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Summerhill School

Summerhill School

Careers Education, Information, Advice & Guidance (CEIAG)

We are delighted to announced that Monday 8th June – Friday 12th June 2020, will be dedicated to ‘My Week at Work’ to get Year 10 students to start thinking about their future aspirations and post school choices and careers. Careers education and preparation for the future underpins our whole school careers strategy, and I’m delighted to be able to share plans for a whole (VIRTUAL!) week dedicated to it with you. We ask where possible each student takes part in a minimum of two sessions per day. 

The school will link directly through the Oak National Academy, Barclays Life Skills, Speakers for Schools and other learning platforms where the sessions will be stored. Some registration is required, but all resources are free and your child can do more than two lessons per day if they want to. The resources have been set via our learning platform Show My Homework.

The tasks will give your child a real good understanding into the world of work and prepare them for a future career in the creative industry. There’s some fantastic and very engaging sessions planned!

The week will run during alongside any pre-arranged virtual lessons or homework tasks – but virtual lessons will include an element of careers guidance or insight (where possible).  

As well as these main tasks - students may wish to tune into the ‘Learn Live’ platform on Tuesday 9th June at 1pm where industry experts will be running a session on careers in the Creative and Digital sector. Students can access this via 

We hope you can support your child in taking part in ‘My Week at Work’ and encourage them each day to take part in the virtual learning activities. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you require further information about our careers related learning activity.

Don't forget to follow us on twitter for further great resources and ideas @SummerhillCare1


Careers provision at Summerhill School is rapidly improving. As well as a wide range of events throughout the year, including Post 16 Careers and Higher Education evening, visiting speakers, off site visits and workshops, we also have access to an independent Connexions Careers Advisor.

Our school Connexions advisor, Donna Holness provides impartial information advice and guidance on a wide range of topics that affect young people. She can help you when making choices about your careers, education and training, finding you your ideal job and helping you write a CV. She can also offer help with exam stress, money and health and things to do in your free time that will develop your social skills.

If your son / daughter would like an individual Connexions meeting please ask them to see Mr Wollerton, Assistant Head Teacher / Careers Lead in the House Office or Mr Morgan in the Learning Centre to request an appointment. Mr Wollerton is available for informal discussions regarding career pathways before school, at breaktime and after school in the House Office.

If you are still unsure about what you want to do for a career, don't worry many people are well into their adult years before they set out on their chosen career path.  However to help you why not try the careers quiz using the link below.

To contact Mr. Wollerton (Assistant Head Teacher / Careers Lead) please call 01384 816 165 or email


Ofsted 2018 reported that:

The well-planned careers education programme makes a good contribution to pupils’ personal development. Pupils have a good understanding about careers and the various options that may be open to them in the future. Careers education also contributes to the strong attitudes to learning, which most pupils display.​​​


Labour Market Information

Labour market information can help young people to make informed decisions about their future study and career choices. Labour market information tells you about what is happening in the job market at national, regional and local levels and includes information about jobs and salaries, what skills employers are looking for in different industrial sectors, conditions, communities and future trends.


Labour Market Profiles and Guide


Job Profiles

The National Careers Service Job Profiles contain information about the types of jobs available in different areas, which industries are growing, which need staff to replace those leaving and the skills which these employers will be looking for. The National Careers Service Job Profiles contain information on the skills and qualifications required for over 750 jobs. You can also find out about the work involved, salaries you and career prospects.



This academic year the date set for Work Experience for Year 10, is 4th - 7th May 2020.  Work experience can be a great help if you are still unsure what sort of career you want to be in when you leave school. The placement you choose is your opportunity to spend a period of time learning about a particular job or area of work that interests you.

During your placement, you will be able to find out what skills employers look for when they are hiring someone to fill a job vacancy.  You will also get the chance to develop your self-confidence and communication skills as well as learning about how different businesses work and the expectations employers have of their staff.  This will help you to work better with other people in further or higher education, as well as in your future career.


How to organise a work placement

The school will be able to help organise a work experience placement for you and make sure all the paperwork is filled out correctly.  But you need to be involved from the start, in deciding what sort of area you’d like to spend your placement in, trying in the first instance to find a placement yourself and what you’d like to achieve during your time there.

Think about the subjects that you are studying and the sort of career you would like to follow in the future.  Then, see if the school already has links with a company that closely matches your needs. If they do not, they may be able to set up new links with a company – but this takes time, so make sure you mention it early on when you are planning your placement.

If you would like support in helping to decide which type of work experience please contact Mr. Wollerton (Assistant Head Teacher / Careers Lead) please call  01384 816 165 or email


Useful Links

Dudley Connexions :
Apprenticeships :
A-Z of Apprenticeships :
Discover Degree Apprenticeships:
My Careers Springboard :
Pure Potential :
Jobmanji :