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Careers and Enterprise Education at Testbourne 

Careers education lessons are delivered through our PSHCE curriculum (Years 7-11). We explore topics such as; future careers, work and employability skills, finance, money matters, the labour market, further and higher education.

PSHCE Curriculum Plans for 2020-2021 

During their time at Testbourne Community School, all students are entitled to: 

  • Bespoke transition support from primary to secondary school. 
  • A careers education programme including lessons, workshops, external speakers, work-related learning or taster days. 
  • Regular feedback on academic progress and how to improve so that goals can be achieved. 
  • Support to develop better self-awareness to help students recognise their own strengths, areas for development, skills, motivations, and abilities. 
  • Assistance when accessing and understanding information on open days, jobs, colleges, universities and apprenticeships. 
  • Signposting to local and borough-wide opportunities such as careers fayres and workshops facilitated by the Basingstoke Consortium. 
  • Guidance and support when making decisions about KS4 course options. 
  • Parent information evenings to provide information and guidance to parents and carers at key stages. 
  • Bespoke support when completing application forms, writing personal statements, CVs etc. 
  • Personalised career guidance and support from a qualified careers advisor. 
  • The opportunity to complete a work experience placement in year 10. 

Additional examples of CEIAG links at Testbourne Community School: 

  • Year 8 MFL students completed a ‘languages at work’ project designing publicity material in the target language for a trade fair abroad.  
  • Year 9 Mathematicians linked up with Queen Mary’s College to take part in the ‘Quirky Maths Club’ sessions.   
  • ‘Pre-A Level’ remote Maths sessions were available to those considering taking A Level Maths. 
  • Year 8 National UK Maths Challenge UKMC – 40 students logged on remotely to take part 
  • Students in Years 7-9 have been improving their numeracy during lockdown with Times Tables Rock Stars 
  • Students competed in the Teen tech Awards (remotely), Crest awards and AWE challenge days in Science.   
  • Year 10 Scientists attended a careers event with speeches by scientists to encourage STEM subject uptake. Some students also entered the Shell
  • Bright Ideas Challenge during the COVID-19 lockdown. 
  • Year 10 ‘Careers in Engineering’ online talk with AECOM 
  • Visits from industry in multiple subject areas 
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award including links and visits with a school in Uganda 
  • Year 9 trip to ‘Women in Digital’ event in March 2018; speakers included female web developers & entrepreneurs, and coders from Microsoft.   
  • Opportunities to participate in the 'CyberFirst Girls Competition' run by GCHQ during lockdown 2020 
  • Year 9 students participated in our own Enterprise Project 'First to a Million'  
  • Formal letter writing, along with information on the recruitment process and interview tips forms part of the Year 11 Business Studies course. 
  • Student Investor Challenge run by London Institute of Banking and Finance - stocks and shares 
  • Open schools Software Challenge run by Surrey University - designing an App for a charity 
  • Vodaphone Digital Creative Challenge run by Vodaphone - 5 Teams had to design an app to create a solution for a community problem.   
  • Subject-specific career links such as the ‘Careers in Maths’ display board, STEM links in Science and theatre links in Drama. 
  • Year 11s participate in the National Citizenship Service  
  • Year 10 Employability Workshop with Basingstoke Consortium 
  • Year 8 and 10 visit to Winchester University during 2019 
  • Year 9 drop down careers day in January 2020 with EPB 
  • Participation in the ‘Get Inspired’ event run by EPB 
  • Year group assemblies with Testbourne Alumni 

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