INFORMATION, ADVICE AND GUIDANCE

Rationale

All young people need a planned programme of activities to help them choose 14-19 pathways that are right for them and to be able to manage their careers and sustain employability throughout their lives. We have a statutory duty to provide careers education in Years 7-11 and to give students access to careers information and impartial guidance. Fleetwood HighSchool endeavours to follow the National Framework for CEG 11-19 in England.

Objectives

The careers programme at Fleetwood High School is designed to meet the needs of students and raise awareness of their abilities and the extent of options available. It engages students and enables them to make informed, realistic choices about their future. It bridges the gap between school, further and higher education and the world of work and is differentiated and personalised to ensure progression through activities that are appropriate to students’ stages of career learning, planning and development.
Students are entitled to CEIAG which meets professional standards of practice and which is person-centred, impartial and confidential. The programme will raise aspirations, challenge stereotyping and promote equality and diversity. Fleetwood High School endeavour to facilitate the development of well-rounded, fully functioning, employable members of society, with guidance ‘for work’, ‘through work’ and ‘about work’.

Implementation
  • Careers Education Information and Guidance is coordinated by Andrew Abbass (Deputy Head Teacher) and Jennifer Carr (CEIAG, Cover and Timetable Officer). This area is supported by a link Governor.
  • Work experience is planned and coordinated by Deputy Head Teacher and CEIAG, Cover and Timetable Officer.
  • All staff will contribute to CEIAG through their roles as Form Tutors within the Year Team system and subject teachers.
  • Specialist sessions are delivered during Citizenship/PSHCE.
  • The CEIAG programme is planned, monitored and evaluated by the careers co-ordinator in consultation with the Young People’s Services Personal Adviser who provides specialist careers IAG.

Careers information is available in the Young People’s Service s Resource Centre which is maintained by the school Librarian.

Pathways

Fleetwood High School offers the following Key Stage 4 Pathways, towards Post 16:

  • Traditional GCSE and Btec path (Level 2);
  • Specific Vocational Lines (Level 1/Level 2);
  • Foundation Tier (Entry Level/ Level 1);
  • Alternative Provision and Work Related ‘Student Transition to Employment’ (Level 1/Level 2).

Decisions as to suitability to each pathway follows well informed decision making guidance, inclusive of Options and Career Fairs.
Initial Testing employed to confirm suitability and need.

Structure

We embed a variety of approaches to CEIAG within the curriculum, working closely with external agencies, especially Young People’s Service, to enhance student experience through a number of initiatives:

  • Systematic individual careers guidance interviews for Year 8 to Year 11, through Career Nav – an Independent Careers Service;
  • Group sessions with YPS, local Post 16 College and local Training Providers, as part of the Citizenship/ PSHCE programme;*
  • Talks from speakers representing specific occupational sectors;
  • Period of work experience and voluntary work placements;
  • Career events where pupils gain access to a wide range of information and can discuss areas of interest with people who can give them expert advice;
  • Mock interviews;
  • Enterprise events, promoting awareness of depth and breadth of career paths and the impact and scope of business decision making within organisations;
  • Ready access to good quality information and resources, including ‘U-Explore’;
  • Information and Communication Technology;
  • Effective links with outside agencies;
  • Staff support and assistance.
  • Subject specific CEIAG built into Faculty Schemes of Work, regarding further education opportunities and professional career routes.  

* CEIAG in Citizenship/ PHSCE:

  • Year 7 - Student awareness of their own skills and future choices;
  • Year 8 -  Financial Capability/ Consequence of Career decision making;
  • Year 9 - Knowledge of careers and career trajectories; Options guidance;
  • Key Stage 4 - Awareness of how to engage and reach career milestones, including exemplar CV’s, Letters of Application and Interview Technique.
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  • Year 10 – Work Experience; College Taster Days; Financial Capability
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  • Year 11 – Careers Events; Mock Interviews; CV/Application workshops
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  • Assessment and Accreditation
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  • The intended career learning outcomes for students are based on the National Framework. ‘Preparation for Working Life’ AQA Certificate (Level 1 or Level 2) is taken by some students at Key Stage 4.

Partnership Agreement

An annual Partnership Agreement is negotiated between the school and Career-Nav which identifies the contributions to the programme that each will make. Other links are being developed, e.g. with local 14-19 partners.
The Partnership Agreement with Career-Nav and the programme is reviewed annually by the Careers Co-ordinator and the Personal Adviser using the quality standards for CEG to identify areas for improvement.
An annual report is submitted to the Senior Leadership Team.


Resources And Development

Funding is allocated in the annual budget planning round in the context of whole school priorities and particular needs in the CEIAG area. The Careers Co-ordinator is responsible for the effective deployment of resources. Sources of external funding are actively sought.
Staff training needs are identified as part of the Partnership Agreement process with YPS and in conjunction with the school inset co-ordinator. The school will endeavour to meet training needs within a reasonable period of time.
Thriving Further/ Higher Educational experience, commencing in Year 7, encourages all students to participate in higher education, with optional taster residential courses during the holidays, or day visits, to a variety of university sites. 

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