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John Powell is the Career Lead for Woodlands School

The Government has increased the age at which all young people are required to remain in some form of education to 18 years; this is known as Raising the Participation Age (RPA).  This is not about raising the school leaving age, our young people have a range of options as to how they can participate, they can:

  • Remain in full time education, such as school and college
  • Undertake work-based learning, such as an Apprenticeship
  • Work part time for more than 20 hours whilst undertaking part time education or training

At Woodlands School pupils in Years 8, 9, 10, and 11 are actively encouraged to plan for their future.  Some pupils may have already decided on their chosen path and know exactly what they want to do, however, some may still be undecided and need a little bit of extra help.

Within school pupils are given a wide range of education and information to support them which includes:-

  • Completing a Careers module within PSHRE where they are given the opportunity to research careers and assess their own skills and qualities.
  • Impartial careers advice from called Connexions Personal Advisers; below is more information regarding Connexions:-
  • Why is impartial careers advice and guidance important? To ensure that young people succeed in the transition from statutory education to post 16 options such as employment, education or training.
  • To help achieve this aim, the Connexions Personal Advisers work with Year 7 and 8 pupils in small groups, raising awareness about options available to them in the future, highlighting the pupil’s strengths and skills helping them to gain the knowledge they need when making important decisions around subject choices for their GCSE’s.
  • In Year 10 pupils begin to be made aware of Post 16 options through individual interviews with an adviser and this continues into Year 11 until all pupils have been given the opportunity to have at least one interview with an adviser. Support is given with making applications to colleges, sixth forms and for apprenticeships; interview techniques; CV writing.  The personal advisers work closely with school to identify which pupils need the extra support and guidance to make a successful transition into their post 16 options.
  • The Connexions personal advisers attend:
    • Parents Options Evenings
    • Parent Teacher Evenings
    • College Event
    • GCSE Results Day
  • All advisers are qualified to the QCR Level 6 Diploma in Career Guidance and Development.

We also hold annual Careers Fair for our pupils and their parents.  We regularly have a wide range of employers and educational establishments who come in to school to offer advice and guidance which help pupils and their parents to make a more informed decisions about their option choices and career planning.

Where can I find out more?

The National Careers Service website makes it easy for both adults and young people to access information and advice about education, training and work. The website is at: Young people and parents can speak to an appropriately qualified adviser by contacting the helpline which is available seven days a week on 0800 100 900.

Click here for school Leaver Information Fact Sheet

Young people and parents can speak to an appropriately qualified adviser by contacting the helpline which is available seven days a week on 0800 100 900

Prospectuses and information on apprenticeships are available from the school library.