Policy for Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)

Rationale

Careers education and guidance programmes make a major contribution to preparing pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. A planned progressive programme of activities supports them in choosing 14 – 19 pathways that suit their interests and abilities and help them to follow a career path and sustain employability throughout their working lives.

Commitment

Pitsford School is committed to providing a programme of careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) for all students in years 7 – 13.

Aims

Pitsford School’s Careers Education and Guidance policy has the following aims:-

  • to contribute to strategies for raising achievement, especially by increasing motivation
  • to support inclusion, challenge stereotyping and promote equality of opportunity
  • to encourage participation in continued learning including higher education and further education
  • to develop enterprise and employment skills
  • to contribute to the economic prosperity of individuals
  • to focus pupils on their future aspirations
  • to involve parents and guardians

Pupil Entitlement

Careers Education and guidance (CEG) is an important component of the 14-19 Curriculum and at Pitsford School, we fully support the statutory requirement for a programme of careers education in Years 7 – 11.

Implementation of Careers Education

Careers Education is delivered through collapsed timetable sessions delivered by external support agencies (e.g. ISCO) and by tutors and the Head of Careers as appropriate during PHSE sessions (tutor time) at key appropriate points throughout the academic year. There are informal drop-in sessions run for all pupils at 4pm throughout the year in which pupils can seek advice either from the Head of Careers or make use of the Careers Library.

Equality and Diversity

Careers education is provided to all pupils. Pupils are encouraged to follow career paths that suit their interests, skills and strengths with the absence of stereotypes. All pupils are provided with the same opportunities and diversity is celebrated.

 

 

Focus by Year Group

Years 7 & 8

The focus is about introducing careers and thinking about the vast number of careers / jobs available. This may be through individual subjects or via PHSE sessions.

Year 9

The focus is self assessment, thinking about particular career paths and options post 14. This process is begun with a collapsed timetable session on GCSE options in the Spring Term. Pupils are introduced to careers matching programs such as KUDOS.

Year 10

The focus is on academic study, although pupils are encouraged to continue to explore career paths that extend beyond subject areas. Pupils and their parents are introduced to the Futurewise careers guidance scheme at an after school session at the start of the Spring Term.

Year 11

The focus is post 16 options. Pupils opt to participate in the Futurewise careers guidance program. Those that don’t, receive the support of the Head of Careers and their tutor in planning appropriate pathways post year 11. Pupils are made aware of the range of options available to them – traditional A-levels as well as vocational pathways including BTECs and advanced apprenticeships. The different routes into further and higher education are explored.

Year 12

The focus is on identifying degree course options and in preparing pupils for life beyond school. An extensive programme of talks and individual support sessions is run to help guide pupils through the process of applying to university, adapting to student life, budgeting as well as higher level research skills. Pupils receive guidance in arranging their own work experience through the writing of CVs, letters of application, interview practice and individual responsibilities within the workplace including health and safety issues. The work experience placement takes place during the summer holiday.

Year 13

The focus is on university applications and guiding pupils through the online UCAS Apply system. Pupils receive support in writing personal statements, making decisions regarding offers and considering options when A-level results are published (confirmation). A few pupils opt to complete work experience during the October half-term.