Careers Coordinator: Mr Jackson
Due to restrictions as a result of COVID19, we are currently unable to run our careers curriculum in the usual way. We will however use the extended form time to provide your child with a variety of careers based learning opportunities. We will still provide all year 11 students with the 1:1 careers guidance as well as how to access all of the post-16 education information they need to progress. We are also working hard to provide key year groups with access to an online platform called Unifrog which supports students through their educational journey and into a career.
Careers at Kirkby High School
Kirkby High School hope to develop engagement and aspiration of our young people through a variety of events, activities and talks.
Our Careers curriculum begins in year 7 where students are encouraged to consider their skills and personality to better understand the options that they might choose. This is supported by opportunities to engage with apprenticeships and Universities so that they are able to develop an understanding of what is possible.
In year 8, students are given the opportunity to speak to a variety of experts including employers and college staff. Additionally they are able to engage in the ongoing activities during form time and PSHCE days. We hope by the end of year 8 they will have a detailed understanding of the breadth of careers that are available to them.
In year 9 our young people make their subject choices and we encourage them to really reflect on their opportunities by providing a detailed choices curriculum with the support of Apprenticeships, University and College staff. Through our annual careers fair, our year 9 student will have had the chance to meet representatives from all of the local post 16 establishments that they can apply for when leaving KHS. Finally, all year 9 students will receive a talk from HOD detailing the GCSE curriculum in all of the subjects available when students make their subject choices moving into KS4.
In year 10 our focus changes to developing aspirations and striving for achievement. In addition to the annual careers fair, students will have the opportunity to engage with representative from a variety of colleges and universities as well as understand the various levels of apprenticeships on offer. The year 10 work experience will provide our young people with the opportunity to experience work places first hand, and are encouraged to seek a placement which is in line with their careers aspirations. Finally, small groups will be offered the chance to gain 1:1 mentoring to further enhance their progress.
In year 11 students will be given the opportunity to receive a 1:1 careers interview with a member of staff from careers connect. Here they can map out their career goals and for a plan to achieve. Students will be guided by University and college admissions staff on CV and application writing as well as revision skills. In year 11, students’ form time and PSHCE days will focus primarily on their options in post-16 education and the many careers these choices could lead to.
To ensure a successful careers curriculum, we review our programme annually every autumn (November 2020). Additionally, we will measure the success of our careers programme against the Gatsby Benchmarks, a nationwide framework of guidelines that define the best careers provision in secondary schools.
Careers Newsletter: Spring 2021
As we enter another lockdown, it is vital that young people have regular access to impartial advice and guidance towards their future. This is why we have teamed up with Unifrog to ensure that every child at Kirkby High School has access to this award winning Careers platform.
In keeping with our commitment to provide students with outstanding careers guidance and tailored support when choosing their next step after school, we will now be using Unifrog; an award-winning, online careers platform. All students in Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11, now have access to this excellent website.
The Unifrog platform is designed to support learners in making the most informed decisions about their futures and has a range of tools that are suitable for all year groups. Each student has their own personal account that provides a wide range of information related to their interests and aspirations. Key features of the platform include:
- Exploring Pathways – personality quizzes, career and subject profiles, MOOCs and webinars
- Recording – self-reflection about extracurricular activities and key employability skills
- Opportunities – search tools showing live vacancies/courses/placements for apprenticeships, universities (in the UK and abroad), FE, virtual work experience and much more
- Applications – tools to help students build applications for a range of pathways (e.g., CVs, Personal Statements, Common App Essays)
Students access the platform by clicking a link in their welcome email, where they create a password and can begin using the platform. They login to Unifrog using their email address and password and they can do so from any computer, tablet or smartphone. We would encourage you to use the platform with your child so you can support them through the process of deciding their next step.
We have also set up a parent login so that you can use Unifrog as if you were a student yourself, allowing you to support your child throughout the process. The form code you need is: KRBYparents and you can sign up here: www.unifrog.org/code
Tasks will be set through MS Teams for students so that they can both familiarize themselves with the platform as well as utilize and access the information effectively.
For more information, go to www.unifrog.org or contact Mr Jackson
|Tues 2nd Feb 2021
6pm – 8pm
|Mon (No Date Given)
4:30 - 7:00pm
|Thurs June 2021
4:30 - 7:00pm
|Tues 4th Feb 2021
5:30 - 8:00pm
|Thurs 11th Feb 2021
5:30 - 7:30pm
Thurs 4th March 2021
4pm – 6 pm
|Thurs 13th May 2021
5:30 - 7:30pm
|LIPA Sixth Form
|Sat 23rd Jan 2021
10am – 3pm
Knowsley Community College: https://www.knowsleycollege.ac.uk/
City of Liverpool College: https://www.liv-coll.ac.uk/
CofLC currently have a virtual tour: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/the-city-of-liverpool-college-30415820730
Winstanley College: http://www.winstanley.ac.uk/
Carmel College: https://www.carmel.ac.uk/
West Lancs College: https://www.westlancs.ac.uk/
Hugh Baird College: https://www.hughbaird.ac.uk/
If you are considering University after college it would still be useful to see what they have to offer. Here is a list of possible Universities in the area, so check the websites for details of virtual open evenings for each University.
University of Liverpool https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/
John Moores University https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/
Edge Hill University https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/
Liverpool Hope University https://www.hope.ac.uk/
Apprenticeships (There are many degree level apprenticeships you can apply for once 18)
Register for apprenticeship notifications: https://www.gov.uk/topic/further-education-skills/apprenticeships
Rate my Apprenticeships: https://www.ratemyapprenticeship.co.uk/
Construction Information: https://mailchi.mp/successatschool/careers-in-engineering-your-complete-guide-1277051
Careers in Rail: https://mailchi.mp/successatschool/careers-in-rail-1277047