Careers Information for Parents/Carers

The aim of this section is to make parents and carers aware of, and understand, the many different pathways available to their son/daughter post-16. Gaining this knowledge will help you to support your child to make the right decisions about their future.

If you need any further information, advice or guidance please do not hesitate to contact us here:

Careers Leader- Miss Smith


Telephone: 01642 484269

What you need to know

Here you can see the various stages in a student's careers education from Transition to Post-16. 

Year Group

Stages in Careers Education

Year 7

  • Exploring careers
  • Self-awareness
  • Finding out about the world of work
  • Linking careers to the curriculum
  • Learning about themselves: strengths, preferences etc.
  • Thinking and learning about employability skills
  • Opportunities to attend careers, STEM and aspirational events
  • Finding out about and getting involved in extra-curricular activities and clubs

Year 8

Year 9

  • Linking career ambitions to KS4 Options as well as the curriculum and making informed choices
  • Group work with careers advisers in preparation of KS4 Options
  • Researching Labour Market Information (LMI)
  • Working on improving employability skills
  • Finding a work/life balance, managing time and meeting deadlines
  • Continued exploration of the world of work, careers and post-16 provisions 
  • Opportunities to attend careers, STEM and aspirational events
  • Further opportunities to get involved in extra-curricular activities and clubs

Year 10

  • GCSE study begins
  • Start of KS4 careers meetings with an external adviser (prioritising key groups of students)
  • Information provided through assemblies focussing on sectors, careers, colleges, training, apprenticeships, LMI, extra-curricular activities as well as aspirational speakers. 
  • Opportunities to attend further/higher education careers events 
  • Work Experience Programme - meaningful experiences of the workplace
  • Year 10 Taster Days to local colleges and opportunities to attend careers events
  • Exploring post-16 options at the school Careers Fair and lunch time drop ins
  • Developing CVs, learning interview and job/college application skills and taking part in a mock interview
  • Finding out about Higher Education at University and Higher Level Apprenticeships.

Year 11

  • Focus on GCSE study, attending a range of boosters and interventions sessions 
  • All students to have Careers Meetings with an external adviser in school and receive action plans
  • Continued attendance to wide range of post-16 assemblies and events in school
  • Attending as many college open days, taster sessions, drops in and careers fairs as possible and gathering a wide range of information
  • Further development of CVs and cover letters
  • Applications for post-16, followed by interviews and acceptance of offers to secure multiple places 
  • Engaging in summer programmes such as NCS and High Tide
  • Signing up for summer preview days and courses at colleges.

Useful Links:

Apprenticeships: What Parents Need To Know: useful article from Rate My Apprenticeship explaining all you need to know about apprenticeships.

A Parent's Guide to Apprenticeships - Informative leaflet.

Careers Advice for Parents Careers Advice website led by the UK’s top Careers Adviser and Coach.

Career Map CareerMag for Parents  Sign up and download CareerMag here. Full of top tips for parents.

Careers Guide for Parents, Carers and Young People How to help your child with their future plans - a guide from Tees Valley Careers.

EY UK Careers Advice for parents Want to give your child the best possible career advice? Look no further. Make sure you know all about the different routes into a successful career. Get all the latest facts and guidance - right here.

Parent's Packs: Apprenticeship Information Packs.

Success at School Guide for Parents 2020 a guide to help parents and carers steer their children through the confusing world of careers choices. From university and apprenticeships to work experience and gap years, our guide has it all.

Success at School Careers Advice Articles Making sense of the career and education options open to your child can be a total mind field, we know. We're making sense of all the noise for you, with our straightforward guides for parents. They cover everything from university choices to apprenticeships to summer jobs. 

Which? University What to study, where to go and how to get there.

For more information please see our Careers Education, Information and Advice pages here.