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Work Experience

Students are encouraged to consider whether a week of work experience during their Lower Sixth year would help them with their future plans. For those who are not planning to go to university, this is especially important as employers will look for relevant experience when choosing between candidates for an apprenticeship or job.

Those applying for university courses in teaching, veterinary medicine or in any healthcare profession (nursing, midwifery, medicine, etc) would be expected to have completed at least two weeks’ work experience within the 18 months prior to applying. Students should speak to the Sixth Form staff if they wish to arrange work experience during term-time, to ensure that they are not missing lessons at a particularly vital time.

Freman College offer a number of opportunities for students to develop life-skills including awareness of risks to health and well-being, SMSC and preparing for the world of work.

Preparing for the world of work

Interview techniques     

  • Assembly in U6 
  • Mock-interviews for university and job applications

How to write a CV     

  • “Selling yourself” workshop in New Sixth 
  • CV workshop in PSHCRE 
  •  Career Planner software

Other employability skills     

  • Teamwork PSHCRE workshop 
  • Setting SMART targets workshop 
  • Managing a budget workshop in PSHCRE 
  • Leadership of house events

Specific career advice     

  • Sixth Form Taster Day career research workshop 
  • Career research in New Sixth 
  • Wednesday lunchtime career talks 
  • Career folders in Loft 
  • Email alerts about work experience and job opportunities 
  • Ex-student seminars

School-leaver opportunities     

  • PSHCRE session on career research 
  • Email alerts about job and training opportunities 
  • PSHCRE workshop on alternatives to uni 
  • Alternatives to uni evening (parents & students) 
  • London Careers Fair

Apprenticeship opportunities     

  • PSHCRE apprenticeship workshop 
  • Email alerts about apprenticeship opportunities 
  • Ex-student seminars

SMSC

  • Sixth Form nominated charity
  • U6 charities election assembly
  • National identity and values
  • Religious beliefs
  • Social conditioning
  • How media shapes our opinions
  • How does British democracy work?
  • Art: what is its value to society?
  • Importance of teamwork
  • Importance of growth mindset

Life skills

Workshops on:

  • changing a car tyre, 
  • wiring a plug & 
  • reading utility meters & bills, and on 
  • mending clothes
  • budgeting

First Aid training

Assembly on interview skills

Ballroom dancing 

Writing a CV

Driver and passenger safety

"Learn to live" half-day workshop

Drive-IQ simulation activity

Mental health, stress and anxiety

  • Fix-Up workshop on positivity & resilience
  • Evening of Sixth Form parents (flags up common pinch-points)
  • Assembly on recognising & reacting to stress
  • “Learning dialogue” Part 1
  • Lunchtime workshop on dealing with stress
  • Lunchtime workshop on time management
  • NCS workshop on using your support network
  • “Learning dialogue” Part 2 
  • PSHCRE workshop on inspiration & SMART target-setting
  • PSHCRE workshop on Mindfulness
  • PSHCRE workshop on healthy eating

Students value the care that is taken to provide them with a broad range of leadership roles. They proudly wear their prefect badges and enjoy the opportunities to work with students from Years 9 to 11. Students are acutely aware of their responsibilities as the oldest students in the college.

Ofsted, November 2015