Students in Year 9 and 11 receive careers advice prior to making option choices for Key Stage 4 and Post-16. These students are provided with interviews to help them decide their future, and Youth Connexions regularly visit the school. Youth Connexions workers attend parents‘ evenings to advise on the choice of options and students are encouraged to use the extensive Connexions Library and to consult Staff; parents are welcome by arrangement. Our careers Advisor is Mrs Farrell.
Upcoming events to watch out for:
Useful Careers Websites
National Careers Service
https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk -This is the Government’s hub for careers advice for people of all ages where you can find help with drafting letters, CVs, exploring your skills or seeking careers advice.
https://www.thebigbangfair.co.uk/the-big-bang-fair/about-us/- The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair is the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) for young people in the UK.
https://www.stem.org.uk/stem-ambassadors/ – STEMNET creates opportunities to inspire young people by linking people in STEM careers with teachers and schools to enable young people to gain a clear idea of the range of careers available to them.
http://www.plotr.co.uk/ – Investigate careers, watch videos and get great advice, find out about employers and work experience opportunities in your area.
https://www.youthconnexions-hertfordshire.org/ -YC Hertfordshire provides youth work projects and programmes, information, advice, guidance, work related learning, outdoor education and support for young people aged 13-19 (up to age 24 for young people with learning disabilities).
http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk the National Apprenticeship Service website provides general advice and information about apprenticeships. Also advertises current vacancies.
www.notgoingtouni.co.uk – opportunities that exist outside of University.
Religious Studies, Assemblies and Collective Worship
Falconer is a community with shared values and a clearly identified ethos. These values are essentially Christian in nature, but we welcome students from any religious background. Religious Studies is delivered within Humanities at Key Stages 3 and 4 and through Extended Learning Days.
We have two assemblies a week which reflect the religious calendar, celebratory occasions and special events in the life of the school. During registration each morning there is a theme of the week and connected Thoughts for the Day. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from all or part of the RS programme and collective worship provided.
A co-ordinated programme of sex education, both formal and informal, is delivered to all students as and when appropriate. It is related to the age and gender of students and to their identified needs. It is dealt with in a sympathetic and sensitive manner, with group discussions taking place in an atmosphere of mutual trust, respect and confidence. Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own behaviour andmoral development.