March 9, 2022
This week we have been celebrating National Careers Week 2022 and your child has had the opportunity to take part in a careers fair and other activities both in and out of lessons. The purpose of the week is to raise awareness of the options available to young people once they leave school this coming summer.
As with all young people, this can be a daunting time for our learners who might be unsure as to where they would like to go next or what they would like to study. Below you will find information about all of the options open to our learners moving forward along with some helpful links that you may wish to look at.
As always, learners are encouraged to continue attending right up until their formal examinations in the summer term to ensure they cover all topics needed for the exams but also to ensure that they can access the help and support we have to offer which includes drop-in sessions with Gina Nesbitt (Careers Lead) on a Monday afternoon and formal appointments with our careers advisor Alex which can be requested by discussing with Rachel in the pastoral office.
An important piece of information we would like to make clear is that all young people are expected to remain in some form of formal education, training or employment after leaving school at the end of year 11 and up to the age of 18. If learners do not stay in education, training or employment up to this point there is the potential that some household benefits may be reduced or even stopped all together. These can include child benefit, child tax credits and universal credit. You will be sent information by HMRC in the coming months asking you to state where your child is planning to be in the next academic year. This is a general idea and not set in stone and will ensure that there is no disruption to your benefits. If you need any further help and support with this, please contact school and we will be happy to advise you further or check out this helpful online tool;
I would also like to lay out the post-16 options open to your child and have included a helpful leaflet which has a number of links to local colleges and training providers which you might find useful to talk to your child about. We can support them in school to contact colleges and training providers as well as arrange visits for them and make applications with them. We will be working on employability skills in lessons and all learners will have access to CV and personal statement writing.
There are several possible routes for your child depending on their areas of interest and the grades they are likely to achieve at GCSE;
If you or your child would like any more information about post-16 opportunities, please get in touch with school as soon as possible. The leaflet enclosed also has lots of useful weblinks and information that can support yourself and your child to make decisions about their futures. For further information take a look at the link below which offers a full guide to post-16 options.
KS4 Teacher/Careers LeadGina Nesbitt
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Career Guidance for Year 11s @ The Link School .PDF – Click Here
Link School Springwell Dene
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Link School Pallion
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