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Careers

Context:

Here at Culcheth High School it is our duty to provide students with high quality, impartial careers advice and guidance as we prepare our young people for their futures in whichever pathway they choose to follow, whether that be university, employment or further training within apprenticeships or traineeships. CEIAG is delivered to our students through the curriculum, during form time and with dedicated, targeted sessions throughout their school life.  High quality CEIAG is accessed by all students throughout the year.

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance Programmes make a significant contribution to preparing young people for opportunities, responsibilities and experience of life.  In particular, they help young people make decisions and manage the transition from learners to workers.  It is vital that all learners (11-16) have the knowledge and skills they need to make informed choices.  Our highly valued CEIAG programme helps our students to connect their learning to their future.

Our current ‘NEET’ figures (young people who are Not in Education, Employment or Training soon after leaving school- up to their 18th birthday) are considerably low sitting at an average of 0.64% across the last 3 academic years when checked within 3 months of students leaving Culcheth High aged 16, with the figure for 2016/17 at 0%. Suggesting that our CEIAG delivery is having the desired effect of ensuring our students leave us to go on to suitable yet challenging pathways.

Current DfE guidance states that all students should leave school prepared for modern life in Britain; this includes ensuring academic rigour supported by excellent teaching and developing in every young person the values, skills and behaviours to get on in life.  As a school, we aim to provide all students with a rich provision of classroom and extra-curricular activities that develop a range of character attributes, such as resilience, excellence, honesty and respect which underpin success in both education and the workplace.  We acknowledge that high quality Careers Guidance is crucial in motivating our young people by giving them a clear idea of the routes to jobs and careers they will find engaging and rewarding.

Aims

The aim of CEIAG is to raise our students’ aspirations, creating a growth mind set and broadening their horizons.  Through this we aim to widen their horizons, challenge stereotypes and raise aspirations empowering them to make informed, realistic decisions at all key transition points in learning and work.  The role of the lead teacher (Mrs L Quicler) and our independent careers advisor (supplied by Career Connect) is to assist all of our students with their career learning, planning and development by managing and delivering Careers and Education Information, Advice and Guidance within Culcheth High School. We aim to inspire our young people through more real-life encounters and experiences with the world of work to help them understand where different choices and learning at this stage can lead them in their future career.

Our aim is to ensure every student receives advice and guidance so that they are inspired and motivated to be the best that they can be.  For most students, this will be through structured high quality Careers input during their Personal Development lessons, for others this will also be through one to one meetings with our independent careers advisor.

We Will

  • Create strong links with external providers including colleges, technical colleges, employers, apprenticeship providers, universities and local businesses.
  • Raise aspirations and increase motivation- helping young people to identify educational and occupational goals.
  • Demonstrate the relevance of the knowledge and skills learnt in subjects to future opportunities in learning and working.
  • Develop skills for effective learning- reviewing achievements, setting targets, planning and taking action
  • Demonstrate the link between living, learning and earning.
  • Develop information and communication skills.
  • Promote current and relevant careers to our students using knowledge of the local employment network and local job market information.
  • Actively encourage students to make use of support available to them including, but not limited to National Careers Service, an in school Careers Advisor, Local Authority Support Teams as well as financial support available to some during their post 16 study.
  • Focus more guidance to those who need it namely, but not limited to those in receipt of Pupil Premium Funding and those with n Education Health Care Plan.
  • Support students, to the best of our ability, who receive offers of Work Experience with appropriate and approved employers. Completing any necessary Risk Assessments and Safety Checks.
  • Provide students the opportunity to encounter, and talk to employers and employees from a wide range of work places both from within the local community and further afield.
  • Provide students with at least one experience of a work place during their time at Culcheth High School.
  • Allow students the chance to experience at least one Higher or Further Education establishment during their time at Culcheth High School.
  • Provide local Colleges, including technical colleges, Sixth Forms, Work Based Learning Centres and employers alike, the opportunity to meet with students through assembly time, lunch time drop in sessions and careers fairs.
  • Widen horizons, challenge stereotypes and raise aspirations.
  • Support students to make an informed choice about an academic option, for those interested in going to University and a technical route, including T Levels or an apprenticeship for those interested in this route also.

Our Students Will Be Able To

  • Build self- confidence and self-reliance.
  • Have a positive and informed attitude to learning.
  • Connect learning to their future.
  • Make sustained progress.
  • Open new doorways and pathways to learning.
  • Avoid dropping out of education before the age of 18.
  • Use the knowledge and skills gained to make successful transitions to the next stage of their life.

All of this will be done by

  • Delivering Careers specific units in Personal Development lessons.
  • Special events and extra-curricular activities being organised for our students (Key Stage 4 information evenings, college taster days, assemblies, visits to external providers)
  • Drop in sessions and meetings with the Careers Advisor for all students (Year 8-11 focus groups)
  • Careers based activities delivered during Ready For Learning sessions
  • National Careers Week focal activities for all year groups providing access to encounters with employers and experiences of workplace.
  • Seeking accreditation of our work through gaining the Quality in Careers Standard Mark.

Information, Advice,and Guidance at Culcheth High School (IAG)

Culcheth High School has a statutory duty for securing impartial IAG for all students.  We aim to provide all of our students with a range of impartial, high quality and up to date IAG on Level 2 study as well as post 16 opportunities.  IAG at Culcheth High School is delivered across a number of platforms including Personal Development lessons, Ready for Learning Activities and whole school events.

Staffing

All staff will contribute to the CEIAG programme at Culcheth High School through their individual roles as form tutors and subject teachers.  Specialist sessions will be delivered by the Personal Development team the CEIAG programme is planned, monitored and evaluated by the teacher in charge in consultation with the Assistant Head Teacher. Careers information is available in the Key Stage 4 study area which can be accessed outside of lesson time by all Key Stage 4 students as well as in the ILC.  Careers information can also be accessed by students in their meetings with the careers advisor.  The school actively promotes the National Careers Website and helpline long with the National Apprenticeship website.

CEIAG Lead: Mrs L Quicler LQU@culcehthhigh.org.uk
SLT Link: Mr P H Groves
Independent Careers Advisor: Paul Williams (Career Connect)

CEIAG in the Curriculum

As part of the wider school Personal Development programme delivered to Years7-10 students will receive a series of lessons relating to careers, providing them with the opportunity to learn on their skills, investigate choices available to them for GCSE study, understand how skills and qualifications can link to careers and research options available to them post GCSE.  The careers programme includes careers education sessions, careers guidance activities, information and research activities.  Careers lessons are delivered as part of the schools’ Personal Development programme.  Other focussed activities and events take place during Ready for Learning sessions, National Apprenticeship Week, National Careers Week and Activities Week.

Assessment

Students will regularly be assessed as part of the careers units delivered in the Personal Development programme in accordance with the school assessment policy.  The focus of assessment will be based upon students’ awareness of their own abilities and skills, student awareness of qualifications available to them and the opportunities they can lead onto and their ability to describe the specific requirements of jobs and careers in regards to skills and qualifications.

Resources

Funding is allocated in the annual budget planning round in the contexts of the whole school priorities and particular needs in the CEIAG area.  The teacher in charge is responsible for the effective deployment of the resources.

Staff Training

Staff training needs are identified on a regular basis based upon Learning Walks and observations completed.  The teacher in charge will ensure staff are fully equipped with the knowledge and resources to deliver high quality CEIAG sessions.  The teacher in charge will also deliver staff training through regular teach meet sessions.

monitoring

The programme and policy will be reviewed annually by the teacher in charge and the Assistant Head Teacher.  Careers work is constantly being promoted and relies on teaching staff to deliver the sessions.  An annual report will be delivered to the Senior Leadership Team and governors where required.  Active research and evaluations are undertaken by the teacher in charge to ensure the quality of CEIG being delivered is consistent across the school.

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