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Careers

Careers education is an important focus within the curriculum at Harrow High School. Learners are encouraged to develop self-awareness of their skills and abilities. The defined careers education package in place is supplemented by the work in SMSC and various subjects. A work related learning programme in Year 10 leads to real life work experience placements. In Year 11 learners are supported to consider their options and assisted to apply for further education or apprenticeships. In Year 13 learners are supported with university or employment applications.

Harrow High School works with Prospects Advice and Guidance to deliver careers information, advice and guidance to young people. The careers adviser within the school is Rachel Danso.

information for parents & carers

You are likely to be the single biggest influence on your child’s thoughts and feelings
about their future career. It is really important that you are aware of the influence you have and that you try your best to make this positive, supportive and empowering. Download this Parent Guide which has lots of advice and guidance from supporting you in how to start conversations about careers with your child, looking at skills, explaining pathways into work, qualifications and subject-specific information.

Tips to help your child with their career plans

● Talk to them from time to time about possible careers they might be interested in and why they appeal. Remember that career choice is a personal decision.
● Encourage them to take an interest in the occupations or past careers of family members and other adults who they come into contact with, so they can learn about different career experiences and develop their own network.
● Help them to explore the possible employers, apprenticeship providers and further education courses available in your local area
● Attend open events and information sessions with them
● Encourage them to participate in out of school activities as they are valuable in helping them develop and demonstrate essential skills to future employers and education providers

careers in the classroom

Our learners are supported to understand the application of learning through teachers
contextualising teaching points within careers, future opportunities and the world of work.
Students feel more engaged in their learning when they perceive the relevance of what they
are studying to their own and other people’s lives This ensures learners become more aspirational,
understanding that perceived barriers can be overcome and that there are numerous pathways
to success

labour market information 

LMI is information about the world of work. It includes information such as descriptions of jobs, the skills and qualifications needed for particular jobs and average salaries. LMI also looks at trends in the labour market in terms of which sectors and industries are in demand, which are in decline and which are expected to grow in future.

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Information classed as LMI includes:
• Skills, career pathways and progression routes in the local labour market
• Qualifications, training and entry requirements
• Employment sectors, employers, jobs, salaries and employment trends
• Job demands and working life
• Financial planning

How to find LMI:

  • Some useful websites include the National Careers Service where you can find out extensive LMI on thousands of jobs. The iCould website also provides job profiles in a more teen friendly, video format and includes the Buzz quiz, a matching quiz which we use in school to help students match their skills and interests to job sectors.

 

 

careerometer

Careerometer can be used to explore and compare key information about occupations, help you learn about different occupations and identify potential careers.

It provides access to a selection of UK headline data relating to pay, weekly hours of work and future employment prospects for different occupations, as well as description of the occupation.
Simply type in the title of the job you are interested in and the widget provides a series of options from which you can select the most relevant to you. You can then look up another two occupations and compare. You can also select ‘display the UK average’ and compare the information with the occupation you have selected.

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events and information sessions

We will be holding our annual Careers and Higher/Further Education Fair Wednesday 20th October from 4 pm - 7pm. This event is a key part of our strategy of supporting our learners in their university and career aspirations and aims to provide as much information as possible about the future pathways available to them.

We would like to invite Parents and Carers along with your child/ children to attend the information fair on Wednesday 20th October from 4 pm - 7 pm and take this opportunity for you to discuss career and university aspirations with your child & exhibitors.

Look out for further information where you will be to sign up for the fair.

Year 12/13

  • University applications

Help and advice is available to all learners from school staff and careers adviser.

This package supports young people and adults with an inspiring online careers resource that is ideal to help learners with their careers research. Careerscape offers further in-depth information on careers such as real-life case studies, video footage of people at work, photographs and sound clips. As well as providing careers information, Careerscape helps learners with the surrounding issues that affect career choice such as education/training options, employment issues, subjects, higher education courses and lifestyle issues.To use this website please obtain a password from Mrs Motiwala at the school address or by email: amotiwala.310@harrowhigh.com

Year 11

  • Mock Interview Day

This careers event is an opportunity for learners to gain experience of real-world interviewing. The interviewers are local business professionals and school governors.

  • Time line guide of mock exams and other events for the year.
  • Harrow High School Sixth Form open event and options after Year 11. Yearly event to inform learners of the opportunities available at Harrow High School and the sixth form collegiate.

Online access of Kudos careers guidance and information programme that helps young people plan their future and make informed decisions, which allows parental involvement and support for learners. To use this website please obtain a password from Mrs Motiwala at the school address or by email: amotiwala.310@harrowhigh.com

Year 10

  • Work Experience

Harrow High School has a 1 week work experience programme, for the whole year group who will be sent out on placements. If you are able to offer placements through family and friends or work contacts, for either your own son/daughter or any of our learners in Year 10, could you contact us at the school address or by emailing Mrs Motiwala on amotiwala.310@harrowhigh.com 

Online access of Kudos careers guidance and information programme that helps young people plan their future and make informed decisions, which allows parental involvement and support for learners. To use this website please obtain a password from Mrs Motiwala at the school address or by email: amotiwala.310@harrowhigh.com

Year 9

  • Pathways Evening

You may feel as though you have only just got used to life at secondary school and now someone is asking you to choose your Key Stage 4 subjects. This evening will help Year 9 learners and their parents choose what subjects to study in Year 10.

Online access of Kudos careers guidance and information programme that helps young people plan their future and make informed decisions, which allows parental involvement and support for learners. To use this website please obtain a password from Mrs Motiwala at the school address or by email: amotiwala.310@harrowhigh.com

Year 7/8

  • Enterprise Event

Harrow High School holds separate dedicated Enterprise Day events for each year group, organised by the schools Year 12 Business learners, Business teachers and Mrs Motiwala. The Enterprise days are a fun and interactive way for learners to experience a range of Enterprise skills in a practical fashion, using team work and problem-solving to complete a series of challenges. The learners are introduced to the way in which companies are run, including positions within the company, costing, including making a profit and how to work effectively in a team.

This is an innovative programme that introduces Key Stage 3 learners to their options and supports their subject choice and career path. The online programme provides pupils with a profiling quiz which identifies personal skills and compares them with the skills they need to study GCSE and Diploma subjects at Key Stage 4. To use this website please obtain a password from Mrs Motiwala at the school address or by email: amotiwala.310@harrowhigh.com