Careers Education

Careers Education and Work Related Learning

Employability Skills

In today’s working world good qualifications alone are not enough. For every job there will be applicants with the same or better qualifications than you. In order to be successful you need to have something extra.

In parallel with your studies, you should aim to develop skills that will be of help to you in your future career as such skills are sought by all kinds of employers. The skills you should be developing are the skills that reflect your own personality, interests and abilities - as these are the qualities that will influence your eventual choice of career. Seven key employability skills have been identified: Self-management, Team working, Business and customer awareness, Problem solving, Communication and literacy, Application of numeracy, Application of information technology. Although you may not realize it, many of these skills will be developed through your studies in school, both in your curriculum subjects and more specifically through the careers and work related learning programme. You should ensure that you positively engage with all these activities as they will be equally important to your success in future life as your academic studies.

The Careers and Work Related Education Programme at MGS follows the 2012 ACEG National Framework for Careers and Work Related Education, emphasizing the need for students to take an active role in their career learning. This is built on three main aims:

  • Self-development through careers and work-related education
  • Finding out about careers and the world of work
  • Developing skills for career wellbeing and employability

CEIAG within the curriculum is delivered via a programme of activities during PSHCE lessons in Years 7-10, and through timetabled Careers Lessons in Year 11. There are also Applied Learning off-timetable days, supplemented by year group assemblies and presentations on various careers related topics. Subject teachers also incorporate careers related topics into the curriculum, where appropriate. Work related learning and enterprise activities are an important aspect of the CEIAG curriculum, involving outside speakers from the business community. All Year 10 students undertake a one week Enterprise activity project, incorporating a day of work-shadowing and all Year 12 students undertake a one week work experience placement during the summer term. The range of activities the school is currently using in order to help meet its objectives are detailed in the Careers and Work Related Learning Policy and Learner Entitlement Statements..

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More detailed information is contained within the following documentation:

MGS Careers and Work Related Learning Policy

Learner Entitlement Statements

  • "My son was skipping and jumping through the halls, and his excitement to show off his school and his lessons was very heart warming. He comes home daily with happy stories about his day at school. He has doubled in confidence and has taken on much more responsibility for himself in such a very short time." - A New Year 7 parent
  • "I'd like to send a quick note on behalf of my son, who attended the Brazil fair (Year 6 outreach event) yesterday. He had a great time and was so excited when he came home and couldn't stop talking about the amazing things that he did whilst at the school. Thank you so much to you and all the boys from MGS who helped make the afternoon such a success. " - Parent of a year 6 student
  • "My husband and I wanted to send a message to say how very impressed we were with our guide on Thursday evening and what a wonderful ambassador he was for your school. His manners were impeccable and he conversed confidently and informatively with us both. In addition, he engaged our 9 year old without patronizing him made his visit fun and insightful. Jack greatly contributed to our first impression of Maidstone Grammar School being such an overwhelmingly positive experience." - A visiting prospective parent
  • "Students’ achievement is outstanding, both in their academic programmes and their personal development." - Ofsted (2013)
  • "My son is in year 7 and was struggling with 2 heavy musical instruments, a school bag, his diabetes bag and his lunch bag this morning and I saw 2 sixth formers rush over to help him carry his bags. I just want to register my thanks." - Parents of a new year 7 student
  • "There is not a week which goes by even now without me thinking of the school with gratitude, and of its teachers who never gave up on me and allowed me a chance in life. " - Words from an Old Maidstonian
  • "The sixth form is outstanding. Students’ above average attainment at the higher grades in AS and A level equip them exceptionally well for higher education and careers of their choice." - Ofsted (2013)