Careers Education Information and Guidance

Year 7 – Dragons Den Project

As part of the Fusion curriculum at Holmesdale, all of Year 7 undertake a project about business. The brief is simple – "What makes a successful company?" 

Each class is divided into a number of companies. Each company has to come up with a name, logo, product and advertising campaign that will catch the eye of the public. At the end of the project members of the company  try  to convince the 'Dragons' that their company could be successful based on the research they have done. 

Dragons are selected from local business or retired teachers who listen to the presentations and give feedback to the students. 

Year 8 – Soft Skills 

Soft skills are a selection of core skills that are needed when working in industry or as a team. To develop these skills a variety of workshops are created through the focus days programme. 

The skills developed are: working with others, presentation skills, innovation, creativity and problem solving. To help deliver the work shops outside agencies are utilised. 

LaunchPad KS3 - Company Challenge

Actual companies (6 in total) start day 3 by issuing a challenge to the pupils. Each challenge is based on a project the company are dealing with at the time. Pupils then have 2.5 days to come up with a solution. On the morning of day 5 the pupils present the results to each company.  Data, charts, surveys, interviews, film, power points, teamwork and communication skills are then all used to answer the question. The best presentations go through to a final where they get the opportunity to present to VIPs, company managers, governors and the rest of the year group. An overall winner is then selected. 

Year 9 – Creating an Airline Company

The skills that were delivered in the Year 8 programme are now built upon and applied to specific tasks in the running of a company. The areas developed are:

Finance, where the pupils look at expenditure and income in an attempt to make a profit
Marketing,  where the pupils develop methods of advertising
Uniforms and corporate image
Team presentations

Pupils feed back to other competitors and judges on what they have achieved. The winning company is awarded £50 of Mall Vouchers.

KS4 – Enterprise Club

In Year 10 the students have a more intensive 5 day programme to follow. It starts with a variety of workshops on team building and communication skills. 

On day 2 students go into the work place and see first hand how the skills taught on day 1 are put into practice. They have a work book to complete and have to record where they saw examples of good practice using observations and interviews to obtain first hand information on the skills delivered previously ( theory into practice).   

Year 10 – Work Related Learning and Company Challenge

Actual companies (6 in total) start day 3 by issuing a challenge to the pupils. Each challenge is based on a project the company are dealing with at the time. Pupils then have 2.5 days to come up with a solution. On the morning of day 5 the students present the results to each company.  

Data, charts, surveys, interviews, film, power points, teamwork and communication skills are then all used to answer the question. The best presentations go through to a final where they get the opportunity to present to VIPs, company managers, governors and the rest of the year group. An overall winner is then selected. 

Year 11 KS4 – Kudos CLICK HERE TO LOGIN

Kudos is an impartial online careers guidance and information programme that helps young people plan their future and make informed decisions. 

Kudos is ideal for 13-19 year olds. It offers young people a personalised experience based on their interests and educational aspirations to suggest suitable careers. They can explore these suggestions or look at their own career ideas; they can then see how well matched they are to them. A useful 'Dashboard' feature provides a centralised point for accessing all of the programme's features. 

Guidance is available in each section to help the user get the most out of their Kudos experience. They can consider their study and training options and record subjects that they are studying or are planning to study. 

Students can add careers and subjects to their own personal Action Plan, where they can set goals and target dates. Up-to-date and accurate detailed information is provided on over 700 different careers (covering over 1,800 job titles). A Notes feature allows students to add their own notes to careers they are interested in or they add them to their favourites list. Kudos is an inspirational careers tool that inspires young people with their future choices.

BTEC Work Skills – Explained

The Edexcel Level 2 BTEC Award, Certificate and Diploma in Work Skills have been designed to provide:

The knowledge, understanding and skills learners need to enter employment
Opportunities for learners to gain a nationally recognised qualification relating to work skills
Opportunities for employees to achieve a nationally recognised Level 2 qualification
Opportunities for learners to focus on the development of functional skills in English, Mathematics and ICT
Opportunities for learners to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal qualities and attitudes essential for successful performance in working life

We offer students in Years 10, 11, 12 and 13 the opportunity to get work experience over the holiday period. We set up placement contact and work placements if needed.

Voluntary Work Experience – Explained

We offer students in Years 10, 11, 12 and 13 the opportunity to get work experience over the holiday period. We set up placement contact and work placements if needed.

Sixth Form – Work Experience

We offer students in Years 12 and 13 the opportunity to get work experience over the holiday period. We set up placement contact and work placements if needed.

Career Fair Experience

We take every opportunity to explore relevant career fairs with our students to enable them to speak to current employers to get a flavour of what is expected within their work environment and to see what opportunities may arise from the experience.

Careerscape KS5 – Explained CLICK HERE TO LOGIN

Careerscape supports young people and adults with an inspiring online careers resource that is ideal for careers research and complements the use of the matching programmes, Kudos and Adult Directions. 

To help users with their careers research, Careerscape offers further in-depth information on careers such as real-life case studies, video footage of people at work, photographs and sound clips. As well as providing careers information, Careerscape helps users with the surrounding issues that affect career choice such as education/training options, employment issues, subjects, higher education courses and lifestyle issues. 

Careers leaflets can also be easily produced by using a built-in printing facility that offers a range of styles. For 13-19 year olds: Careerscape is the perfect accompaniment to Kudos. Young people can access information on subjects, study and training options and qualifications. They can also view details of over 43,000 UCAS higher education courses. 

Lifestyle articles help to tackle broader social issues and Subject Link articles help young people understand how subjects link to particular careers.

The Holmesdale School
The Holmesdale School
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