Winterhill School Careers Education, Information and Guidance approach to curriculum and enrichment

This approach involves input for many sectors and we activity engage students, parents/carers, staff (teachers), employers and many other partners. We continue to raise awareness and activity encourage all to be involved and contribute to the delivery. This will ensure sustainability of the programme but also the continual development. Please see addition careers information, advice and guidance by clicking HERE.

 

Introduction

Careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) is an essential part of the support we offer to students at Winterhill School. Effective careers support can help to prepare young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life; it can help them to make decisions and manage transitions as learners and workers. As options for young people become more varied and complex, it is, vital that we support them to develop the knowledge and skills they need to make informed choices for their future. As a result, the careers programme has a whole-school focus designed to complement the rest of the school curriculum.

The Government’s Careers Strategy (December 2017) and Statutory Guidance, Careers guidance and access for education (October 2018), sets out a long term plan to build a world class careers system that will help young people and adults choose the career that is right for them. This statutory guidance has been updated to expand on the aim set out in the strategy to make sure that all young people in secondary school get a programme of advice and guidance that is stable, structured and delivered by individuals with the right skills and experience.

 

Winterhill School will use the principles of the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks to continuously develop and improve careers delivery to ensure compliance and fulfil legal duties. We provide impartial careers guidance and provide opportunities to a range of providers to inform pupils about Post 16 pathway options.

Winterhill School measure and assesses the impact of the careers programme on pupils through student voice, systematic feedback from all partners and destination data.

1.       Offering a stable careers programme.

2.       Creating opportunities to learn from career and labour market information.

3.       Addressing the needs of each student.

4.       Linking curriculum learning to careers.

5.       Providing opportunities for encounters with employers and employees.

6.       Supporting with creating experiences of workplaces.

7.       Creating encounters with further and higher education.

8.       Providing personal guidance for all students to suit their individual needs.

Careers Programme

 

Our CEIAG Programme, sets out how the school intends to provide a fit for purpose careers programme with the available resources which will provide our students with the knowledge, inspiration and ability to take ownership of their own career action plans which will enable them to succeed in their chosen career paths.

The activities outlined below are not exhaustive but aim to give an overview of the type of activities our young people can engage within during their time at Winterhill School.

The activities are not exhaustive but aim to give an overview of the type of activities our young people can engage within during their time at Winterhill School.

Year 7

  • A careers programme is delivered through PSHCE lessons where students engage in a project based around enterprise and entrepreneurial skills.

  • During the period 1 experience students engage in a 6 week careers programme looking at their own personal skills and qualities and possible careers pathways.

  • Students access information around career and labour markets during their careers week assembly focus, PSHCE and the school website.

  • Assembly delivery information is focused on careers, raising aspirations, attainment, challenging gender stereotypes and links to curriculum.

  • Each term, student reflect upon their career aspirations during their STAR (student termly academic review) session with their group tutor and are given the necessary advice and guidance in pursuing them.

  • All Y7 students get involved in an enterprise event where they can put in place the employability and entrepreneurial skills that they are developing.

  • Curriculum areas provide various enrichment opportunities for students to see careers and higher education linked to their curriculum focus.

Year 8

  • A careers programme is delivered through PSHCE lessons where students explore their GCSE options subjects taking into account their further education and careers options. Consideration is given to employability skills and qualities at this time.

  • During the period 1 experience students engage in a 6 week careers programme looking at their own personal skills and qualities and possible careers pathways.

  • Assembly delivery information is focused on raising aspirations, attainment, challenging gender stereotypes and links to curriculum.

  • Students access information around career and labour markets during their careers week assembly focus.

  • Each term, student reflect upon their career aspirations during their STAR (student termly academic review) session with their group tutor and are given the necessary advice and guidance in pursuing them.

  • Curriculum areas provide various enrichment opportunities for students to see careers and higher education linked to their curriculum focus whilst interacting with employers and employees.

  • Students access a careers fayre where they can have meaningful encounters with employers but also explore further and higher education, apprenticeships and employment route.

  • Parents and carers have access to careers information, advice and guidance from our Careers Advisor at parents and options evenings.

  • Students access information around career Post 16 pathways, partnership working and labour markets on the school website.

  • The school website provides a vital source of careers information for parents/carers/teachers/employers/partners as is activity promoted in school.

  • Information for Option choices provides links and information for transition at 16 and career prospects.

  • Option choice interviews to enable students to make informed decisions about course choice.

Year 9

  • A careers programme is delivered through PSHCE lessons where students build upon their understanding of further education and careers options and consideration is given to employability skills and qualities.

  • Students will have the opportunity to experience and visit employers, training, FE and HE educational providers.

  • During the period 1 experience students engage in a 6 week careers programme looking at their own personal skills and qualities and possible careers pathways.

  • Students access information around career and labour markets during their careers week assembly focus.

  • Parents and carers have access to careers information, advice and guidance from our Careers Advisor at parents evening.

  • Students have the opportunity to engage in higher education opportunities such as The Brilliant Club through our partnership with HeppSY+.

  • Students receive Higher Education input through PSHCE which creates the opportunity to engage with and find out more about university pathways.

  • Post 16 education and training providers are available to meet with parents and students to discuss career and education opportunities during parents evenings.

  • Each term, student reflect upon their career aspirations during their STAR (student termly academic review) session with their group tutor and are given the necessary advice and guidance in pursuing them.

  • Curriculum areas provide various enrichment opportunities for students to see careers and higher education linked to their curriculum focus whilst interacting with employers and employees.

  • Bespoke access to projects working with employers and training organisations.

  • Programmes are available for small numbers of students, however we look to be inclusive in giving the majority of students the opportunity to access.

Year 10

  • During the period 1 experience students engage in a 6 week careers programme looking at their own personal skills and qualities and possible careers pathways.

  • Students will have the opportunity to experience and visit employers, training, FE and HE educational providers.

  • Students access information around career and labour markets during their careers week assembly focus.

  • Assemblies focused on raising aspiration with Alumni success stories and Post 16 career planning.

  • Students have the opportunity to engage in higher education opportunities such as The Brilliant Club through our partnership with HeppSY+.

  • Post 16 education and training providers are available to meet with parents and students to discuss career and education.

  • Parents and carers have access to careers information, advice and guidance from our Careers Advisor at parents evening.

  • Each term, student reflect upon their career aspirations during their STAR (student termly academic review) session with their group tutor and are given the necessary advice and guidance in pursuing them.

  • Curriculum areas provide various enrichment opportunities for students to see careers and higher education linked to their curriculum focus whilst interacting with employers and employees.

  • Students have the opportunity to take part in work experience where they are able to have a meaningful experience of a workplace

Year 11

  • During the period 1 experience students engage in a yearlong programme of careers and post 16 options including time and support in reviewing their career choices, completing their personal statements, CVs, and application to college and/or apprenticeships.

  • Students access information around career and labour markets during their careers week assembly focus.

  • Students will have the opportunity to experience and visit employers, training, FE and HE educational providers.

  • Students engage in a careers fayre which enables them to interact with local employers and learn about the opportunities available through apprenticeships in the local area.

  • Students receive bespoke CEIAG interviews with our careers advisor to provide student with independent advice and guidance where they also engage in career planning.

  • Parents and carers have access to careers information, advice and guidance from our Careers Advisor at parents evening.

  • The school website provides vital source of careers information for parents/carers/teachers/employers/partners as is activity promoted in school.

  • Post 16 education and training providers are available to meet with parents and students to discuss career and education.

  • Each term, student reflect upon their career aspirations during their STAR (student termly academic review) session with their group tutor and are given the necessary advice and guidance in pursuing them.

  • Curriculum areas provide various enrichment opportunities for students to see careers and higher education linked to their curriculum focus whilst interacting with employers and employees.

  • Potential NEETS are allocated a key worked go give extra support and guidance. These students are provided with career exploration lessons from a designated member of staff. Support is provided by RMBC, Early Help and other specialist agencies.

 

Careers Policy (under review) and Provider Access Statement

This statement sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to pupils at the school for the purpose of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.

Pupil entitlement:

All pupils in years 8-13 are entitled: 

  • to find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point;

  • to hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options events, assemblies and group discussions and taster events;

  • to understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.

 

Management of provider access requests Procedure:

A provider wishing to request access should contact Tania Ashton-Bray, Careers Advisor/Lead, Telephone: 01709 740232 Email: tashton-bray@winterhill.org.uk

Opportunities for access:

 

A number of events, integrated into the school careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to pupils and/or their parents/carers, please refer to our Career Delivery for identified opportunities on the school website. Please speak to our Careers Co-ordinator to identify the most suitable opportunity for you.

 

Premises and facilities:

 

The school will make the main hall, classrooms or private meeting rooms available for discussions between the provider and students, as appropriate to the activity. The school will also make available AV and other specialist equipment to support provider presentations. To be discussed and agreed in advance of the visit with the Careers Advisor/Lead.

Providers are welcome to leave a copy of their prospectus or other relevant course literature; access to which is available to all students at lunch and break times.

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