The Catholic High School


Linking curriculum learning to careers

The school adopts a strategic approach to linking curriculum learning to careers and develops a coherent rationale for embedding careers in subject learning. This is not about making a subject more popular. It is about making subjects more relatable and relevant to every day and working life. Real-life contexts and examples from the world of work make subjects easier to understand and help students feel more engaged in their learning. Above all, linking curriculum learning to careers boostS achievement and help students to progress. Students are less likely to drop out if they know about opportunities for further study and how the subject can be combined with others to give access to different pathways. Each department or faculty produce schemes of work and lesson plans which show how career-relevant learning will be embedded in their teaching. They use a variety of approaches, with some schemes of work setting up dedicated careers-related units or modules at the beginning or end of courses. They devise lessons that include career-related learning, inserts, activities and a plenary. Their planning also makes clear how career-related subject learning will be assessed and, where appropriate, accredited. Teachers are confident at talking about careers related to their subject matter and understand the routes, pathways and the skills in demand from employers, this might include CPD for subject teachers and the opportunity to visit relevant industries. Subject teachers will understand the school process to access potential employers or alumni and regularly look to increase contact and develop relationships with key local and national employers. Creating industry-focused workstreams for students is another way of emulating industry within the curriculum. Solving or addressing a real-life problem or project can develop a whole range of employability skills such as communication and team working. Students involved in previous years can become mentors to new cohorts of students and develop their skills even further. These projects can bring numerous subjects, including maths, English and science, to life. They illustrate how each subject helps prepare the students for working life. The school recognises that the reach of subject teaching is far greater than what can be achieved through a limited amount of careers education sessions. These distinct careers education sessions can be used to pull together and complement everything learned in subjects, encounters with employers and experiences of workplaces to help students understand the skills and knowledge they are developing and the impact this has on their futures.

Careers Curriculum Resources

 Art & Design Biology  Business  Chemistry  Computer Science  Design Technology Economics English  Geography  History  Languages Maths Physics Psychology Sociology

Careers in the curriculum

Our curriculum leaders are also very familiar with the importance of CEIAG and ensuring it is embedded within their subject area, therefore if you wish to work with any particular subject area, they would most certainly welcome employer involvement to enhance the provision from an expert in that field. Our curriculum leaders may also be able to inform you of students who express an interest in going down your career path. Further details on our curriculum links to employment and careers can be found below.