Diss High is committed to helping its pupils plan and prepare for their life ahead. We have an excellent resource base in ‘The Careers Library’ which contains up to date information on all aspects of further education, higher education, apprenticeship scheme and employment opportunities. The library is manned daily with knowledgeable staff keen to help students think about their next move.
Careers education is inbuilt into our Citizenship modules for pupils in year 8. During year 9, pupils consider their option choices for GCSE or equivalent qualifications with their tutors and their form groups. Once pupils reach Key Stage 4, careers education is compulsory and is integrated into a BTEC Workskills qualification which is certificated at either Level 1 or Level 2.
Within careers all students in Year 10 and Year 11 will work towards achieving either a Level 2 or Level 1 BTEC Certificate in Workskills. The specification focuses on building upon essential personal skills which can be taken into either the world of work or, onto further education...
Year 10 students will study team working skills, personal skills and interests, alternatives to paid work. The unit includes a mandatory 6 week volunteering unit.
The year finishes with Year 10 students studying the world of work and matching their own skills and interests to job searches and post 16 subject choices.
Year 11 starts with the students focusing on themselves, their achievements – their target grades. We introduce the students to Norfolk’s post 16 e-application system, ‘helpyouchoose’. Students study application forms and interview techniques. Topics also include budgeting, personal fiancé including taxation and national insurance, banking and looking at current labour market information.
Students will not take a written examination, but will produce course work which will be continually assessed until the end of Year 11.