22 Apr Working with Innervate Careers Services
The Magna Carta School is an 11-16 academy in Staines, Surrey. It has been awarded specialisms in Technology and ICT and has approximately 1,200 students on roll. At the school’s last inspection in 2013, it was recognised as ‘Good’ by Ofsted.
Since September 2014, students at Magna Carta School have had access to U-Explore Online, with highest usage in Years 9, 10 and 11.
The school offers impartial advice to students to help make appropriate and informed decisions about their future. They build realistic expectations of what each decision means and support students to make choices that reflect their ability, potential, aspirations and learning preferences.
Edward Sanniez, CEIAG Co-ordinator at the school, gives us an overview on their careers and employability programme:
“We have a programme that we have invested in, which is currently being delivered during registration and within the PSHE Programme. We also have numerous departments embedding careers into their lessons. U-Explore Online is ideal for giving students a taste of what is out there as they don’t have a lot of opportunities to experience this directly themselves. The job profiles
are great to show the breakdown of what is required of them to embark on their future career paths.”
“Our focus in Year 7 is for the students to begin to understand who they are as a person. They look at various different skills and create a personalised learning plan. There is a focus,
throughout the year, on the students working as a team. We use U-Explore to support the delivery of this.
“In Years 8 and 9, we support students to make informed decisions and highlight to them the implications of their choices. Throughout the two years, an emphasis is put on the learners researching and developing their knowledge of a range of careers and industries, this is where U-Explore is more intensely used.
“During Year 10, work experience is our main focus. We use U-Explore to support students to make the most out of their placement. Throughout the year we focus on skills and supporting students to recognise their application in relevant subjects.
“In Year 11 we identify with the students their options between 16 and 18 and support them with making informed decisions. We give them impartial information on all of their options
through workshops or assemblies as well as the involvement of outside colleges, training providers and employers.”