Over the course of the year we arrange a broad range of events for our students aimed at informing them of the different career paths available to them and helping them understand the working world beyond their school years. Below you will find a list of the upcoming events in our CEIAG calendar as well as information about past events we have held.
Careers Events 2020-2021
Careers in Art & Photography
We continue with our careers weeks taking place throughout the year and this week was Careers Week in Art & Photography and the first Careers Week since December that has been delivered in school. All of our Careers Weeks this year are linked to the Skills Builder Framework and Art/Photography chose to focus on CREATIVITY. As part of their work looking at Typography, Year 7 were able to link this to the work of graphic design and the artist Tom Schamp. Year 8 have been learning about Human Figure in the form of Super Heroes and this has been linked to the work of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby looking at illustration and comic book design. Year 7 now have the opportunity to design a logo for a country and Year 8 are designing a comic book cover, each mimicking the role of a graphic designer/illustrator to provide a real world experience. Year 9 students have looked at different career pathways in art and the university courses available locally, including the new animation course to be launched at the Northern School of Art.
Year 11 Post-16 Options Parent Awareness Event
We held our Year 11 Post-16 Options Parent Awareness event where we presented the options available for our Year 11 students for September 2021, including Sixth Form and Apprenticeships, with the possibility of asking questions directly with our careers team. To find out more about the possible post-16 options, please visit our website where we have created a video to summarise the key information and a guide to accompany the video.
Careers in Science Week
We continue with our careers weeks taking place throughout the year and this week was Careers Week in Science which was delivered both remotely and in school. All of our Careers Weeks this year are linked to the Skills Builder Framework and Science chose to focus on Problem Solving. As it is British Science Week this week, students had the opportunity as part of this to explore STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) future pathways. Students were able to explore careers in NHS, Biodiversity, Space and Recycling. They also had the opportunity to find out about Women in Science. Students in Years 10-13 also had the opportunity to explore the new Medical Mavericks Academy and find out about NHS careers by watching videos from the professionals and an opportunity for Year 12 and 13 students to complete the virtual work experience. Click on this link to find out more.
National Careers Week 2021
National Careers Week 2021, the annual celebration of Careers education across the UK. During lessons, students have had the opportunity to find out about the Careers Pathways of their teachers and to hear about different jobs available linked to each subject, including Gaming, XR and Animation. They have also listened to a virtual assembly about the future of jobs and how jobs are changing with the increase of technology. The fantastic Virtual Careers Fair has allowed students to explore different job sectors and we are really pleased that the Careers Fair will be staying open for the next few weeks, so can be visited any time at www.ncw2021.co.uk. Finally, students had the chance to take part in a competition to win a £30 Amazon e-voucher – the winner will be revealed next week.
Global Bridge Profiling
During their Personal Development lesson this week, Year 12 completed a workshop with Global Bridge to set up their own careers profile which can be used to record key information from their career journey so far to prepare for future applications for higher education, jobs and other courses. The Global Bridge profile allows students to keep a record including examples of media, work and anything else that they think might be useful in the future. Students were shown how to create a profile and how to keep this updated. More information about Global Bridge can be seen in this video.
National Apprenticeship Week
National Apprenticeship Week 2021 – a nationwide event to celebrate apprenticeships and highlight the importance of this alternative future pathway, which is becoming an increasingly more popular route for future study. Apprenticeships offer the opportunity to combine study and work at the same time whilst gaining a qualification whilst working. In lessons this week, students have had the opportunity to find out more about how apprenticeships link to different subject areas and to find out more about the different types of apprenticeships available. This presentation gives more information.
Our colleagues at ASK (Apprenticeships Support and Knowledge) have created a video for parents explaining more about apprenticeships.
Finally, all staff had the opportunity to improve their own knowledge of apprenticeships to advise students appropriately by taking part in a staff training session with ASK on Monday.
Careers in History Week
We continue with our careers weeks taking place throughout the year and this week was Careers Week in History. All of our Careers Weeks this year are linked to the Skills Builder Framework and History chose to focus on Speaking. During the week all pupils in History have been given the opportunity to find out more about how studies in History can develop their employability skills. Pupils were able to look at and consider some of the skills that they develop when studying History. The main skill focus was speaking and pupils were able to find out more on this skill. The resources given to pupils will continue to be available on Google Classroom.
Careers in Languages Week
We continue with our careers weeks taking place throughout the year and this week was Careers Week in MFL, which was delivered remotely. All of our Careers Weeks this year are linked to the Skills Builder Framework and MFL chose to focus on Aiming High. Students had the opportunity to find out about a range of careers in MFL by completing a virtual escape room challenge. Students had to complete a series of challenges to escape from each virtual classroom, where they had the opportunity to also learn facts about their language teachers and how useful languages has been in their careers. Students were encouraged to Aim High by recognising the importance of languages in all future career pathways.
Careers in Maths Week
We continue with our careers weeks taking place throughout the year and this week was Careers Week in Maths. All of our Careers Weeks this year are linked to the Skills Builder Framework and Maths chose to focus on Problem Solving. Students had the opportunity to remotely discuss careers involving problem solving and then they were set a travel agent task: they had to find the cheapest route possible to plan a holiday. Students had a budget of £5500 and they had to ensure that they visited all 9 cities.
You can see a link to the lesson presentation here and a description of the task. In addition, students had the opportunity to complete other problem-solving tasks using maths. Here are some of the examples they were asked to think about. Problem solving is a really useful skill that can be used in many different areas of life both now and in the future.
We have recently added to our extensive careers section of our website by uploading a video detailing the Post-16 pathways available to students. Mrs. Robinson and Mr. Wareham take the time to explain what is available, the options and where students can aim for after Year 11.
We have also created a class on Google Classroom for Year 11 students to support them with their future career pathways, where we will provide information on careers events, open evenings, videos and much more. We would encourage all Year 11 students to join using the code (psz5cy6) or this using link.
Careers in Information Technology & Business
Students have been taking part in the “intelligent piece of paper” task. This involves holding a competition between a human and an artificial intelligence – ‘a highly intelligent piece of paper’. This is an ongoing challenge between the best of humanity and the best of paper-kind and the paper has an unbeaten record. It is yet to lose a game of noughts and crosses.
Careers in PE
We continue with our careers weeks taking place throughout the year and this week was Careers Week in Sport. All of our Careers Weeks this year are linked to the Skills Builder Framework and Sport chose to focus on Teamwork. Students have explored teamwork during both their practical and theory PE lessons, developing their skills and understanding how teamwork is an important skill for any future pathway. Students took on an orienteering challenge across our playing fields, discovering the different careers that knowledge in sport can lead to, testing their map reading skills and getting some exercise along the way!
Careers in English
We continue with careers weeks taking place throughout the year and this week was Careers in English. All of our Careers Weeks this year are linked to the Skills Builder Framework and English chose to focus on Creativity. Students have been watching a video in their English lessons about how reading sparks creativity amongst many other benefits. Students have also been writing short stories using inspiration from past reading experience. Here are the links to the videos being shown to Years 7 to 9 and Years 10 and 11.
Year 11 Careers Lunchtime Drop-in
Mrs Robinson will be available for informal conversations with Year 11 students during lunchtime every Friday in the Old Gym. This is a great opportunity for students to ask questions or if they have any concerns about their post-16 plans.
Supporting Our Careers Programme
We are always looking for businesses and employers to support our Careers Education programme at both Southmoor Academy and Sandhill View Academy. We realise that at the moment this will be more challenging for businesses, however we are still very keen for students to experience as many different aspects of work as possible in order to prepare for their future pathways. We are calling on any parents / carers who are able to support this as an employer to develop our Careers Programme further.
We also have an aim that this year every subject in school is linked to a business to further support collaborative projects. If you are able to support in any way, we would be grateful if you could complete this short form.
Careers in Performing Arts
The first of our careers weeks which for this year links to the 8 essential skills in the Skills Builder Universal Framework. To find out more about Skills Builder, visit this page on our school website.
Students focussed on the wider benefit of music on brain development and how music can help to make students more intelligent, better at problem solving and more employable. Students watched this video. In drama, students focussed on the types of pathways that are available in performing arts and the importance of transferable skills.
Year 11 students are currently thinking about their plans for after GCSE exams. To support with these important decisions, we have created our own Careers Explorer website, which was launched in June, as a replacement for our annual Year 10 Careers Day. We would encourage all Year 11 students and parents to have a look at the information provided on the website, which includes information on post-16 pathways, apprenticeships, Speed Networking and an opportunity for Mock Interview practice organised with some of our business partners.
In addition, our Guide to Post-16 Options gives an overview of the range of pathways that are available to students after Year 11. Students and parents can contact Mrs Robinson, our Careers Advisor, for further advice and guidance.
Careers Advice Continues to be Top Quality
Following the outcome of an external assessment, we are delighted that Southmoor Academy has been awarded the Quality in Careers Standard “fully meeting the standard” incorporating meeting the Gatsby Benchmarks. This is in recognition of our excellent careers education, information, advice and guidance provision and is awarded by Inspiring IAG which is a Licensed Awarding Body for the national standard. This is a fantastic achievement for the school and recognises that we are providing outstanding careers education for our students who are well prepared for moving on to great career pathways in the future.
Careers Events 2019-2020
NCS Impress Year 11
An Insight into the Future
Scholars Seek Out Newcastle University
National Careers Week 2020
Thinking About Careers in Psychology
Translating MFL Lessons into a Rewarding Career
The Game of University Life
Sharing Careers Ideas
Top Speed at Nissan
Discovering Newcastle University
OxNet & The Ordered Universe Return
Careers Fair 2019
Creating a Buzz
Laying Down the Law
Medical School Motivation
Aspiring Professionals Programme
Esh Building Links with Students
Bring it on!
Down to Earth with the RAF
GIMME at Nissan
Careers Events 2018-2019
Everyday Money Made Easy
Student & Machine Learning
Sixth Form Students get Global Commercial
Year 10 Work Towards their Future
Work Discovery Week
Year 12 Cross the Global Bridge
Taking on the Brewin Dolphin Challenge
Year 9 Get to Work
The Download on Cyber Crime
Taking the Business Challenge
Thinking for the Future
Department of Work & Pensions Talk
Vorsprung Durch Technik
Getting to Work with National Careers Week
We also hosted a Business Breakfast with a range of business leaders including Barclays, Stagecoach and The Ministry of Justice who joined us to forge links with our staff Careers Champions.
Oxford Opportunity North
Year 13 Go Beyond the Personal Statement
BBC Bitesize Roadshow
Staff in the Classroom
Students in the Studio
Stage-by-Stage Careers Advice
Apprenticeships on the Agenda
Careers Fair 2018
Getting into Graphics