Careers & Work Experience
We encourage all students at Longsands to develop high aspirations and consider a broad and ambitious range of careers. We use contacts with the world of work and further education to help them understand where different choices can take them in the future.
During Year 8, students are invited to a Careers Fair. Here they have the opportunity to talk to various local employers and higher education providers. This allows students to begin to see the possibilities in the local community well in advance of making their options choices.
In Year 9 students use careers guidance software during PSHE lessons to identify career pathways and to help them decide on their options choices. They receive information, advice and guidance from all options subject teachers and all students are given the opportunity to speak to a member of staff about their choices. Students are also given the opportunity to spend a day at a local university where they receive impartial advice about routes into further education.
In Year 10 all students have the opportunity to undertake a 1 week work placement. During PSHE lessons, in the term before, students are given the opportunity to use careers education software to identify suitable placements. They also receive tuition on how to write a letter of application, how to conduct themselves at interview and how to construct a CV.
In year 11 students are made aware of available opportunities in the local area. Apprenticeship information is shared via tutors, course information from local providers is shared and students have the opportunity within PSHE to research their chosen career. All year 11 students are interviewed early in the spring term to ensure they have a clear plan for post 16, this allows us to ensure that students are supported as they move on to the next stage of education whether it is with us or elsewhere.
In the sixth form the PSHE programme of study focusses on the next steps for all students.
Throughout their time with us students will be encouraged to make use of our Independent Guidance Advisor.