At Rida Girls High School we run a comprehensive Careers Advice and Guidance programme for students from Year 7 upwards. This ensures they develop the skills and knowledge needed to make independent educational and career choices.
There is much evidence to suggest that providing young people with opportunities to learn about the world of work and where they belong in it, can have a big impact and make a real difference to their lives. At Rida Girls High School we offer a range of experiences and platforms for our students to learn about and gain first-hand experience about the world of work.
Rida Girls High School, have a stable career programme and our students gain information from the local careers market and through linking careers with the curriculum. Rida Girls High School students have encounters with employers and employees, with further and higher education.
Through assemblies, noticeboards, apprenticeship talks and fairs students are able to make informed choices and decisions about their futures.
We work in partnership with our parents to support students in career making decisions and offer support through whole year group meetings, phone calls, emails, and direct individual meetings.
We run a variety of work-related activities across the year groups offering Enterprise Opportunities and competitions and for the understanding and development of employability skills. These include post 16 information sessions and coaching sessions where students access information on differing post 16 pathways, post 16 providers, learn how to search for a course, how to apply, how to write CV’s or personal statements, interview preparation, mock interviews and apprenticeships at all levels.
Students have an online learning platform (START) where they can gain information about careers, applications and preparation for interviews. The students also have motivational and careers talks from various providers and have access to useful websites.
In January 2018 the DfE published the new statutory guidance for Career Guidance in schools. The purpose to make sure that all young people in secondary school get a programme of advice and guidance that is stable, structured and delivered by qualified and experienced individuals. This statutory guidance has been restructured around the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks.
The Careers Coordinator/Adviser along with the, SLT, curriculum leaders, external providers, and employers strive for continuous improvement and build on each benchmark further.
The school is strong and committed to all 8 Benchmarks:
- A stable Careers programme
- Learning from Career and labour market information
- Addressing the needs of each pupil
- Linking curriculum learning to careers
- Encounters with employers and employees
- Experience of workplaces
- Encounters with further and higher education
- Personal Guidance
Post 16 Options:
Local Apprenticeship Opportunities
Useful Websites for Careers Education, Information, Advice & Guidance