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25/11/20

Congratulations Mr Gauthier from all your colleagues at SJL, outstanding and dedicated headteacher for

25/11/20

Break a leg Year 11 , performing in their devising drama GCSE examination today. https://t.co/Zcjp5CGWhp

24/11/20

Year 7 Parents' Evening reminder: parents/carers please ensure you are logged into the system in advance of your first appointment and have checked appointment schedule in advance.

24/11/20

Vacancy alert: part-time teaching assistant vacancy required for our experienced Support Team. Term time hours, initially 1-year fixed term. See website to apply now! https://t.co/A2v1Bv17gl . . https://t.co/Q8OJ9lrGDk

24/11/20

With Year 11 mocks a little over 1 week away, a reminder Mr Garcia's preparing for GCSEs letter is on the school website, including links to videos with useful tips and strategies https://t.co/x7ChfW5V9X https://t.co/Zq8Nz6lThe

24/11/20

Don't forget to place orders for this year's Christmas Lunch by Wednesday, 9 December 2020 https://t.co/u5KPnZHBVK

24/11/20

Retweeted From National Online Safety

Calling all parents & educators... ONE DAY TO GO📢‼️ Introducing our FREE mobile app, giving you a world of at your fingertips. Be https://t.co/KVdd0yU6Hx

24/11/20

Year 7 reminder: this evening is the Year 7 parents' evening. Parents guide can be found on the school website https://t.co/E1d48gGZcj We welcome any feedback on the new Parents’ Evening system, any queries please email parentsevening.herts.sch.uk https://t.co/K5ZsthH5Yp

23/11/20

Year 8 reminder: tomorrow HPV injections take place, Tuesday 24 November. Students can wear a t-shirt/vest under their school shirt for modesty should they chose. https://t.co/0U68Tte4b0

23/11/20

. are encouraging faculties to remember to switch off... lights and projectors at the end of the school day, as they seek to crown the "Energy Saving Faculty of the Year". Mr Inham also shares some wacky ideas to try at home https://t.co/swcL24uIOE 🌍💡 https://t.co/7XSHFVOPkw

23/11/20

Vacancy: SJL are seeking an enthusiastic, creative teacher to lead their dedicated SEND team. Permanent, full time vacancy for SENDCO https://t.co/4eQigkDWOD . . https://t.co/E3znpst7Pd

23/11/20

Year 13 reminder: online booking for Year 13 parents' evening opens tomorrow Tuesday, 24 November at 1pm. See letter's home for parents' guide to booking appointments https://t.co/ufgNeDuzpl https://t.co/HEpsldqGdb

23/11/20

Thought for the Week: Road Safety https://t.co/ZzLE7Y1upc

20/11/20

Well done all! https://t.co/1tgmap2SOq

20/11/20

The library is beginning to look very festive with entries coming in for the Christmas Jumper competition https://t.co/GTmQEmzLP4

20/11/20

Term date reminder: school will be closed Monday 30 November 2020 for our Occasional Day https://t.co/L9cVItOLym

20/11/20

This week's newsletter out today... https://t.co/DBsVUwj8fs https://t.co/SsHIPMsvev

19/11/20

Beautiful blue skies overhead this lunchtime https://t.co/tL8wjZnlyX

19/11/20

Sixth Form news: Economics students FREE Event : Monday 30 November 2020 4-5pm Theory and Practice: designing anti-poverty programs when power matters. Hosted by Economica and the Department of Economics https://t.co/IwqzlTFodr

19/11/20

Retweeted From Hertfordshire Opportunities Portal (HOP)

are your students looking for a bright future in a career? This exciting online event connects your young people and their parents/carers to local world-class employers. Share with your students today👉https://t.co/NcVBy29U05 https://t.co/h55vgcJpLM

18/11/20

Retweeted From National Online Safety

Be kind, always💜 This we’re focusing on the importance of being kind for . 2020 has seen a rise in children spending time online, unfortunately meaning an increase in online bullying. Let's stand >> https://t.co/DpO1XcE6oc https://t.co/W3WNNHGYQV

18/11/20

🎄Christmas alert 🎄 The SJL Library Team are encouraging students to get creative and design a Christmas jumper. We cannot wait to see what Christmassy book character designs students create https://t.co/JqyolAsZPu

18/11/20

Valuable information source for those considering apprenticeship as Post-16 option https://t.co/yH8YNfvlRN

17/11/20

Retweeted From JustTalkHerts

As part of is taking over the Twitter feed today so we can talk about the many ways we support young people with their mental health. In case you're wondering, YCH Services for Young People is the new name for YC Hertfordshire. https://t.co/x2F37X9Mz4

16/11/20

Retweeted From Scholars' Education Trust

Vacancy: Scholars' Education Trust are seeking a Finance Business Partner to join their centralised Finance Team. Do you have a finance background? Interested? For more information and to apply https://t.co/GHsU8A8emT . . https://t.co/U9YYxKIZE5

16/11/20

Year 13 Parents' Evening will be taking place as planned on Tuesday 8 December, with all appointments held remotely via video call. More information about how to book using our online system will be sent out later this week https://t.co/GtTQ97tRvz

16/11/20

Ms Robins judged the Christmas Card Competition this morning. We will sharing one excellent entry a day here from the start of Advent until the end of term. The winning entry will be made into the SJL Christmas Card. Well done to all those who entered. Mr Higgins https://t.co/iLrSK8daKX

16/11/20

Retweeted From JustTalkHerts

A big thank you to for their time to help us make this video for https://t.co/3YcvNaEzbA

16/11/20

Thought for the Week: Tolerance https://t.co/o1bbmectGP

16/11/20

Good luck to GCSE Music students taking their performance exam today https://t.co/Vqj2LrVTlk

13/11/20

Some great news to end the week - congratulations to Mrs Hastings-Clarke on having her work published! https://t.co/rS7bSIfbbH

13/11/20

Next week is . A Hertfordshire focused mental health campaign promoting the importance of talking about how we feel https://t.co/jR1oqoHdr0

13/11/20

The aim for reading week was to reinforce the importance of reflection on learning and give students the headspace to allow some of the learning of the term to become embedded. Remember to pick up a book, you never know where it will take you... https://t.co/LqJXFqkdMJ

13/11/20

Apologies, we are experiencing severe server issues in school today. Our IT team are working hard to resolve them but if you have any urgent communications, please ring the school directly.

13/11/20

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

Today in the 🍂, some of our Year 7's helped to plant out some spinach, Russian red kale, pak choi 🥬and winter greens🌱. They also managed to protected the plants from the coming winter and from pesky pests like pigeons. Amazing! https://t.co/oA802ov9z7

13/11/20

This week's newsletter out today... https://t.co/loo19UHr63 https://t.co/Z9vGEbZCAC

12/11/20

Great work! https://t.co/TMXD0U1oDz

12/11/20

Give your brain a workout. Reading is a fantastic form of visual exercise, it helps boost imagination and creativity https://t.co/Z2rijBLuno

Careers Education and Guidance

In 2016, The Careers Department at Sir John Lawes School gained the ‘Investor in Careers Quality Standard’ and is currently undergoing reaccreditation.

The award reflects a commitment to achieving all 8 of the Gatsby Benchmarks, as highlighted as the indicator for good quality careers provision in the Department for Education’s Careers Strategy, Dec 2017.

It is hope that reaccreditation will be achieved by December 2019.

The Gatsby Benchmarks:

  1. A stable careers programme. Every school and college should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by students, parents, teachers, governors and employers.
  2. Learning from career and labour market information. Every student, and their parents, should have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. They will need the support of an informed adviser to make best use of available information.
  3. Addressing the needs of each student. Students have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each student. A school’s careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers. All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths.
  5. Encounters with employers and employees. Every student should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes.
  6. Experiences of workplaces. Every student should have first-hand experiences of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks.
  7. Encounters with further and higher education. All students should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace.
  8. Personal guidance. Every student should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a career adviser, who could be internal (a member of school staff) or external, provided they are trained to an appropriate level. These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made.

 

Guidance

Students across all year groups are offered access to careers guidance, upon request, and all Year 11 students have a one-to-one careers interview. 
 
In addition, drop-in sessions are offered on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday lunchtime, in the Careers Office, located in the library.
 

Twitter

Follow us on Twitter @SJLCareers for the very latest recruitment information, advice and guidance.
 
The school has been awarded the full Quality Standard Award for careers provision, and in 2016 won The Herts Chamber of Commerce award in the category for 'Education in Employment'. 
 
If you would like to find out more about Careers and Employability at Sir John Lawes School or if you are interested in providing support, please do contact Mrs J Power

Careers programme

Year 7

  • Adapting to a new community– ‘My new school’ transition unit in Life Skills
  • 'Shadow a parent at work day' is encouraged during the Autumn Term Occasional Day

Year 8

  • Real Game in Life Skills lessons
  • Options Unit in Life Skills lessons
  • Access to guidance with Youth Connexions and Careers Co-ordinator
  • Spring term Options Evening with access to careers advisers and resources - for students and parents
  • Group work with Youth Connexions during the option process.
  • On-line research through programmes such as Kudos, Cascaid and Channel Mogo during Life Skills lessons.
  • Formal introduction to the Careers Library and resources
  • Access to individual, impartial careers guidance through YC Herts

Year 9

  • Careers lessons in Life Skills to support the options work in year 8
  • Access to guidance with Youth Connexions and Careers Co-ordinator
  • Spring term Options Evening with access to careers advisers and resources - for students and parents
  • Targeted students interviewed by Youth Connexions
  • Access to Careers Library
  • Access to individual, impartial careers guidance through YC Herts

Year 10

  • Week block work placement for all students – summer term
  • Preparation for Work Experience during Life Skills lessons
  • Access to guidance with Youth Connexions and Careers Co-ordinator
  • Targeted students interviewed by Youth Connexions
  • Lunch time drop-in sessions throughout the year
  • Access to Careers Library
  • Further exploration of careers websites
  • Access to individual, impartial careers guidance through YC Herts

Year 11

  • Careers unit taught in Life Skills lessons covering employment trends, CVs, Post 16 options, interview preparation, career exploration, rights and responsibilities in the work place, personal statements, and labour market information
  • Impartial, individual guidance interviews for all students through YC Herts
  • Post 16 Information Evening – with the opportunity for students and parents to speak to Post 16 providers, including local colleges
  • Morrisby career profiling service available
  • Apprenticeship information sessions for students and parents
  • Lunch time drop-in sessions with Youth Connexions throughout the year
  • Work related learning programmes available for targeted students
  • Careers Day with input from Sixth Form students, local employers and FE colleges
  • On line career exploration through Life Skills lessons including programmes such as Cascaid, Kudos, Channel Mogo, My Career Springboard, UCAS
  • Unlimited access to Careers Library

Sixth Form

  • Careers unit delivered through General Studies and Enrichment lessons
  • One week block work placement in Year 12
  • UCAS preparation through Enrichment Studies
  • Student mentoring
  • Access to individual, impartial careers guidance through YC Herts
  • Apprenticeship Evening for students and parents
  • Careers Fair with employer representatives
  • Youth Connexions and apprenticeships sessions for non-university students
  • Morrisby Profiling and interview sessions
  • Employer visits during assemblies and Enrichment lessons
  • Labour market information lessons
  • Introduction to The National Careers Service

Measuring Impact of Careers Programme

The school measures the impact of Careers Education and Guidance through the following methods and procedures:

  • Evaluation of work experience programmes in Year 10 and Year 12 (students, staff and employers)
  • Evaluation of curriculum careers programmes (students and staff)
  • Evaluation of YC Herts guidance interviews (students)
  • Evaluation of in-school guidance interviews (students)
  • Evaluation of external careers provision delivered by YC Herts (SLT and Head of Careers)
  • Formal faculty review of Life Skills incorporating careers education lessons (SLT)
  • Careers Fair evaluation (students and employers)
  • Parental Survey on careers provision (parents)
  • Evaluation of apprenticeship events (students, parents and employers)
  • Destination Data tracking (YC Herts and Head of Careers)

Date of next review

The school will next review the information published in September 2021

Destinations

Policy and procedures

Useful links

Work experience

Planning ahead - Year 10 and Year 12 Work Experience 2021 

All Year 10 and Year 12 students will participate in a one-week block work placement in the summer term of 2021. 

The dates for work experience in 2021 are as follows:

  • Year 12:  Monday 24 May - Friday 28 May 2021
  • Year 10:  Monday 28 June - Friday 2 July 2021

Year 10

  • A 5 day work placement for all year 10 students in July of each year.
  • The programme is co-ordinated in conjunction with Herts Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HCCI).
  • Commonly, the placements are a combination of around 120 sourced privately and 60 sourced via HHCI.
  • Prior to the week of work placement, a series of preparation lessons take place in school.
  • During the week students are visited by the year 10 Tutor Team to monitor progress and offer support.
  • Progress is also monitored through the school liaising with the placement supervisor.
  • Students review the work experience and write letters of thanks to their employer.
  • The work experience programme is seen to develop the key skills required for the work place, such as communication, group work, reliability, initiative and self-confidence
  • The experience receives favourable reviews form students, parents and employers.
  • The process is linked to to a Careers unit of work within the Key Stage 4 Life Skills curriculum which revolves around job applications and expectations in the workplace.

Year 10 Private Placement Form

Year 12

  • One week block work placement in Year 12 was introduced in 2018

Year 12 Private Placement Form

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