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Work Experience and Careers

Work Experience

It is widely known that the transition from school to work can be a difficult time for young people and that it is educationally desirable that pupils obtain a wide understanding of the World of Work. The Government recommends that all pupils should have a Work Experience placement during KS4. At the end of Year 10, each pupil at Idsall School is given the opportunity to experience a working environment. The aim of such a programme is to prepare the pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experience of adult working life and to offer the following benefits:

  • Development of personal skills and confidence such as: personal organisation; time-keeping; initiative; working with others and following instructions.
  • Insight into Career opportunities and the requirements of particular job sectors.
  • Development of knowledge of economic and industrial matters.
  • Insight into the disciplines and routines of the workplace.

We actively encourage our students to find their own placements with the exception of school placements, and help, advice and support is provided with this process. Often friends, family, neighbours or employers of parents/carers can be a great source of information. For those students who require further help, we maintain a database of employers who have been happy to take on our students in previous years. All placements are checked out for Health, Safety and relevant insurance coverage by the Education Business Links Service whom we have worked closely with for a number of years. Students will not be allowed to go on a placement until it has been approved, it is therefore essential that they start looking early, especially as some of the most popular ones fill up very quickly.

In the current economic climate, it is becoming increasingly difficult to secure places, and students may not be given their first or even second preference. We do appreciate any contacts that parents may have for their own child or another student. Please could you give the school's Work Experience Coordinator the details on the green form so that she can complete paperwork and have the placement checked. If your child would like to write to a company to request a placement, please could they let our Work Experience Coordinator know, as other students may also be applying, as well as keeping us informed of the progress you are making if you are trying to secure a placement somewhere.

Our students normally gain a great deal from their placement and for many it helps them decide a career path and even if this is not the case it gives everyone a taste of what the world of work entails. In recent years some of our students have even been offered Saturday jobs by their work experience employer.

Parents might like to download the document below entitled "Idsall School Work Experience Information for Parents and Pupils 2016".


 OptionsCareers Education and Guidance for all year groups is built into the programme for Personal and Social Education. The library is open at breaks and lunchtimes for pupils to use the materials and to seek advice about career opportunities.

The following two Idsall School policies are available in pdf documents:

A Careers Convention is held at the school every two years and representatives from colleges and local employers are invited to attend to speak with our pupils.

The National Careers Service also provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. The service offers confidential and impartial advice. This is supported by qualified careers advisers:

There is lots of useful information to download at the bottom of this page. From planning for leaving in year 11, to links to colleges and apprenticeships as well as university. There are links to a range of career specific websites and online questionnaires to help students think about what jobs they might be suit them best. We hope you find them helpful.

Idsall School Careers Adviser

Career Development InstituteMelanie Lawrence (Post grad dip QCG) is the Careers Adviser for Idsall School and is available in school one day per week, (usually Thursdays). Appointments are available during lesson times and there is also a ‘drop-in’ facility at break time, lunch time and after school. The Careers room is at the 'crossroads'.

If you would like an appointment, please ask at reception or speak to Mrs Holder and they will pass a message to Mel. Alternatively, please see Mel in the Careers room to arrange an appointment or email  You can follow Melanie on twitter at @melcareers for up to date local and national careers information.