Preparing students for the future is a key theme which runs throughout the curriculum and complemented by the programme of careers education activities in our PSHEE and Personal Opportunities programme. We introduce students to the world of work in Year 7 through the Real Game, where students take on a job role for the day and experience what it is like to do the job and earn a salary. This also has a positive impact of their understanding and appreciation of living on an income!
In Year 8, the focus of careers education moves to supporting students as they make their GCSE choices. We support students in this decision making process through PSHEE lessons and the GCSE Taster Day. At this time, students can also request careers advice through drop in sessions at lunchtime careers clinics. We endeavour to ensure students are considering the longer term implications of their GCSE choices to enable them to keep their options open longer term.
As students move on to Years 9 and 10, we are keen to help them to develop an insight into working life and university study. We do this through a Preparing for Employment visit, when all students visit a local employer for the day to learn more about the varied roles available in the world of work. Students also participate in a University Trip where they visit a university to experience a ‘taste’ of what it is like to go to university.
In Year 11, we provide students with the opportunity to follow an enriching ‘option’ through our Personal Opportunities programme. Many pathways or options are accredited; therefore providing our students with a recognised qualification as well as a range of skills and experiences which will enhance their career development. Options include the LAMDA Public Speaking Award, Arts Award, STEM Certificate, Certificate of Management (Level 3); to name but a few. We ensure our options cover a broad range of interests and student feedback is always very positive about these experiences.
Entry into the Sixth Form sees the start of careers education focusing on Options 18+. An early PSHEE extended afternoon in Year 12 introduces students to all their post-18 options, where they attend workshops delivered by universities, gap year organisations, employment specialists and Alumni students who return to the school to tell current students about their experiences since leaving Invicta. We deliver a number of workshops on Options 18+ in the Sixth Form. As the majority of our students choose to move on to higher education we ensure there is a focus on supporting them with their university applications and personal statements. However, we also ensure they are all fully prepared for job hunting - whether this be for apprenticeships straight after Year 13 or in their longer term future.
What the students say:
“I really enjoyed visiting UCL, I learnt a lot about my future options and what University life is all about.” (Year 10 Student).
“The Real Game helped me understand what life is like after school. I was a self-employed painter and decorator and had lost all my money by the end of the day!” (Year 7 Student).
“I never realised there were so many different jobs available in the world of work until we did the visit to an employer on the Enrichment Day!" (Year 9 Student).