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National Careers Week

This week has been National Careers Week.  It is a celebration about, and promotion of good careers education in schools and colleges.

The week aimed to promote the importance of raising the profile of careers education and career exploration, and to increase awareness of job information and career pathways.

Our main aims for the week were to: 

· Develop students understanding of how curriculum subjects link with careers

· Develop a greater awareness amongst students of methods and tools available to research careers/jobs

Research shows that where students make connections between what they learn at school and the world of work, and gain early knowledge and development of career research skills, there is a positive impact on motivation, aspiration and longer term academic performance.

Students have undertaken the following activities this week:

· form time competition for Years 7, 8 and 9 to identify and build their knowledge of job roles;

· lesson activities linking curriculum subjects to the world of work and careers;

· Career Cafe on Wednesday and Thursday.  This was open to any student. Students had the opportunity to ask career and job related questions, have a CV review, ask about CVs, learn about the skills required by employers, find out about careers in the local area as well as finding out about different      learning and career pathways.

We were very privileged to welcome a number of employers to the school who had given an hour of their time to support these events. Our thanks go to:

· HR Solutions

· Sir Robert McAlpine

· National Accident Help Line

· The Army

· BBC

· Northamptonshire Police

· BME Vice President Northampton University Student Union

· Our Careers Education Governor Mrs McCarthy

Awareness of Careers on Firefly – which is accessible to all students, parents and staff was also raised.

If you have not yet explored this link, please do take a look:

https://bishopstopford.fireflycloud.net/departments/careers

You may also like to visit:

Empowering positive change through careers education

https://nationalcareersweek.com/