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What can students expect?

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) permeates all we do at Braidwood School. It is provided to all years within the school and is evident across our academic and pastoral curriculums. Every year you will take part in whole school Enterprise Days and work place visits as well as meeting speakers from the world of work who discuss their career pathways. All subject departments provide displays alerting you to the careers success in that subject can lead to and every learner is given a Personal Careers portfolio to help you research and record your career planning pathway.

Braidwood School employs an independent careers advisor and you will be given 1 to 1 careers interviews and introduced to a wealth of information and resources to help you plan your future. In Years 10 and 12 you will engage in a work experience placement of your choice.

At Braidwood School you will also have excellent links with many local and national businesses/organisations providing you with outstanding learning opportunities as well as strong contacts with local colleges and training providers.

In year 7, 8 and 9 you will be helped to:


ü Understand yourself

ü  Develop confidence in yourself and in your abilities

ü  Identify which subjects you are good at

ü  Acquire knowledge about becoming an informed citizen

ü  Investigate ways to develop as a person

ü  Understand the importance of a career and how it benefits individuals

ü  Understand how the world of work is changing and the skills that you need in order to do well in your future life and career

ü  Learn how to plan ahead and deal with all kinds of changes as they happen to you

ü  Know who is there to help you in school and exactly what they can do for you


In years 10 and 11 you will be helped to:


ü  Identify and set short and medium term life goals as well as learning targets

ü  Use debate, review, reflection and action planning to progress and help you develop your career ideas

ü  Describe employment trends and learning opportunities at different levels

ü  Identify, select and use a wide range of information resources

ü  Use work related learning/experiences to shape your progression

ü  Understand the options open to you once you leave school, identify your priorities and explain the decisions you eventually make

ü  Take finance and other factors related to managing your money into consideration when making decisions

ü  Understand the purpose of careers interviews and the value of being prepared to make the most of this opportunity

ü  Consider a back-up plan in case things go better or worse than expected



In years 12 and 13 you will be helped to:


ü  Extend what you have learnt in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4

ü  Extend self-knowledge, career exploration, career management, key skills and other employability goals

ü  Devise a set of personal criteria to help you identify appropriate routes to your goals

ü  Understand the purpose of careers interviews and be able to present, and give evidence for personal information

ü  Research, evaluate, obtain guidance, choose and apply for an appropriate opportunity

ü  Use work related learning/experiences to shape your career progression

ü  Understand what employers are looking for in relation to behaviour at work

ü  Develop employability skills

ü  Consider a back-up plan in case things go better or worse than expected