Policy for Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)

Rationale Careers education information, advice and guidance programmes (CEIAG) make a major contribution to preparing young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. A planned, progressive programme of activities supports them in choosing 14 – 19 pathways that suit their interests and abilities and help them to follow a career path and sustain employability throughout their working lives.

Commitment

St. Bede’s is committed to providing our students with a programme of careers education, information, advice and guidance for all students in years 7 – 11.

Aims

St. Bede’s CEIAG policy has the following aims:-

  • to contribute to strategies for raising achievement, especially by increasing motivation
  • to support inclusion, challenge stereotyping and promote equality of opportunity
  • to encourage participation in continued learning including higher education and further education
  • to develop enterprise and employment skills
  • to reduce drop out from and course switching in education and training
  • to contribute to the economic prosperity of individuals and communities
  • to meet the needs of all our students through appropriate differentiation
  • to focus students on their future aspirations
  • to involve parents and carers

Careers Coordinator

The school will appoint a careers coordinator who will develop the programme of CEIAG and liaise with outside agencies and post-16 organisations to ensure pupils receive up to date advice and support from a range of providers. The careers coordinator will be line managed by a senior member of staff.

All staff contribute to CEIAG through their roles as house tutors and subject teachers. The careers programme is planned, monitored and evaluated by the careers coordinator. The careers coordinator will liaise and consult with the New Directions PA to ensure that specialist career guidance is available when required.

The careers coordinator will also collate and analyse relevant data and review provision on the basis of the data.

Links with other Policies

This policy supports and is underpinned by key school policies including those for teaching and learning, PSHE, Equal Opportunities and special needs and disabilities.

Implementation of CEIAG

CEIAG is delivered during the school’s PSHE in Years 7 – 11 by the careers coordinator, supported by tutors, at key appropriate points throughout the academic year. The programme will be planned by the careers coordinator and the PSHE lead in school. In addition, the school will exploit opportunities for learning through work-based learning, on line resources and individual interviews with external, impartial and trained advisors

  1. i) Careers library a wide range of materials • open at lunchtime and after school • situated in the atrium
  2. ii) New Directions Advisor (Careers) • available to all students through an appointment system or through statutory reviews • used for individual interviews with all Year 11’s and other targeted pupils throughout the year • available at Careers Events and Parent’s meetings

iii) Extra support where appropriate • pupils in Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11 are targeted for extra help by SENCO, Head of College and Head of Careers.

Parents and Carers

Parents and Carers have the opportunity to attend careers interviews if they wish and will be invited as part of SEND reviews (EHCP, Statements and IPRAs) and looked after children reviews.

Curriculum

CEIAG includes careers education sessions, career guidance activities (group work and individual interviews), information and research activities, work related learning and individual learning activities. Other events and activities are planned and organised separately throughout the year.

Equality and Diversity

CIEAG is provided to all students and provision is made to allow all students to access the curriculum. Students are encouraged to follow career paths that suit their interests, skills and strengths with the absence of stereotypes. All students are provided with the opportunities that reflect their needs.

Other links with local 14-19 Providers are made when required. As are links with the local employers, Post 16 and 18 destinations. Links with parents / carers are maintained using a variety of methods including the school website, parental leaflets, letters and options evening.

Staff Development

Staff training needs are identified as part of the appraisal process and during regular planning meetings between the Head of Careers and his/her Line Manager.

Monitoring Review and Evaluation

CEIAG is monitored and evaluated annually through discussion with key staff.

The service level agreement with New Directions is reviewed annually. The programme is reviewed annually by the Head of Careers and his/her SLT line manager. Changes and improvements to the programme are then discussed along with timescales for completion.

When reviewing the programme, the School Improvement Plan (SIP) is used to ensure that the CEIAG is fully supporting whole school aims.

The CEIAG programme will help pupils to:

Understand themselves, their interests, likes and dislikes, what they are good at and how this affects the choices they make

• Find out about different courses, what qualifications they might need and what opportunities there might be

• Develop the skills they may need for working life

• Make realistic, but ambitious, choices about courses and jobs

• Develop a plan of action for the future

• Understand the different routes after Year 11 including training, further and higher education and jobs

• Be able to make effective applications for jobs, training and further and higher education

• Develop interview skills

• Improve confidence

Pupils will receive:

Careers lessons within PSHE

• Guided tutor time

• Access to the careers library – information is available in books, videos, leaflets and on computer

• Interviews with the New Directions personal adviser

• Other subject lessons linked to careers

Pupils can expect to be:

Treated equally with others

• Given careers information and advice that is up to date and impartial

• Treated with respect by visitors to the school who are part of the careers programme

• Given extra help if required

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