Careers

FGS is an "Inspiring IAG Gold Award" school; a quality award which recognises our focus on delivering outstanding careers education, and information, advice and guidance (CE/IAG) across the full age range

We are dedicated to providing our students with a planned programme of impartial CE/IAG which inspires girls to discover their talents and fulfil their potential and also encourages career exploration. This promotes curiosity, opportunity awareness and a more positive attitude to the challenges of careers and working life, as well as empowering students by enabling them to plan their future and make well informed choices. We give students a better understanding of the career process and structure to enable students to make sense of their own career pathways and inspire students to develop awareness of employability skills and give them the power of knowledge to enhance and excel in their career opportunities.

As well as our own Careers Co-ordinator, we employ a trained careers advisor from Connexions who works in school one day a week to give independent, impartial and up to date careers advice. We have a dedicated webpage on the FROG intranet that students can access both from home and at school. In addition, we have invested in "Fast Tomato" ; this online interactive careers software package offers careers guidance and allows students to understand their own strengths and preferences, research career pathways and create a personal career plan.

What we do....

Year 7: The University of Manchester Gateway Programme

Year 8: The University of Manchester Gateway Programme; Manchester Aim Higher Star Student Game; Options Evening; Options Assemblies; KS4 taster sessions and Fast Tomato Programme stage 1

Year 9: The University of Manchester Gateway Programme, Fast Tomato Programme stage 2

Year 10: The University of Manchester Gateway Programme; Fast Tomato Programme stage 2; FGS sixth form open evening #1; Community Work Experience Programme stage 1; Connexions individual and group consultations; Mock interviews and University Visits

Year 11: The University of Manchester Gateway Programme; Fast Tomato Programme stage 3; Research into various education, training, apprenticeships, employment and volunteer options; Career Pathway Training; visiting speakers from alternative post-16 providers; FGS sixth form open evening #2; FGS sixth form taster sessions; Connexions individual and group consultations; Careers Events; NCS Programme preparation; Graduate Programme and University Trips.

Sixth form: Community Work Experience Programme stage 2; Connexions support; 1:1 meetings with both Careers Co-ordinator and sixth form Tutor; UCAS applications Training; bespoke personal statement and UCAS support; Graduate Programme and University Open Day visits.

Assemblies: by Connexions, FGS Careers Co-ordinator and other external aspirational speakers.

Lessons: PSHE lessons at Key Stage 3 cover topics such as managing personal budgets, contributing to the household budget, planning for my future and enterprise challenges. PSHE lessons at Key Stage 4 includes the FPI; The Flixton Philanthropy Initiative is a one-of-a-kind experience that engages young people in social change and empowers them to participate in the growing of compassionate communities. Lessons also deliver topics to facilitate students becoming financially aware of basic costs, planning for their future, and exploring different types of jobs, wage slips and understanding NI contributions.

Useful websites:
http://www.fasttomato.com
https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/Pages/Home.aspx