My Future Pathways

Our vision is that through our careers programme pupils will develop,

“high aspirations for employment and become valued members of the workforce.”

Through our Person Centred careers programme we aim to equip pupils with the right skills, information and passion to be able to voice their opinions and aspirations for their Post 16 provision with a clear understanding of their future possibilities for education and the world of work.

My Future Pathways consists of 4 distinct but related strands:

  • Careers Programme – preparation through Years 7- 11 to develop an understanding of

    their skills, talents and the opportunities that they can access.  

  • Work Related Learning
  • Business Enterprise programmes
  • Work Based Experiences


Careers Programme: My Future Pathways”. 

We will be following a comprehensive careers programme that provide strands to increase the pupil’s opportunities to understand more about their Post 16 options and the World of work.   ‘My Future Pathways’ is based on the Northern Ireland Careers programme designed specifically for pupils with additional needs.

The programme runs from Year 7 – 11 and teaches pupils the skills, knowledge and understanding they will require for work.

Careers guidance:                 

Pupils in Years 9, 10 and 11 have the opportunity to have a careers guidance meeting with ‘SAMEE Careers Company’ external provider, to support them making decisions in the future. Parents are given the option to attend these meetings, if they desire. This is further supported by a careers fayre to parents and pupils, held annually where parents can hear from a variety of further education providers and other agencies who may be involved in their child’s transition to further education and ultimately to access the world of work.

Links with industry and work experience:

In year 7 through to year 9 we will be linking with local businesses to find out and engage with the working community, this will include STEAM talks.

In years 10 and 11 pupils have the opportunity to complete a work experience placement in the local community.  This further enables us to build relationships with employers and where appropriate offer our pupil’s extended work experience.

Enterprise Development:

Working with Enterprise Co-ordinator – Ray Bursey.

Meeting the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks of Good Career Guidance:

Winchelsea is developing opportunities to meet the statutory guidance for Careers through:

  1. A stable careers programme: As above, curriculum is based on the NIC.
  2. Learning from career and labour market information: Develop this area relevant for our pupils needs.
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil: Through AR process, previous careers meetings and teacher information.
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers: Development of STEM opportunities and linked to the curriculum theme helps to link careers to the different areas of the curriculum.
  5. Encounters with employers and employees: We are developing links with employers through our Enterprise Co-ordinator and work experience.
  6. Experiences of workplaces: Pupils have external work experience in years 10 and 11 in the local area with local employers.
  7. Encounters with further and higher education: Pupils visit local colleges and attend a careers fayre to further understand what is available for them at Post 16.
  8. Personal guidance: pupils in Years 9 - 11 receive careers guidance from an external company.


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