Pupils benefit from receiving information and guidance about their futures, not only in the context of where they live, but nationally and globally. Pupils are given the opportunity to experience and consider life in a different context, for example through the school’s pupil exchange programme. (Ofsted ’17)
At IES Breckland we give a high priority to careers education, information, advice and guidance (including opportunities work related learning).
Our Main Careers Leader is Mr Foster, Assistant Principal.
Our independent level 6 qualified careers adviser, Ellen Alexander, works with individuals in years 10 & 11 and small groups in years 8 & 9, to ensure that every student has the opportunity to engage with impartial advice and guidance on their future careers. If you would like to request a meeting with Ellen (parents can attend as well), please make a request by clicking on this link – Email Ellen
This work is supplemented by a range of in-class career planning activities as part of our PSHE curriculum, collapsed careers and enterprise days and trips to careers events, workplaces and post-16 providers. We value the skills provided by work related learning and year 10 have the opportunity for a week-long work experience placement in the summer term.
Students receive regular input from local, regional and national employers via guest speakers in assemblies and lessons. These have included:
- Media and film making
- Warren Services (Engineering)
- Warburtons (Logistics, food science, retail)
- Armed services
- Caring professions
Student CEIAG Resources:
- CV template (Curriculum-Vitae-template)
Other activities undertaken in the past 12 months include:
- Yr7 and 8 Enterprise Day- Chocolate bar challenge
- Yr9,10,11 trip to the Suffolk Skills Show
- Yr10 trip to Easton and Otley College
- Yr11 post-16 day and post-16 provider fair
- Yr11 mock interview day with visiting employers
- Yr9 & 10 workshops with Edge Apprenticeships
- Yr11 workshop with Careers Crowd from the National careers service
- Yr8 futures sessions, linking career interests to GCSE options
- Careers based assemblies led by outside speakers and school staff
- A careers office and library that will be available during slots at lunchtime
- Group work with visiting business leaders based on areas of career interest in year 8 & 9
You can do a lot to help yourself in terms of researching your post-16 or career interests.
Here are the website links for our local post-16 providers:
- West Suffolk College, Bury St Edmunds
- Mildenhall College Academy
- King Edward VI School, Bury St Edmunds
- Wymondham College
- Hills Road Sixth Form, Cambridge
- Easton and Otley College
- College of West Anglia, Kings Lynn
- Cambridge Regional College
- Downham Market Sixth Form
Here are some useful weblinks for different post-16 routes, including apprenticeships:
- Game Plan – From King’s College London, uses gamification to encourage students and parents to find out more about HE and career options
- The Source – Information and advice for young people in Suffolk
- Apprenticeships – Government website
- How2become – How2become is a leading career, testing and educational specialist
- Traineeships – A traineeship is a education and training programme with work experience designed to give you the necessary skills and experience looked for by employers.
- Your Life is a three-year campaign to help young people in UK build the skills needed to succeed in the current competitive global economy. We hope to inspire young people, to study Maths and Physics as a gateway into wide-ranging careers. Taking Maths and Science at school does not just lead to a career in a lab coat or hard hat, having these skills will help you succeed in all sectors.
- YMCA Training – YMCA Training is a national charity that has an impressive track record of transforming the lives of young people and adults through work-related Apprenticeship training and employment support.
- DirectGov – National Careers Advice.
- Careers Box – the national online careers film and video library featuring real people in real jobs to help young people make informed decisions.
- Career Pilot – Your choices at 14, 16 and 18, explore different job sectors and how you can study and work at the same time – even to university level.
- Not Going to Uni – Alternative ideas to not going to University
- WS Training – Training courses
- MedicMentor – mentoring organisation for aspiring healthcare students and professionals