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​Careers Education Programme

Within PSHE, careers education is a planned programme to develop skills, knowledge and attitudes related to choices and transitions to continuing education, training and employment. It offers a systematic and personalised approach to help students make choices through well-informed advice.

Careers Education and guidance aims to prepare young people for adult and working life and contributes to the development of the whole person. Students should be able to develop knowledge of themselves and the opportunities open to them.

These will be achieved through:

  • ​A planned programme of careers education and guidance within PSHE.
  • Access to information via the Careers Advisor or Careers Lead.
  • Access to individual guidance via the Careers Advisor.
  • Support for students to record achievements and plan future actions.
  • Activities to develop skills related to the workplace, e.g. mock interviews, employer talks from local businesses and professionals.

Key Stage 3 includes:

  • ​​Reviewing skills, achievements, qualities, aptitudes and abilities.
  • Goal setting, reflection and action planning to support progress and achievement.
  • Recognising that work is more than paid employment.
  • Using appropriate vocabulary and organising information about work.
  • Decision making skills.
  • Making realistic and informed choices of options available in KS4.

Key Stage 4:

  • ​Understanding how the world of work is changing and the skills that promote employability.
  • Identifying and using a variety of sources, including ICT, to be aware of careers information.
  • Awareness of options available after leaving school.
  • Organising and presenting information in an appropriate format, e.g. preparation for and experience of Mock Interviews.

Within the wider curriculum

Careers education is delivered through contextualising subject learning within the real world and emphasising how this learning can contribute to future economic well-being.

Development of the skills, knowledge and attitudes mentioned above is also obtained through:

  • Vocational-based opportunities within the KS4 options programme.
  • Development of life skills through wider opportunities provided in the school e.g. Student Council, Library Monitors, School visits etc.

Local Labour Market Information (LMI)

​Southlands School has good links with local businesses.  As a school we have previously worked with:

  • Newcastle United Foundation
  • Newcastle Eagles Basketball
  • North Tyneside Learning Trust (NTLT)
  • Future Focus
  • North East STEM Hub 
  • Seal hospital – Tynemouth Aquarium
  • Local MP – Alan Campbell
  • Great North Children’s Hospital

​As a school, we are always looking to develop relationships with local businesses that would be willing to support our careers programme. We are willing to work with a provider through workplace visits, employer talks or online encounters. Any interested businesses should contact Joanne Hall (Careers Lead).

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In addition to advice and guidance provided as part of our careers programme, we will regularly add supportive resources and documents (below) for parents and pupils to access.

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More information can be requested from Joanne Hall (Careers Lead) or Diane Goddard (Careers Advisor). or telephone 0191 300 0505 or telephone 07583 225 671

​Providers may also wish to contact Samantha Hall (Deputy Head teacher) if a complaint or any further issues may arise.

Diane Goddard has kindly produced two documents (available below) for students, parents & carers. Please feel free to have a look at them, and don't forget, if you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact the school or Diane on one of the methods listed above.

LEARNING JOURNEYS 2023 - 2024 (click to view or download a copy below)

Careers year 7 learning journey

Year 7

Careers year 8 learning journey

Year 8

Careers year 9 learning journey

Year 9

Careers year 10 learning journey

Year 10

Careers year 11 learning journey

Year 11