At West Exe School, students embark on our ambitious five-year careers programme from their very first week in year 7. Our engaging employer encounter sessions and explicit links to the curriculum use current labour market information and are embedded into our curriculum cycles to maximise the number of meaningful careers related activities our students experience.

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Careers Programme Overview

During your time at West Exe you will complete our exciting careers programme which is outlined here.

 

 

Curriculum links

Ever wondered why you might need algebra or how learning to code could help you in real life?

During week 1 of every cycle, and any relevant lesson throughout the year, your subject teachers will make explicit links to exciting careers that require the skills or knowledge you are currently learning or developing.

You will get a snap shot into what each career involves, what you could earn and what qualifications you would need to get into each profession.

 

Employer Encounters

Whether you’re talking to the people that are doing the jobs you want to do, finding out about the jobs you never knew existed or getting advice from the employers about what they look for when they are hiring our employer encounter sessions will give you a more in depth look at what it’s like to be out in the world of work and what skills and attributes you need in order to be successful.

You will participate in three employer encounter sessions every year. If you have any suggestions on the types of jobs you would like to explore let the careers team know by emailing your suggestion to careers@westexe.devon.sch.uk

 

Career pilot

In sessions throughout the year you will be using this online tool for a range of activities. There are interactive activities and quizzes you can use to explore job sectors and research how to get specific jobs in the future. Beyond this, the tool can be used to get to know yourself. Using Career Pilot will help you to see how your interests may shape what sectors that are interesting to you and you’ll begin to see how your skills, qualifications and experiences fit in to careers. This will be especially helpful when you are thinking about GCSE options and post-16 destinations. 

To start exploring log in here.

 

Curriculum choices & careers

During Year 8 you will have the opportunity to chose which subjects you take at GCSE. Whilst there are some compulsory subjects you have to take there is still a lot of options available to you.

How do you know which subjects to choose and which subjects will set you up for success?

A good way of choosing your GCSE subjects is by reflecting on your strengthens and what you enjoy so you can find careers that involve these activities and skills. Having a few ideas on what jobs you would like to do in the future and the types of qualifications you will need can help you decide on the most appropriate GCSE subjects to take. 

The careers sessions in Year 7 and 8 have been designed to help you with this process and you will have lots of support from your tutor and subject teachers.

 

Work experience

In Year 10 you get the opportunity to test drive a potential career by engaging with the activities and responsibilities of your role of interest. This may involve visiting a work place in person or engaging with a virtual work placement.

To make the most of this opportunity it is important you apply early to secure yourself a place. The career sessions in Year 9 and 10 are designed to help you with this process and make sure the experience is as personalised and valuable as possible.

More information about your work experience placement can be found here.

 

Post-16 options

As you begin to explore destinations for your education beyond West Exe, there is a wide range of support to pull on. All Year 11 students will meet with Maria Masters, our independent Careers Advisor to discuss hopes, dreams and how your next steps begin to shape your career. In addition we have strong links with Exeter College, and appointments with our college advisor will also be made for you. Beyond this, we will provide encounters with members of staff from a wide range of FE colleges, 6th forms, and other training providers.

Here is a summary of you Post-16 options:

Information about local Post-16 providers can be found here.

Parent Resources

Careers Programme Overview

At West Exe our students complete our exciting careers programme which is outlined here.

Curriculum links: During week 1 of every cycle subject teachers use current labour market information to make explicit links to exciting careers that require the skills or knowledge being explored in your child’s lessons.

Employer Encounters:  During week 4 of every cycle your child will participate in an engaging employer encounter where they will get the opportunity to discover what is it is like to work in a particular industry or do a particular job from the people currently doing them. They will have the opportunity to reflect on the session and the job roles discussed to support them in taking their next step whether that be planning to make their curriculum choices, applying for a work experience placement or deciding on their Post-16 options.

Curriculum choices & careers

During Year 8 your child will have the opportunity to chose which subjects they take at GCSE. Whilst there are some compulsory subjects they have to take there is still a lot of options available to them.

Having a few ideas on what careers your child is interested in and the types of qualifications they will need can help when deciding the most appropriate GCSE subjects to take. The careers sessions in Year 7 and 8 have been designed to help your child with this process. There is also lots of support available for you and child from the Miss Harris (Head of Year 8), your child’s tutor and their subject teachers.

Information on curriculum choices at West Exe can be found here.

Additional information on how to support your child with their GCSE curriculum choices can be found here.

Work experience

In Year 10 your child has the opportunity to gain first hand experience of the real world of work by undertaking a week long placement in a potential future career. This may involve visiting a local work place in person or engaging online with a virtual work placement which offers exciting experiences with national companies.

To make the most of this opportunity it is important your child applies early to secure themselves a placement. To assist them in this process and to ensure the experience is as personalised and valuable as possible our career sessions in Year 9 and 10 are designed to help them find roles they are interested in pursuing as a future career.

More information about your child’s work experience placement can be found here.

 

Post-16 options

As students begin to explore destinations for their education beyond West Exe, there is a wide range of support they have access. Tutors will be a constant source of support students can discuss options with. In addition, all Year 11 students will meet with Maria Masters, our independent Careers Advisor to discuss their hopes, dreams and how their next steps begin to shape their career. In addition we have strong links with Exeter College, and appointments with our college advisor will also be made for all students should they wish. Beyond this, we will provide encounters with members of staff from a wide range of FE colleges, 6th forms, and other training providers. Here is a summary of the Post-16 options currently available:

More information about your child’s Post-16 options can be found here.

Information about local Post-16 providers can be found here.

Information about apprenticeships can be found here.

Employer Resources

Curriculum Links

These activities offer our students a snapshot into careers directly linked to the skills or content they are currently learning about in their lessons. This could be in the form a written job profile or a short pre-recorded video that can be used in lessons to encourage discussion about your role or industry, and the skills or attributes that are required to be successful.

 

Employer Encounter Sessions

Our employer encounter sessions offer our students a more in depth look at what it’s like to work in a particular role or industry. These longer sessions provide the opportunity for students to learn about multiple jobs in a business or sector through short talks or videos or participate in a Q&A session investigating one particular role in more detail.

Our goal with these sessions is to encourage our students to image what is possible and dream more about the possibilities so they aspire to become more. In order to support this we endeavour to address misconceptions or stereotypes surrounding certain jobs, industries or Post-16 options so our students feel confident to make informed choices about their next steps whatever stage they are at currently.

 

Work Experience

In Year 10 our students get the opportunity to test drive a potential career for a week by engaging with the activities and responsibilities of a role of interest. This may involve visiting a work place in person or engaging with a virtual work placement.

A work placement is a unique opportunity for students to experience first-hand what it is like to be out in the world of work and apply the skills and knowledge they learn in classroom to real life situations.

Due to the high demand for work placements in and around Exeter we are keen to develop a network of local businesses willing to support our students in gaining relevant and meaningful experiences that can prepare and inspire them to make the most appropriate Post-16 option.

 

Getting involved

If you would like to find out more about getting involved with our careers programme please email: careers@westexe.devon.sch.uk

If you are ready to join our Alumni Community please click here to let us know how you would like to be involved.

Alumni

Curriculum Links

These activities offer our students a snapshot into careers directly linked to the skills or content they are currently learning about in their lessons. This could be in the form a written job profile or a short pre-recorded video that can be used in lessons to encourage discussion about your role or industry, and the skills or attributes that are required to be successful.

 

Employer Encounter Sessions

Our employer encounter sessions offer our students a more in depth look at what it’s like to work in a particular role or industry. These longer sessions provide the opportunity for students to learn about multiple jobs in a business or sector through short talks or videos or participate in a Q&A session investigating one particular role in more detail.

Our goal with these sessions is to encourage our students to image what is possible and dream more about the possibilities so they aspire to become more. In order to support this we endeavour to address misconceptions or stereotypes surrounding certain jobs, industries or Post-16 options so our students feel confident to make informed choices about their next steps whatever stage they are at currently.

 

Work Experience

In Year 10 our students get the opportunity to test drive a potential career for a week by engaging with the activities and responsibilities of a role of interest. This may involve visiting a work place in person or engaging with a virtual work placement.

A work placement is a unique opportunity for students to experience first-hand what it is like to be out in the world of work and apply the skills and knowledge they learn in classroom to real life situations.

Due to the high demand for work placements in and around Exeter we are keen to develop a network of local businesses willing to support our students in gaining relevant and meaningful experiences that can prepare and inspire them to make the most appropriate Post-16 option.

 

Getting involved

If you would like to find out more about getting involved with our careers programme please email: careers@westexe.devon.sch.uk

If you are ready to join our Alumni Community please click here to let us know how you would like to be involved.

Staff

Careers Programme Overview

At West Exe all our students complete our exciting careers programme which is outlined here.

Curriculum links: During week 1 of every cycle explicit links to exciting careers that require the skills or knowledge are explored in lessons across all departments. The Career Champion in your department will lead your department in developing these resources using up to date labour market information.

Employer Encounters:  During week 4 of every cycle every student in Year 7-10 will participate in an engaging employer encounter where they will get the opportunity to discover what is it is like to work in a particular industry or do a particular job from the people currently doing them. They will have the opportunity to reflect on the session and the job roles discussed to support them in taking their next step whether that be planning to make their curriculum choices, applying for a work experience placement or deciding on their Post-16 options.

The sessions will be planned by the careers team but all staff encourage and support our students with the discussion points raised if this careers session falls in their normal lesson time.

 

The Gatsby benchmarks

The Good Career Guidance Benchmarks where developed in 2013 to ensure every young person is provided with high-quality career guidance to enable them to make informed decisions about their future.

There are eight benchmarks, known as the Gatsby Benchmarks,  which every school and college can use to improve and maintain a quality careers provision. Currently we are working towards achieving these benchmarks in order to achieve the “Quality in Careers Standard”. The Gatsby benchmarks are summarised below:

 

More information about the benchmarks can be found here.

More information about the “Quality in Careers Standard” can be found here.

 

Careers Champions

Each department has an appointed careers champion who attends one meeting per cycle with the careers team to lead the production of resources and disseminate labour market information within their teams.

For more information or to become a careers champion for your department email: careers@westexe.devon.sch.uk

 

Post-16 options

There is a wide range of support available to our students as they begin to explore the options for their education beyond West Exe.

All Year 11 students will meet with Maria Masters, our independent Careers Advisor to discuss their hopes, dreams and what steps they need to take to begin to shape their career.

In addition we have strong links with Exeter College; appointments with our college advisor can also be made for students.

Beyond this, we will provide encounters with members of staff from a wide range of FE colleges, 6th forms, and other training providers.

Please familiarise yourselves with the Post-16 options currently available to our students:

Career pilot

This online tool can be used to enhance links between subject curriculum and careers. This huge bank of resources can be used in a wide range of ways; students engaging with content directly through their personal accounts,  a central place to find infographics, videos or other relevant information from when embedding an expansive range of careers in to you lessons, or as a tool to signpost students to when they engage in conversations about their future with you.

The career pilot website can be found here: https://www.careerpilot.org.uk/