Careers and work related learning

Careers education and guidance programme make a major contribution to preparing young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. They help young people make decisions and manage transitions as learners and workers. With the introduction of more flexible routes for 14-19 year olds, it is vital that young people have the knowledge and skills they need to make informed choices.

The careers library is located in the library and is accessible every lunch and break time. If pupils need individual support they can speak to Mrs Todd who can make the pupil an appointment with the Independent Careers Advice and Guidance Advisor.

The main aims of the careers curriculum are:

  • Self development: to help young people understand themselves and influences on them, build a track record of their experiences and achievements and develop capabilities.
  • Career exploration: to help young people identify, investigate and weigh up opportunities in learning and work.
  • Career management: to help young people make and adjust plans to manage career choices, changes and transitions


Work related learning

More opportunities are being investigated for Work Related Learning in all areas of the curriculum. One of the opportunities that we already offer is Work experience. Work experience for year 10 takes place in May/June each year where pupils are given a placement for a minimum of 5 days. Pupils are encouraged to think about where they would like to go on work experience and discuss this with Mrs Pearce.

Some pupils also follow an alternative educational route which includes pupils accessing work experience on a weekly basis.

Raising the Participation Age (RPA)

The Government is introducing RPA from summer 2013.

What does that mean?

  • Students who have just started Years 10 and 11 will have to continue in education or training until the end of the academic year in which they turn 17 years old.
  • Students who have just started Years 9 or below will be required to continue until their 18th birthday.

Do I have to stay at school?

No, you can stay at school or go to college. You could get an apprenticeship, a job with training, go self-employed or do voluntary work.

Where can I find out more about RPA?

Visit the website:

Further Information

Young people’s career helpline (8am – 10pm)

  • Tel: 0800 100 900
  • Text: 07766 413 219

Apprenticeship Vacancies:

Volunteering Opportunities: