Careers Manager: Mrs P Hunter
Independent Careers Guidance: Provided Sharon Mason from AG&I (UK)
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. Indeed, the school has held the prestigious accreditation of ‘The Quality in Careers Standard’ continuously since 2002. In March 2015, the school was awarded the ‘Gold Award’ for its continuing good practice.
The Quality in Careers Standard award is given only to schools that have demonstrated by assessment, their commitment by adhering to the Department for Education’s Statutory Guidance as set out in the Eight Gatsby Benchmarks; this ensures students have regular and on-going access to Information, Advice and Independent Careers Guidance.
The Gatsby Benchmark entitles Years 8 – 13 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 meets these proposals through designated Career lessons 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 and many University and College prospectuses and we have a Careers Manager on-site for Information and Advice.
Annual Careers events include a Careers & University Fair with over 50 stands 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 speak to many representatives from different career areas in person, to establish what that specific job involves, the qualifications required and different career routes that can be taken.
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.
All students are entitled to a 1-1 Careers interview at any time; these are arranged through the Careers Manager who can offer Information and Advice; students requiring Career guidance should request an interview via the Careers Manger to see the schools Independent Careers Guidance specialist.
All year 11 students are allocated a 1-1 guidance interview to discuss their options post 16;
Year 9 students may request an appointment with the careers manager or the guidance professional to assist with their GCSE choices.
All year groups can request an appointment for assistance at any time.
The school recognizes the important role 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 Manager.
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.