Planning Futures at Lavington 

At Lavington we feel it is very important that our students receive high quality, impartial careers information, advice and guidance which helps them to make informed choices about their next steps: for choosing GCSE and further education options and beyond.

We aim to make sure all students are well prepared to make the next steps into education, employment, self-employment and training and are fully equipped to make the right choices to meet their academic needs and aspirations.

We have a Careers Adviser who offers one-to-one guidance and advice to all of our students concerning matters such as college and sixth form applications, apprenticeship advice, CV preparation and employment opportunities.

All students will take part in a structured programme of Careers lessons during PSHE time. The programme is designed to help students to reflect upon their personal skills, qualities and aspirations; enable their careers research and support them in making decisions about their future.

We have created strong relationships with the local community, which allows us to promote all of the open events, taster days and training and apprenticeship vacancies that are available to our students.

As part of our continued Careers support, the school offers various events spread throughout the year, including:

Mock Interviews Day

All Year 11 students have the opportunity to apply for, dress for and be interviewed for a ‘real’ job / further education place, with interviews being conducted by professionals working in a range of careers. All students receive constructive feedback based on the quality of their applications and how they performed on interview.

Enterprise Week

Taking place in November, each year group will have the opportunity to take part in a series of enterprise-focussed competitions which are supported and mentored by local business and education providers.

During the week, local entrepreneurs will be invited to talk to students about their experience of the world of work. Tutor groups will also learn about becoming self-employed and the skills you need to succeed in this career pathway.

Work experience

Some of our Year 10 students will have the opportunity to complete a work experience placement

Post-16 options Fair

To make sure our Year 11 make informed and impartial choices, local sixth forms, colleges and other post-16 training providers are invited to take part in our annual Options Fair, which allows students to meet providers and find out in person about the courses they offer.

Year 9 options evening
Year 7 -11 parents evenings

Assemblies/Talks:

During the year, a range of talks on different subjects are provided including:

  • Colleges

  • Sixth Form providers

  • Apprenticeships

  • National Careers Service
    Universities

  • Armed Forces

  • Careers lunches given by professionals working in a range of careers

Other External Trips:

  • University trips. 

  • Careers Fairs

  • College taster days


Useful links:

Choosing a career or job that is suitable for you is a difficult decision however there is a wide range of resources available to help you. Talk to your parents, family, friends and tutors for advice and guidance. You  could also check out all the national information regarding qualifications, learning pathways, training, funding and much more on the resource companion

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Job Explorer Database - a great place to start with hundreds of jobs, video articles and a questionnaire to help you decide what jobs may suit you.

http://chas.careersoft.co.uk/Jed/ChooseProfile

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Resource Companion - contains information to help students and parents through each year of Secondary School. With lots of useful links to other key careers websites.

http://www.resourcecompanion.co.uk/members/login

Username: lavingtonstudent

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iCould - Inspiration for your Career - designed to inspire and encourage. Articles and video articles giving you the inside story on a huge range of careers. This is a great place for discovering and exploring different careers.

http://icould.com/?gclid=CNTS_9eur7kCFRM72woddlQAcw

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Eclips - contains fact files about hundreds of jobs and allows you to browse by subject area too.

http://www.eclips-online.co.uk/login.php

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Plotr

https://www.plotr.co.uk/

Plotr contains allows you to build a user profile and will tailor job recommendations to your interests and skillset. It has a great magazine with lots of up-to-the-minute information about careers.