Careers Advice

Careers Education and Guidance for all year groups is built into the programme for Personal and Social Education and we are working towards achieving all of the Gatsby Benchmarks. The following Idsall statements and policies can be viewed and downloaded in pdf format by clicking on:

The Careers Leader is Mrs Lucy Kendall and she can be contacted on the following email: careers@idsall.shropshire.sch.uk or by telephone on 01952 468400.

To support Careers Education in school, a Careers Convention is held every year and representatives from colleges and local employers are invited to attend to speak with our pupils. We are regularly supported at this event by the Army, Epson, the Department for Work and Pensions, Harper Adams University, TCAT and many others.

The National Careers Service also provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. The service offers confidential and impartial advice. This is supported by qualified careers advisers: https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk

There is lots of useful information to download at the bottom of this page. From planning for leaving in year 11, to links to colleges and apprenticeships as well as university. There are links to a range of career specific websites and online questionnaires to help students think about what jobs they might be suit them best. We hope you find them helpful.

Idsall School Careers Adviser

Melanie Lawrence (Post grad dip QCG) is the Careers Adviser for Idsall School and is available in school one day per week, (usually Thursdays). Appointments are available during lesson times and there is also a ‘drop-in’ facility at break time, lunch time and after school. The Careers room is at the 'crossroads'.

If you would like an appointment, please ask at reception or speak to Ms L Pascoe and they will pass a message to her. Alternatively, please see her in the Careers room to arrange an appointment or email: M.lawrence@williambrookes.com. You can follow Melanie on twitter at @melcareers for up to date local and national careers information.

Advice for Students

You will have considered Careers in every school year as part of your ID lessons. At some points, particularly in Years 9, 10, 11 and 12, we focus a lot more on making choices about the courses you follow as part of your academic career.

We hope to encourage all students to look to the future so that they make choices which will help them to achieve the job that you want in the future.

You will have used Start and KUDOS (which can be accessed through RM Unify) as well as https://icould.com/ to begin to think about your career preferences.

You can also register for Work Ready Schools by clicking the link to the right to help develop your skills or register with Barclays Life Skills https://www.barclayslifeskills.com/ to get further advice to make you work-place ready.

In addition, you can come to one of our regular ‘Careers Clinic’ Session 6 events to meet employers or get further help to find out about your career choices. Look out too for regular Subject Assemblies which focus on the Careers which use the skills that your develop in MFL, PE, Art, Computing and Humanities.

The annual Careers Fayre will be on date TBC and each year we are lucky enough to have more employers and FE or HE providers attending. Meeting real people is one of the best ways to investigate the opportunities out there for Careers.

The Idsall Careers Booklet for Year 11 is also available for download by clicking on this link.

Extra information and videos about Careers can also be found on the BBC website.

Advice for Parents

To support your child to begin their Career journey please help them to look through the careers programmes outlined on the students pages.

The National Careers Service also provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. The service offers confidential and impartial advice. This is supported by qualified careers advisers: https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk

To understand the different types of qualification and what grades are a good fit for the types of courses to look for, you can visit the government website which outlines the different levels of qualification and compares Academic and Vocational courses more directly by clicking this link: https://www.gov.uk/what-different-qualification-levels-mean/list-of-qualification-levels

You could also look at the following websites –

You can also encourage your child to attend the Idsall Careers Fayre (date TBC) and to attend the Apprenticeship show at the International Centre in the Spring term. You could also support your child by visiting local colleges who have their open evenings during the Autumn and Spring term; at these events you will be able to speak to careers advisers who can clarify SEND provision, examination access, transport and financial arrangements to support your child in their further studies.

Aspire to HE is working with Idsall School to run a range of in-school opportunities, trips and activities. Some of these activities will be for the whole year group, and some will be just for small groups of students.

Activities they may be part of include:
• Trips to local universities, or visiting local employers
• Hands-on Science Workshops
• Study Skills Masterclasses
• Mentoring with recent graduates
• Easter revision sessions

Our hope is that by your son/daughter/ legal dependent engaging in one or more of the activities, it will help them think about their future and what they want to do after school. Further information can be found by clicking on: https://aspiretohe.co.uk/parents-carers/

If you have any specific queries regarding pathways for your child, you can contact our Careers Adviser, Ms M. Lawrence by email at: M.lawrence@williambrookes.com

Finally, if you would like to offer your expertise to come in to talk to students or to support our careers programme by helping with mock interviews or application forms, please contact the school using the careers@idsall.shropshire.sch.uk email address.

Talking Futures-Presentation & Workshop

Please see the video presentation by Mrs Kendall on 18/01/2021, Talking Futures video and the accompanying PDFs, attached below. https://video2.e4education.co.uk/player/?v=/files/ovw1/112/hmacmillan@idsall.shropshire.sch.uk/TalkingFuturesPresentation.mp4https://video2.e4education.co.uk/player/?v=/files/ovw1/112/hmacmillan@idsall.shropshire.sch.uk/TalkingFutures.mp4

Information for Former Students and Employers

As part of our student aspiration programme we are hoping to share the successes of ex Idsall School students (our Alumni) with our current students.  We hope that by seeing the many and varied Career Journeys that our alumni have followed, they too will be inspired to do their very best.  Therefore, if you are an Alumini (ex Idsall School student) and would like to share your story, please fill in the online form 'Alumni Details' opposite.

We would also really appreciate any employers who would be willing to help prepare our students for the world of work.

If you would like to work with us in the future, we are always looking for support to help us with

  • Work Experience
  • Our Careers Fayre
  • Careers Clinics during Session 6 (3.15-4.15pm)
  • Assemblies
  • Workshops as part of lessons

If you think that you can help, please email us at careers@idsall.shropshire.sch.uk or complete the online form opposite.

Online form for Alumini details

Online form for employers and former students contact form

Advice for Staff

Colleagues can access additional resources on the S Drive to support their teaching of Careers and to enable them to provide pastoral guidance to their Tutor groups.

Government guidance on careers can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/careers-guidance-provision-for-young-people-in-schools

Guidance on how the new 9-1 qualifications fit with the different qualification levels can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/what-different-qualification-levels-mean/list-of-qualification-levels

Each Year 11 tutor group has a Careers handbook with additional information of Apprenticeships, Colleges, Training providers and HE institutions, these are updated annually.

You can also refer students to Mel Lawrence by email on: M.lawrence@williambrookes.com

You can contact visiting speakers at: https://www.inspiringthefuture.org

Videos about university subjects and different Russell Group universities can be found at: https://www.advancingaccess.ac.uk/

Information about Aspire to HE can be found at: https://www.wlv.ac.uk/about-us/schools-and-colleges/aspire-to-he/

Idsall Virtual Careers Fayre  -link to google site created by Linda.

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