Careers Plan – Year 9

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Term 1

  1. Stereotypes in careers

    In their fortnightly careers sessions, Year 9 students will explore their preconceptions about careers sectors in advance of choosing their GCSE options. They will explore the impact of stereotypes on individual career choices, as well as understanding that a range of careers can exist within a sector beyond the ones they may initially think of. 

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Term 2

  1. Exploring career sectors: Using maths in jobs Creative Careers and the TV and film industry in Kent

    In their fortnightly careers sessions, Year 9 students will have the opportunity to explore the different careers within specific sectors that related to the GCSE subject options on offer. 

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  2. UCFB – Sport Business at University

    The University College of Football and Business (UCFB) came to speak to our sports students in Year 9, 10 and the sixth form today in a range of sessions designed to showcase the huge variety of careers and roles within the sports sector. The sessions were designed to suit the different age groups and discuss the impact of their decisions on their overall career journey. They explored further education and university options within sport, and our students were open-minded and respectful with lots of questions. 

    Image from the UCFB website showing graduates sitting in Wembley stadium wearing their caps and gowns.

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Term 3

  1. BBC Share your Careers Tour 2023

    The BBC will be visiting our Year 9, Year 11 and Sixth Form students during National Apprenticeship Week 2023. As part of the BBC’s centenary celebrations, they have created a tour focused on careers education with specialist careers panels. Each panel will be delivered in partnership with local BBC radio stations and include a BBC staff member plus two panellists from the local community whose work benefits or includes storytelling. The BBC’s careers support for students doesn’t end with the school tour; students will be directed to the BBC Bitesize Careers site, where they will find an ever-growing library of job profiles to explore across all industries, alongside careers advice and information about next steps in education and the world of work.

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  2. Exploring careers sectors: NHS and Care sectors ‘Step into the NHS’ competition

    In their fortnightly careers sessions, Year 9 students will have the opportunity to explore the different careers within specific sectors that related to the GCSE subject options on offer. 

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  3. Launch Work Shadowing Day

    Work Shadowing Day is in Term 6 and offers our students in Year 8, 9 and 10 the opportunity to accompany a family member to work for a day to gain an first-hand experience of a workplace. In this session, students are introduced or reminded about what the day involves and parents/carers are informed of this valuable opportunity for their child. 

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  4. National Apprenticeship Week 2023 – Year 9

    Year 9 students will have the opportunity to engage with a research project, exploring the expanding range of apprenticeships that are available in a wide variety of careers sectors. 

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Term 4

  1. Army Outreach – Careers
  2. Careers Fair 2023

    Wrotham School’s Careers Fair has gone from strength to strength, building on our relationships with local and national employers, apprenticeship providers, colleges and universities. The fair will feature specialised activities to support our Year 9, 10, 11 and Sixth Form students to make informed decisions about the important transitions they face. This year, we welcome our neighbouring school Grange Park School to join our careers fair. Grange Park is a specialist school for children and young people with autism spectrum condition (ASC) from 9-19. 

    If you would like to find out more information, please click the events link for our careers fair 2023.

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  3. Exploring careers sectors

    In their careers sessions, Year 9 students will have the opportunity to explore the different careers within specific sectors that related to the GCSE subject options on offer. In term 4, this includes construction, STEM, languages, IT and digital, design, legal, creative and lab-based careers. 

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  4. Focus for 1-to-1 guidance
  5. Introduction to Cambridge University workshop (tbc)

Term 5

  1. GCSE Options Deadlines
  2. Rights in the workplace

    Building on their character work on the importance of communication and integrity, Year 9 students are introduced to the role of unions and arbitration services like ACAS. These sessions support their PSHE sessions on conflict resolution. 

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Term 6

  1. Taking ownership of career path decisions

    Prior to confirming their GCSE option choices, Year 9 students work on understanding the influences in their lives and how this might impact (and benefit) their career decisions. 

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  2. Work Shadowing Day/Enterprise Challenge Day