Key Stage 3 Curriculum linked to Gatsby Benchmarks and CDI

During year 7 students are introduced to our Connexions Careers Advisors. Each student will participate in a series of workshops designed to help them to identify their own skill set and focus on ways to develop their skills further. We use Skills Builder to help students to identify skills which they are developing in the classroom which are valuable in the workplace. All students will work with NUFutures and NERAP where they will participate in a series of workshops and presentations which are designed to look at future aspirations and personal skills and qualities.

Links to Gatsby 1,2,3,4 and 8, links to CDI 1, 2 and 4

At year 8 students will continue to receive support and guidance from the Connexion services, participating in a series of workshops run by a trained Careers Advisor, where they will receive information, advice and guidance on a wide range of pathways into FE, HE, Apprenticeships and Careers  return to looking at employability skills and looking at how their personal skill set has developed over the year.  Working in partnership with FutureMe, a theatre performance entitled Why Care? focuses on the wide range of careers available in the NHS. All students will work with NUFutures and NERAP where they will participate in a series of workshops and presentations which are designed to look at developing emotional intelligence and employability skills as well as an introduction to job sectors.

Links to Gatsby 1,2,3,4,5 and 8, links to CDI 4,5,6,10 and 11.

Year 9 is a very important year for students as they start the Guided Choices process. CEIAG plays a large role in helping the students to make choices about what to study at KS4 and think about the pathways open to them once they leave Marden. Workshops are delivered by the Connexions advisors, with a focus on how to decide what to study at KS4 and how the decisions they make can impact their future career choices. The Enact Theatre Group visit the year group to perform Destination Success, a play focusing on what to (and what not to) base their KS4 choices around. 

Later on in the year all students in year 9 participate in Careers Speed Dating. This morning allows students the opportunity to question around 20 different employees and employers about their roles and responsibilities at work. Towards the end of year 9 students start to prepare themselves for Work Experience by taking part in a series of lessons focused around how to find a suitable work experience placement. They also receive advice on how to make contact with prospective employers, writing a personal statement and CV building.

All students will work with NUFutures where they will participate in a series of workshops and presentations which are designed to look at developing confidence and self esteem and dispel careers stereotypes.

 Links to Gatsby 1,2,3,4,5,6 and 8 links to CDI, 1,2,3,11,12,14,15,16 and 17