At Durham High School we take a proactive approach towards helping prepare pupils for life after school. We provide a programme of professional careers advice to ensure that pupils secure a progression route that will help them achieve their ambitions.
We use Unifrog, a one-stop-shop online platform for pupils to explore, plan and record their career activities as well as using the University Application tools. The items highlighted in green refer to Unifrog sessions delivered in PHSE lessons.
The Careers Leader, UCAS Coordinator and Head of Sixth Form operate an open-door policy, providing extensive individual advice and support to pupils as and when required. There is specialist support for those applying to Oxbridge and e.g. for Medicine and Veterinary Science.
Throughout the year we run a series of lunchtime careers talks which are open to all pupils but with those in years 9-13 particularly encouraged to come along. Examples of talks include: Engineering, Journalism, Medicine, Business, Languages and the RAF.
We run other stand-alone events e.g. careers fairs, business breakfasts, languages events, enterprise days, JH careers day, outreach conferences
Departments participate in external events e.g. Sixth Form linguists visit Durham University for an annual languages careers event, GCSE PE students visited Newcastle University Sports Science Careers Day, we are active participants in CyberFirst competition etc.
Departments have been provided with resources to enable them to link curriculum learning with careers and a number of departments run careers focused lessons.
Information and events are shared via the Careers twitter feed and the Careers noticeboards. We also have an up to date Careers & Higher Education section in the library.
Pupils are encouraged to undertake work experience after GCSEs in year 11 and during any of the holidays in Lower 6. Where required, support is provided in identifying suitable placements.
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