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01/03/21

Head over to Art’s Instagram page for details of this year’s Spring Challenge https://t.co/mE39ujXY70 https://t.co/Na2WjzIOM6

01/03/21

A tremendous welcome to those joining the SJL community as part of Year 7 class of 2021 https://t.co/1t3a4IoVax

01/03/21

Thought for the Week: how can we challenge bullying? https://t.co/K2hYbzXe7i

28/02/21

Retweeted From Hertfordshire County Council

School allocations for children transferring to a secondary or upper school in September 2021 are released tomorrow. Allocation emails will be sent after 2pm and letters will be posted first class on Monday 1 March https://t.co/jRO257Q6rT

27/02/21

Retweeted From SJL Geography

Year 13: after learning about the importance of phytoplankton in the marine carbon cycle, chec out the current phytoplankton bloom around the UK. https://t.co/zvzsO1AIKx

26/02/21

Here are a couple of at home self care ideas to try this weekend https://t.co/RGr7Qqc86t

26/02/21

Retweeted From ORA Singers

Frank Santeugini 15, Chiswick (West London Free School) Hattie Twigger-Ross 16, Guildford (George Abbot School) Phoebe Wakefield 17, Welwyn Garden City (Sir John Lawes School) Congratulations to all! 🎉🎉🎉

26/02/21

⭐️ Congratulations Phoebe, picked as an apprentice for the choral composition programme ⭐️ https://t.co/CY811mgQZ4

26/02/21

We’ll be here when you get back and we cannot wait to see you! Enjoy the weekend and please follow the rules https://t.co/gap3mZm3Bi

26/02/21

National Careers Week, supporting students to make the right choices or a bright future https://t.co/ICyyGS0e4f https://t.co/BI4p4Bp3uC

26/02/21

This week’s newsletter is out now... https://t.co/U9uMYQrffW https://t.co/ifpYy920ld

25/02/21

Today’s answer: they are the same! Well done to everyone who guessed it correctly. https://t.co/qpvwpOlNlI

25/02/21

Next week sees the 10th anniversary of the National Careers Week Check out our dedicate page on the school website, for career news including updated Virtual Employer Encounters section https://t.co/ycO9M0JtaN https://t.co/KhehJbzxrl

25/02/21

The books of the week are Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth by Frank Cotrell Boyce, The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan, and The Martian by Andy Weir! Watch Tom Fletcher read some of Sputnik https://t.co/IdaiJ5fO0A Read the opening of The Weight of Water https://t.co/S1ClmHXRF6 https://t.co/xUaYMSE3iX

25/02/21

Aimed at Year 12 students, will be running three webinars designed to support students as they start thinking about their post-18 options https://t.co/E3W3NRp6yU

25/02/21

With university open days on hold, the Virtual Fair will be returning on 17 March 2021 to help students from Years 11, 12 and 13 explore their post 18 option https://t.co/hrAbFWlMHG

25/02/21

A pictorial puzzle for today, sponsored by We will post the answer later today https://t.co/Xz2BwAeWF5

24/02/21

Catastrophic thoughts are more likely to take over when a person is tired and stressed, remember to practice self-care https://t.co/V9XbnGdP8c

24/02/21

Vacancy: SJL are seeking an enthusiastic Mathematics Teacher to join their highly skilled mathematics faculty. To apply: https://t.co/dKqmahm8CW 🗒 Full/Part Time 🗒 NQTs welcome 🗒 First-rate professional development programme https://t.co/TKCE4OCpoc

23/02/21

Today’s riddle answer: drop the ‘s’ to make seven > even. Well done to everyone who guessed it correctly. https://t.co/FFLBiBE0oc

23/02/21

Year 8: online booking for Year 8 parents’ evening opens tomorrow Wednesday, 24 February 2021 at 1pm. See letter’s home for parents’ guide to booking appointments https://t.co/ufgNeDuzpl https://t.co/POlwXehPYe

23/02/21

The SJL animals are enjoying the spring sunshine above school today, as Mr Evans welcomes two new additions to our animal conservation area. https://t.co/esnRH6sdUt

23/02/21

A riddle from our Student Services Team. We will post the answer later today https://t.co/rKY2FPqLgL

22/02/21

Just two weeks until the deadline... closing date Monday, 8 March 2021. https://t.co/tPzWhF3zL9 https://t.co/0ZO0NpSUJ7

22/02/21

Calendar reminder: upcoming INSET day Friday, 12 March 2021. School will be closed to all students. https://t.co/dCabpjj1h1

22/02/21

Thought for the Week: Integrity https://t.co/TRD2c8AxH1

18/02/21

We are proud to present to you the Year 9 virtual Music Showcase, put together by the SJL year 9 music students https://t.co/XbOEu8cnoX

18/02/21

A slightly different Lawes Lowdown to mark the end of the first half term of 2021, including a unique competition https://t.co/EN6h7Wf0H2

18/02/21

Retweeted From SJLScience

We have spoken or will speak about this in Year 7 science. An excellent little activity if you have some spare time at home over half term or a weekend https://t.co/iLExOLpLjQ

18/02/21

Retweeted From National Online Safety

With in the spotlight, we wanted to re-share our guide. What is the chat website that everybody is talking about and how can parents & carers prevent potential risks to their children? Download for free >> https://t.co/hExPJ9PgPB https://t.co/DuTMeRw3r1

12/02/21

Retweeted From SJLdrama

West End Workshops — WestWay School of Performing Arts ....these look brilliant and reasonably priced! And there’s a Hamilton one!!#theatrematters https://t.co/jD8WBSNC8D

12/02/21

Here are a couple of at home self care ideas to try this half term https://t.co/ZhMdgy4sJ8

12/02/21

Do not forget composition and song writing competition is open until Monday, 8 March 2021 https://t.co/tm84Y7WiEJ

12/02/21

As we wait for the next government announcement remember we will get through this together. “Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” Ryunosuke Satoro Enjoy half term and please follow the rules https://t.co/2jGRIRHAUi

12/02/21

Year 8: parents’ evening will be going ahead as a virtual event on Wednesday, 10 March 2021, with consultations taking place online. Full details will be coming out today via EduLink. https://t.co/OQwluhGfVP

12/02/21

This week’s newsletter is out now... https://t.co/bJvoRdPrTA https://t.co/vaS6BF3V2I

11/02/21

Today’s answer to the mathematical problem = 3 Well done to everyone who guessed it correctly. https://t.co/UaVhgj1qE0

11/02/21

Term dates reminder: next week is Spring half term (Monday 15 - Friday 19 February 2021). All the term dates, including next academic year 2021-2022, are on the school website https://t.co/6NQFw8GTWt https://t.co/t0Q4fH4sgh

11/02/21

Books of the week are The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett and Malamander by Thomas Taylor! Read the first 30 pages of Malamander here: https://t.co/FKh2qKx2IS Read the opening of The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett here: https://t.co/ntm14L8Mtt (just click open preview) https://t.co/RWv4zhNweY

11/02/21

Competition has been extended until Sunday, 21 February 2021 https://t.co/5wEDXwJxoD https://t.co/46nhrfLm6W

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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