Norbury Manor Business & Enterprise College

Careers Entitlement

Norbury Manor is committed to achieving  The Gatsby Benchmarks through a well planned careers programme for all students.

Students will receive a wide range of independent guidance and advice to help them make important transitions at school and beyond as they progress towards their careers of choice.

Whole school support (general)

Norbury Manor students are entitled to...

  • Access to the Careers Room and resources during the designated careers day along with support from an impartial careers advisor
  • Personal support from form tutors and staff when making important decisions about their futures
  • Opportunities to develop their aspirations and widen their horizons
  • Opportunities to learn about the world of work through Deep Learning Days, trips and guest speakers
  • Opportunities to gain knowledge of the scope of choices available beyond Norbury Manor
  • Opportunities to gain an understanding of the range of different job sectors available through curriculum links
  • Opportunities to build and develop employability and enterprise skills
  • Opportunities to gain knowledge of important changes in the ways that people work
  • Opportunities to investigate the possible impacts of diversity and stereotyping on life, learning and work

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3 students will be given the opportunity to...

  • Participate in lessons that encourage them to think about future career options and skills Identify strengths and weaknesses, skills and interests
  • Take part in activities and events to develop independent learning and presentation skills
  • Participate in learning activities and events to develop employability skills such as teamwork, communication, decision making and problem solving
  • Take part in activities to develop enterprise skills Attend assemblies or other briefings on subject options for GCSEs and how these may impact on future career decisions
  • Participate in competitions throughout the year to develop enterprise skills Build a starter CV based on skills and interests
  • Have an interview with an independent careers advisor (year 9)
  • Learn about financial decision making and budgeting

Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4 students will be given the opportunity to...

  • Attend careers guidance interviews with an independent careers advisor (yr 11 one-to-one, group sessions in yr 10)
  • Take part in year 10 work experience
  • Choose from curriculum options such as business studies, DEC and health and social care that have direct vocational links with industry and business
  • Take part in learning activities and events to develop skills in communication, teamwork, decision making and problem solving
  • Participate in activities to develop enterprise skills
  • Attend sessions at the beginning of yr 11 that detail post-16 options from external providers
  • Visit universities and colleges
  • Access online resources such as Fast Tomato and Resource Companion
  • Identify strengths, weaknesses, skills, interests and other career-related attributes via a self-assessment process
  • Develop and refine their CVs
  • Learn about recruitment and selection processes for further education and employment
  • Receive personal support from staff and form tutors with making important decisions about post-16 options
  • Learn about managing personal finances and budgeting

Key Stage 5

Key Stage 5 students will be given the opportunity to...

  • Visit universities and colleges
  • Access online resources such as Fast Tomato and Resource Companion
  • Identify skills, strengths, weaknesses, interests and values and how these can impact upon  career paths
  • Attend careers guidance interviews with an independent careers advisor
  • Participate in mock interviews and CV writing workshops
  • Receive assistance and guidance on writing personal statements and UCAS applications
  • Receive assistance and guidance on applying to Russell Group, Oxbridge and overseas universities
  • Participate in employability-focused enrichment activities
  • Develop their personal financial capabilities and explore financial implications of post-18 decision making
  • Meet with alumni who have followed a range of career and post-18 pathways including apprenticeships, employment and higher education

Widening Participation Programmes

Selected students will have additional opportunities as part of a range of widening participation activities. Such students may include...

  • Looked-after children
  • Students entitled to free school meals
  • Students benefitting from the pupil premium
  • First generation scholars (the first in their family to attend university)
  • More able, gifted and talented students
  • Black, Asian and minority ethnic students
  • Female students interested in careers where women are typically under-represented
  • Students with special educational needs and disabilities
  • Other under-represented groups

These additional activities will include:

  • Workshops
  • University visits
  • Workplace visits
  • Mentoring