Careers Advice & Guidance

Careers education helps young people to develop the knowledge, confidence and skills they need to make well-informed, thoughtful choices and plans for their future.

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance

Careers education helps young people to develop the knowledge, confidence and skills they need to make well-informed, thoughtful choices and plans for their future.

Through Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) pupils will:

    • be able to investigate opportunities for learning and work on their own
    • make challenging but realistic plans for their future learning and work
    • understand the skills and qualifications that they need to pursue their ambitions
    • understand the full range of learning opportunities open to them within the school and elsewhere (including local colleges and training providers)

Rainhill High School and Rainhill Sixth work very closely with Careers Connect. This partnership aims to strengthen links further with industry and work towards achieving the eight Gatsby Benchmarks of good career guidance.

There is a comprehensive key stage 3, 4 and 5 programme of teaching in careers through PSHCE lessons and drop down days alongside a whole school careers event. Rainhill Sixth has a published programme of CEIAG which is updated each September on their website. The programme includes super-curriculum, PSHCE and form time, as well as extra activities and assemblies as needed.

PSHCE is delivered one hour fortnightly. Mr Cunningham is the careers lead in school and Mrs Whitehead is PSHCE Coordinator. Miss Goss is PSHCE Co-ordinator at Rainhill Sixth and Miss Banks is Key Stage 5 Progression Mentor.

For further information on PSHCE at Rainhill High School please contact school on 01744 677205.

PSHCE sessions are also supplemented by excellent inspirational enrichment and activities across all year groups. Both go hand in hand with the vital impartial CEIAG delivered by our Career Connect Adviser, Faye Rafferty, who can be contacted by email at Faye.Rafferty@careerconnect.org.uk.

If parents/carers are able to provide support via employer talks, mock interviews, exhibits at the careers fair etc. please contact Mrs Whitehead (11-16 school) or Miss Banks (Rainhill Sixth) to discuss further. The school is also very committed to hearing from past pupils about their journey after Rainhill High School.

The Careers Programme at Rainhill High School.

Effective careers information and guidance is provided for pupils from Year 7 onwards. Pupils receive excellent guidance to help them choose their GCSE subjects during Year 8. The school also facilitates a number of opportunities for pupils to learn about different post-16 pathways as well as having excellent University links. The vast majority of Year 11 pupils already have clear plans for their future. Almost all pupils advance to appropriate destinations and those responsible for careers within the school go to great lengths to ensure that pupils who have recently left the school are engaged in education, employment or training. At Key Stage 5, students learn about post-18 pathways via trips and assemblies, as well as PSHCE. Students are offered the opportunity to visit at least two Universities to experience higher education along with a UCAS Exhibition trip and an annual trip to the Apprenticeship Fair. Regular assemblies are held in form time and PSHCE delivered by employers, apprenticeship providers and Universities which provide further advice and guidance. The vast majority of Year 12 and 13 students leave us with clear plans for the future and this translates into above excellent destinations measures.

PSHCE and CEIAG is reviewed annually and developments implemented before the start of each new academic year. Termly review meetings take place with the careers lead, PSHCE Coordinator, Key Stage 5 Progress Mentor and Career Connect Adviser to ensure parent survey feedback and school council feedback are taken into account.

Careers information for parents and carers

The National Careers Service as part of Career Connect are available to help anyone to develop the skills necessary to apply for or progress with further education or employment. The NCS can advise you on how to progress your current qualifications or how to utilize them into a field of work.

The NCS can also give advice and provide either 1 to 1 or group sessions to help:

  • Create a CV
  • Complete application forms
  • Prepare for a college/job interview
  • Develop work-related skills
  • Advise next steps

To make an appointment with an adviser, please contact the school and leave your name and contact details, or contact the NCS direct either online nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk or by phone 0800 100 900.

Year 7 Careers Programme

Year 7 students will be involved with a range of Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) over the duration of their school year. Year 7 will also have full access to all our CEIAG Resources:

  • Assemblies from aspirational speakers, Career Connect and other external providers
  • Leeds University - "An introduction to Higher Education"
  • Careers Connect – appointments and drop-ins (break and lunchtime)
  • Careers Connect Portal and other on-line websites
  • Advice from teachers – subject career notice boards

PSHCE: developing attributes that employers have identified as essential for the world of work

  • Leadership
  • Organisation
  • Resilience
  • Initiative
  • Communication

Year 8 Careers Programme

Year 8 students will be involved with a range of Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) over the duration of their school year. Year 8 will also have full access to all our CEIAG resources:
Assemblies from aspirational speakers, Career Connect and other external providers

  • Careers Connect – appointments and drop-ins (break and lunchtime)
  • Careers Connect Portal and other on-line websites
  • Advice from teachers – subject career notice boards

Additional activities for year 8 students include:

Fortnightly PSHCE careers sessions including choosing GCSE options and identifying skills and qualities

  • Careers Fair
  • Options assembly
  • Options evening
  • One-to-one careers guidance meetings
  • Taster sessions in new GCSE subjects
  • Trip to Liverpool John Moores University
  • Small group sessions for students requiring additional guidance around option subjects

PSHCE: developing attributes that employers have identified as essential for the world of work

  • Leadership
  • Organisation
  • Resilience
  • Initiative
  • Communication

Year 9 Careers Programme

Year 9 students will be involved with a range of Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) over the duration of their school year. Year 9 will also have full access to all our CEIAG Resources:

  • Assemblies from aspirational speakers, Career Connect and other external providers
  • Careers Connect – appointments and drop-ins (break and lunchtime)
  • Careers Connect Portal and other on-line websites
  • Advice from teachers – subject career notice boards
  • Additional activities for year 9 students include:
  • Fortnightly PSHCE careers sessions: introduction to post-16 options, linking skills and qualities to jobs, exploring career ideas
  • Small group sessions with Career Connect adviser
  • Careers Fair
  • Trip to Liverpool John Moores University
  • One-to-one careers guidance meetings
  • Money Management Day

PSHCE: developing attributes that employers have identified as essential for the world of work
Leadership

  • Organisation
  • Resilience
  • Initiative
  • Communication

Year 10 Careers Programme

Year 10 students will be involved with a range of Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) over the duration of their school year. Year 10 will also have full access to all our CEIAG Resources:

  • Assemblies from aspirational speakers, Career Connect and other external providers
  • Careers Connect – appointments and drop-ins (break and lunchtime)
  • Careers Connect Portal and other on-line websites
  • Advice from teachers – subject career notice boards

Additional activities for year 10 students include:

  • Fortnightly PSHCE careers sessions: post-16 options, access to taster days and visits, exploring extra-curricular activities to enhance employability (Duke of Ed, voluntary work, work experience self-placement, application forms/speculative letters)
  • Careers Fair
  • Career Connect assemblies: post-16 options explained, apprenticeships
  • Trip to Leeds University
  • Rainhill Sixth Form taster day
  • Enterprise Day
  • Aspire 2B talks (apprenticeships, training opportunities, voluntary work, A level subjects, university)
  • Super-curriculum events

PSHCE: developing attributes that employers have identified as essential for the world of work

  • Leadership
  • Organisation
  • Resilience
  • Initiative
  • Communication

Year 11 Careers Programme

Year 11 students will be involved with a range of Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) over the duration of their school year. Year 11 will also have full access to all our CEIAG Resources:

  • Assemblies from aspirational speakers, Career Connect and other external providers
  • Careers Connect – appointments and drop-ins (break and lunchtime)
  • Careers Connect Portal and other on-line websites
  • Advice from teachers – subject career notice boards

Additional activities for year 11 students include:

  • Fortnightly PSHCE careers sessions: CV/application form and mock interview preparation
  • Assemblies throughout the year (FE/HE/6th Form, apprenticeships, volunteering, employers)
  • CV/personal statement work shops
  • Careers Fair
  • Post 16 options evening
  • Rainhill Sixth Form taster day
  • One-to-one careers guidance meetings
  • College application form support
  • College visits
  • Apprenticeships: advice on how to search, applications and interviews
  • Aspire 2B talks
  • Mock interviews
  • Lunch time drop in support
  • College open evenings advertised throughout school
  • Super-curriculum events

PSHCE: developing attributes that employers have identified as essential for the world of work

  • Leadership
  • Organisation
  • Resilience
  • Initiative
  • Communication

For Year's 12 & 13 please visit the Rainhill Sixth Website here:

Career Connect

Rainhill High School and Rainhill Sixth work with Career Connect to provide impartial information, advice and guidance to help young people make realistic choices about their future education, training and work.

The Career Connect Adviser can help identify options for suitable careers, build CV's, help students prepare for interviews, advise on college applications and where to look for jobs etc.

Our Career Connect Adviser in school is Mrs Rafferty, who is based in school on Wednesdays. Rainhill Sixth also provide the equivalent of 12 days of careers time with Careers Connect. These appointments are rolling throughout the year. Mrs Rafferty also contributes to the Apprenticeship programme in May-July of Year 12 and delivers LMI assemblies to Year 12.

In order to make an appointment with their Career Connect Adviser, students can speak to their Form tutor, Year Progress Leader, Year Student Manager or Miss Banks in Rainhill Sixth. Students can also drop in during lunch and break time when the adviser is in school. Mrs Rafferty is also available at parents' evenings and options evenings in school.

If any parents would like to speak to the Career Connect Adviser regarding their child's education, please contact the school directly or email Faye.Rafferty@careerconnect.org.uk.. Faye will respond as soon as possible.

Additional access to Career Connect or further information, advice and guidance can be found through accessing the online Career Portal www.careerconnect.org.uk

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