer from the world of business who works with the careers department to look at ways of improving and enhancing the careers programme in school. We are very fortunate to have been linked with Sujatha Alexander and Willorna Brock who are both HR Specialists.

Learning from Career Labour Market Information

Link to Booklet

                                                    Addressing the needs of each pupil
Schemes of Work
Year 7

Lesson No

Objectives

Content

Methodology

Resources

 

1

Introducing the topic of change

Lesson from STEPS booklet completed

Talk about if you have problems at school who can help you

Transition to secondary school discussed and students encouraged to discuss their feelings

The topic of achievements and the recording of evidence throughout the school encouraged

Students to think about the differences between primary and secondary school

Students recognise their achievements and developments

Recognise that they will continue to developed over their time at school

 

STEPS Booklets

Changes

How do you learn?

New Careers Files given to all Year 7 students

 

2

What are you like? Teacher led discussion about personal qualities

Students work in pairs to discuss themselves with each other

Students to be made aware of personal qualities

Skills for Life explained

Teacher introduces listening and giving and receiving feedback

Students can identify themselves and see what qualities they have and what qualities need to be worked on

STEPS Booklets

Sessions based on skills linking to the world of work

Careers resources in Library

3

Skills for Life further explored

Reference to life skills used by employers

Students to explore job titles and skills needed

Students to think about jobs and what qualities people need in their jobs

 

To encourage students to think about their futures and their career paths

Students should be thinking of careers in Year 7 and be able to recognise the qualifications needed for certain careers 

STEPS Booklets

Roles that are successful

Careers resources in Library

Fast Tomato 

4

To introduce university life students to see what they can aspire to

Kings Scholars programme introduced to students

 

STEM based sessions

Introducing students to STEM subjects and university life

Visit to the South Bank for a Taster Session  Study and metacognitive skills introduced

Students to be made aware of subjects available at university focussing on STEM but showing university life as a whole

All Students made aware of SOCKS & Kings Scholars Skills for use in study to use across the year

Academics to attend sessions in school

Visits to be arranged  Kings Scholars programme led by Kings College and sessions led in school for students not part of the programme 

Year 8

Lesson No

Objectives

Content

Methodology

Resources

 

1

 

Explaining the meaning of beliefs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discussion led by teacher

Mind maps are completed in small groups and differences are listed

 

 

 

 

Group work – students explain what they understand beliefs mean and what their beliefs are

Relate this back to future careers

 

 

 

Year 8 STEPS Booklet

Your beliefs

Write down beliefs that are important to you

 

 

 

2

Are school and work so different?

Feedback given in class

Students ask members of their families to talk about their experiences at work – what is expected of them

Comparing school and work and relating how your behaviour effects your life in and out of school

Year 8 STEPS Booklet

Work Related Learning visits started for Year 8 students links made with outside employers

 

3

Discussion in class of occupations and what motivates people to take up their chosen careers

Students work in groups to discuss this and students share their answers

What is work?

The differences in careers paths discussed

Matching people to jobs

 

Students can use the internet to search for jobs

Research can be done on salary scales and pay

 

The difference in career paths are explained and investigated

Steps Booklet

What job goes where

Who does the job

Budgeting

 

4

Students use the Careers Section of the library and careers are researched

Local job opportunities are researched

Job advertisements are studied

Steps Booklets and visits to employers to see the world of work

Students learn how to use the Careers Section of the Library, study local newspapers and to use search engines

STEPS Booklet

Internet

Fast Tomato

Careers section in of the Library

Local newspapers

5/6

Listening skills developed

Qualities looked for in interviews discussed

Skills for life and work are discussed

How do you learn?

Passive, Assertive, Aggressive qualities discussed – students work in groups to mind map

 

Budgeting discussed thinking about how much you earn

Class discussion about where students see themselves in 10 years’ time

Changes in the World of Work

The use of Technology

Target setting for careers 

Students work in teams interviewing each other, asking questions and making notes on how the student interviewed comes across

 

Body Language discussed

 

 

Thinking about the future understanding how early choices can be made about careers

Students learn how first impressions are important and interview skills

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Students are shown to think about the future

STEPS Booklet

Fast Tomato

Careers Resources in the Library

Continue to update careers files given to students in Year 7

 

 

7

Continue to explore university life giving students access to university courses and university life

Visits to university and academic sessions in school

STEM subjects made a focus for students

To visit universities, continue programmes established in Year 7 with London south Bank and Kings College

Good contacts with universities

Year 9

No

Objectives

Content

Methodology

Resources

1

To prepare year 9 students to make the right choices in their Options for GCSE

 

Advice, guidance and support about the future

Making students realise that the choices they make in Year 9 affects their career paths

Careers Advisor

Year 9 Planner

2

Personal self-assessment completed

Individual plans made for the year

Qualities needed for certain jobs discussed

Research completed about qualities needed for possible careers students are interested in

Fast Tomato used for advice and suggestions about career paths

Students can identify personal qualities and identify how these qualities could be used in certain jobs 

Fast Tomato

STEPS Booklet

Working Today 

3

Individual Research conducted on the internet about  job skills

Brainstorming sessions of what students see themselves as being good at

Class Discussion about qualities needed for interviews

How do you stand out at an interview? 

Job Application forms introduced and completed

CV Forms introduced in preparation for work experience

To encourage students to think about the future and what it takes to secure the job of their choice

Internet

STEPS Booklet

Careers file updated

 

4

Speakers brought in from industry, medicine, talks given on their relevant jobs and the skills needed for the job

Question and answer session

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Students are introduced to speakers from careers they may be interested in and many they had never thought about

To introduce new career paths and to show what it takes to follow certain career paths

Network of outside speakers including:

St Georges Medical School

All students participate in careers training,   SEBA Careers Fair, Livery Company Fair, City visits with The Brokerage 

        

 

5

Start to introduce universities to students

Careers advisor to do sessions around Russell Group

Kings Scholars to work on a careers carousel having 2 sessions at Kings College and an after school club held in school

Continue programmes with established universities

 

 

Exposure to universities to see the courses on offer and the different types of university

To continue STEM work with London South Bank University.

To inspire students to aim higher

To continue to encourage students to look at more courses at university

To begin to arrange visits to universities for students

Prospectus kept up to date in Careers Corner

Kings Scholars to work on careers booklets         

Information to be made available to other students put on noticeboard

Year 10

Lesson No

Objectives

Content

Methodology

Resources

1

To prepare students for Work Experience – work experience preparation classes to be given by outside agencies

One to one interviews with each student focussing on how they present themselves

To explain to students what behaviour is expected whilst on their placements

To explain body language and how to make a good first impression

Workshops to be delivered by providers free of charge to show students how the world of work is structured 

Connections made with businesses who are willing as part of their Corporate Social responsibility to give their time to support schools

Steps Booklets

2

Curriculum Vitae Writing

To ensure that all students write CV’s and covering letters

All students to be supported in applying for placements for their 2 week Work Experience in July

Form Tutors to encourage students to prepare for their placements

Careers Leader to support form tutors 

Students to be prepared for work experience ensuring the students and employers get the most from their placements

 

STEPS booklets

World of Work Quiz

Careers resources in the Library used

Continue to update individual careers files

 

3

Identifying skills – students are encouraged to look at the skills they possess and to work on the skills they lack

Students to investigate careers using the resources in the Library

Time spent thinking about higher education

All students to visit a university or take part in a workshop

Students focus on their future career paths

Think about what qualifications are needed for different jobs

To ensure that students are thinking about the future and the decisions they have to make to pursue their chose careers

 

STEPS Booklet

World of Work Quiz

Moving on from work experience

Work experience debrief day

Careers resources in Library

Fast Tomato

Research

4

Thinking about the next step after school

One to one interviews with Careers Advisor/student placement

What Next talk in assembly from Careers Advisor

To ensure that students are already thinking about the future and their intended destination

Careers Advisor to work with students

Careers resources to be kept up to date for students use

Fast Tomato

Year 11

No

Objectives

Content

Methodology

Resources

1

Students are encouraged to plan the year to list progress up to date and to identify action needed

Careers Section of the Library to be visited and research undertaken to ensure that further education choices are made correctly

One to one interview with Careers Advisor 

Exercises for self-assessment completed

College Applications forms completed – references written

Help, support and advice given to ensure that all information is available to students prior to college applications

To ensure that students are given full access to help, guidance and advice

 

 

Lists of college applications and references written kept to ensure that all students are applying for colleges

What Next Evening

College Open Days list circulated

Full college resources available in the Careers Section

Resources kept up to date

STEPS Booklets

Year 11 Planner

How are you doing  

2

To bring in speakers from the business world to talk to students

To encourage them to think of the future when making college choices

Explanation of the job market

 

 

 

To bring in speakers from colleges where students are known to apply

To give a full range of speakers from all areas of industry, medical fields, police, nursing services etc.

 

 

 

Speakers from colleges to come into assembly and speak bringing application forms into school

 

To ensure that students are given a full range of career opportunities

To enable students to see what jobs are available

To encourage student to aim high

Access to STEMNET events

Fast Tomato

Careers Information being kept up to date

Steps Booklets

Which way do you go?

Preparing for the future

 

3

Recording your Achievements

To ensure that students complete their Graduation Certificate and that all achievements during their school life are recorded

Individual completion of Assessment charts

To show students what motivates them and show their strengths and weaknesses

To kept up to date records of achievements in school

Portfolio kept

Plans for the future produced

To show students what they have achieved during their time at the school

Graduation Certificate presented

Personal portfolio kept by form tutors over 5 years

Certificates given out by school regularly

Steps Booklets

Different Qualifications and their equivalents

What if session given by Careers Advisor

Careers file updated throughout the school

 

 

Scheme of Work SJ Group/ Sunflowers Group

Year 7

Skills for Life further explored

Reference to life skills used by employers

Students to explore job titles and skills needed

Students to think about jobs and what qualities people need in their jobs

 

 

To encourage students to think about their futures and their career paths

 

Students should be thinking of careers from Year 7 and be able to recognise the qualifications needed for certain careers 

 

STEPS Booklets

Roles that are successful

Careers resources in Library

Indigo Online Programme  

Are school and work so different?

Feedback given in class

Students ask members of their families to talk about their experiences at work – what is expected of them

Comparing school and work and relating how your behaviour effects your life in and out of school

Year 8 STEPS Booklet

Work Related Learning visits started for

Year 8 students links made with outside employers

 

Year 8

Students use the Careers Section of the library and careers are researched

Local job opportunities are researched

Job advertisements are studied

 

Steps Booklets and visits to employers to see the world of work

 

Students learn how to use the Careers Section of the Library, study local newspapers and to use search engines

 

STEPS Booklet

Internet

Indigo Online Programme

Careers section in of the Library

Local newspapers

Indigo Online Programme  

Year 8/9

Speakers brought in from industry, medicine, talks given on their relevant jobs and the skills needed for the job

Question and answer session

 

Students are introduced to speakers from careers they may be interested in and many they had never thought about

 

To introduce new career paths and to show what it takes to follow certain career paths

 

Network of outside speakers

All students participate in careers training

Attend Southwark Careers Fair

Year 9

To prepare year 9 students to make the right choices in their Options for GCSE

 

 

Advice, guidance and support about the future

 

Making students realise that the choices they make in Year 9 affects their career paths

 

Careers Advisor

Year 9 Planner

Indigo Sessions with Careers Advisor

Year 10

To prepare students for Work Experience – work experience preparation classes to be given by outside agencies

One to one interviews with each student focussing on how they present themselves

 

To explain to students what behaviour is expected whilst on their placements

To explain body language and how to make a good first impression

 

Workshops to be delivered by providers free of charge to show students how the world of work is structured 

 

Connections made with businesses who are willing as part of their Corporate Social responsibility to give their time to support schools

Steps Booklets

Indigo Online Programme  

Curriculum Vitae Writing

To ensure that all students write CV’s and covering letters

All students to be supported in applying for placements for their 2 week Work Experience in July

Form Tutors to encourage students to prepare for their placements

Careers Leader to support form tutors 

Students to be prepared for work experience ensuring the students and employers get the most from their placements

 

STEPS booklets

World of Work Quiz

Careers resources in the Library used

Continue to update individual careers files

Students to have an interview with the Careers Advisor at the end of Year 9 planning for the future

Careers Leader and SENCO to work together on a plan for the students

Students to be prepared for pre 16 Options thinking about the best way to support students through the transition

Extra support to be given by Careers and SENCO

Ensuring that all work undertaken by careers is recorded by students

Year 11

Transition work preparing for leaving school 

 

Careers Advisor to be used as required students would have two interviews but this is flexible for the group

Parents can be invited into school to accompany the pupil

 

SENCO and Careers Leader to support transition visiting colleges, training, apprenticeships as required

 

Extra support to be given to all students on an individual basis

Action plans to be written and adhered to

Indigo Online Programme  

 

The SJ Group
Students have been working hard in the garden again this year and the summer saw a display of sunflowers. We are very grateful to Southwark Council Community Fund which gave us a grant of £300 to enable us to buy plants and also put a fence up to stop other students treading on the plants and to the PTA for their constant support. The students are now hoping to visit other gardens in the area to get more ideas of how to develop our garden. 

 

Linking Curriculum Learning to Careers

We are fortunate to have made contacts within DELTAS an organisation which was set up to encourage more women to go onto study STEM subjects and to see more women chose technology careers. DELTAS came into school with volunteers to deliver careers sessions to 7J & 7L which were inspirational, we met professionals who had jobs we havd never thought about. We are looking forward to working with DELTAS on further projects in school

Construction Youth Trust
We are very grateful to Emily Barnes from the Construction Youth Trust who has been into school to deliver two assemblies to Year 10 & 11 about careers in Construction and to host a workshop with 9L about Kitchen Design – the students were given a client and a budget and had to design a kitchen then present to their peers. 

7F and 7C also took part in workshops about quantity surveying learning how to measure rooms in a school and then work out how much paint would be needed to decorate the rooms.

Royal Courts of Justice

On Monday 16th December five Year 10 students went along to The Royal Courts of Justice for a Question Time Event with four judges. The students were: Olivia Mary Giadom, Lara Hemin, Daniela Nlemadim, Emmanuella Otukpe & Emily Robles Pardo

The four judges were:
Upper Tribunal Judge Paula Gray
Her Honour Judge Barbara Mensah
The Rt Hon Dame Ingrid Simler DBE
Her Honour Judge Sarah Venn 

The judges all introduced themselves and talked about their day to day jobs and how they progressed in the field of law. The students had the opportunity to submit questions prior to the event; this was an inspirational event which everyone enjoyed.


US Embassy
Twenty eight Year 9 students went along to the American Embassy in Battersea to attend a lecture from Kathy Sullivan who was the first American woman to walk in space in October 1984. This event was part of the International Day of the Woman. Kathy was a crew member on three space shuttle missions, she trained as a geologist and she was awarded a degree in Earth Science from the University of California. Kathy’s training included her spending eight years in the US Naval Reserve. Kathy performed the first space walk by a woman during the Space Shuttle Challenger Mission; she walked in space for three and a half with another astronaut, showing that shuttles could be refueled in space.

In 1990 Kathy was part of a team that took off from the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida that deployed the Hubble Space Telescope and conducted a series of experiments around the effects of weightlessness and magnetic fields. Kathy talked about her time in the space shuttle showing how they dealt with weightlessness, how they slept standing up, ate and drink and showed how noisy the shuttle was. Kathy then presented the school a Comrade Medal which was collected by Teresa.

It was an inspirational event and the students saw what can be achieved if you have determination and perseverance to achieve your goals.


Youth Travel Ambassadors
On Friday 17th January nine of the Youth Travel Ambassadors went to Endeavour House in Stratford to prepare a campaign around Road Safety.

We have in the past run a campaign around behaviour on the bus asking students to sign a pledge to be more respectful on public transport and have handed out badges to students who signed the pledge.

The students this year have decided to design a poster that will be displayed in schools around the area about road safety and how we need as young people to be more aware when we are crossing the road not taking unnecessary risks. The students planned campaign thinking about the skills needed to lead a successful project – Creativity, Teamwork, Leadership, Clear aims

We completed charts of six essential steps to change behaviour and organised a campaign brief which we then presented to the other schools and professionals.

The students were outstanding and we look forward to them working on the campaign in school.

Thanks to Mr Chodel in the Library for designing the poster!

 

Hilton Bankside
Sixteen students from Notre Dame were invited to The Hilton Hotel Bankside firstly to a session learning how to make canapés and then to a prestigious Hospitality and Catering Event to help serve canapés and then to surprise the guests by singing!
Students were invited to lunch on Tuesday 7th January and then we spent time in the kitchen leaning how to make Duck Palm Canapés and Avocado and Tomato Canapés learning about the ingredients. We then spent time learning how to welcome guests and serve in a professional manner.

On Monday 13th January students were invited along to the event –The 21st Hotel Leadership Conference presented by The Master Innholders and The Worshipful Association of the Cooks. The students were put into pairs who welcomed guests and handed out canapés; the students were all complimented on their smiles!

The guests (450 of them) then went into the ballroom and students were invited onto the stages where they were thanked for their help – students then burst into song

Food Glorious Food

 

 

The group were brilliant and the ballroom erupted into applause at the end.

The students involved were: Precious Adesanya 8C, Jessica Boateng 8C,Beverly Ehiagwina 8C,Destiny Gerry 8F,Adelina Godinho 11C,Whitney Itsemiye 8F,Favour John 11J,Fatima Koroma 11J,Courtney Meredith Briscoe 7C,Judith Marunga 11L, Julie Montoya 11M, Magdalena Musa 11J, Keji Ojo 11J, Adedunke Olugbodi 8C, Queenie Osondu 8F & Lily Ann Oware 11J.

We were visited in school by Raoul de Souza Hotel Manager, Cecilia Odengran People Manager and James Clarke General Manager who met with Sister Anne Marie to thank her for allowing the students to attend the event. Students were all given a goodie bag as a thank you. We are very grateful to the Hilton Hotel for their continued relationship with the school.

Experiences of Workplaces

Hilton – Bankside
On Monday 24th June the students who are going to study Hospitality and Catering as a GCSE Option next year were invited to The Hilton Bankside for a Taster Day and to see what careers and opportunities there are in the hotel industry.
We were welcomed by Raoul De Silva the General Manager who talked about his background and about how many different jobs there are at the Hilton. There are 220 employees, 292 guest rooms, a ballroom, 11 meeting rooms, the Oxbo restaurant and a swimming pool with a Spa. We had a tour of the hotel seeing how the employees all work as a team and how many people it took to run each day. We met so many different employees, the pastry chef, HR Advisor, Customer Services Manager and many others.

When the hotel was being built there was a fox that was living on the site so the hotel has taken the theme of foxes and we completed a fox trail around the hotel looking for 49 foxes! We completed activities - decorating cupcakes and taking part in a bed making challenge. We were also given lovely Goodie Bags when we finished. Kerryjoe also won a bag of toiletries for her description of what she thought hospitality was

 

Park Plaza Westminster

On Tuesday 10th September twelve Year 9 students went along to the Park Plaza Hotel, Westminster Bridge and took part in a Taster Day around careers in the hospitality and catering industry. The day started with a talk about careers and how many different types of job there are in the industry and then the day was spent doing fun activities:

Students took part in:

  • a bed making challenge which included making cake decorations out of towels
  • cake topping, cakes were decorated by individual students and then all put together to make one arrangement
  • a memory game – students record orders for the restaurant but not use a note pad
  • students learnt how visitors are checked into the hotel
  • an special event was planned and organised (the hotel took 14 Million pounds in their special events department last year  
  • students also took part in a speed networking event with professionals from a range of careers

The hotel provided a lovely lunch for the students and during the lunch period there was a career fair for the students to visit and then a session on employability skills.


Salters Layers of London

On Tuesday 29th October 7J went along to the Worshipful Association of Salters for a workshop called The Layers of London. The session started with a talk about SALT and how the Salters were established, we then went into the archives to see the history of the association, we saw documents that went back to the Great Fire of London, and one deed had been burnt in the fire when the hall was damaged by the fire. We did an archaeological dig when we discovered items that have been found in digs in London including Roman oil lamps, coins, jewellery, china and metal items. The students dug with brushes and small spades just as the archaeologists would do, with care not to damage the finds.

We then spent time looking at the remains of the original London Wall we measured how tall and long it was and completed a worksheet about the changes the wall has undergone. The Salters Hall is an amazing building which has artefacts, pictures and furniture that have a marvellous history. We are very grateful to the Salters for the visit

Vertical City Showcase

The day started with a welcome from the General Manager of the hotel, who told us that the hotel employed 440 people from 30 different countries.

The students took part in activities around The Shard which included:

Bed Marking Challenge – In the Shangri La Hotel
Café Latte Challenge - Gather & Gather
Prepared Mocktails - in the Oblix Restaurants
Cooking Activity – in the Shangri La Kitchen 

We did the bed making challenge in the Shangri Lai suite which has 14 rooms and costs £15,000 per night to stay in and comes with its own butler! We had a wonderful day which showed many different careers that you could following Hospitality and Catering, the day also showed how one route into the industry was apprenticeships.

We had a lovely lunch on the 35th floor of the Shard in the Shangri Lai restaurant.

The day was sponsored to by the Worshipful Company of Cooks and The Worshipful Association of Innholders. We were very grateful to Springboard for organising the event.


 

We were fortunate to be partnered to Fieldfisher solicitors who are based in Lower Thames Street and in January they hosted a day for Cyber Girls First. This was an interesting session and we had some wonderful speakers. The Cyber Girls event was arranged by Cyber Girls First which was established by a lady called Pat Ryan to encourage more women to think about careers in STEM Industries and to celebrate women who had made major achievements in the industry.

 

There were some wonderful speakers talking about cyber security, we also had a talk about ‘Bees’ from Caroline Apsey at Oracle Software. There is a new monitoring system which has been invented by Oracle Security which is placed under a hive and then readings are constantly taken about how the bees are, it was so fascinating we learnt about the life of a Queen Bee, how bees communicate by dancing and how they are now strictly monitored to ensure they are eating and sleeping.

There were talks from DC Kate Shipp from the Met Police about hacking; Students then took part in a quiz which our Team A won – they were awarded a Raspberry Pi kit. We then had a talk from a spy called Patrick (we were not allowed to know his surname) who worked at GCHQ in Cheltenham; he conducted an exercise that showed how easy it is today to find information about people with just one clue to who they are.

The fourth speaker was Larissa Chase who is in charge of cyber security at 10 Downing Street; she talked about how important it was for Number 10 to be secure, the department worked 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. They were 25 members of staff in the team and only 3 were women so she was encouraging girls to think of careers in technology.

We then finished with a speaker called Raj Samani who owns a company who works in cyber security and flies all around the world advises large organisations and businesses on hacking and safety

Students then had a speed networking session with employees from Fieldfisher and the speakers who had been with us all day, they had the opportunity to ask questions and get advice on how to succeed in STEM industries.

It was a wonderful day and the students learnt a lot.We are very grateful to Fieldfisher Solicitors especially Jay Wetterau who organised the visit.

Teneo

Nineteen Year 10 students went along to Teneo in More London Place for an employability session. Students were welcomed by the Chief Executive of the company, Alicia Edmonds Smith. The session started with a talk about what Teneo do

Students then worked on two projects the brief was to work on a campaign around the new McDonalds Vegan Burger and to think about how to launch, advertise and market this. Students had to think about:

How much would it cost?
Where there problems around allergies?
Who would be likely to buy this product?
Who would you aim an advertising campaign at?
What sort of design would you use for the packaging?
Who are your audience?

The students put together great campaigns which were presented to their peers and professionals from Teneo. 

 

Encounters with Employers and Employees

Year 10 students still go out on a two week work experience placement in June/July. Students go to many different placements including The Department of Health, John Lewis, Hilton Hotel, The London Bridge Experience, Better Bankside, The House of Lords, Neil Coyle MP. Transport for London, Bankside Open Spaces Trust, Cameron McKenna Solicitors, local schools and nurseries and many other placements, Students are encouraged to find a placement for themselves the school does find placements but these have to be applied for.

To prepare for work experience the following were organised:

CV Writing Classes
Five volunteers came into school in January with the organisation Making the Leap to run CV writing classes for Year 10 students in preparation for their work experience in July. The volunteers visited for two sessions on Fridays during the PSHE lesson and showed the students how to best write a CV. The sessions also focused on skills needed for employment showing students how to develop these skills. 

Year 10 Interview Day
All Year 10 students participated in an interview day in February held in the library, all students had a one to one interview with a professional in preparation for work experience. Students were allocated time with the volunteers talking about how to conduct yourself on an interview, showing students how to present themselves and give a good first impression. We had fifteen trained volunteers in school from HSBC Bank and Metro Bank and we are very grateful to them for their support. 

 

We are extremely grateful to the Worshipful Association of Saddlers who sponsored the event.

SEBA Careers Fair

On Wednesday 11th March Seventeen Year 9 students went along to the Southwark Business Alliance Careers Fair at the Council offices in Tooley Street. The students visited stands and learnt about careers and jobs available to them that they may not have thought about.

High Tide Endeavours – this employer talked to the students about jobs and careers in the technology industry and students did an online aptitude test to see if they had the qualifications to work in the Tech industry and they all did! The technology sector is very keen to get more females into jobs and to even out the gender division

Tideway – we learnt about the new super sewer that is being built under the rover Thames, students had an opportunity to take part in a competition to put PPE Equipment on in a record time.

Theatre Peckham – we learnt about jobs that people do not always think about in the theatre such as lawyers, accountants, front of house, marketing etc.

Tower Bridge and the Monument – we learnt about the leisure industry and how many different jobs there were in this sector and also ways to get into the industry

Southwark Council – we learnt about apprenticeships and the different areas of business where you can go into apprenticeships and also how you can now gain a degree apprenticeship which is equal to a university degree that will not cost you any money!

Potter Raper – are architects and surveyors and we built houses out of Lego learning about the jobs available in this sector

Boodle Hatfield – are solicitors and we learnt about jobs in the law sector and again were spoken to about apprenticeships and the different jobs in the legal sector

 

Southwark Young Pilgrims

Every year students get the chance to train as Southwark Young Pilgrims who become ambassadors for Southwark. Students work on a stand at London Bridge where after training they are able to help tourists and give out leaflets and advice for attractions in Southwark. Students are then asked to act as ambassadors at events in Southwark. The Legal Service which is held in Southwark Cathedral is an event where all the representatives of HM courts and tribunals come together with dignitaries The students act as stewards, showing people to their seats and generally helping as needed. Students are awarded certificates in hospitality, tourism and achieve a first aid qualification on the programme.

 

 

Mentoring
We have business mentoring schemes in school with Bristows Solicitors, Standage and Word Bank. They come into school once a month to spend time with the students inspiring them to aim higher. Students spend time working on organisational skills, CV writing, revision skills, employability skills and learning about the world of work. We are very grateful to the mentors who volunteer their time to the school.

City Hall
On the 6th December five Year 9 Students went along to City Hall to bid for funding for a project with Stones End Day Centre, students want to write a book of memories Year 7 students will be invited to take part, they will interview the elderly and then Year 9 students Gilda Adu Gyamfi, Leanne Dorkenoo, Aderonke Oseni and Angel Otobo will edit the book with the help of Mr Chodel in the Library.

Good News – we asked for a grant of £500 and due to the excellent bid were awarded £1,000!

International Day of the Girl
on Friday 11th October six Year 10 students went along to the International Day of the Girl at the National Theatre.

The event started with a speed networking session on the London Eye – we went around twice and whilst travelling the students were matched with six female professionals and spent time talking to them about their careers and the students aspirations for the future.

The students spent time with six professionals:

  • Henny Finch – Executive Director of the Donmar Warehouse
  • Romilly Morgan – Editoral Director from Optimus Publishing
  • Nadia Malik – GPWG Founder
  • Yasmin Autwd – A published poet and lifecoach
  • Michelle Johansen – Lecturer from the Bishopsgate Institute
  • And a friend of the school Julia Fitzelle from Rambert

 

 

Lendlease

As part of the regeneration of the Elephant and Castle a group of Year 10 students visited the new park area to give ideas of what they would like to see included in the new community space. The park can be used by community groups and hopefully will become a real hub for Southwark residents.

 

 

Elmer the Elephant
Elmer the Elephant celebrates his 30th Birthday this year so Lendlease organised a trail of Elmer sculptures. There will be trails in London, Plymouth, Newcastle and Ipswich. The trail comprises of 10 elephants, one will be the traditional patchwork Elmer and the others will be designs by local people.

Notre Dame School were fortunate to work with an artist Jenny Leonard from Wild in Art in school to design one of the elephants. 

Jenny came into school to get students to think of the Elephant and Castle and draw what it means to them, she worked in 8:1 Art lessons to create the design, then Jenny went off and put all the ideas together and our Elephant was created. The trail of the elephants is around the Elephant and Castle.

Students also had the opportunity to paint small elephants and came up with some great designs. We are very proud of the finished artwork which everyone helped to paint!

 

 

Elephant Trail

The students who had been involved in painting our elephant went to Elephant Park to follow the Elephant Trail which consisted of 10 elephants. The students had a worksheet to complete taking a letter from each elephant and this had to be made into a saying which was ‘Be Yourself’!

 

 

On the 18th October, seven women who work in construction for Willmott Dixon came into assembly to talk to Year 10 students about the career opportunities in companies such as Willmott Dixon especially for women. There was a good range of careers among the panel, including surveying, project management and design. They were able to talk about their career paths which included apprenticeships.

 

Willmott Dixon also kindly sponsored a STEM Club to be held in school, we had three PHD Students from Imperial College who were members of an organisation called Technopreneurship come into school on a Wednesday to do fun activities.

We made bath bombs, solved a murder mystery using forensic science and made DIY batteries. The bath bombs left a lovely smell in the Science lab for days!

The students involved were: Gilda Adu Gyamfi, Rashidah Ajayi, Lily Hamilton, Madonna Jatto, Ebony Kyeremateng, Esosa Momoh, Mary Odeleye, Jessica Oleh, Angel Otobo, Hajah Sesay, Ashanti Stoner and Fadiyah Tackie.

The students really enjoyed the afterschool sessions which were fun!


 

As part of the Peabody Festival of Opportunities during half term a group of Year 11 students organised an event in school. This was called Dine ‘N’ Discuss, professionals came into school to hold a speed networking event with students. There were 52 professionals and over 100 students who took part in the event. The evening started with an Ice Breaker game called Professional Bingo where students had to find someone who had the same job as listed on their bingo card.   

The session then started and students spent time with every professional in the room, they moved around the hall talking to all volunteers – this was strictly timed by Mrs Clements. We had a teacher amongst the professionals – Miss Hine! The evening was completed with a lovely buffet with more networking.

 

The students who organised the event have also been awarded an accreditation in Reflective Learning.

 

Peabody also sponsored a project for the SJ Group; students were studying the solar system so we went along to the Science Museum to visit the space exhibitions. Peabody very kindly supplied a mini bus for the students and paid for lunch at the museum. We visited the space exhibition learning about the Apollo Moon Landings and where able to purchase some books to use back in school.

The Students in the SJ Group were awarded an ONLR Entry Level Award in Progression (Entry 3) for their work on a Space Project in 2019. The students were Victoria Akuninobi, Adela Bangura, Chloe Chapman, Afieopefunouwa Coker, Elizabeth Collard, Michelle Gil Rojas, Gabriella Ordonez and Sarah Pearson

Speakers for Schools – Sam Jones

 

We were very fortunate in school to host Sam Jones the Director of Operations from the Tate Modern. Sam was interviewed by five Year 10 students: Ifeoma Ibekwe, Olivia Giadom, Emmanuella Otukpe, Emily Robles Pardo and Chelsea Uzoh.

The students asked some great questions and Sam talked about his career path, working in the arts, his university life and his home/work life balance. This was a very interesting session and we are grateful to Sam for visiting the school.  

 

We were very lucky to have been offered the chance to take part in a project with Rambert Dance Company; this is sponsored by Coin Street Community Centre.

7M every week have dance sessions in their PE lessons, the students work with an animator called Katie Cambridge funded by Coin Street as part of the, programme students visited Rambert for an introductory session; we had a tour of their new building. We saw all their wonderful facilities and we allowed into the costume department and allowed to handle all the clothes. We watched the company rehearsing ballet - there are 20 full time dancers in the company. The afternoon was then spent working with a choreographer, the students did different types of dance practicing contemporary dancing, they were also taught how to stretch and warm down.

Rambert have also been coming into school every Wednesday to run an after school dance class for Year 8 students, which has been very successful, we are very grateful to Rambert and Coin Street for their help on this project.

 

A group of Year 10 students were then invited to take part in a dance workshop on the stage at Sadlers Wells, the students learnt the dance routine that the professionals performed daily, and there was also a question and answer session with dance professionals including the chief choreographer.

Rambert also invited 7J and 7M to the Royal Opera House to see a performance of Aisha and Abhaya which was a wonderful experience.

 

MAN Group

Eighteen Year 7 students went along to the Man Group Financial Workshop. We started the day with a welcome from the president of the group Jonathan Sorrell.

Students were given a bank balance of £500 and they had to try to increase the amount by taking part in activities such as playing darts, playing cards, doing exercise, building towers and taking part in money making risk taking games.

We had four session of trading with talks about finances and advice on how to manage our money. Domonique Dawkins amassed the highest amount of money and won a box of cupcakes.

 

Encounters with Further and Higher Education

Raising University Aspirations Day
On Wednesday 27th November Making the Leap organised an event which brought together universities from all over England in Central Hall Westminster. Twenty five Year 9 students visited the show. Students were able to visit stands and talk to representatives who could give them advice and guidance about going to university and about choosing the right courses. Students came back with lots of information and felt the session was really positive. The universities at the event included, Leeds, Exeter, Kings College and The University of East Anglia. 

Kings Scholars
We are very fortunate now to have three Kings Scholars Schemes running in school in total there are seventy five students involved in the programme which supports students over three years giving them opportunities and access to university life. 

Year 9 students this year have taken part in a Careers Carousel; they spent a day at Kings College taking part in a session with Learning Performance who showed them examination revision tips and study skills using different skills. This was a great session which explained how key items and objects can be triggers for the memory.

The Year 9 students then had a five week after school club which each week focused on different careers including, Medicine, Law, The Civil Service, The Creative Industry, Finance and Technology with IT. The sessions were run by student ambassadors and we followed a workbook written by Kings College Widening Participation Department. The club was a great success and the careers information, guidance and advice was extremely helpful as Year 9 students prepare to choose their GCSE options.

Year 8
This year the students have taken part in a Design a University Day which saw them designing a university creating a history, setting up marketing programmes and establishing student societies.

Year 7

The Year 7 students this year had a university taster day on Thursday 16th January. Twenty five students who will now be part of a three year programme spent the day at Kings College Campus in the Strand. They took part in activities creating a university society we were visited by the Ukulele society and after a performance the students all had a turn of playing.

 

 

London South Bank University

We have been fortunate in having visiting academics from London South Bank University visiting the school to deliver sessions to the Year 7 & Year 9 students. The visitors came into the Year classes to deliver experiments about the brain sending mixed messages when simple things are changed. We played simple games which confused our brains, such as lying down and holding each other slowly lowering our friends to give a sensation of falling.

Year 9 Sessions were based around Human Movement Sciences this was showing how using prisms can distort our vision but how our eyes adapt. Students threw bean bags and balls, the prism in the glasses they wore made the throwing go off to one side, and neurotransmissions in the brain were affected by the prisms.

 

St Anne’s College – Oxford

On the 15th November fifteen students with Ms Hine and Teresa went to visit St Anne’s College in Oxford. We travelled by train and then walked to the college in the Woodstock Road.

We were welcomed by Dr Lucy Busfield the Outreach Officer at St Anne’s College, we had a talk about applying to Oxford, a campus tour, lunch in the Dining Hall and then visited the Natural History museum

During the Campus tour we meet Tortellini who is the college tortoise, she is a champion tortoise after winning the inter college completion race. The museum was very interesting we got to see the exhibitions as well as holding cockroaches!

We are very grateful to St Anne’s College for the invitation.

 

Subject Matters – Cambridge   

On Saturday 16th November six Year 11 students went to Cambridge to attend an ‘A’ Level subject Matters course this was run by the University of Cambridge and held at the Mill Lane Lecture Rooms.

The day started with a session with student ambassadors who spoke about life as student and gave wonderful information about societies, how to fit in, support offered and general advice about choosing colleges and courses.

We went to a sample lecture about natural science, just a short 30 minute session

Two admission tutors from Girton College explained that ‘A’ level choices can have an impact on university courses that are open to you – unsuitable choices might restrict your choices and that admission tutors like particular subject combinations.

They showed the students statistics of how many graduates go onto further study and employment and figures showing how much more money you can earn when you have a good degree. The students were advised to check the UCAS Website for good advice on how to write a personal statement. It was a very interesting and informative day.

School of Oriental & African Studies

Twenty students went along to The School of African and Oriental Studies in Russell Square. The day started with an introduction to the university there was a general talk about going to university, finances and how to course a course that inspires you.  

The students then had four taster sessions: International Relations, History, Law and Economics. We had lunch in the Refectory, a tour of the campus and then a question and answer session with student ambassadors.

Christ the King College

David Pearson from Christ the King College came into school to see the Year 11 students about their move from school to college; he was present at our Next Steps Evening in October and then gave an assembly about going onto Further Education in November. We are very grateful to CTK for their continuing support that also provided online transitional work to Year 11 students during Lockdown.

Personal Guidance

We have an Independent, Impartial Advisor who comes into school one day a week to work with the students. All Year 10 & 11 students have two one to one interviews with Michele Cretney who also runs drop in sessions at break time, lunch time and after school.

Example Action Plans:

Careers Guidance Interview and Action Plan - Year 11
With Michele Cretney, Careers Adviser, Career Partners

 

Name

 

Date

Form

Where you are now?

Possible career ideas are to do with law and also the Civil Service.

Favourite subject is English Literature

Careers issue discussed and thoughts in the interview  

 WEX – DHSS – prepared research for a health bill, met CMO, made a power point and presented to a minister with another student.   

Predicted GCSE: English 9,8 , Maths 7 , Science 5,6,7, RE achieved 9, Spanish 6, History 7, Art 6,

Want to study A Level English Literature, Government and Politics and one more to be decided.   You have applied to STAC & Charter    

Action Plan
This is a short term plan for the next few weeks.

Actions

What, how and why

When

  1. Research your career ideas more, look at job roles, specialism, and pathways. 

LAWCAREERS.NET

https://www.lawcareers.net/

UCAS- explore university courses

https://www.ucas.com/

CIVIL SERVICE 

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/civil-service/about/recruitment

Year 11/12

  1. Arrange more WEX for Summer 2020 & 21

Update your CV and send with a cover letter to MPs, Local Council offices, local Law firms & speak to family and friends for employer contacts.      

Start now

  1. To help you decide which 3rd A level to do

Look at the school curriculum topics, why you want to study it, look at UCAS website for information about the topics studied within courses. Check previous years’ A level results.  

Start now.

 

Any queries or follow ups, you can email me on mcretney@notredame.southwark.sch.uk

Careers Guidance Interview and Action Plan - Year 11

With Michele Cretney, Careers Adviser, Career Partners

Name

 

Date

Form

Where you are now?

Possible career idea is journalism; we talked about broadcasting and digital media, different job roles and pathways. You enjoy English.

Careers issue discussed and thoughts in the interview  

We talked about apprenticeships and university pathways. 

WEX – M & S – children’s – customer skills, display stock, team work with staff. 

You enjoy music and play piano, steel pans and recorder.    

Predicted GCSEs- English 7/8 , Maths 5, Science 5 , RE 6, Geography  5/6 , Spanish 5, Music 6,  

You want to study A levels English Literature, Media and still thinking about the 3rd. Explore the following  three options ( Sociology,  Economics , Government & Politics) See below*  

You have applied to SFX, Pimlico, Greycoat and Dunraven; you have been offered a place at SFX. 

Action Plan

This is a short term plan for the next few weeks.

Actions

What, how and why

When

  1. Research your career idea more carefully, look at skills, job roles and pathways and types of journalism that you are interested.       

CAREERS 2020 BOOK

Read the Journalist job profile in Careers 2020 book in the library.

ICOULD

https://icould.com/explore

Explore other  careers related to English such as Communications, Advertising

 

NATIONAL COLLEGE OF TRAINING OF JOURNALISTS 

www.nctj.com

BBC CAREERS ( apprenticeships)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/careers/what-we-do/television

 

Year 11 & Year12 

  1. Arrange WEX for Summer 2020/21

Update your CV and send it with a cover letter to media companies, BBC, C4, ITV, Sky, Advertising and Communications departments of companies,   TFL, local council, Hospital radio & Advertising agencies. Use Google to find out names of companies to contact.    

Start now. 

  1. Follow up your 6th form   applications

 

Phone up and ask about  your application and if you are likely to be invited for  interview

 

Phone up and ask about possible interview

 

  1. Research which 3rd A level is best for you  * 

Look at topics taught for each subject on school curriculum website and compare. Look at ‘A ‘Level exam results for previous years. 

Today or Monday

Start now

Any queries or follow ups, you can email me on mcretney@notredame.southwark.sch.uk

Notre Dame has a licence for a Careers Programme called Indigo which all the students have access to the programme asks a set of questions which leads to access to information about jobs, giving labour market information, job comparisons, salaries, ‘A’ Level choices, university applications and generally gives students advice, guidance and information to help then make decisions about their future.

We also have a fully stocked Careers Section in the Library for all students to use, there is a good selection of careers books and leaflets and information, and all students have access to the careers section. There are also prospectus for universities and colleges which are regularly updated.  

 

 

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