By the end of Year 8 students will have reached the next stage of their education journey and it will be time to choose their options for the next three years… How do they pick what subjects to study? How do they decide which courses are right for them? Subject teachers and form tutors will work closely with students and look at the different ways to help them choose well.
Students will have the opportunity to take part a hands on careers discovery and taster morning at Priorslee University Campus where many local businesses will be there to explain the skills and aptitudes needed to succeed in their companies.
Parents are invited to attend our annual Careers Convention at HLC and through Citizenship and Tutor Time, students will play The Real Game. The Real Game supports the transition from Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 4 and illustrates the importance of adaptability and introduces the concept of transferable skills.
In the Real Game, students role-play as single adults in occupational roles. They see how schoolwork relates to occupational choices and therefore to lifestyle and income. Within their job-role, students have the opportunity to explore adult realities, such as budgeting (taxes, mortgage or rent, other bills and transport), work life balance, different work and family roles and career making decisions.
The job profiles included in the game reflect a broad range of employment opportunities and demonstrate that not all jobs are created equally and in the real world some people are stuck in jobs they do not like. Students learn that if they plan ahead and make the most of their school years they may avoid this eventuality. By the end of the Real Game, students realise that satisfaction in work is a priority issue in life and that it is an outcome that they can achieve by making the choices that are right for them.