Careers at Sir Thomas Rich's

Careers Education and Guidance ensures that we turn the potential and aspirations of every pupil at Rich’s into reality in preparation for the world of work.

Careers Education and Guidance
helps young people develop the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to make successful choices and manage transitions in learning and work. It also provides opportunities for young people to develop experience of the world of work and enterprise. CEG aims to enhance the employability of students and raise their awareness of all the possible opportunities that they can embrace in order for them to unleash their personal talent and aspirations.


Common Factors in all phases
The personal development of communication, leadership, Independent learning, problem-solving, teamwork, planning, motivation and interpersonal skills in preparation for the world of work. In addition, through exposure to a wide range of opportunities, nurturing the talent, aspirations and potential in all students at Rich’s.

Key Stage 3 - Years 8 & 9

Teaching Arrangements: Year 8 – 3 Double Periods on the Year 8 Roundabout
Year 9 – 1 Period Per Week integrated with the Maths Department
Homework Guidance: Based upon the various sources of information and guidance that the students receive, Students should regularly undertake research, and implement their personal Careers’ plans, with the aim of fulfilling their future aspirations/targets.
Assessment Arrangements: Students in Years 11-13 are regularly monitored and provided with a personalised Careers and Education Guidance Plan. This works in conjunction with the Head of KS4, Tutors and Deputy Headmaster.
Topics Covered:
Year 7
Initial introduction to Careers Education and Guidance
Key Issues
Basic concepts relating to Work – What is it? Why do people work? Patterns and Styles of work – Trends, Types of work/Industries – Roles within the Work Place – Motivational Factors for Work
Concepts dealing with Gender, Discrimination & Stereotyping in the workplace –
What am I good at & Why? Preferences and Choices? Subjects, hobbies and Extra- curricular activities
Perceptions of work, peoples jobs and roles within society
Introduction to key skills, talents and abilities –
What is the Careers Library? Where can I access Careers Information?
Basic introduction to Qualifications – Formal & Informal
Introduction into personal financial management issues
Year 8
  • Introduction to Careers Education and Guidance
  • Introduction into the world of work
  • Patterns of Work and the future of work
  • Personal & Self Reflection of the Individual
  • Basic Employability Skills & Requirements
  • Introduction to Job Profiling & the Role of Organizations
  • Introduction to Life, Work and Social skills
  • Introduction to Personal Finance Awareness
  • Introduction to Enterprise and Entrepreneurism
  • Introduction to trends in Industry & Employment
  • Introduction to a Business Enterprise Venture Idea
Year 9
  • Review of Self Audit and Personal Profile
  • Personal Profiling using Tests
  • Employability Enrichment Enhancement – via School & external activities.
  • What Employers & Enterprises are looking for in young people?
  • dentifying Personal Preferences in terms of Work patterns & environments
  • Roles, Hierarchies, Positions in Enterprises
  • GCSE’s & Year 9 Options +/-‘s – Consequences?
  • Enterprise Challenge Task
  • Individual Job/work investigation & Research
  • Pay, Working Patterns/conditions & Comparisons
  • Update on Personal financial awareness.

The Careers Education and Guidance programme from Years 8-11 is enhanced by an intensively programme of extra-curricular activities and events. These include for example, Work Experience in Year 11 & 12, the annual Careers Fayre, Mock Interviews, Guest Speakers, visits to Skill Shows, plus individual Student Interviews, including Oxbridge Preparation. The key is to equip all students with the skills and knowledge to independently make informed choices about their future career pathways.

Teaching Arrangements: Year 10 - 1 Period Per Week integrated with the Maths Department
Year 11 – 1 Period Per Week integrated with the Maths Department
Homework Guidance: Based upon the various sources of information and guidance that the students receive, Students should regularly undertake research, and implement their personal Careers’ plans, with the aim of fulfilling their future aspirations/targets.
Assessment Arrangements: Students in Years 11-13 are regularly monitored and provided with a personalised Careers and Education Guidance Plan. This works in conjunction with the Head of KS4, Tutors and Deputy Headmaster.
Topics Covered:
Year 10
  • Job Advertisements – Sources + analysis of skills, attributes & requirements found in adverts.
  • Work based problem solving scenarios- Case Studies – Problem solving – Raising issues of Discrimination, Stereotyping and the differentiation of skill levels in the workplace.
  • An overview to the different Qualifications available Post 16 & Post 18, plus different pathways.
  • Practical work based Employment Information – Payslips – Pensions – NI – Gross & Net Pay etc.
  • Transitions – Post 16/18 etc. Preparation & Awareness of the Work Place
  • Personal Planning - Reviewing and Self-Evaluation & Personal Profiling/Auditing.
  • Roles, jobs & Responsibilities with Products or Services – Case Studies – Raising Awareness of the multi-disciplined nature of peoples’ jobs.
  • Careers Information/Guidance and Job data – Sources – Access to Websites – Independent Researching – How and Why?
  • Individual Job/Careers/Destination /research
  • The importance of Work Experience. Types of work related learning. Reflection on Work Experience performance - Learning outcomes.
  • Individual CEG Interviews & Guidance.
Year 11
  • Preparation and Development of CV writing
  • Interview Preparation, Techniques Practice and Advice
  • Mock Interviews
  • The Importance of Work Experience & Preparation for School’s Programme, plus the value of Community/Voluntary and Vocational Experiences
  • Information and Preparation for Post 16 options – Specifically with focus on A level Options & their consequences for Post 18
  • Information & Guidance in relation to Higher and Degree Apprenticeships
  • A Level choices in conjunction with University Guidance
  • Employability Enhancement for Students & Employability Advice & Tips
  • Individual Careers Interviews
  • Personal Career/Job/Vocational Research
  • Overview of Labour Market Research Data – Key Trends, plus the future and the consequences.
  • Successful People – Case Studies and an overview of the traits, trends & patterns of ‘Successful People’.
  • Destinations, National and Local Labour Market Trends
  • Individual CEG Interviews & Guidance

The key focus for Year 10 & 11 is to work of the key principles established at KS3 and build upon them, with specific focus upon preparation for the work of work, with an established Work Experience Programme in Year 11. Preparation in Years 10 & 11 also focuses upon Employability Skills, Personal Profiling and raising the Students’ awareness of the trends in the local and National Labour Market. Year 10 & 11 also aims to prepare students for their Post 16 options and destinations.

Teaching Arrangements: Set timetabled curriculum lessons per week – 2 Periods for each group, plus additional time for Presentations from external parties and for set organised workshops, i.e. Introduction to Law Day
Homework Guidance: Based on the input from the Enrichment Programme, Year 12 students are encouraged to investigate their options, make key visits to CEG related venues, attend Open Days and prepare thoroughly for their Post 18 options/applications, plus arrange their Summer Work Experience placement.
Topics Covered:
Year 12
Year 12 undertake an Enrichment Programme that covers the following key areas:
  • Employability Skills/Job searching
  • Post 18 Options
  • CV and Job Application Preparation
  • Interviewing Skills & Techniques, plus Mock Interview scenarios and practice
  • Alternatives to University – Gap Years – Higher and Degree Apprenticeships
  • Preparation for Year 12 Work Experience
  • PSHE issues that impinge and effect the workplace – i.e. Alcohol/Drugs/Criminal Records, Discrimination in the workplace etc.
  • Preparation for UCAS – Presentations on Application process, Student Finance, Courses, Application for Oxbridge, University Research & Personal Statement Preparation
  • Individual CEG Interviews for all Students
  • The students also receive key Presentations from guest speakers, focusing on University applications, specific Career paths
*In addition to the set programme, the students have access to HE Open Days, visits to a regional Skills Fayre, Apprentice Fayre, Business/Industry linked events, plus the School’s own Careers & HE Fayre.
Year 13
Year 13 critically focuses on the Post 18 options and pathways that our Students wish to pursue. The Key areas it covers are:
  • Specific Oxbridge and University Support in terms of planning, preparation and applying.
  • Oxbridge Mock Interview Preparation.
  • Continued support for UCAS application of all interested Students.
  • Continued specific individual CEG interviewing and support for Students
  • Provision and guidance for all non-University/HE students. i.e. Access to Higher/Degree Apprenticeships
  • Tutor & 6th Form Staff support for all students involved with UCAS process, with specific focus on Personal Statements.
  • University Talks and Presentations, plus Faculty/Subject specific talks.
The Enrichment Programme designed is designed to support, enhance and supplement the Students’ academic studies. It helps to prepare the students for life after school, preparing them thorough for the transition from University to the world of work or Higher Education. It is about ensuring that the Students develop into well rounded individuals, who not only have a sound academic background, but feel totally confident to pursue their future aspirations and dreams.
Careers Education and Guidance at Rich’s helps students to fulfil their aspirations and dreams. The vast majority of Students successfully apply for courses at the top ranking Universities in the UK. At Rich’s, the school consistently ensures that Students flourish in relation to Oxbridge entry. Other students successfully enrol on Higher and Degree Apprenticeship schemes with many top local business organisations, ranging from Engineering to Finance. Ultimately, CEG helps to provide our students with a firm foundation upon which they can make positive and informed decisions in relation to a wide ranging array of opportunities that they may wish to pursue in the future.

The Careers Education and Guidance programme from Years 8-13 is enhanced by an intensively programme of extra-curricular activities and events. These include for example, Work Experience in Year 11 & 12, the annual Careers Fayre, Mock Interviews, Guest Speakers, visits to Skill Shows, plus individual Student Interviews, Specific Workshops, including Oxbridge Preparation. The Department hosts various key speakers, presentations and topic specific workshops to help the students prepare thoroughly for the work of work and life after school.