Careers Curriculum at ALP Trust - ‘Everything we do starts at 2 years old’
The government career strategy for secondary schools, sets out a long term plan to build a world class careers system to help young people choose a career path that is right for them. The ALP is committed to ensuring that all of our pupils are given the opportunity before they reach secondary education, to be shown a wide range of career opportunities available, that inspire them, raise their aspirations and eliminate gender stereotypes.
Our careers programme is broken down into three core strands
· Strand 1 – Developing employability skills
· Strand 2 – Learning about careers and their relevance to the curriculum
· Strand 3 – The importance of values
Strand 1 - Developing Employability Skills
It has never been more important to build a set of essential skills to suceed in life.
Essential skills are defined as: listening, speaking, problem solving, creativity, staying positive, aiming high, leadership and teamwork.
Skills development ensures that although pupils’ career choices may change, the essential skills which underpin employabilitry are transferable and hold pupils in good stead for their future career ambitions.
To develop pupils’ skills we use the Skills Builder Hub. In EYFS we use the hub alongside the characteristics of effective learning and throughout school we use the Hub alongside Thrive to personalise the curriculum for vulnerable learners
The SkillsBuilder Hub allows us to:
· understand staff and pupils’ existing skills as well as areas for development.
· see what progress looks like with clear next steps
· use a consistent language and understanding of essential skills
· see success and be better at articulating the skills
As we further progress, we are excited to embark upon using the Skillsbuilder hub as a tool to support parent and staff skills development
The essential skills which underpin our careers model
We have loved working with SkillsBuilder to further develop our skills for life. Read our SkillsBuilder case study by following the link below.
Read the latest research on the connective between skills and academic success here:
Our curriculum model is driven by a series of passports representing a range of sectors. Through our curriculum passports, our learners will understand the importance of being:
Visit our curriculum page for Medium Term Planning
In EYFS passports are delivered through the environment where rooms are specialised to offer a range of experiences. It is important to build early childhood experiences and expose children to a range of careers. We know children as young as three mimic the careers they are exposed to so startiing early is key. In EYFS there is a strong emphasis on people who help us as integral to the passports. In the spring term all pupils in Reception talk to their teachers about what they would like to be when they are older.
In KS1 passports drive the curriculum. In addition, pupils build upon their experiences in EYFS and explore the Trust as a workplace. Pupils begin to engage in real life experiences working with BMW through the Primary Engineer Award as well as careers skills challenges online. In the spring term pupils have a career conversation with their teacher.
In KS2 passports drive the curriculum. In addition, KS2 pupils engage in extensive opportunities to explore careers through real life experiences and qualification. Pupils work with a range of external partners including Arup, BMW, AkzoNobel; Wild About Adventure as well as the Challenger Space Centre as integral components of the curriculum ensuring that children benefit from a wide range of early experiences to develop their skills. Pupils explore routes to success through University visits, talking to staff undertaking apprenticeships as well as engageing in specialist training. Through after school clubs pupils undertake external qualification such as CREST award, Arts Award, first aid, the John Muir award and young leaders to build their CVs. In the spring term KS2 pupils engage in a careers conversation with pupils in Year 6 also offered a careers speed dating event as part of their transition programme.
‘Partnership work with local engineering businesses and manufacturing firms and links to universities provide pupils with unique experiences and learning opportunities that prepare them well for their next steps in education’ Bothal, Ofsted, 2018.
The ALP is delighted to be a part of the 2019-2021 Primary Pilot of the ‘North East Ambition's Good Career Guidance’, which has been recognised nationally as ‘transformational’ at secondary level by aiming to improve outcomes for all young people, regardless of their starting points or backgrounds, and inspiring pioneering practice (based on the Gatsby principles) in schools and colleges.
Careers education is aligned with our trust values ensuring that our pupils are responsible citizens
fast food delivery
Dirt Bike Racer
Horse Riding Instructor
Make up artist
Own an ice cream business
Pet shop owner
Wind turbine engineer
Work in screwfix
CEO of a technology company
City Planner - particularly focussing on transport design
Digital content producer
Doctor of lungs
Dog Kennel Owner
Drive a digger Driver, "especially limousines"
Early years teacher
English teacher in high school Equestrian Vet
Food Van Driver
I'd like to work with plants
Ice cream seller
Martial arts instructor
Painter and decorator
Police Data Analyst
Police Dog Handler
Professional Horse Rider
Professional Rugby Player
Scuba diver (marine life)
Thai Boxer in MMA
Travel the world
TV presenterTwitch streamer (gamer)
Voice Actor (voice over)
Write scripts for films
Our pupils have so many dreams and aspirations returning to school following lockdown. Our job is to equip them with the knowledge and skills they need to be the best they can be.
This is not a lost generation, but a generation with exceptional resilience, flexibility and well developed computing skills - An exciting platform for us to further refine our curriculum model so that it reflects the future world in which our children will work. Hybrid learning, sustainability, AI - wow there is so much to consider ...
When we first started on our careers programme mermaids, superheroes, influencers and footballers claimed the top spots in our aspirations and although we would never discourage any career choices sometimes it is also good to have a back up plan.
During lockdown our parents and pupils engaged in weekly careers and skills challenges. We loved seeing our families working together to develop their skills and talking about future careers