Careers Information and Guidance
Careers Information and Guidance (IAG)
During their five years at Hounsdown, students experience a range of opportunities that help them prepare for their future career.
During KS3, the PSHCE programme provides an introduction to the world of work and future aspirations, and students participate in an Enterprise activity during one of the Citizenship theme days. They also learn about gender stereo-typing, and CV writing. In year 8, there is a comprehensive programme of support as students choose their option pathways for KS4, via assemblies, tutor support and information evenings.
During KS4, preparing for work experience is a key focus, with students guided through the process, and with students currently having the opportunity to go out on work experience for a week during the summer of year 10. They participate in an Investment Challenge and a Bright Futures workshop, as well as having the opportunity to participate in mock employability interviews and attend a maths-based careers fayre towards the end of year 9.
Every student will get the opportunity to have at least one careers interview during KS4, with one of our careers advisers, Vik Bernand, who visit the school weekly. In addition, a post-16 careers event in October and an Apprenticeship event in December support year 11 students in considering their options for life after Hounsdown. Most of the local colleges visit school to speak to students in assemblies, to raise their awareness of the opportunities available to them and to explain the college application process.
Mr Weller co-ordinates the careers/IAG provision within school, and can be contacted with any queries.
The Careers Library is housed in the main school library.
Here students can find up to date local Sixth Form Prospectus, Information on Job seeking and Apprenticeships. We also have a full range of University Prospectus and a variety of literature on various careers.
The Careers Noticeboard is outside the library which gives relevant information for Years 10 and 11 students. Tutor groups are kept up to date via emails and resources as and when appropriate.
We currently use an on-line database called Cascaid.co.uk/newkudos, which the licence code is available on the noticeboard and in all year 11 tutor rooms.