The world of work and the typical ‘career’ is changing at a faster rate than ever before. At Royal Russell, careers education is a priority for all pupils and we base our programme on the following strands:
Providing the tools and opportunities for young people to grow in awareness of themselves - their skills, their interests, their challenges and how they respond to different situations. Linking this to decision making for their future steps.
Understanding the World of Work
Providing pupils with opportunities to learn about a wide variety of different job roles, including ‘future’ jobs, different qualification pathways to careers, challenging stereotyping and raising aspiration, and applying labour market information to the decision making process.
Opportunities and encouragement to take up multiple work experience and volunteering opportunities, to encourage curiosity and research skills, to develop face to face networking skills, a practical understanding of the benefits of professional social networking platforms, and a strong focus on acquiring and developing key transferable skills.
We do this by:
- Tutor led careers sessions in Years 7 – 11
- Year group careers assemblies
- Dedicated careers lessons for Year 12
- Individual careers counselling for all students from the Head of Careers, a registered professional careers counsellor
- Mock employment interviews, CV workshops, LinkedIn training
- A rolling programme of Careers Breakfasts
- Annual Careers & Higher Education Fair
- Information, guidance and support on Apprenticeship applications
- Work experience programme for Years 10 – 12
- 1:1 and group UCAS support, including an Elite University Preparation Programme
- 1:1 support with applications to international universities
- Brokering provision of advice and mentoring with professionals
- Social Enterprise projects in Year 12
- Young Reporter scheme
- Utilising our alumni and parent network to provide ‘in the field’ support
- Membership of London Chamber of Commerce to utilise opportunities
Careers Education at Royal Russell is fun, informative, and challenging. We provide dedicated support and guidance, but always encourage pupils to make their own decisions at ages 16+ and 18+, whether that be to continue with further or higher education, in the UK or overseas, or into employment. Support does not finish when a young person leaves us either – we pride ourselves on maintaining strong relationships with alumni.
We are proactive in forging links with the business community to aid our pupils’ development and prospects and to provide opportunities for future talent.
What our Inspection Report says:
The school offers good careers support, and guidance for university applications is carefully coordinated.