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Careers Programme

Careers Education is an integral part of everything we do at Forge Valley.

Our comprehensive Careers and PSHEE programme is designed to ensure that all year groups receive the skills and knowledge they require at key transitional stages to ensure they make the best decisions for themselves as individuals. 

When our students leave Forge Valley our aim is that they will have gained invaluable decision making and research skills that they can draw upon at any time in their future.

Year 7

During Year 7 students will study a unit on Enterprise and Work Related Learning.

During the course of this topic, students will learn about the world of work and develop their confidence in front of others by being able to highlight their strengths and weaknesses and share these with their peers.

Students will also learn about different types of jobs and salaries and the value and importance of all jobs in society. They will begin to research jobs that they are interested in and take a psychometric test to see what jobs they might be suitable for.

They will have the opportunity to sign up to and use Start, our career guidance software, which they will also be able to access at home and after they have left school.

Students will also take part in an interactive workshop (UniversityGO) run by Sheffield Hallam University.

Year 8

During Year 8 students will study a unit of work on Economic Well Being and Financial Capability.

They will find out their money personality and learn how to select and open a bank account. Students will receive lessons from a guest speaker from the Money Charity and will learn how money and the economy fits into the wider topic of careers.

Students will also study a unit of work on Democracy and learn of the impact that the Government has on the world of work.

All students will take part in the annual 'What's My Line' event where they interview business figures from across Sheffield to work out their occupations.

Students will also take part in an interactive workshop (SHUTube) run by Sheffield Hallam University.

Year 9

During Year 9 students will undertake a personalised unit of work specifically on careers. They will have the opportunity to sign up to and use Start, our career guidance software, which they will also be able to access at home and after they have left school.

Students will undertake an individual skills and qualities audit and learn more about the benefits and drawbacks of progressing onto University or moving straight into further training and work. To support these lessons students will receive a visit from the Higher Education Progression Partnership (HEPP) who represent both local Universities. In order to inspire first generation university applications we have links with the DiscoverUS outreach programme at the University of Sheffield and the interactive workshop (Survive the Zombie Apocalypse) run by Sheffield Hallam University.  This encourages students who may not have considered university to find out more.

With Year 9 being a significant year in terms of options and choices, students will undertake a lesson on the Year 9 Options Process and begin looking into the subjects that they may wish to study further, in order to make informed decisions. Finally students will be given the chance to interview each other and the teachers in preparation for the Dress to Impress Day in Year 10.

Year 10

During Year 10 students will take part in a Dress to Impress Day. All students , if they wish to, will be given the opportunity to have a mock interview with potential employers from the world of Sheffield business and begin to start producing a CV.

Students will revisit their skills and qualities audit from Year 9 and learn more about the Careers Education Information & Guidance Service provided at Forge Valley School, as well as the different pathways that students can take after Year 11.

Students will receive a talk from someone at UCAS Progress to introduce this process and preparation for Year 11 and also learn more about life at Forge Valley Sixth Form. In addition to this guest speakers from Industry and higher education establishments will be invited in to talk to students.

Students will also take part in an interactive game show (SHUniversity Challenge) run by Sheffield Hallam University.

All Year 10 students will have the opportunity to undertake a one week work experience placement with a local employer. Students are encouraged to organise their own work placements, but will also be supported in finding a suitable placement. As part of this process students will complete self reflection tasks during their placement, and evaluate their experiences on returning to school.

Year 11

During Year 11 students will take part in a UCAS Progress and Careers Drop Down Day, which will start the process of applying for Post 16 education and work based training courses. Students will be provided with two hours of supervised learning time to begin writing their personal statements. After this point students will be given two weeks to produce their first draft and hand this into their form tutor. After this point students will be provided with time in form time to finish their statement.

On the drop down day, students will receive a talk from the UCAS Progress organisation, before being provided with an hour of supervised time to begin filling out their details on the site. They will be then expected to finish this at home. All students have been allocated a form tutor who is fully trained in UCAS Progress.

Further to this students receive information about the new GCSE levels and learn about life at Forge Valley Sixth Form. Sheffield Hallam University also visit to run their 'SHU Star' game show.

Students have another drop down day during the first term on a separate topic. However, if required, time will be allocated for students to finish off their UCAS applications.

How to find out more 

Our careers and provider access policies can be found on our policies page: 

Miss L Yoxall (Sheffield Futures) is our careers advisor and coordinates the careers programme, including liaison with students, parents, teachers, employers and Post-16 providers. Please contact Miss Yoxall for more information: 

Telephone: 0114 234 8805 ext 2614
Email: liz.yoxall@sheffieldfutures.org.uk