Careers in the Curriculum

Careers in the curriculum -  Careers in the curriculum is a continuous learning process.

The aims of developing careers in the curriculum is to:

  • to raise students’ aspirations and to broaden their horizons.
  • to inspire and to empower students to make informed realistic decisions at key transition points in learning and work.
  • to provide good quality independent and impartial careers advice to students which inspire them and motivates them to fulfil their potential.
  • to provide advice and guidance which is in the best interests of the student.
  • to provide opportunities to work in partnership with employers,training providers, local colleges and others to provide opportunities to inspire students through real-life contact with the world of work.
  • to develop enterprise and employability skills including skills for self-employment.
  • to support inclusion, challenge stereotyping and promote equality of opportunity.

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Teachers’ roles in careers in the classroom support in four main ways:

Career informant - Being a trusted adult who has made career decisions and has experiences that might inform a young person’s career building 

Pastoral support - Providing pastoral support and helping to make links to career decisions and career support

Within Area - Making connections between local areas and in the context of the wider curriculum, and building career knowledge, career management skills and career and work-related experience into the curriculum

Realising - Being involved in developing and delivering specific activities, for example as part of the Health and Well-being Area or as a cross-curricular activity 

Effective knowledge, skills and experiences are developed interdependently, and they enable students to acquire the attitudes and values that will help them to make principled choices that have a positive impact on their own career wellbeing and the wellbeing of others in society and the environment.

Develop career knowledge Build career management skills Have career and work-related experiences
The facts, information and ideas that students need to understand to develop their careers. This typically includes an understanding of education and training pathways, the labour market and the changing nature and future of careers and work. Acquiring career knowledge will contribute to the personal wellbeing and health of learners. The skills that learners use to successfully manage and make progress in their careers. These will typically include the ability to reflect, to undertake research, to make decisions and to develop resilience as well as the skills to manage their personal finances and develop transition skills such as making applications. The development of career management skills will enable students to make the best use of personal guidance, negotiate, advocate for themselves, tackle challenges and take advantage of opportunities. Experiences are one of the most important ways in which career knowledge and career management skills are developed. They are about offering learners active, participatory and experiential learning opportunities such as role plays, simulations, volunteering activities, work visits, work placements and contacts with visitors. Career and work-related learning experiences will enable students to raise their aspirations, broaden their horizons and improve their chances of success.

At Gable Hall we take this further and have outlined five aims of inspirational careers in the curriculum which provide a framework for thinking about the content and building blocks of progression.

  1. Exploring self and society - Learners develop an understanding of the purpose of work in life for themselves and society as a whole.
  2. Widening horizons - Learners become increasingly aware of the range of opportunities available to them, broadening their horizons.
  3. Overcoming barriers - Learners develop the attitudes and behaviours required to overcome barriers to employability, career management and lifelong learning.
  4. Exploring opportunities - Learners explore opportunities through a variety of meaningful experiences in learning, work and entrepreneurship.  
  5. Developing adaptability and resilience - Learners develop resilience and the ability to be adaptable in response to challenges, choices and responsibilities of work and life.

The five aims enable Gable Hall School to identify knowledge, skills and experiences that are age- and developmentally appropriate for their learners and for the context, education and labour market within which we are operating.

Designing our careers in the curriculum - Designing the curriculum is influenced by three interacting and interconnected parts:

  • The characteristics of learners themselves that impact on their progress in achieving the four purposes
  • The immediate contributions of the supporters and opportunity providers who can assist learners in reaching their goals
  • The wider contextual factors that affect learners’ chances and choices.

The diagram below from the sections relating to careers and work-related experience in the Curriculum and shows the main influences that Gable Hall takes into account:



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