Nationally accredited by the Quality in Careers Standard as fully meeting all the accreditation criteria incorporating the Gatsby Benchmarks.

Welcome to Careers Information for parents and carers, where we hope you will find useful links and information not only about Careers at Saint John Fisher but also more importantly about the wide range of opportunities out there in the world of work for your child. As part of our commitment to work collaboratively the local, national and international organisations, we are always looking to work alongside others to enhance the education of our learners.

Saint John Fisher Catholic College is a member of the Stoke and Staffordshire Careers Hub, which was one of first twenty in the country and we continue to work closely with them to focus on continually improving our provision.

St John Fisher Catholic College Careers Programme

Welcome to our Careers Programme outline. This programme has been carefully designed and discussed in-depth to ensure it supports your child’s progress in the first stages of their career and beyond. Our aim is that you and your child will be able to access to great guidance, brilliant employer experiences and timely information during their time with us. Our programme is mapped against the Career Development Institute (CDI) Framework for careers, employability and enterprise education. The CDI framework contains 17 different areas of learning that are important for high quality provision. We are always looking for top quality opportunities to enhance our offer by providing relevant and skills-based activities in partnership with local employers and training providers.

Year 7: Widening Horizons
Objective: To develop and expand their view of future careers Outcomes: Describe the possible pathways at the end of Y11 or Y13
Describe what new options for a career they are considering
Describe how their ideas about stereotypes have been challenged
Experience Delivery Audience CDI Framework Areas of Learning
Community Involvement Teacher/Lessons Learners 5,12
Financial Capacity Teacher/Lessons Learners 11,13
Whole-school Careers Week All Staff Learners and Parents 1,2,3,7,8,11,16
Two Subject – Careers link sessions All Staff Learners 7,11,16
Labour Market Teacher/Lessons Learners 4,5,6,7,9,10,11,12,14,15
Communication Skills Employer Learners 3,5,6,7,9,11,12,17
Careers Research – Pathways Teacher/Lessons Learners 10,14,15
Year 8: Excellent Choices
Objective: To understand the impact of how their choices for study in Y9-11 will affect them Post-16 (after Y11) and Post-18 (after Y13) Outcomes: Describe the two pathways that most interest them
Explain how their option choices will support them Post-16 (after Y11)/Post-18 (after Y13)
Explain why they have chosen their options
Experience Delivery Audience CDI Framework Areas of Learning
Self-audit: Skills and Qualities Teacher/Lessons Learners 1,2,3
Types of Work Teacher/Lessons Learners 5,6,11,12,14
Application Processes Teacher/Lessons Learners 1,11,16
Pathways for the future Teacher/Lessons Learners 4,10,17
Two Subject – Careers link sessions All Staff Learners 7,11,16
Y8 Options Event Parents Evening Learners and Parents 4,5,6,7,9,10,11,12,14,15
Whole-school Careers Week All Staff Learners and Parents 1,2,3,7,8,11,16
Challenging Perceptions Employer Learners 3,5,6,7,9,11,12,17
Employability Skills Employer Learners 3,5,6,7,9,11,12,17
Year 9: Your Future Now
Objective: To understand the impact of how their choices for study in Y9-11 will affect them Post-16 (after Y11) and Post-18 (after Y13) and skills needed to succeed in the workplace Outcomes: Describe what skills are useful in the workplace
Explain how their option choices will support them Post-16 (after Y11)/Post-18 (after Y13)
Explain how they have developed their work-related skills this year
Experience Delivery Audience CDI Framework Areas of Learning
Keep The Cash (Enterprise Event) Employer Learners 3,5,6,7,9,11,12,17
Two Subject – Careers link sessions All Staff Learners 7,11,16
Understanding Industry – Assembly Employer Learners 3,5,6,7,9,11,12,17
Y9 Options Event Staff/Parents Evening Learners and Parents 3,10,14,15
Whole-school Careers Week All Staff Learners and Parents 1,2,3,7,8,11,16
Year 10: Experiencing Work
Objective: To develop their understanding of applying for a job and roles available in the workplace Outcomes: Gain a week of work experience
Explain their learning from the work experience placement and interview experience
Explain how to improve their applications for job and interview skills
Experience Delivery Audience CDI Framework Areas of Learning
Pathways to work Teacher/Lessons Learners 4,10,11
Work Readiness Teacher/Lessons Learners 5,6,7,11
Two Subject – Careers link sessions All Staff Learners 7,11,16
Whole-school Careers Week All Staff Learners and Parents 1,2,3,7,8,11,16
Interview Experience Employers Learners 1,2,3,8,11,16
Preparing for Work Experience Teacher/Lessons Learners 2,3,11,12,15,
Labour Market and Economy Teacher/Lessons Learners 4,5,6,7,9,10,11,12,14,15
Work Experience Employer Learners 3,5,6,7,9,11,13,17
College and Apprenticeship Talks Colleges/Assemblies Learners 3,13,14,17
Year 11: Post-16 Destinations
Objective: To secure their chosen position for Post-16 work-related learning, study or other appropriate route Outcomes: Gain offers for their best next step Post-16 routes
Secure appropriate information about next steps in education, employment or training
Experience Delivery Audience CDI Framework Areas of Learning
Careers Advice Interview Independent Advisor Learners 10,14,15,17
Inspiring Employers Assembly Employer Learners 3,5,6,7,9,11,12,17
Two Subject – Careers link sessions All Staff Learners 7,11,16
Whole-school Careers Week All Staff Learners and Parents 1,2,3,7,8,11,16
NCS Opportunities Employer Learners 8,12,14
Careers Fairs / Open Evenings with Post-16 Providers Employers/Colleges/Training Providers Learners and Parents 3,13,14,17
Year 12: Your Future Pathways
Objective: To understand the range of Post-18 pathways available and further develop their skills in relation to the workplace Outcomes: Gain a week of work experience
Explain their learning from the work experience placement
Explain and evaluate their reasoning for their chosen Post-18 destination
Experience Delivery Audience CDI Framework Areas of Learning
Preparing for Work Experience Teachers/Form time Learners 2,3,11,12,15,
Work Experience Employer Learners 3,5,6,7,9,11,13,17
UCAS Advice and Guidance Teacher Learners 10,14,15,17
Two Subject – Careers link sessions All Staff Learners 7,11,16
Whole-school Careers Week All Staff Learners and Parents 1,2,3,7,8,11,16
University Experiences Universities Learners 3,14,17
Careers Advice Interview Independent Advisor Learners 10,14,15,17
Enrichment programme Voluntary Organisations and Employers Learners 8,12,14,17
Year 13: Post-18 Destinations
Objective: To secure their chosen position for Post-18 work-related learning, study or other appropriate route Outcomes: Gain offers for appropriate Post-18 routes
Secure appropriate next step in education, employment or training
Experience Delivery Audience CDI Framework Areas of Learning
UCAS Advice and Guidance Teacher Learners 10,14,15,17
Two Subject – Careers link sessions All Staff Learners 7,11,16
Alumini Assemblies Employer/Alumini Learners 3,5,6,7,9,11,12,17
Whole-school Careers Week All Staff Learners and Parents 1,2,3,7,8,11,16
Enrichment programme Voluntary Organisations and Employers Learners 8,12,14,17

Below you will find a list of useful websites and resources related to teaching and embedding careers into the curriculum. There is also information on the relevant frameworks and the national picture in terms of careers education

Careers Websites and Resources for Learners, Parents and Staff

Careers and Enterprise Company – Careers in the Curriculum

iCould teaching resources

STEM Learning – iCould STEM careers videos

CEGNET – Teaching and learning resources

Target Careers Resources for Parents and Teachers

CDI – Framework for careers, employability and enterprise education