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Careers - Aims and Objectives

School Mission Statement

'Maricourt seeks to provide and sustain a living Catholic Community which is rooted in Christian Values and where growth and knowledge, respect, love and fellowship are shared by all'

Statutory Obligations for Careers in School

In line with the Statutory guidance for governing bodies, school leaders and school staff, Careers guidance and access for education and training providers.
Maricourt High Schools Careers policy ensures that all registered pupils at this school are provided with independent careers guidance from year 8 to year 13. The independent careers guidance provided:

  • is presented in an impartial manner, showing no bias or favouritism towards a particular institution, education or work option.
  • includes information on the range of education or training options, including apprenticeships and technical education routes.
  • is guidance that the person giving it considers will promote the best interests of the pupils to whom it is given.

Careers inspiration and guidance at Maricourt is a progressive journey from Year 7-13.
The aims of the Careers programme at Maricourt are:

  • To develop positive attitudes in the pupils towards study and work.
  • To develop employability and enterprise skills, such as teamwork and communication.
  • To help students to plan and take control of their future making informed choices at key points in their education.
  • To provide students with the relevant careers inspiration and guidance that is suitable to their personal needs including age, ability, attitudes and aptitudes.
  • To provide students with a comprehensive understanding of opportunities post 16 and post 18 including traineeships, apprenticeships, school leaver programmes, HE, FE, employment and training opportunities.
  • To help students to reflect on themselves – their abilities, skills, aptitudes and attitudes – so that they can use this knowledge to consider their development.
  • To provide students with impartial advice about options that is available to them.
  • To provide equal opportunity of access to careers inspiration and guidance.

The annual Careers plan attached gives more of an overview of this tailored approach to Maricourt as set out in Page 29-30 of the Statutory Guidance. (Appendix A)

Implementation of Careers Education

These aims are achieved through the Careers curriculum which is outlined below. All strategies are inline with the Gatsby Benchmarks. Careers Compass is completed twice per year and action points inform improvements. The compass assessment tool has helped Maricourt gain green in all areas for each Benchmark.

The Curriculum Leader along with the Enterprise Advisor network, Independent Careers Advisor, curriculum leaders external providers, Sefton Education Partnership, and employers strive for continuous improvement and build on each benchmark further.

The school is strong and committed to all 8 Benchmarks:
  1. A stable Careers programme
  2. Learning from Career and labour market information
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
  5. Encounters with employers and employees
  6. Experience of workplaces
  7. Encounters with further and higher education
  8. Personal Guidance

The Provision

  1. Careers inspiration and support starts in Year 7 through introductory lessons allowing the students to reflect on where they are now and on what they want to do in the future. Students are introduced to the online careers information available to them and they get the opportunity to use Kudos, a career matching software package. They are also introduced to the National Careers Service Website focusing on job profiles and job sectors. Aintree Racecourse provides Maths at work sessions. Year 7 also fully engage with "Meet the professionals" workshops which take place throughout the year.

  2. Students continue with this in Year 8 investigating possible career routes and matching skills and qualities to suitable occupations. Students are introduced to possible opportunities and pathways post 16. Stereotyping is addressed in each year group to ensure all students are aware and fully embrace the importance of equal opportunities. The Curriculum Leader delivers a whole assembly to the year 8 cohorts about the different post 16 routes available giving in depth discussion of the different courses available including an apprenticeships talk. A local University provide an introduction to Higher Education assembly followed by a Q/A session. Students can also request an impartial Careers interview with the school Careers officer to be scheduled during parents evening. Aintree Racecourse provides an Enterprise workshop to develop employability and transferable skills. Year 8 also fully engage with "Meet the professionals" workshops which take place throughout the year.

  3. Year 9 have a timetabled Careers lesson once per fortnight. Three local Universities deliver workshops to inspire students and raise awareness of the importance of life long learning.The work is designed to help the students prepare for their options. Students study five topics which include Self Awareness, Stereotyping, Opportunity Awareness, Decision Making and Transition. Transition includes the delivery of topics including pay slips, budgeting, trade unions and organisation charts. Students revisit Kudos and compare their careers aspirations to those they had in year 7. They use the National Careers Service to investigate entry requirements for particular jobs in preparation for their option choices. There is a well-planned options process planned, to help students make informed choices. Aintree Racecourse delivers employability sessions on the careers available at Aintree Racecourse. The curriculum leader provides an assembly on post 16 opportunities, including- academic, vocational and apprenticeship routes. Year 9 students are invited to attend the school's annual Careers Convention, they also fully engage with "Meet the professionals" workshops which take place throughout the year. Year 9 also receive an employability skills workshop with the schools Enterprise Link.

  4. At the end of Year 10, all pupils take part in a two-week Work Experience programme which involves over 150 employers each year. The aim is to give pupils first hand experience of the world of work. Some placements are found by the school or Sefton Education Business Partnership, as a result of links with industrial firms; the vast majority are found by parents and the students themselves. Students are fully prepared for their placement through planned careers lessons during PSHEE, which include a full investigation into Health and Safety in the workplace. Students receive at least three careers assemblies throughout the year including- finding a suitable placement, a work experience brief and de-brief on their return. All students have access to a Careers convention which gives advice and guidance on post 16 & post 18 opportunities in the summer term. Aintree Racecourse deliver and Enterprise day- employer engagement and developing employability and transferable skills. There are regular alumni Visits to inspire and motivate students from a variety of pathways.

  5. Year 11 have a planned Careers Inspiration and Guidance Management Programme that is completed throughout the year. It involves a variety of impartial experiences and workshops with employers and providers giving inspiration and guidance in a range of industry sectors. Year 11 also take part in a Careers Convention. This gives students the opportunity to seek impartial guidance and advice from over 50 professionals and organisations, in order to help with their post 16 options and decisions. A workshop is delivered about Apprenticeship opportunities and information is given as to where additional guidance can be received this is delivered by an outside provider. Sefton EBP delivers an application form workshop and organises practice interviews for students in Year 11 with a local employer. This experience, together with a personal debrief session, gives students far more confidence during interviews, as well as providing impartial inspiration.

The in house support programme includes investigating post 16 options, letters of application, CV's, application forms and interview techniques. Students also attend a labour market and National Careers Service research workshop with the Career Curriculum Leader. Students are regularly given open day information during assembly and form time. An evening is also held at the school to introduce Sixth Form Options to Year 11 pupils for those students who see Sixth Form as the best route for them. Students receive at least three careers assemblies throughout the year giving information on how to utilise the careers opportunities organised within school. Each year 11 student is also interviewed by a member of SLT to discuss their post 16 options. Year 11 also fully engage with "Meet the professionals" workshops which take place throughout the year.

All Sixth Form students take part in a Careers Convention. This gives students the opportunity to seek impartial guidance and advice from over 50 professionals and organisations, in order to help with their post 18 options. All year 12 students have an apprenticeship workshop which is hosted by an external specialist provider. All Sixth form students are given regular opportunities to participate in voluntary work to inspire employment aspiration opportunities. All Year 13 students experience a practice interview with an employer from a chosen career area, the aim of which is to inspire and provides impartial support. All sixth form students follow an employability programme which involves a variety of external speakers from a range of pathways. Most year 12 students conduct a six week work experience placement. Health and Social Care students participate in a volunteer programme run through Aintree hospitals. Vocational course students are encouraged to participate in a relevant work placement which is in line with their subject area. An impartial careers interview with the Careers Advisor is always available upon referral or request.All Year 12 pupils attend an annual Higher Education Conference, held at Liverpool University. The students are prepared for their UCAS applications and this process is overseen by the Head of Sixth form, with workshops also delivered by local Universities and the Schools CareersAdvisor. The Apprenticeship Hub delivers tailored programmes to those students looking for post 18 employment and training opportunities.

The enrichment programme offers further support with CV enhancement and employability. This includes Self Awareness and research workshops. All students participate in an enterprise day delivered by an external provider for students to develop transferable skills.
The regular enrichment programmes run in sixth form include, Sports Leaders Level 3, Mandarin, Teachers of Tomorrow, Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment along with other specialised programmes.

Sixth Form tutors are also given regular updated information, and online links to give students during their one to one tutorials.
Students receive constant advice on apprenticeship vacancies, employer talks, careers fairs and conventions, courses, opportunities for open day visits, higher education talks, monitoring of progress and voluntary work.

Entitlement to Careers Education and Guidance

All Pupils in Years 8-13 currently have access to an Impartial Careers Advisor and all students in these year groups are regularly reminded to visit the Careers Room during break and lunchtime regarding Careers, Work Experience, Post-14, 16 or 18 Options. This time is fully utilised by students. The Careers Room is updated with prospectuses, apprenticeship and traineeship vacancies, help sheets, careers information and has computer access.
Students and parents are also encouraged to use the careers link on the school website which gives updates, web links.

The Careers department makes use of Social Media and encourages both students and parents to follow the department on Twitter for the latest updates.
There is a calendar of events on the school website which gives students and parents advanced notices of up and coming events, presentations, initiatives and workshops.

At the end of Year 11 students get to keep their detailed Careers Management File, which has been compiled over the five years. Sefton EBP is involved with the KS4 work related learning activities in completing the programme. Students are proud of their work and experiences and take this seriously.

All Year Groups have the opportunity to develop their employability and enterprise skills through taking part in various activities on the Whole School Activity Days. Examples include teamwork, presentation, finance, listening skills and creativity. Aintree Racecourse offers something to every year group in the area of enterprise, careers and employability skills. The schools Enterprise Advisor contributes to the curriculum in yr 9 – yr 12.

Alumni are regularly used to inspire students and act as role models covering a range of subjects and year groups.

Evaluation/Quality Assurance

The school is committed to CPD for Careers and all team members actively seek CPD opportunities.

Regular meeting with Sefton Education Partnership and the School Enterprise Link ensures a robust programme which meets all the criteria of the Gatsby Benchmarks and Government Statutory Guidance.

This combined with extensive pupil voice and parent and external provider comments ensures that there is a robust Careers programme that caters for all.

Annual Monitoring and Evaluations

Reviews with Sefton Education Partnership
Reviews with the independent Careers Advisor
Pupil Voice in all year groups of all events
Internal monitoring includes, reviews with form tutors and pastoral leaders.
Work Experience monitoring, reviews from pupils, parents, employers and visiting staff from school.
Work experience, application form workshop and practice interview evaluations
Careers lessons are also included in the school self review schedule and performance management - Last inspected January 2017. Three year review Cycle.


All student destinations are collected in house by the schools Careers Advisor in collaboration with the Local Careers Connect Service and changes are made to the Careers programme accordingly.

This careers policy was approved in March 2018 the next review date is March 2021.

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