Careers Lead: Mrs P Hunter
Independent Careers Guidance: Provided by Nexion Ltd
The Government states that all Students should be in Education or Work based learning such as an Apprenticeship, until they have reached their 18th birthday.
At Kesteven and Sleaford High School, Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) is an integral part of the preparation for students into the transition of the responsibilities and experiences of adult life. In December 2017, the government set out a new Careers Strategy, this included statutory guidance for schools with a plan for building a high-quality careers system to help young people achieve. This plan was set out by 8 Benchmarks to ensure good careers guidance.
The Gatsby Benchmarks entitle all year groups to Careers Education by providing the following;
- A stable careers programme
- Learning from career and labour market information
- Address the needs of each pupil
- Linking Curriculum learning to careers
- Encounters with employers and employees
- Experiences of workplaces
- Encounters with further & higher education
- Personal Guidance
The CEIAG programme at KSHS is striving to meet these proposals through designated Career lessons and tutor times as part of the Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHEE) programme throughout the school from Year 7.
A variety of lessons and events form part of the Careers Education Programme across all key stages, encouraging students to consider a wide variety of career opportunities. CEIAG encourages self- awareness as students examine their strengths, preferences, qualities, skills and potential. This will help students to develop a positive view of themselves, raise their aspirations and take responsibility for their own Career Pathway.
There are excellent Careers Resources situated in the main library; access to a number of carefully selected on-line licensed sites for subject choices, help with CV building, Occupational information, UCAS information, University and College prospectuses and a Careers Lead on-site for Information and Advice.
Annual Careers events include a Careers & University Fair providing information and advice on university and college courses, apprenticeships and careers such as the Armed Forces.
Year 10 students attend a ‘World of Work’ event. This provides an opportunity for students to have multiple meaningful encounters with employers to learn more about their work, skills and qualifications required and routes into that particular career.
Work Experience placements are facilitated during year 12; a dedicated week off timetable is allocated for this purpose during the summer term and it is expected that all students should take part.
On-going work placements throughout Key Stage 5 can also be arranged around individual timetables where possible including during enrichment time.
All students are entitled to a 1-1 Careers interview at any time; these are arranged through the Careers Lead who can offer Information and Advice; students requiring Career guidance should request an interview via the Careers Lead to see the schools Independent Careers Guidance specialist.
All year 11 students attend a 1-1 guidance interview to discuss their options post 16;
Year 9 students may request an appointment with the careers Lead or the guidance professional to assist with their GCSE choices, however, help and advice is given to students during the Year 9 Careers PSHE day.
The school recognizes the importance that Parents/Guardians have in helping shape the Educational and Career choices of students. Our aim is to keep Parents/Guardians informed of any new developments during times of transition and we welcome their interaction with Tutors, Student Support/Guidance services, Heads of Year, Subject Leaders and the Careers Lead.
Information on the Careers education programme for individual year groups, or ‘schemes of work’, their aims and activities can be found by selecting the relevant year group pdf.
Informed Choices is a Russell Group publication for Year 10 and 11 Students to assist with subject choices for Sixth form or College; these choices should relate to their future study and careers.
The site is designed to tackle social mobility, in that students and parents from all backgrounds can receive clear information when making subject choices and decisions.
Business in the Community - School-Business Partnerships
To help prepare our young people for the world of work and to ensure business have applicants with the appropriate skills knowledge and attitudes, it is important for schools to collaborate with local businesses.
The links below provide useful information for businesses to assist with collaborative, curriculum-based projects, with the aim of improving young people’s academic attainment and to ensure they are fully prepared for the world of work.
- Business in the Community - www.bitc.org.uk/post_tag/school-business-partnerships
- New Hampshire Scholars - www.nhscholars.org/School-Business%20How_to_Guide.pdf