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Careers education

Our careers education provision seeks to support all United Learning pupils to develop ambition and aspiration for a fulfilling and successful working life.

We want our pupils to leave school with high aspirations and make informed decisions on their next choice of destinations. Embedding careers education in the culture of our schools from the outset, and providing a coherent careers journey, allows our pupils to take responsibility for their personal development and make the most of all opportunities presented to them.

Furthermore, in addition to the student entitlements outlined below, we believe that central to a school’s careers programme should be the development of a core set of eight student competencies that each school should seek to develop among their students as part of their careers programme.

Careers education entitlements

At United Learning our careers education, information and guidance commits that all students will:

  • Have access to impartial careers guidance that enables them to make informed choices about their future.
  • Have access to a personalised plan that helps them to take responsibility for their future that is matched to their academic ability and aspirations.
  • Attend at least one visit to a University by the end of Key Stage 4, with further University visits before the end of Year 13.
  • Engage in meaningful experiences of the workplace during Key Stage 4 or Key Stage 5.
  • Have access to a wide range of providers that enable them to effectively determine the most suitable pathway for their studies post-16 and post-18.
  • Be provided with opportunities to hear from engaging speakers on a wide range of topics, across varied and diverse sectors and industries, to challenge stereotypes and broaden aspirations.
  • Be provided with the appropriate resources and oracy skills to support them in undertaking interviews at key transition points.
  • Be provided with the appropriate resources and literacy skills to support them in undertaking written tasks (i.e., application forms, CVs) at key transition points.
  • Be provided with information in relation to the wider world of work such as finance, budgeting and employability skills.
  • Study a curriculum, across all subjects, that has tangible links to careers and aspirations.

Careers education competencies

We commit that all students will be provided with skills, knowledge and exposure to:

  • Decision-making
  • Critical thinking
  • Networking, partnerships and fostering relationships
  • Teamworking
  • Leadership
  • Creativity and curiosity
  • Self-awareness and self-confidence
  • Speaking and listening

Lifelong United Learning

Destinations | Aspirations | Inspirations

Lifelong United Learning is our central Alumni community that seeks to further the aspirations of our students, supporting your academic and personal journey both during and beyond your time at United Learning.

By becoming a member of Lifelong United Learning, you can share your support with our network of schools as well as be one of the first to know of events, recruitment and networking opportunities and ways in which you can be involved with our schools. In registering with Lifelong United Learning we will ensure your information is kept safe, accurate and up-to-date and that the information we hold is reasonable.

We look forward to connecting with you soon.

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