Years 7 & 8
The Careers programme really starts at Toynbee in Year 7 when we ask you to reflect on your skills, goals and targets as
well as assess your performance when working individually or in groups. This takes place in lessons and on PDL days.
Exciting times! Now you are able to start shaping your curriculum and from the start of the year everyone can specialize in
two Creative Arts instead of the five you have usually studied. Some of you may be continuing with your second language.
Additionally during Year 9, you will be asked to choose your option subjects for Years 10 & 11 - your GCSEs. Special events
and information evenings are arranged for you and your parents so that you can make these important decisions together.
You need to consider what you want to do in the future and keep your options as broad as possible so that you do not cut
off any ‘career avenues.’
Your GCSEs begin and so do a variety of work based experiences. A few of the year group will do work experience but the
majority will be involved in a ‘Mock Interview Day’ where adults from local businesses come into school and interview you
and talk about your CV as well as your plans for the future. You are also offered the opportunity to attend the ‘Careers
Fair’ in the Autumn term - see below.
Local sixth form colleges lead most of the assemblies in the Autumn term and all pupils are encouraged to attend taster
days and events at the colleges they are thinking of applying to. We also hold a ‘Careers Fair’ in the evening late
Sept/early Oct so that pupils and parents can consider all the training and apprenticeship routes on offer. Local
universities as well as local services such as Hants Fire & Rescue, Police, Army, Hair & Beauty etc. attend so that you can
learn and research your options for ‘post Toynbee life’ as much as possible. You are given lots of support by your tutor and
the school Careers Co-ordinator to make the transfer from Toynbee to elsewhere as smooth as possible.
Careers Year 7 - 11
Please remember that you do not need to wait for school events to plan your future; you can start to think about your aims
and goals at any time. There is an excellent website called ‘National Careers Service’ which is dedicated to helping you get
the advice you need to improve your skills and to get on in life.
The website is FREE to use and offers skills health checks so that you can identify your strengths and think about what kind
of work is right for you. It also guides you how to build your CV, create an Action plan and provides a Careers Library with
750 job profiles on different careers. It offers advice on Apprenticeships too and a course finder facility if you want to
think about universities.
It’s an excellent website, and while you can request a Careers interview at any time at Toynbee with our specialist Careers
advisor, sometimes you need to wait a bit. In which case, you can ring the National Careers website on…
0800 100 900
….for honest and impartial advice. If you are using a mobile they will call you back so it’s free.