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Miss S Sharma, BA. , PgDip. - School Careers Advisor

The Heathland School is committed to educating, inspiring and encouraging all students to reach their full potential through a programme of careers education, information and guidance (CEIAG).

Careers information and guidance is not confined to careers lessons but through workplace visits, careers fairs, enterprise days, assemblies, academic visits, mentoring and more.

We also aim to teach the transferable skills required for employment and success after school through the day to day curriculum.

We have developed our provision in line with the Gatsby Benchmark Framework.

The eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance

1. A stable careers programme
2. Learning from career and labour market information
3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
5. Encounters with employers and employees
6. Experiences of workplaces
7. Encounters with further and higher education
8. Personal guidance

At the Heathland School we believe every student should receive impartial, high quality careers guidance to support them in making informed decisions about their education and employment opportunities.

Miss S Sharma (BA, PgDip) is the schools Careers Adviser. She can be contacted by (email: ssharma@heathland.hounslow.sch.uk) and is located in the library.

All students in Year 11 receive a careers appointment with Miss Sharma and the Headmaster in the Autumn term. The careers office has an open door policy at lunch times and students and parents can also make an appointment or email.
Careers Education – PSHE programme

Year Group

Topics covered in ‘Living in the Wider World’

Year 7

I discover

  • What are my strengths and weaknesses?
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Goals and Ambitions
  • Who inspires you?
  • What is a job/what is a career? Types of employment
  • How has work changed

Year 8

I explore

  • Roles and Occupations
  • Challenging Gender Stereotypes
  • Enterprise and Business
  • Presenting yourself online (social media, tattoos)
  • Personal Finance: Savings
  • Skills and Qualities
  • Resistance and Failure

Year 9

I focus:

  • Post 14 Options
  • The labour market
  • Employability skills
  • Email Etiquette
  • Personal Finance (Debt, Pay slips, Mental Health)
  • Linking subjects to careers
  • Discrimination and Equality in the work place

Year 10

I plan

  • CV and cover letters
  • Employability skills
  • Interview techniques
  • Personal Finance
  • Linking Careers to Subjects – NHS
  • Enterprise Skills

Year 11

I decide:

  • Speculative applications
  • Workplace expectations/behaviour
  • Post 16 options
  • Careers linked to subjects
  • Employee Rights
  • Coping with change
  • Transferable Skills

Year 12

I apply:

  • Personal statement guidance
  • Post 18 options (Apprenticeships, University, Gap years)
  • Work Experience opportunities
  • Volunteering
  • Networking

Year 13

  • Accepting offers
  • University life
  • Personal Finance after school

 

Unifrog

We are currently in the process of rolling out Unifrog to all students in years 7-13.

Unifrog is an online careers platform where students can explore their interests, then find and successfully apply for their best next step after school.

Some of the features include:

  • Detailed information on careers and university courses
  • Expert guidance on CV’s and Personal Statements
  • University and Apprenticeship search tool
  • Moocs
  • Videos on students’ experiences of studying different courses
  • ‘Know how guide’ – videos and guides on all thing’s employment, university and well being
  • Feature to log extracurricular activities

All students are provided with a log in and are able to access the platform from school and home.

For parents who wish to understand more about how to support their child with Unifrog click here
For students who wish to understand more about how best to use Unifrog click here

Useful resources

Careers in the Army
Careers in Healthcare
Unifrog
Careers in Conservation
Careers in Aerospace
Careers Explorer  
Skills Toolkit
UCAS Course Search
Future Learn Courses