Careers

The Careers, Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) team at Sir Jonathan North aims to give students a wide range of experiences and opportunities that will equip them for further study and the world of work.

As a school we are always keen to extend the employer engagement opportunities we offer our students. We are aware of the rapidly-changing labour market, and are keen to ensure our students are equipped with the right skills and information in order to compete effectively with their peers in the future. Our school is an all-girls school of 1250 students, whose diversity, both ethnically and socio-economically, reflects the make-up of Leicester itself. Students leave here aged 16 to continue their studies at one of the many 6th form colleges in the area, or begin an apprenticeship.

Student aspirations have traditionally included medicine, veterinary medicine, accounting, business, hair and beauty and social care. However, we recognise the need for girls to engage with a variety of sectors, and be made aware of opportunities and growth areas as technological advances create new jobs and make others obsolete.

Our IAG Coordinator is Miss Akhtar who can be contact on 0116 270 8116 or emailed at shareefah.akhthar@sirjonathannorth.org.uk 

Our careers lead is Mr Hartley who can be contacted on 0116 - 2708116 or emailed at contactus@sirjonathannorth.org.uk

The CEIAG team would like to welcome any local employers into college to speak to students about specific industry sectors, local employment, employment skills, and training opportunities. This could be in the form of an assembly, lunchtime talk or by participating in our online events. 

 

vision statement

To support our students in successfully shaping their future, we want to equip them with the skills, knowledge and confidence to make informed decisions and aspirational choices.

CEIAG Lessons

Careers, Education, Information, Advice and Guidance lessons are designed to help students make well-informed and realistic decisions at key points in their education.

 

Year 11: future pathways

Aims:

  • To make well-informed realistic choices for post 16 transition.
  • To be able to link post 16 pathways to progression routes and future careers.
  • To have an appropriate intended destination.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Students can identify post 16 pathways.
  • Students can describe the advantages and disadvantages of each post 16 pathway.
  • Students can explain how post 16 pathways align to their interests and future careers.
  • Students are able to link their post 16 options to future careers including the best progressions routes through to specific goals.
  • Students have a completed CV and cover letter.

 

Year 10: the world of work

Aims:

  • To gain experience of the world of work.
  • To explore what a CV is and how it can open doors for you.
  • To explain and evidence how they are developing their employability skills.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Students have a least one meaningful experience of a workplace.
  • Students explore post 16 pathways.
  • Students can explain and evidence how employability skills are being developed and demonstrated.
  • Students can describe rights and responsibilities in the workplace.
  • Students can produce a Curriculum Vitae

Year 9: route to success

Aims:

  • To be able to use LMI in career planning.
  • To be able to describe key employability skills.
  • To recognise the skills and qualities developed in and out of school which will make them employable.
  • Gain experience of how to do a job interview

Learning Outcomes:

  • Students can identify key trends in local, regional, national and global labour markets.
  • Students can identify key employment sectors in Leicester
  • Students are able to access LMI independently.
  • Students assess personal strengths and focus on transferable skills.
  • Students investigate different jobs and careers and what they mean in terms of lifestyle; work/life balance.
  • Students complete a mock interview with an employer.

year 8: options and opportunities

Aims:

  • To prepare for GCSE options considering how these link to future careers pathways and progression routes.
  • To explain the importance of STEM subjects and their importance to a wide range of careers.
  • To link curriculum subjects to careers and use this knowledge to inform their GCSE option choices.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Students have a clear action plan for their KS4 transition and beyond; considering what they might like to achieve when they leave CVEA.
  • Students build on personal strengths and begin to link skills to specific careers enabling realistic and informed decisions at transition stages.
  • Students can link curriculum subjects to careers.
  • Students can explain the importance of STEM subjects to a range of careers.
  • Students can identify and challenge stereotyping and discrimination.
  • Students can make informed decisions to support their GCSE option choices.

year 7: introduction to careers

Aims:

  • To raise awareness of a wide range of careers and pathways.
  • To identify personal traits, strengths and skills.
  • To develop confidence and have expectations of themselves and for their futures

Learning Outcomes:

  • Students can list a wide range of careers and pathways.
  • Students can identify personal traits, strengths and skills.
  • Student can identify a range of ambitions which align with their interests and preferences.
  • Students can explain what is meant by LMI, how it can be useful and are able to interpret basic LMI.

 

Transition Post 16

The College offers a range of information, advice and guidance to help students make well-informed and realistic decisions about their future. The law states that everyone has to stay in education or training until their 18th birthday. In addition, students who do not achieve a Grade 4 in Maths or English Language are required to re-take the course at college.

Students are given information about the range of choices available to them which include:

  • A full-time course (this might involve A levels or a BTEC, or a combination of both) or
  • An apprenticeship or traineeship.

We work closely with all post-16 providers in Leicester and Leicestershire to ensure students are aware of the range of options available to them, and the entry requirements for each course and provider. Positive Steps @16 is the on-line application system, which all students will use to apply for at least 2 post-16 places during Year 11.

The timetable for the application process is as follows:
October Post-16 Transition Parents’ Evening
October - November: Lunchtime talks from all post-16 providers
October - November:  College Open Days
November - December: Students complete Positive Steps @ 16  application form during lesson time
January: Applications sent off
January - April: Post-16 Interviews take place
March - April: Offers confirmed by colleges, and accepted or declined by students
All students have an appointment with the Connexions Advisor in Year 11 to assist them in making choices. 

Post 16 Talks

Over the next few months Post 16 providers are holding their Open Day events.  We strongly recommend that you visit the college your daughter would like to attend to learn more about what they can offer her. 

 

College Date Time

Loughborough College

 

 

Saturday 02 October

Saturday 06 November

Saturday 04 December

10am – 2pm

 

 

NWSLC – Wigston Campus

 

Monday 04 October

Mon 22 November

5pm – 8pm

 

Melton Vale Sixth Form College

Wednesday 06 October

5pm – 7.30pm

St Paul's Sixth Form

Wednesday 06 October

4.30pm - 7pm

Leicester College

(all campuses)

Tues 12 October

Sat 27 November

4pm – 8pm

10am – 2pm

English Martyr’s 6th Form

Thursday 14 October

5pm - 6.45pm

Bosworth Academy

Thursday 28 October

5pm – 7.30pm

BMC College - Melton Campus

 

Saturday 30 October

 

9am – 1pm (Taster Session)

10am – 1pm (Open Day)

Beauchamp College Sixth form

Saturday 30 October

10M - 2PM

Beauchamp City 6th Form

Saturday 06  November

10am – 2pm

BMC College - Brooksby Campus

 

Saturday 06 November

 

9am – 1pm (Taster Session)

10am – 1pm (Open Day)

Gateway College

Saturday 06 November

10am – 1pm

Stephenson College

 

Saturday 13 November

 

9am – 1pm (Taster Session)

10am – 1pm (Open Day)

Wigston College

Weds 10 November

5.00 pm - 8.00 pm

Brookvale Groby Learning Campus

Thursday 11 November

6pm – 8pm

WQE (both campuses)

Saturday 13 November

Times to be confirmed

Charnwood College

Weds 24 November

Times to be confirmed

For help with completing your PS16 applications follow the step-by-step instructions in these guides

Part 1 - PS16 User Guide

Part 2 - PS16 User Guide

Careers Newsletters Will be sent to all 11 pupils via their college email. They will cover the latest course news, important dates and provider links to support students in making their choices for Post 16 study.

 

Positive Steps @16 Personal Statement

For assistance with the Positive Steps @16 Personal Statement click here for a template. 

 

 

Desination Data 2020

 

Number of Students Where

1

Addict Dance Academy

39

Beauchamp City Sixth Form

6

Beauchamp College

3

Brooksby Melton College

2

English Martys Catholic School

27

Gateway College

3

Islamic College

18

Leicester College

2

Leicester High School

7

Loughborough College

14

South Leicester College

1

St Paul's Catholic School

3

City of Leicester College

6

Wigston College

110

WQE

7

Other

 

 

Work Experience

At Sir Jonathan North students complete a one-week work experience placement during Year 10.

Previous students had a fantastic experience, with supervisors providing extremely positive feedback:

  • ‘We have had students from the University and colleges before but Sir Jonathan North students were better.’
  • ‘She was the best student we have had. She was punctual and hardworking’.

Students themselves realised the benefits of the experience and commented:

  • “You have to be very organised and always prepared for various jobs.”
  • “At the start I wasn’t sure about the unknown but quickly I got used to the place and loved going back.”
  • “My work experience has further emphasized the importance of getting good qualifications for a job.”

We provide all the information you and your daughter need to experience a positive and worthwhile placement.