Careers Advice

Careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) is an essential part of the support we offer to students at Halliford School. Effective careers support can help to prepare young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life; it can help them to make decisions and manage transitions as learners and workers. As options for young people become more varied and complex, it is vital that we support them to develop the knowledge and skills they need to make informed choices for their future.

The School Careers Programme has the following aims:

• To offer students a stable careers programme which aims to meet the needs of each student
• To encourage and promote labour market information enabling students to make informed choices
• To offer students access to advice and guidance so they are motivated to fulfil their potential
• To inspire students to develop high aspirations
• To develop a curriculum link between learning and careers
• To educate and encourage our students on the importance of experiences within workplaces
• To encourage students to challenge stereotypes and consider a broad and ambitious range of careers
• To inspire and inform students by exposing them to real-life contacts with the world of work as well as further and higher education providers

The above is achieved through a combination of tailored activities throughout the year, as well as personal guidance.

PSHE (Careers) Lessons

All students have a number of careers lessons, which are delivered as part of the PSHE programme with topics ranging from confidence building to personal finance and budgeting. There are also tutor interventions and 1:1 meetings where necessary. The topics studied will be tailored to the needs of individual year groups and students. In addition, the school will hold several one-off events to engage learners and offer specific targeted information, advice and guidance. This includes various professions plus skills and personal finance, a World of Work (WOW) Day, Year 8 Enterprise Day and an introduction to careers and the world of work.

Career talks are offered throughout the year, giving students opportunities to meet with professionals from a range of industries. Particular focus is provided in the Sixth Form as part of the Lower Sixth Student Enrichment Lecture Series where a range of speakers from various careers speak regularly. These speakers range from Parents and Halliford Alumni to paid speakers from a range of professions.

Morrisby Testing

Psychometric testing options are available to students in Year 11 to help students make key decisions relating to A Level subject selection and university choices. In addition to the assessments and interviews, students will spend time in PSHE lessons to prepare for their interviews and take the recommendations forward to make the best use of the advice given. For more info click here to visit the Morrisby website.

Morrisby Testing supports students by:
• Helping to provide a stable careers programme
• Learning from careers and labour market information
• Addressing the needs of each student
• Linking curriculum learning to careers
• Encounters with employers and employees via video clips and links to professional bodies
• Encounters with further and higher education
• Personal guidance

Work Experience

Year 10 students undertake work experience at the end of the academic year. Students and their family are expected to make their own arrangements for work experience. However, they receive support and guidance from the school, including access to contacts in the career insight library.

Teachers from the school visit the students during the week of work experience, and it is expected that every student will be seen in their place of work or interviewed via telephone in situations where this is not possible. On return from their work experience students complete a short report on their experience.

Similarly, Lower Sixth students are encouraged to ensure they have acquired a level of relevant experience over the summer holidays to support their personal statement in the UCAS / university application. Students are encouraged to make use of external programs such as Barclays Life skills to further assist them with their application process.

Work Experience supports the Gatsby Benchmarks by:
• Learning from careers and labour market information
• Providing encounters with employers and employees
• Providing experience of workplaces


The school provides the Unifrog platform to help students conduct independent research on a range of university providers as well as access information on careers and apprenticeships. Year 10 students are signed up to Unifrog in the Summer Term to allow them to do research that may help with A Level choices and decisions about further education. Students remain signed up to the platform until they leave the school in the Upper Sixth. Unifrog allows students to explore how interests lead to different education and training pathways and see what steps are needed to stand the best chance of application success. They have access to MOOCs via the platform that allows students to try out different subject areas and enhance their academic CV. Through the platform students are able to record competencies and successes which enable them to write their personal statement for UCAS entry as well as a letter of application to support them as they enter the workplace.


Lower Sixth students have the opportunity to attend a local UCAS fair, helping them make the initial research into university course options. Support will also be provided for students seeking alternative routes such as apprenticeship routes that are becoming more popular.

UCAS provision supports students by:
• Learning from careers and labour market information
• Addressing the needs of each student
• Linking curriculum learning to careers
• Encounters with employers and employees via video clips and links to professional bodies – the UCAS exhibition usually has stands showcasing separate careers opportunities
• Encounters with further and higher education
• Personal guidance

Personal Statement Writing Seminar

The school uses The Life Skills Company to introduce students to writing a personal statement. This one-day seminar is for Lower Sixth students and is held in the Summer Term. Whilst it is primarily to help students get started on writing their personal statement for UCAS applications, it also doubles as a way of teaching students how to write a letter of application for job interviews.
The personal statement writing seminar supports students by:
• Addressing the needs of each student
• Linking curriculum learning to careers
• Personal guidance


The school is a BP Link School. This means that BP comes into the school throughout the year to conduct a variety of workshops from the trading game to engineering activities. In the Summer Term, BP runs an interview workshop for Lower Sixth students, and the students visit the local BP site in Sunbury to undergo mock interviews. As part of the process students are required to select a job description and provide a CV, letter of application and application form that is appropriate for their chosen job. There are often limited spaces available, and sometimes BP only select which students they interview. Following the interviews, the interviewers provide the students with feedback on how they have performed.
The BP mock interviews supports students by:
• Learning from careers and labour market information
• Addressing the needs of each student
• Linking curriculum learning to careers
• Encounters with employers and employees
• Experience of workplaces
• Personal guidance

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