Careers Information, Advice and Guidance (CIAG)

At Theale Green School, it is our aim that our students are prepared for the next stage in their lives.

We know how important employers view strong employability skills. Our career programme has been designed to make our students aware of real working life, motivating them to achieve their goals. It is our responsibility to support our students by not only giving advice to make the right decision, but also by providing them with independent information, and teaching them interpersonal and management aptitudes, which are crucial skills when starting a career.

We will draw on the eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance which include:

Key Staff

For information and guidance on careers related matters, please contact:

Sixth Form and Careers Manager, Claire Smith

Telephone: 0118 930 8592

Email: CSmith@thealegreen.w-berks.sch.uk

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Head of Sixth Form and Careers, David Holbrook

Email: dholbrook@thealegreen.w-berks.sch.uk

Careers Information

Resources

The links below contain information for students, parents/carers, teachers and employers.

Careers Programme
Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
Autumn

Careers Workshop 2,5

Careers Fair 2,3,5,7

Tutor activities 2,3,5,7

Unifrog account set up and introduction 2,3

Careers Workshop 2,5

Careers Fair 2,3,5,7

Tutor activities 2,3,5,7

Unifrog – logging interactions

 

 

Careers Workshop 2,5

Careers Fair 2,3,5,7

Tutor activities 2,3,5,7

Unifrog – supporting options choices 2,3

 

 

Careers Workshop 2,5

Careers Fair 2,3,5,7

Study skills

Unifrog – developing your profile 2,3,8

 

 

Sixth Form open evening 7

Sixth Form taster day 7

Careers Fair 2,3,5,7

Careers advisor appointments 8

Unifrog – searching apprenticeships and post 16 choices 2,3

 

 

Spring

National apprenticeship week 2,5

National Careers week 2,4

British Science week 4

National Apprenticeship week 2,5

National Careers Week 2,4

British Science Week 4

RSHE: equality in careers, different types of work and work patterns, careers interests / evaluation 2,3

National apprenticeship week 2,5

National Careers week 2,4

Options Evening 3,8

British Science Week 4

Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award 5,6

 

National apprenticeship week 2,5

National Careers week 2,4

British Science Week 4

Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award 5,6

National apprenticeship week 2,5

National Careers week 2,4

Careers advisor appointments 8

British Science Week 4

Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award 5,6

 

Summer

 

RSHE: teamwork, enterprise skills, raising aspirations 3

 

 

 

RSHE: personal strengths and aligning values, making a difference, employment and careers pathways, managing your online reputation, soft skills, setting goals, employability games 3

Work shadowing 5,6

RSHE: Employment rights, financial decisions, exploring a pay cheque 3

RSHE: Time management and stress, digital footprint. Future opportunities and goal setting 3

GCSE exams and results day – advice available 7,8

Destinations information collection

 

Provider Access Legislation Statement - PAL
Information for parents

For up to the minute careers information please refer to our careers update which is available via this link and the weekly parent bulletin.

For further information on Apprenticeships:

For local Labour Market Information:

 For SEND support:

Information for students

KS3

All students have access to Unifrog. Login with your student email account (reset your password if necessary).

You will see quizzes you can take, careers libraries you can visit and you can log things you’ve done such as scouts, competitive sports, representing the school etc. This helps when you need to write a CV later.

Are you in Year 9 and thinking about your options? Go to the careers library, you can put in the career you want and it will suggest subjects to think about or search on your favourite 3 subjects for related careers ideas.

 

KS4

Find out more about Sixth Form at Theale Green School.

Make the most of Unifrog – start researching courses and careers to make the right choice for you.

Berkshire Opportunities – find my training course provides a lot of information on local post-GCSE options.

What is the difference between an A Level and a T Level? Should I do a BTEC? How about apprenticeships? Click here to find the answers to your post-year 11 questions.

 

KS 5

Unifrog is a one stop shop whatever your plans. You can search university courses and apprenticeships, watch webinars, undertake MOOCs, write your personal statement and much more!

UCAS has all of the information you need to get started with applying for university.

Apprenticeship information is also readily available on the UCAS website.

Berkshire opportunities has a wealth of information on local opportunities.

 Not going to uni offers careers advice and advertises post A Level opportunities for many top name employers.

 

Information for teachers

For up to the minute careers information please refer to our careers update which is available via this link and the weekly staff bulletin.

Berkshire opportunities – information for educators

UCAS – discover apprenticeships

West Berkshire Council – young people not in employment, education or training

 

Information for employers

Are you an employer who would like to visit our school, or have careers opportunities to discuss?

If so, we would love to hear from you. We welcome professionals and organisations to volunteer to visit our school and share their experiences and career routes with our pupils. Sharing real-life experiences helps inspire our pupils and encourage them to have high aspirations, and provides an insight into different career opportunities. We would also like to welcome our past-pupils to come and visit us and share your success stories.

Email Claire Smith for more information.

Useful links

How2Become produces innovative and insightful products to help guide students through recruitment processes, entry level tests and academia.  They produce useful career guides and psychometric testing books, their catalogue is available here: www.How2Become.com.

We are grateful for the donation of careers books from How2Become for our learning resource centre.

Careers Information – Sixth Form

Apprenticeships (Gov.uk)

Careers guide for parents ​​​​​​​

Writing a CV & cover letter (Cvtips.com)

Interview tips (Interviewtips.org)

Unifrog

Our careers program is supported by the brilliant careers software, UniFrog, that we have made a significant investment in this academic year, www.unifrog.com.

Unifrog is an impartial, user-friendly platform, that has all the information about careers in one place, and helps students make the best choices for their future.

Subject specific career information for students, parents and teachers