Strategic Development of Pupils' Employment and Work

Lower School

  • Learning about people who do different jobs
  • Role Play
  • Travel training
  • Learning about time - future and history

Middle School

  • Learning about careers and types of employment
  • Embarking on self evaluation
  • Being taught about jobs and careers
  • Travel training
  • Time and relevance to the individual and others
  • PSD - personal presentation and hygiene
  • Transferable communication skills and how we communicate to different people in different roles
  • Societal expectations

Upper School

  • Making decisions on types of work and careers that interest them and
  • Experiencing work
  • Reflection on skills and refinement of thinking through CV writing to present themselves effectively
  • Creating a portfolio of skills and business enterprise activities to take to interviews
  • Doing things to find out about jobs and careers e.g. college placements, job centre visits, job searches, research
  • Mock interviews
  • Undertaking applications
  • Money
  • Learning about tax, salaries, insurances, bills, credit and debit
  • Travel training
The preparation of pupils for the world of work and transition to post-16 education are exemplary.
- Ofsted February 2018 -

Activities Undertaken to Advance Employability

We Attend Careers Skills and Fairs
We attend careers fairs; World Skills at Excel Centre, NEC Skills Show and DESC job's fair in February each year. The World Skills fair at Excel Centre has a great website for further information:

We Have Careers Talks
We will be using Amazing Apprenticeships to do talks in school and Central London Careers Hub to access information and talks to our pupils about opportunities. This is for Year 9 pupils and upwards.

Barclays Life Skills are one of the employment career sites we regularly use.

National Careers Service offers information and support and, we also use Careers Box and the Apprenticeships website

We Have CV Workshops
On our Link Course with College, pupils complete a CV and reflect on their experiences

We undertake Mock Interviews
As part of the Link Course, all the pupils will undertake mock interviews. When attending Work Experience, we also arrange interviews for pupils to undertake.

Kooth is a good free online website for support and counseling. and the Engineering Development Trust (EDT) supports young engineers and scientists across the UK. Our emerging project with Airbus and North Herts College will take greater shape in 2017.

Mentoring with an Employee
This happens on an individual level with pupils looking to work in particular industries. We find this helpful for the pupils to develop a wider understanding of the specifics of jobs and engage the child in an area of their own interest.

Enterprise Activities
Our mobile café will be operational at school in 2017, being taken out to other partnerships after training. We doe this as our own in-house work experience and development of pupils' understanding of small business enterprises. We have also undertaken several Young Enterprise schemes. More information on Young Enterprise is obtainable from the Young Enterprise website.

Enterprise Competitions
We have been involved in several enterprise competitions, including being part of the winning Prince's Trust National Awards programme in 2015. We also won the Dacorum Dragon's Apprentice Challenge enterprise competition in 2016.

Quality encounters with an employer:
Work experience and the experience of work programmes by The Collett School are designed to ensure a genuine and quality encounter with an employer. We seek to match employers with our pupils carefully to ensure the experience is enriching for both parties. These experiences are with local, national and international employers. We are always looking to support placements and welcome any suggested contacts: please email us with any contacts, which we will follow up:

It is the school's ambition to support Apprenticeships, providing support for employers and students from The Collett School.

Hertfordshire's Further Education Colleges are:
West Herts College
Oaklands College
North Hertfordshire College
Herts Regional College

The Collett School works with West Herts, Oaklands and North Hertfordshire colleges each week and throughout the school year.