One of the ways we can improve our careers guidance and ensure that our students are well prepared for the world beyond school and are confident enough to make good decisions, is to embed the careers education into the curriculum. At The Howard School, all staff are encouraged to talk about careers and the world of work on a regular basis in lessons from Year 7 onwards.
It seems obvious that if students know why they are in a lesson, then they are more likely to engage. We have all heard at some point the student who asks, “Why are we doing this? When am I going to find this useful after school?” It has also been proven that if a young person has a goal beyond school, then they are more likely to engage in their education. This gives them a tangible reason to achieve. Obviously, their aims and future goals will change as they mature over time - this is normal. It is not the specific chosen end result that is key here, it is simply having a reason to shoot for that goal which is important – purpose, ambition, aspiration and hope are the things that motivate us.
Please see below posters linking subjects to jobs: