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**NEW** Please see the bottom of the page for our new Aspire to Higher Education newsletter. Each newsletter, aimed a our Year 11's, contains some important information and advice on your next steps into higher education. As well as how to look after your wellbeing during this time and also some activities/resources around a particular theme linked to progression to Higher education.

We're really pleased to share with you some information on careers and enterprise at the Telford Priory School. We would like careers to be instilled within the students throughout their journey at Telford Priory and for them to understand guidance is always available to them to ensure they make the best choices for them, this could be based around anything from options to further education, guidance and advice is always available.

Our Careers Programme is for all years from 7-11. We aim to provide a robust programme ensuring our careers provision enables the programme to address the career related learning of each individual student, throughout each year and during their time at TPS.

We want all our students to be able to make informed decisions about a range of options for their future. It is important that our careers programme helps raise the aspirations our young people have in regards to employment and access to Further and Higher Education (FE/HE) and ensure all students have the opportunity to reach their full potential, and become the best versions of themselves they can be.

Our strong links with FE/HE, businesses and employers enables the careers programme to support students in learning about and understanding of the labour market, linking curriculum learning to careers and helps to make sense of the World of Work and different pathways and progression routes.

All Year 11 students are offered a careers guidance interview. There is also plenty of opportunity for students in year 11 to meet with Future focus an outside company who can give them a different angle on their careers options. There are lots of activities to support this process, including a Post 16 Progression Evening, college and sixth form lunch time drop in sessions and careers fairs. We work in collaboration with colleges, 6th forms, universities, employers and other training providers to help deliver our careers programme. We are determined to support every Year 11 student in making informed decisions about their post 16 choices, so they are able follow the right route and career pathway suited to them. See the plan for more details.

If you are an employer, business, training provider, college, universities or other organisation who like to support our students in their career progression, please see our Provider Access Policy in the Policies tab.

We don't stop there. Year 10 students also encouraged to start planning their next steps and will undertake their Work Experience week and are included in a number of bespoke Career planning sessions. There will be more information about Work Experience specifically.

We also include Key Stage 3 – Year 9 is an important year as students need to plan their Options choices, so we've made sure they're included in lots of activities and they also have a chance to go on some of their own careers visits.

We're also pleased to announce for the second year running we will be taking all Year 8s to the Birmingham Skills Show this year and there will be a number of in-school activities too.

All Careers and Enterprise events and activities are evaluated by the targeted audience or students participating in the activity/ event. Feedback is taken seriously as part of the evaluation and monitoring process and measuring of impact the programme has. This is always integral for the planning of our future careers programme.

At the moment, we want Year 7s to focus on settling in, finding their way around the building and creating their new friendship groups – and of course, exceeding expectations in lessons! However, Year 7 will have the chance to participate in some careers talks/workshops with guest speakers later in the year, as will year 8 and 9, as part of our summer term Enhanced Learning Days which have a focus on Careers.

We also understand as a school it is important for parents to see why we are doing what we are for the students in regards to careers. We want the students to understand the full range of opportunities to them from the school but also from the area they live in, therefore we believe it is important to teach students about labour market information to allow them to fully understand the guidance they are getting linked to their future. For more information on Labour market information for the area please follow-

Ms Thomas (Careers and Work Experience)

*some activities may change as you can appreciate due to changes in funding, staffing and other resources available

Date of Review: April 2020