Certainly, every single child is talented in their own way. But teachers in schools play a pivotal role in helping them identify that skill, to develop it and empower them to achieve.
The 2011Education Act puts more emphasis on the responsibility of schools in this area. It states:
“The responsible authorities for a school in England must ensure that all registered pupils at the school are provided with independent careers guidance during the relevant phase of their education.”
Agreed, a large part of the decision-making on choosing which subjects to study depends on the pupil – ultimately, only they can draw a clear picture about the kind of life they would like to lead in the future. However, most of them choose their subjects based on the advice and guidance they get from teachers.
Therefore, it is important for schools and teachers to guide their pupils to take the first step on the path of their potential future career.
How can schools be prepared?
A survey conducted by the Longitudinal Survey of Young People in England revealed that a fifth of students were unable to choose one or more subjects that they wished to study. In most cases the school did not offer those subjects.
Here are some tips for teachers to help pupils choose their secondary school subjects:
- Research online to learn more about the career paths of people your children admire, and also look for resources and other opportunities for finding more information about their careers.
- Every teacher should encourage students to talk about their subject choices and career path. You could also talk to parents/carers, friends and neighbours that will help give you a better understanding of your students’ interests.
- Organise talks and discussions by inviting ex-pupils to the school, and ask them to share their experiences about making subject choices.
- Although you want your students to choose subjects that will help them have a successful career, they should also consider what they really enjoy and are passionate about.
Things your students need to know before making their A-level subject choices
Making the right A-level choices can be a nail biting task for students. Some already know what career path they want to take, and if your student is one of these, then here are some common careers with suggestions for related A level subjects:
- Medicine, Nursing, Veterinary or Dentistry pathway: Chemistry, Maths, Biology, Psychology.
- Engineering Pathway: Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Product Design, Engineering
- Public administration pathway: English Literature, History, Politics, Sociology.
- Business and Accountancy pathway: Business/Accounting, Economics, Law, MFL
- Journalism pathway: English Language, English Literature, Politics, Psychology
- Teaching, police, social work pathway: English, Sociology, Psychology, Health & Social Care
- Expressive arts pathway: Art, Drama and Theatre Studies, Film Studies, English Literature.
- Environmental pathway: Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Studies, Geography.
Which subjects do your students enjoy the most?
Rarely is there a student who jumps out of bed every morning desperate to get to school. But it’s almost impossible to come across a student who has never really enjoyed that “one” subject or class in school. So, whichever subject your students like the most, encourage them to pursue it further. For the simple reason that they enjoy studying it, which also encourages them to work harder, and ultimately achieve better grades.
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