At Immanuel, we support our students’ pathway through learning and work with a number of key events and activities. All young people need a planned programme of activities to help them make decisions and plan their careers, both in school and after they leave. Immanuel College prepare the students with consideration of the Gatsby Benchmarks.
Our programme is differentiated to ensure progression through activities that are appropriate to students’ stages of career learning, planning and development.
Our KS3 programme includes careers education sessions and activities delivered as part of the PHSEE programme. A typical example may be a session discussing career stereotypes. In Years 8 and 9, work-related learning is encouraged by the Take your Child to Work competition. Pupils and their parents are encouraged to facilitate a day of work during the Winter break or February half term. They may then report about their experience by entering our competition; prizes are presented, as experiences are shared, during a Careers assembly. Pupils also receive plenty of advice when choosing their GCSE subjects.
In KS4, pupils learn about alternative routes beyond 16 and Apprenticeships via assemblies, form time activities and by visiting our annual Careers Fair. They are also encouraged to partake in our independent careers advice service offered by the Cambridge Occupational Analysts (Preview Programme). After mock examinations, pupils and their parents meet with the Assistant Head i/c Transition and the Head of Sixth Form to discuss future pathways and career choices. Advice is given about work experience, university research, the suitability of A Levels and intervention to maximise success in GCSEs.
In KS5, Careers and University advice becomes part of the daily diet. Highlights include an ‘Options Beyond 18 Evening’ to which Sixth Form pupils and their parents are invited. At this event, outside speakers attend to give independent advice about the pathways that are available. Typically, this may include Apprenticeships, University Admissions tutors and COA representatives. Students visit the Careers Fair, where they are encouraged to make connections and pursue Work Experience opportunities. Open Days and other relevant work-based opportunities are relayed to students via email or via the intranet.
Many of our Alumni are in direct contact with current students; a cyclical feature that we are proud to promote.