Careers at Sir Thomas Rich's

Careers education and guidance ensures that we provide students with a good understanding of the labour market, along with information about career paths open to them. The aim is to ensure that every pupil at Sir Thomas Rich's is given a realistic programme of preparation for the world of work.

Careers Education and Guidance
Our nationally accredited Careers Education and Guidance Department ensures that we provide students with a good understanding of the labour market, along with information about career paths open to them. As holders of the ‘Quality in Careers Standard’, our Careers programme aims to ensure that every pupil at Sir Thomas Rich's is given a comprehensive programme of preparation for the world of work. Rich's was awarded the national quality mark for careers education, information, advice and guidance in February 2020. On completing the final stage of the process, the Investors In Careers assessor congratulated Rich's, stating: "A strong commitment to achieve the Quality in Careers Standard has been demonstrated and I am pleased to confirm that your evidence shows that you are fully meeting all the accreditation criteria."


Common Factors in all Phases
Skill development is a core principle in all phases of careers education at Rich’s. The personal development of communication, leadership, independent learning, problem-solving, teamwork, planning, motivation and interpersonal skills in preparation for the world of work are the underpinning of all careers activities and are mapped against both the CDI Framework and GATSBY’s Benchmarks. In addition, through exposure to a wide range of employer engagement opportunities and enterprise opportunities, we aim to nurture the talent, aspirations and potential in all students at Rich’s.

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Key Stage 3 - Years 8 & 9

Teaching Arrangements: Year 7 – monthly Look@myjob assemblies and 3 sessions a year.
Year 8 – monthly Look@myjob assemblies and 6 sessions a year.
Year 9 – 10 sessions a year plus Enrichment Days.
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 and targets.
Assessment Arrangements: Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 are assessed through discussion and reflection on their progress in Careers. This is documented in the Careers Portal for students and parents to access.
Topics Covered:
Year 7
Students are introduced to the concept of Careers through monthly Look@myjob assemblies where employers are invited to present to students about their job and industry, followed by a Q+A session.
In addition to this PSHE lessons cover:
  • Future goals and ambitions
  • Self-awareness of strengths and weaknesses
  • Planning for the future
Year 8
Students continue to have monthly Look@myjob assemblies where employers are invited to present to students about their job and industry, followed by a Q+A session.
In addition to this, PSHE lessons cover:
  • Skills and self-reflection
  • Money management
  • Different career paths
  • Personal reflection and action planning
Year 9
Students have three drop down activities throughout the year which cover financial management, enterprise skills and employability skills.
The dedicated Careers lessons throughout the year cover:
  • Stereotyping within the world of work
  • What is enterprise?
  • Employability skills
  • GCSEs and Year 9 options
  • Pay, working patterns and conditions, and comparisons
  • Roles, hierarchies and positions in enterprises
  • Work patterns and working environments
  • How to research careers
  • Personal reflection and action planning

The Careers Education and Guidance Programme is enhanced by a series of extracurricular activities and events. These include the annual Careers Fayre, guest speakers, enterprise challenges and employability skills workshops. 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 – 10 sessions a year plus Enrichment Days.
Year 11 – 8 sessions a year plus Enrichment Days.
Homework Guidance: Based upon the various sources of information and guidance that the students receive, students should regularly undertake research and implement their personal career plan with the aim of fulfilling their future aspirations and targets.
Assessment Arrangements: Students in Years 10 and 11 are required to create a personalised career plan which is then discussed further in one to one interviews. This works in conjunction with the Head of KS4, tutors and SMT.
Topics Covered:
Year 10
Year 10 have three drop down activities throughout the year which cover careers research and employability skills, work experience and interview skills.
The dedicated Careers lessons throughout the year cover:
  • Following your passion
  • Financial management
  • Preparation for work experience
  • Employment rights and legislation in employment
  • Entrepreneurialism
  • Self-employment
  • Competitive job markets
  • Health and safety
  • Personal reflection and action planning
Year 11
Students have one drop down activity throughout the year which covers mock interviews. In addition to this all Year 11 students are offered a one-to-one Careers interview with a qualified L7 Careers Advisor to discuss their goals, ambitions and plans in an unbiased and impartial way.
The dedicated Careers lessons throughout the year cover:
  • CV writing
  • Labour market information
  • Options available Post 16 including information on technical education qualifications and apprenticeships
  • Interview technique
  • Individual careers interviews and guidance
  • Employability skills and personal branding
  • Personal reflection and action planning

The key focus for the Careers Department in Year 10 and 11 is to develop the key principles established at Key Stage 3, with specific focus on preparation for the world of work. There is an established work experience programme in Year 10 alongside mock interviews in Year 11 to prepare students for the future. We also aim to prepare students for their Post 16 options and destinations, whilst considering current labour market information.

The Careers Education and Guidance Programme is enhanced by a programme of extracurricular activities and events. These include work experience in Year 10, the annual Careers Fayre, mock interviews, guest speakers, visits to National Skills Shows, plus individual student interviews and guidance. The key is to equip all students with the skills and knowledge to independently make informed choices about their future career pathways.

Teaching Arrangements: 10 hours per year plus additional time for presentations from external parties and for set organised workshops.
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 and applications. They are also tasked with arranging a work experience placement.
Topics Covered:
Year 12
Students undertake a weekly Enrichment Programme that covers both Careers Education and Higher Education preparation. In addition, Year 12 students are offered a one-to-one Careers Interview with a qualified L7 Careers Advisor to discuss their goals, ambitions and plans in an unbiased and impartial way.
The Enrichment sessions cover:
  • Employability skills
  • Post-18 options including information on technical education qualifications and apprenticeships
  • CV and job application preparation
  • Changing labour market and employability
  • Networking
  • Interviewing skills and techniques, plus mock interview scenarios and practice
  • Alternatives to university including Higher and Degree Apprenticeships including information on technical education
  • Preparation for Year 12 work experience
  • Preparation for UCAS – presentations on application process, specific courses, application for Oxbridge, how to successfully conduct university research and personal statement preparation
  • Individual Careers advice and guidance interviews for all students
*In addition to the set programme, the students have access to higher education open days, visits to a national skills fayre, apprentice fayre, business and industry-linked events plus the School’s own annual Careers and HE Fayre, held in the School Hall.
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:
  • Continued support for UCAS application of all students
  • Oxbridge mock interview preparation
  • Early entry support for students interested in Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Sciences
  • University talks and presentations, plus faculty and subject specific talks
  • Continued specific individual CEG support for students
  • Provision and guidance for all non-university/HE students, ie access to Higher/Degree Apprenticeships
  • CV writing and interview workshops
  • Student finance
  • Advice on living independently
The Careers Programme is designed to support, enhance and supplement the students’ academic studies. It helps to prepare students for life after school, preparing them thoroughly for the transition from school 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 take the next steps.
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 applications and other competitive admission courses. Other students successfully enrol on Higher and Degree Apprenticeship schemes with many top local business organisations in a variety of industries. Ultimately, Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance helps to provide our students with a firm foundation upon which they can make positive and informed decisions in relation to a wide array of opportunities that they may wish to pursue in the future.

The Careers Education and Guidance Programme throughout the year groups is enhanced by an intensive programme of extracurricular activities and events. These include, for example, work experience in Years 10 and 12, the annual Rich's Careers and Higher Education Fayre, mock interviews, guest speakers, visits to national skill and apprenticeship shows, plus individual student interviews, specific workshops and UCAS preparation. The Department hosts various key speakers, presentations and topic-specific workshops to help the students prepare thoroughly for the world of work and life after school. The Learning Resource Centre, which is based in the Sixth Form but is available to all students, also boasts a sizeable Careers library of books on specific industries and on how to research and make applications for university, how to prepare for job interviews and how to answer admission test questions. The Learning Resource Centre is available to all students before school, at break time, at lunch and after school.