Woodside High School

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Careers education, information, advice and guidance

At Woodside High School we are committed to providing all our students in Years 7 to 11 with a comprehensive programme of careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) and work related learning (WRL).

All students at Woodside High School take part in a careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) programme that:

  • aims to inspire as well as inform and guide students
  • is centred around the student and their needs
  • is integrated into the students’ experience of the whole curriculum
  • encourages all students to consider their career throughout Key Stage 3 and 4
  • encourages all students to develop decision making skills
  • provides each student with high quality, impartial advice
  • raises aspirations and promotes equality and diversity

Careers programme: Year 7

  • Tutorial programme aims to help students to understand more about themselves (self-development), know where to look for useful information (careers exploration) and plan for the future (career management)
  • All students take part in Careers Week activities.
  • Selected students participate in the IntoUniversity Secondary Focus Programme.
  • All students are encouraged to participate in the lunchtime lecture series

Careers programme: Year 8

  • PRS and tutorial programme aims to help students to make a decision on their GCSE preferences that are appropriate to their interests, talents and proposed career.
  • All students attend Careers Day. They also take part in Careers Week activities.
  • All students have access to impartial careers advice and guidance and 1:1 careers coaching to support them in their GCSE preferences.
  • Selected students participate in the IntoUniversity Secondary Focus and the University College of London’s Brilliant Club.
  • University visits: In 2015-2016 Year 8 students visited the Royal Veterinary College, Oxford University and London School of Economics.
  • All students are encouraged to participate in the lunchtime lecture series

Careers programme: Year 9

  • PRS and tutorial programme aims to help students to select their GCSE preferences that are appropriate to their interests, talents and proposed career.
  • All students have access to impartial careers advice and guidance and 1:1 careers coaching to support them in their GCSE preferences.
  • All students attend careers day and aspiration days. They also take part in Careers Week activities.
  • Selected students participate in the IntoUniversity Secondary Focus and Careers in Focus programme; Enabling Enterprise programme; Cambridge University Insight Programme and the University College of London’s Brilliant Club.
  • University visits: In 2015-2016, Year 9 students visited Cambridge University, King’s College, University College of London, SOAS and London School of Economics
  • All students are encouraged to participate in the lunchtime lecture series

Careers programme: Year 10

  • PRS and tutorial programme supports students in writing a CV, preparing for interviews and completing application forms;
  • All students complete one week of work experience.
  • All students attend Woodside High School Careers Fair.
  • Selected students attend subject specific Careers Events. In 2015-16, Computer Science students attended the Digital Skills careers show; Business Studies students attended Royal Bank of Scotland and Nomura as part of the IntoUniversity initiative.
  • Selected students participate in the IntoUniversity Secondary Focus and Business in Focus programme; Marks and Spencer Teen Tech Programme; Saturday Club at the Central St Martins University; the Cambridge University Insight Programme and the University College of London’s Brilliant Club.
  • University visits: In 2015-2016, Year 10 students visited Cambridge University, Oxford University, King’s College and London School of Economics.
  • Selected students take part in the Girls’ Network and Haringey Education Business Partnership mentoring programme.
  • All students are encouraged to participate in the lunchtime lecture series

Careers programme: Year 11

  • PRS and tutorial programme supports students in identifying a range of post-16 pathways and to make informed choices about their future. Students are also taught how to complete application forms, write a CV and personal statement and prepare for interviews.
  • After-school drop-in sessions are open to all students.
  • Students can attend lunchtime application form workshops.
  • All students attend Woodside High School Careers Event and Haringey Careers roadshow.
  • Selected girls attend the Women of the World event.
  • All students attend the employability skills with Goldman Sachs and Sir George Monoux; interview skills workshops and mock interviews with the range of colleges and Sixth Forms.
  • Selected students participate in the IntoUniversity Secondary Focus; One Degree programme; the Girls’ Network.
  • All students are encouraged to participate in the lunchtime lecture series

Parents/Carers

At Woodside High School, we work closely with parents and carers to support their children to make informed career choices. Parents and carers are encouraged to attend the careers events and preferences evenings, and we always ensure that we provide translators for these events.  Using our website, weekly newsletters, termly magazine and Family and Friends of Woodside Group, we promote events to parents and carers such as the LSE Black Achievement conference, UCL’s Brilliant Club ceremony, Bring Your Parents to University events and the Cambridge University Insight Programme Parents/Carers information day.

Parents and carers are always welcome to contact the Careers Coordinator to seek advice and ask any questions they might have regarding careers pathways.

Work experience

Work Experience is always important, especially now in our current economic climate.  Therefore, gaining more work related experience is likely to give you an advantage in the labour market by the time you leave full-time education.

It is a placement with an employer for a period of one week, where you will learn about a particular job. While you are working there you will be able to find out about the types of skills employers look for when they are contracting someone for a vacant job.

This opportunity also gives you the chance to develop communication skills and self confidence.

It is always rewarding to hear of success stories from employers.  In particular some of our employers have had such good experiences with students they offer them part-time jobs which may lead to full-time employment.

Here are some testimonials;

The manager at Children & Young People's Service said "Sharwana Ahmed is a shining star, fantastic, very polite young person and ‘utter pleasure to have’. She would like to keep her".

The manager at Family Matters Nursery said "if we had vacancies we'd have employed Filiz Yavuz. She arrives early and exceeds the expectations".

The manager at North Middlesex University Hospital Programme said "Mohammed Hashi is a keen student who is eager to learn. Mohammed was offered extended work over summer holiday".

Apart from work experience, it is also possible to do some voluntary work if you join the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.

Useful websites

The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. The service offers confidential and impartial advice. This is supported by qualified careers advisers.

The National Careers Service website aims to:

  • help you with careers decisions and planning
  • support you in reviewing your skills and abilities and develop new goals
  • motivate you to implement your plan of action
  • enable you to make the best use of high quality career related tools.
Careersbox is a free online library of careers related film, news and information. As the preferred digital new media partner to the Institute of Career Guidance, the largest careers body in the UK, Careersbox aim is to deliver a new way for students to explore their skills and career options.

Plotr is a website created to help 11-24 year olds discover and explore careers they’ll love.

It’s built around the Game which uncovers careers matched to their skills, interests and personality.

LifeSkills, created with Barclays, is a free, curriculum-linked programme, developed with teachers to help improve the skills and employability of young people in the UK.
icould has a range of video clips showing real people talking about their jobs and careers.
Plan your study & work.  Your choices at 14, 16 and 18, explore different job sectors and how you can study and work at the same time - even to university level.
Success at School is the place for young people to explore careers, get the lowdown on top employers, and search for the latest jobs, courses and advice.
The study guide section within youthspace contains a range of information including help on making options choices in Year 9, post 16 options, and getting into higher education.
Central Governments dedicated apprenticeship website has a whole range of information to help young people decide if Apprenticeships are the right route for them. You can also search for apprenticeship vacancies.