Creativity, Employability and Positive Destinations

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Positive Destinations

June 2017

An important aspect of our school Improvement Plan is to further develop a variety of pathways towards a positive destination post-school (eg employment, training, Further Education, Higher Education) and to focus on skills that are necessary for young people to achieve this.

We are working with the City of Edinburgh Council Schools and Lifelong Learning Team to hold an event in session 2017/18 (date to be confirmed) to engage our school community in conversation about this.

The “Career Conversation” event will be aimed at young people, parents/carers, employers, school staff and practitioners and will explore careers, employability, and the increasing importance of creativity skills for young people and for Scotland’s future economic success.

The following list of online resources is aimed at supporting parents/carers in particular in learning more about this area of work in schools and the wider community.

We hope that it is of interest to all parents/carers, not only those of you who would like to attend the Career Conversation evening.  If you would like help to access any of these resources or to understand the information there, please do not hesitate to contact your son/daughter’s Support for Pupils Leader (Guidance teacher).

My World of Work (MWOW): 

https://www.myworldofwork.co.uk/parents

Skills Development Scotland (SDS):

https://www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk/what-we-do/our-products/our-careers-service-in-schools/my-world-of-work-for-parents/

https://www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk/what-we-do/our-products/foundation-apprenticeships/

The National Parent Forum for Scotland:

http://www.npfs.org.uk/career-conversations-in-a-nutshell/
http://www.npfs.org.uk/career-education-a-world-of-possibilities/
http://www.npfs.org.uk/creativity-in-a-nutshell/
http://www.npfs.org.uk/digital-skills-in-a-nutshell/

We are working to ensure that all of our young people S1-6 know how to access the MWOW resources for pupils.
Our SDS Careers Advisor, Katie McKenzie, is present at Parents’ Information Evenings throughout the year (based in the school library) and parents/carers are welcome to make an appointment with her.
We also work with third sector partners such as LEAPS and Cyrenians to support the work of staff in school in securing positive destinations for young people when they reach school leaving age.

We are particularly keen to engage parents in conversation about alternative routes into employment (eg Foundation Apprenticeships through a School-College Partnership) that perhaps challenge a more traditional view of pathways through the senior phase curriculum in school and look forward to discussing this with you at the Career Conversation next term.