Careers Advice and Guidance
The Robert Napier School is committed to raising the aspirations of all learners through the provision of high quality support sessions, including a supported pathway towards chosen and relevant careers, advice and guidance from trained staff and encounters with employers. Our school strives to support students in managing choices and transitions that affect their futures, whilst also preparing them for a future in the working world. On a day to day basis Careers is run by Mr McVeigh, who is overseen by Mrs Dunnett, one of the Assistant Headteachers.
To further support the careers decisions of our students, from September 2018 The Robert Napier School is using the careers programme, Cascaid Kudos. This programme helps students identify their ideal career and the pathway to get there, including skills and qualifications needed, giving our students something to aim for and the drive to get there. Sessions with this programme are managed by staff to ensure that students are supported in its use.
The Cascaid Kudos website can be accessed below:
Student logins are provided by the school. Please see Mr McVeigh if you need a reminder!
Careers at The Robert Napier School
Students at The Robert Napier School will have opportunities for contact with employers, talks from alumni students, university and college visits, work experience, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) activities in order to promote careers and personalise careers pathways. This will help students ensure that they make informed and supported choices about the career that they would like to pursue. Please see an overview of careers provision at The Robert Napier School as outlined below in the Careers Provision Map at the bottom of the page.
During the Careers Fair, scheduled for February 2019, Year 8 students will experience contact with employers so that students can gain more of an insight into that particular industry. These students will be able to ask any questions they wish to prospective employers in order to ensure that the choices that they make are the right ones, as well as being able to take any promotional material that advertises that industry. Students will be able to use this in order to help ensure that the option choices they make help them on that particular career pathway. Teachers will additionally be involved in the fair to further support the decision making process.
We also work with the company DOMEG, who run a number of successful programmes with us:
Year 10 undertake a Route to Work Programme, which helps to promote and develop career aspirations. The most recent round of this programme concluded in April 2018, and the evaluation of its success can be found in the document at the bottom of this page.
In addition, they also run a Money Matters course aimed at Year 9, helping them to develop financial capability and personal responsibility.The evaluation of this can also be found at the bottom of the page.
Finally, they also run a Mock Interviews programme aimed at Year 11 students, giving them a real experience of preparing and interviewing for a job role, with helpful guidance and feedback to help them shape their performance in a real world context. Again, the most recent evaluation of this programme can be found in the links at the bottom of the page.
Every Year 10 student completes a two-week work experience placement which gives them an exciting opportunity to enter the world of work. These placements can be organised by the students themselves, allowing them to focus on areas in which they have an interest in pursuing careers, drawing on the support of family networks. Alternatively, students can make selections from a pre-approved list of placements that are sourced and supported by DOMEG. Students benefit from having detailed logbooks where they can collaborate with their employers to track their progress, evidencing their achievements. This is an invaluable tool when they go on to apply for jobs or post-16 learning. Employers continue to be impressed by the levels of commitment and initiative shown by our students.
Work experience is evaluated yearly and the school receives an evaluation from our work experience partner, DOMEG.
If you wish to have any further information on Careers, please feel free to contact Mr McVeigh on firstname.lastname@example.org or if you need to ask any questions about Work Experience, then please contact Ms Plaster on email@example.com or Ms Bonneywell on firstname.lastname@example.org Alternatively feel free to contact the school reception on 01634 851157.
For information on how the impact of our careers provision is measured, please see attached 'Impact Measures' document below.