The Careers education and guidance programme in Years 7 – 13 makes a significant contribution to preparing our students for the opportunities and experiences of life.  As adults, our students will need to be able to adapt to changing employment patterns so that they are able to operate in a climate of competition and be willing to develop new knowledge, transferable skills and competences throughout their working lives.  They will need to be flexible self-starters, with a range of skills, willing and able to participate in a world in which they find themselves ‘in’ and ‘out’ of work.  An environment of continuing education and re-training is likely to be the norm and the notion of a ‘lifelong’ career will be more and more diminished. The CEIAG programme enables our students to develop the skills, knowledge & attitudes to make effective choices specifically related to their decision-making and career planning and includes:

  • raising self-awareness;
  • raising aspirations & achievement;
  • challenging stereotypes;
  • promoting equality of opportunity;
  • developing research skills;
  • understanding options;
  • Making effective decisions & managing their transitions as learners & workers.

We are very proud that we meet the majority of the Gatsby Benchmarks and continue to strive to ensure that our Careers education enables and empowers students, staff and parents/carers to maximise the potential of our students.

The CEIAG programme will also:

  • enable students to understand the meaning & value of work to individuals, the community, the UK and the world as a whole;
  • make clear that there are types of work other than paid employment which are intrinsically valuable;
  • identify a range of experiences which may include employment, self-employment, volunteering, work in the home & work in the community;
  • Involve working with a range of partners from the community including, CSW, local colleges, training providers and employers.

Delivery

Careers in Year 7-11 is delivered via PD lessons which are fortnightly in Years 7,8 & 10, and weekly in Years 9 and 11. Careers related topics in each year group include:

  • Year 7: Introduction to Careers, Me and My Future and Love My Job
  • Year 8: The Real Game
  • Year 9: Options
  • Year 10: Work Experience
  • Year 11: Post-16 Options & Careers Portfolio

Careers in the Sixth Form is delivered via dedicated Careers lessons which are weekly for the second two terms of Year 12 and the first term of Year 13. This programme is underpinned by a number of visiting speakers to the fortnightly General Studies sessions. Topics covered include

  • Year 12 Spring Term: Overview of options; Careers Research Skills; Work Experience Application; Careers one-to-one interviews
  • Year 12 Summer Term: Registering for UCAS; Personal Statements; Work Experience Preparation and Review
  • Year 13 Autumn Term: Action Planning; Applications; Interview Skills

Outcomes

By the end of the following key stages, all students will:

 

 

Key Stage 3

  • Have a greater awareness of themselves (their qualities, abilities, weaknesses & limitations).
  • Know how & where to access careers information & guidance. Have used career pilot and Kudos.
  • Be aware of the implications of KS4 choices.
  • Be able to explain & understand the links between school & the world of work.
  • Come into contact with different employers.
 

 

Key Stage 4

  • Have chosen an appropriate education or training pathway by researching the necessary information, advice & guidance.
  • Have participated in a week of work experience.
  • Have an increased awareness of post-16 (and post-18) options & pathways, including Apprenticeships & higher education.
  • Have a portfolio of career-related documents including a CV, a Personal Statement and a Statement of Key Skills.
  • Had the opportunity to meet people from different employment sectors.
 

 

Key Stage 5

  • Have an increased awareness of post- post-18, and where applicable post-HE, options & pathways, including HE, Apprenticeships, Employment, Armed Forces, College and Gap Years.
  • Have built their CV and Personal Statement through study, volunteering, work experience, part-time work etc.
  • Have chosen and successfully applied for an appropriate pathway by researching the necessary information, advice & guidance.
  • Have participated in a further week of work experience.

 

Assessment

There is at least one assessed task in the CEIAG programme for each of years 7-12, for example:

Year 7 A personal timeline and research into My Dream Job.
Year 8 Personal writing, ‘A Day In My Life’, as part of The Real Game.
Year 9 Personal or group research task relating to KS4 choices.
Year 10 Work Experience Portfolio, including the student logbook.
Year 11 Career Portfolio, including a Personal Statement & CV.
Year 12 Pre Careers one-to-one research task and personal statements.

Monitoring includes: learning walks and lesson observations, analysis of annual destinations information, CSW surveys, internal student surveys & questionnaires, work sampling of Year 10 & 11 work, in particular, (Work Experience & Career Portfolios), contact with parents and student surveys..

Teaching & Learning

A variety of teaching & learning styles will be employed.  There are opportunities for individual research, group activities, discussion, personal writing, self-presentation, DVDs, speakers, visits and extensive use of technology.

Differentiation is provided through the variety of resources used, student tasks, including extension activities, and through targeted support to individuals and small groups of students.

Action-planning takes place at some stage in each of years 7 to 13, by both class teacher and Careers advisor.

Most Able

Most Able students at saltash.net benefit from additional support to encourage high aspirations, including entry to the professions and ‘top’ universities including Oxbridge. Such provision includes:

  • A special options session for Year 9s focusing on pathways to top jobs and universities, and introducing the idea of career planning and CV building.
  • A new addition to the most able section of the website which includes guidance for each year group, job profiles and key dates.
  • Additional support offered for applicants to the Russell group, Oxbridge, medicine, veterinary etc including taster trips in Key Stage 4, and tailored interview and application support in Key Stage 5.

 

Partnerships – Who is involved?

  • Within school – Head of Careers, Head of 6th Form, PD teachers, form tutors, Heads of Year, teachers, Work Experience Co-ordinator, Most Able Co-ordinators, SENCo, school counsellor, KS4 and KS5 Learning Mentors & Intervention Officer, Careers South West PAs.
  • At home – parents, carers, siblings, etc.
  • Agencies – Social Services, EWOs, YOT, etc.
  • Education/training providers – colleges, universities, employers, UCAS, Armed Forces, etc.
  • Future First, the alumni organisation