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"Young adults who recall four or more encounters with employers while at school are five times less likely to be NEET and earn on average, 18% more than peers who recall no such activities" 

Dr Anthony Mann, Director of Research and Policy, Education and Employers Task Force.

Careers education needs to happen in the classroom and not just in specific careers activities.   At Brooke Weston, we encourage all curriculum areas to embrace employer-led learning, using industry professionals and resources to help deliver curriculum lessons, blending careers ideas with academic learning. There are numerous benefits for our students:

  • TIME: Employer-led curriculum learning forms part of the planned timetable and doesn’t take pupils away from lessons. 
  • TOPIC EXPERTISE: Opportunity to discuss topics with external professionals who use subjects practically on a daily basis, exchanging ideas and expertise.
  • REAL-LIFE EXAMPLE: Use real-life examples to get across concepts students find difficult to grasp.
  • DEEP LEARNING: Add an extra element to deepen curriculum learning.
  • RELEVANCE: Students see that subjects are relevant to the real world – and therefore why it’s important to study them.

Practical ideas for Tutors:

  • Year 7 Tutors

  • Ensure your tutees log into their Unifrog accounts and take the online Personality Profile. Learn more about your tutees and explore the careers commonly associated with their closest personality types. This description is designed to be a fun read and can encourage you all to discuss the skills and potential career paths from a new angle - enjoy!
  • Year 8 Tutors

  • Ensure your tutees log into their Unifrog accounts and start to explore their favourite subjects in the Subject Library. Once selected (e.g. Geography)they can access hundreds of online professional interviews & profiles from people working in that related subject (e.g. Agriculture, Landscape Design and Anthropology to name a few). The information is extremely comprehensive and will inform your tutees of the practical 'day to day' activities in a chosen field. Quick, in-depth activity with no additional planning required. 
  • Year 9 Tutors

  • Attend the Options Evening with your tutees or alternatively watch your subject presentations by Heads of Department and Subject Leads, so you can answer any queries.   
  • Ensure your tutees log into their Unifrog account and start to investigate potential career pathways in the Careers Library. They can do this via subject preference, career area (i.e. Arts and Media) or competency (i.e. Caring, Leadership or Critical Thinking) 
  • Play this quick Department of Education 2-minute animation showcasing and explaining each choice in a simple, dynamic and visual manner.
  • The Which University Guide explains how important GCSE choices are when it comes to university and gives helpful tips to share with your tutees on 'how' and 'how not' to choose GCSE Option subjects.
  • Year 10 Tutors

  • COVID-19 permitting, attend the Brooke Weston Careers Fair (March / April)
  • COVID-19 permitting, support any advertised work experience activities or online 'Speakers for Schools' virtual work experience activities in Term 5.
  • Ensure your tutees log into their Unifrog account and continue to explore the Subject and Careers Library.
  • Year 11 Tutors

  • In addition to the Brooke Weston Sixth Form Open Day, encourage tutees to attend other local Colleges and Sixth Form events. We have to demonstrate we are impartial!
  • Ensure your tutees log into their Unifrog account and explore the Apprenticeship Library. Apprenticeships have been revolutionised in recent years and typically consist of 80% on-the-job training, and 20% studying. Stricter rules have been put in place regarding what an apprenticeship can consist of and have helped to increase the prestige of apprenticeships. 
  • Discuss your tutees Pre-Careers Meeting Questionnaire prior to meeting our independent Careers Advisor, who will provide impartial information, advice and guidance.
  • COVID-19 permitting, attend the Brooke Weston Careers Fair (March / April)
  • To help simplify the options available to your tutees after GCSEs, The Department for Education has created this 2-minute animation, showcasing and explaining each choice in a simple, dynamic and visual manner. 
  • Remind students that at Key Stage 5 students have the option of studying A levels; BTEC Level 3Cambridge Technicals and T Levels.  With regard to the latter, the Government website provides more information on T levels. 
  • This is a good opportunity to introduce students to UCAS - further education which offers further assistance helps you and your tutees understand post 16 options
  • Sixth Form Tutors

  • Ensure your tutees log into their Unifrog account and study the 'What do you need to know about UK universities?' section, a useful breakdown of all the key terminology relating to studying at university.
  • Encourage your tutees to use Unifrog to explore all the University Libraries (UK, US Europe, Canada and Asia) as well as advice for applying to Oxbridge.
  • Visit the Russell Group website, which offers advice and guidance on which subjects open up different degrees, particularly at Russell Group universities.
  • Encourage your tutees to explore the Unifrog Apprenticeship Library and understand the different types of apprenticeships now available, such as Degree Apprenticeship and School Leaver Programme Apprenticeships.  Apprenticeships have been revolutionised in recent years and stricter rules have been put in place regarding what an apprenticeship can consist of, which has helped to increase the prestige of apprenticeships. 
  • Discuss opportunities for work experience placements for your tutees.
  • Help your tutee to edit their personal statement and CV
  • Help your tutee to edit their application forms (University/apprenticeship/employment)
  • For tutees concerned about the financial aspects of going to university, then please see our attachment below by MoneySavingExpert Martin Lewis: Students Loans Decoded.

In terms of career choice, Tutors should:

  • Aid, but not dictate, the decision-making process
  • Support their decisions
  • Give our tutees freedom and time to discover their skills
  • Provide the motivation to develop and achieve
  • Provide encouragement to pursue interests and ambitions
  • Try to instil a responsible attitude and mature outlook
  • Instil an attitude of self-belief by being positive and never critical – as responsible adults, our words are likely to have the biggest effect on our tutees.

How to support students in using Unifrog:

Subject Teachers: Linking your subject to careers:

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