Careers in the Curriculum
At Tomlinscote, Careers Education is one of the golden threads that runs through our curriculum. Our aim is to promote the purpose of our subject learning to our students and to enhance their overall personal and social development and well-being. Careers in the curriculum can have a significant impact on young people's personal effectiveness and career readiness and it is our ultimate aim to ensure that we help to prepare our young people for the ever-changing world of work. In addition to our discrete careers education programme, PSHE lessons, tutorials and ongoing enrichment programme, students will be introduced to various careers, post-16 progression pathways, and employability skills within their subject lessons. We believe that students should be aware, in all subject areas, of how what they are learning relates to their potential future. Students need an understanding of why they are learning what they are learning and how this links to real life and this is a central part of their preparation for post-16 progression.
Our expectation is that each subject will make as many links as possible with careers and post-16 progression pathways within their curriculum lessons. Each individual subject has a 'careers curriculum map' that details how, and when, students in Years 7-11 experience careers education, linked to their subject. It is the expectation that each year group will have their learning linked to careers at least once every half-term, in every subject area.
Some examples of curriculum areas and how they link the students' learning to careers and post-16 progression:
- In Year 7 Physics, students learn about 'sound and light' as a topic and teachers will link this to careers as a sound engineer or a music producer
- In Year 8 History, students learn about the Civil Rights Movement as a topic and teachers link this to employability skills like public speaking, listening and leadership
- In Year 9 Geography, students learn about the economy and global trade as a topic and teachers link this to the wider job market and focus specifically on working for a multi-national company: Apple vs. Foxconn
- In Year 10 Maths, students learn about percentages as a topic and teachers link this to mortgages, taxes, utility bills and budgeting
- In Year 11 Photography, students work on a specific forensic project and are exposed to a crime scene set up and work as forensic scene photographers to solve a mystery