Q4. How do teaching staff in your school link curriculum learning to careers?

Why is this important?

It is not always obvious to young people how the subjects they study at school can help them to gain good jobs in the future. It is therefore essential that subject teachers help young people to make connections between curriculum subjects and future careers. However, teachers may not have knowledge of local labour markets, skills gaps and awareness of the full range of different routes into jobs; many subject teachers will require training and support.

What strategic questions should you ask the senior leadership team about how to link curriculum learning to careers?

  • What responsibilities do all teaching staff have for linking their subject to career development?
  • How informed are school staff about local, regional and national skills shortages and opportunities for example in high demand areas, for example in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)?
  • How is the integration of careers into the curriculum monitored, reviewed and evaluated?

Case study of good practice

In Boroughbridge High School, the Head of Drama had been concerned about the falling numbers of young people taking the subject at GCSE. This led to an initiative to improve focus on employability and transferrable skills developed in drama (e.g., confidence, communication and presentation skills). The drama teacher identified several local employers who had either studied performing arts or who had employed individuals with performing arts backgrounds. These have been invited into school to talk to students and parents about the relevance of the subject. The number of drama groups has now doubled from one to two being taught at GCSE.

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