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Clare Mount SpecialistSports College

Role Models and Catalysts for Change


National Careers Week Commencing 1st March 2021

Miss Katherine Magnall is employed by Wirral Special Schools Collaborative and provides impartial, independent careers advice and guidance to pupils at Clare Mount Specialist Sports College. Mrs Linda Evans is the Lead Teacher for Careers and both can be contacted via the school office.


Careers, Employability and Enterprise Education

Our careers, employability and enterprise programme is designed to empower our students to achieve life-long success by gaining the right qualifications for the future and instilling the following personal employability attributes:


  • To listen and join in. To want to be told when something is wrong and respect other people’s views even if they are not their own
  • To understand their strengths and weaknesses and understand why they do what they do and know how the choices they make affect their future
  • To always try hard with enthusiasm, follow things through and stay focused when working independently
  • To be comfortable talking to new people, be ok to try something new and be proud of their achievements
  • To try to control their emotions. Ask and find help when it is needed and keep going, particularly after a setback
  • Be able to explain ideas face to face or in a group setting. Communicate professionally using all mediums and communicate appropriately depending on situation
  • Turn up on time without being reminded, prioritise time and plan ahead.


Careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) is available to all students from Year 7 through to Year 14. A careers programme of study is delivered through our Life-skills and PSHE/PSD lessons which is supported by form time activities and numerous opportunities for business, college and community exposure, visits, activities, experiences, assemblies, discussions and placements.



Our Careers Programme


Year 7

All of the first term of Life Skills (3 lessons per week) is laying the foundation of Careers Education.

  • Autumn 1st Half-Term: Introduction to Clare Mount – Transition to a new place; Managing worries and School Council / Charities – Having your say; making a difference
  • Autumn 2nd Half-Term: Things I can do / things that make me feel proud; Social skills in school and in the community; Skills to stay safe
  • Spring Term: Students learn about The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). This sets out the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of every child, regardless of their race, religion or abilities
  • Summer Term: Citizenship and British values; Specific Careers units exploring: What are skills & qualities? What are my skills & qualities? Different jobs


In Yr7 students will be encouraged to reflect on their recent transition and how they have used key skills to succeed. They are also encouraged to think about what careers are available and how people achieve those careers. They will be able to identify their own skills and qualities and link these to the skills that employers find important. There will also be visits to class by members of staff who will discuss their careers with the students.



Year 8

  • In the Autumn Term, a Careers Module is taught once a week.

This is followed by Life Skills lessons which support our students’ Careers Education:

  • Spring Term: Personal safety; self-esteem; first aid; global citizenship
  • Summer Term: British values; keeping safe in the community; daring to be different


In Yr8 students will have the opportunity to look at different career paths and activities are completed to investigate the previous careers of some celebrities. The concept of employability skills will be developed and students will think about which skills they need to develop to be successful. There will also be sessions on equality and diversity to help students challenge common misconceptions about gender and employment.


Year 9

  • Again in Year 9 there is a module of lessons specifically on Careers and also the other Life Skills lessons further our students’ vocational skills and knowledge: Equal opportunities; Rules & Laws; Citizenship; UNRC; Healthy Lifestyles; Keeping safe in the Community; Money matters and First Aid.
  • Students’ interests and skills are also discussed in regard to choosing options for KS4.


In Yr9 students will be encouraged to think about their own career pathway and they will spend some time researching jobs using JED (Job Explorer Database) and finding out about the salary available and the qualifications needed. Local job market information will be provided during students’ Careers Advice Interview to help students identify where potential future employment opportunities may exist. Students will then use this information to make informed choices for the transition from key stage 3 to key stage 4.



  • There are two PSHCE lessons in Year 10 and one PSHE lesson in Year 11 per week.
  • These include at least a full term of specific Careers lessons along with further lessons on Citizenship / Values; Keeping Healthy; Keeping Safe; Well-being and developing appropriate relationships. Each Careers lesson and all Life Skills & PSHCE lessons are designed specifically to meet the needs of the individuals within a class and therefore the programme of study is a personalised pathway.


In Yr10 & Yr11 students will look at the pathways available to them after their key stage 4 education, exploring apprenticeships, college courses and employment opportunities. Students have the opportunity to attend Next Steps events and participate in a week’s work experience. They also produce a C.V., a Personal Statement and a Career Plan for their Progress File, following a Careers Interview with the Careers Advisor, to help them prepare for their future choices.



  • The whole Sixth Form curriculum is designed around the individual needs of the student, following an Individual Transition Plan and we are proud of an offer which includes at least one day per week in work experience for the whole year alongside lessons to develop our students’ personal and employability skills


In our 6th Form, all students have the opportunity to attend work experience with a local employer at least once a week, every week. This provides invaluable employability skills in the working world.


Upon completion of an Individual Transition Plan (ITP) a curriculum is created for each student in order to focus on their targets and increase independence.




Careers, Employability and Enterprise Education

Please see below to access links to key websites offering a wealth of information, advice and guidance for our students, parents and guardians.


Click the logos for more information from the organisation's website.



Clare Mount is a member of the Youth Chamber and works in partnership offering advice, support and career guidance throughout the year and bridging the gap between education and the working world to life.
Thinking of doing some volunteering work to gain valuable experience and give back to your community.  Go onto this website and search what is available.
Not sure what or where to study this site offers a search facility for you to find full-time, part-time, short courses in sixth form, college or as an undergraduate. Search is based on subject, course type and location.
Career Connect is a charity, delivering careers information, advice and guidance services across the northwest.
The Government website that offers advice and information and guidance on apprenticeships and traineeships for teachers, employers, parents and students.

Job Explorer Database (JED) is used at Clare Mount and has information on 845 jobs (over 2300 career titles) presented in a clear and lively way that students of all abilities can understand.

Not sure whether you want to go to college? Go onto this website to see what options are available to you

A website that gives you advice and information about your next steps in education, employment or training

This site is a free library of films, news and information all about careers.
NCS is a four-phase programme specifically designed to provide young people with all sorts of new experiences. Whether they are a daredevil or creative genius, talkative or more reserved, they will be surprised by how much they are actually capable of, coming away with a host of new skills and bags of confidence.
Mencap is the leading voice of learning disability. Everything they do is about valuing and supporting people with a learning disability, and their families and carers.
This website provides information on traineeship courses and beyond.


Preparation for Adulthood and Careers Responsibilities  CLARE MOUNT SPECIALIST SPORT COLLEGE
RoleHeadteacher Deputy Head /Assistant HeadCareers Leader Careers Advisor Link Governor Enterprise Co-OrdinatorEnterprise Adviser
NameKim WebsterKevin Byrne/Linda EvansClaire Cooper-ShoneKatherine MagnallGaby CrollaKieran CarneyRichard Potts 2019-2020
Line ManagementChair of GovernorsHead teacherDeputy Head teacherDeputy Head teacher   
Core FocusLeadership and management of the school Direct responsibility for Performance Management of the Careers LeaderCoordinating the school’s careers provisionProviding information, advice and guidance to pupils one-to-one and in groupsEnsuring compliance with legal obligations and ensure the school is fully prepared to provide quality and impartial career guidance to students.A trained professional who works with the school to build careers plans and make connections to local and national employersA volunteer from business who will work with the Careers Leader and the senior leadership team to drive improvements in the school’s careers provision.
Key ResponsibilitiesStatutory DutiesLeadership of PSHECo-Ordination of careers education programmeIAG for all students from Year 9Statutory DutiesSupporting the school Supporting the school 
Line management Line management of Careers LeaderWork closely with Careers AdvisorWork experience coordinator Awareness of Ofsted framework Create links with employers Create links with employers 
Setting targets Statutory DutiesCompass evaluation Support at options evening Monitoring destination measure Attending futures events Attending futures events 
Evaluating targets SEF/SIPWork experience provisionSupport at parents evenings Awareness of Gatsby benchmarksCoordinate EAN meetings Provide work experience 
 Liason with HT/SLT KUDOSSupport at results day  Inform school of careers opportunities  
 Options process Supported InternshipsLinks with outside agencies   
 KUDOSNetworkingMock interviews   
 Curriculm mappingCareers and Enterprise Company Link EHCP REVIEWS YEAR 9+   
  Local authority Prep for Adulthood task groupCareers lesson introductions in KS3   
  Chamber linkBusiness Link   
  National Careers Week     
  Destinations data     
  Post 16 assemblies    
  Enrichment activities     
  Careers promotion across the school    
  Business  link     
  Parent engagement    
  Student voice