Egerton High School works very closely with a number of industry and Post 16 providers, including Manchester College, The Manchester Skills Centre, and The Skills Company. The School also supports students in their career choices from an early age.
Careers education and guidance starts in Year 8 with an achievement ladder where students predict where they would like to be beyond the age of 16 and identify who will help them achieve this along the way. They experience a college field trip, visiting Y11 pupils who are on college day placements, going into industry in Trafford Park, and looking at all areas of hands-on trades. They experience the manufacture of many products and are provided with opportunities to meet and speak to inspirational speakers and business leaders. In PHSE they reflect on their experiences and findings with open discussions and the completion of a range of tasks designed to build their portfolio.
In Year 10, we conduct group careers interventions via discussions during Personal and Social Education: the focus is on how important the remainder of their time at school is, how they have to concentrate and work hard in every lesson to try and reach their full potential, working towards achieving good GCSE grades and qualifications in all subject areas. They then have the opportunity to visit the Skills North West Careers Event at Event City, Trafford Park. This event enables them to gather college and provider information which, in turn, helps them to widen their options and choices post 16. Students also have the opportunity to attend the Manchester College ‘Have a Go’ day, choosing a course they are interested in taking up when they leave school.
In Year 11, we intensify our focus even further. Here, individualised interventions take place, discussing interests, college and provider courses and requirements on offer in preparation for Post 16 placements. Students have the opportunity to attend a college or provider day placement or to get involved with the vocational opportunities here in School. They also revisit industry in Trafford Park, and examine apprenticeships and how they work in industry. We send out college open day events leaflets to students’ family homes to encourage families to attend the events to meet with course tutors. Students then have the opportunity to complete a Preparation for Working Life Programme in PSE, addressing areas of preparation for adulthood, such as, for example, banking, budgeting, accommodation, wage slips and how they work, basic Cooking Skills, Health and Safety in the work place and at home. They revisit their achievement ladder from year 8, reflecting on their progress and revising it as necessary. The Careers Adviser supports students in processing their college or provider application and in conducting interviewing techniques. The School not only supports students with college and provider enrolments in the summer break, but also support pupils once they have left, helping them maintain their placements effectively.