Whole School Careers Plan

At Nunnykirk School we are committed to delivering high quality careers, information, advice and guidance (CIAG) for all of our students. We understand that all students need to prepare themselves for progression and particularly for SEND learners, prepare for the additional challenges that they face in moving into adulthood. 

Our aim is to equip our students with the knowledge and skills to enable them to make effective choices, understand their career and progression routes, and enable them to manage smooth transitions on to the next stage of either learning or employment. At key milestones throughout the students’ education we will provide support, advice and guidance to ensure realistic and informed decisions are made to help them to progress to higher education, apprenticeships, traineeships, supported internships, study programmes and the world of work. We provide impartial advice and ensure the advice given is in the best interest of the student. 

Careers education is so important for young people as they face big changes in industries and the types of jobs available, progressing technologies and shifting attitudes on what employers want from their workforce. They have complex choices to make over vocational or academic subjects, extracurricular activities and the careers they would find interesting. The added challenge of what is achievable, would suit their needs and lifestyle, and what can be secured from an employer add to the needs for a good careers education programme. We know that all young people face challenges in finding employment, but for the 14% of young people with special educational needs and disabilities, finding a job is even more complicated. Many of them face unique challenges in progressing from school to further learning and the workplace. The evidence is compelling: a young person who has 4 or more high-quality encounters with an employer is 86% less likely to be unemployed or not in education or training.

 Each year group follows a careers education program which aims to raise aspirations and provide students with a better understanding of the pathways they need to follow to help them to achieve their goals. This will be provided in curriculum time.

Throughout the year speakers and local employers from different organisations will come in to provide the students with inspiration, advice and inform them of professions and careers that they might not have considered previously. Students take part in a range of careers activities such as, enterprise events, industry days, career taster activities and further and higher education visits. In addition to these activities there is a developing range of free resources available in school that students can take advantage of. These can be found in a number of different formats in the careers section of the library and across the school. 

Nunnykirk School is committed to providing a planned programme of activities, careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) for all students in years 7-13. All students will benefit from the planned events and activities to help them make informed decisions in preparation for life, work and as responsible adults, making a valuable contribution to society and their communities.

 You can download our whole school careers plan. 

Are you a post 16 provider wanting to promote post 16 options to our students?
We warmly welcome post 16 providers to our school to talk to students about the range of options available to them including
  • Supported Internships
  • Traineeships
  • Apprenticeships
  • Further Education study programmes
  • Higher Education and University entrance.
If you are a provider looking to visit our school, please see our Provider Access Policy to help you plan your time with us.    
We value work experience
Work experience placements are an invaluable part of students’ development. It teaches them early in life that school and work environments differ quite dramatically. It can increase students’ maturity and develop invaluable skills that help them find and excel in work after school. A student does work experience with an employer to learn about a job or an industry. Work experience is often the first contact a child will have with the world of work. It forms part of their careers education and allows them to observe and learn and undertake new activities in a new setting, but not to do activities which require extensive training or experience.
Here you can find our work experience policy which explains the school and employer duties regarding work experience. A separate supporting guide for parents outlines hints and tips for parents and students finding a work placement and what parents should expect from the school and the employer. A separate supporting guide for employers / placement providers outlines the duties placed on the employer when accepting a student on placement and when they should seek assistance for a student on placement.