Making the best career choices involves: 

Developing yourself through careers, employability and enterprise education 

Self-awareness, self-determination and self-improvement underpin aspiration, ambition and achievement in careers, learning and the world of work.

Learning about careers and the world of work 

Exploring, investigating and understanding the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences that careers and the world of work have to offer is a prerequisite for successful planning and development.

Developing your career management, employability and enterprise skills 

Developing a range of career management, employability and enterprise skills is the key to meeting challenges, making progress and managing change.

These learning outcomes come from the CDI Framework for careers, employability and enterprise education (March 2018). Birchwood’s Career programme has been developed with this framework in mind.  A link to the Framework can be found here:-

CDI Framework

Birchwood High School’s Career and Work Related Education (CWRE) programme has been developed with the Framework for careers, employability and enterprise education  in mind. The Birchwood’s Career programme is delivered through a combination of timetabled CWRE lessons which form part of the wider PSHE provision, subject teaching, tutor time, assemblies and drop down days. The programme will raise aspirations, challenge stereotyping and promote equality and diversity. Please see an outline of the programme below. Each activity has been mapped to the relevant learning outcomes from The CDI Framework. 

The Careers Programme draws on a bank of careers lessons from Indigo and the teaching resources on Unifrog, an online Platform to support students to make career decisions  (Unifrog)   

The whole school uses the Hertfordshire Skills Framework to highlight the skills students use in their subjects and activities and how these relate to the world or work. The Hertfordshire Skills Framework sets out the key employability skills and attributes sought by Hertfordshire employers from young people. The Framework was compiled by Hertfordshire LEP, YC Hertfordshire and the University of Hertfordshire, and developed with the aim of improving the work readiness of young people and the careers guidance provided by schools 

Years 7 to 11 follow the Birchwood Careers Programme 2020-21

Years 12 and 13 follow the Birchwood Sixth Form Careers Programme 2020-21