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Careers Information, Advice & Guidance

Shoreham Academy Careers Education Information

Sixth Form Advice and Guidance Strategy 2018/19

The objective: 

The CEIAG programme at Shoreham Academy Sixth Form is integrated within the curriculum and briefing schedules and is designed to provide help at specific decision times. Shoreham Academy is committed to raising the aspirations of all learners in line with Shoreham Academy common purpose to support students onto the next stage of their lives, be it university, apprenticeships, training or employment. Careers education and guidance aims to develop the skills, talents, understanding and aspirations of all our learners, enabling them to become responsible citizens who achieve personal success and fulfilment in life. In the sixth form we regard students destinations as one of our principal outcomes. 

Our CEIAG programme will: 

  • Link effectively with the curriculum in order to maximise student learning
  • Provide totally impartial and up to date information through close working with independent careers professionals, employers and FE and HE institutions
  • Challenge stereotyping, deal with prejudice and discrimination, use skills of assertiveness and negotiation and encourage students to widen their career ideas
  • Reflect the true nature of today’s and tomorrow’s world of work
  • Support key Shoreham Academy policies including those for teaching and learning, assessment, recording and reporting achievement, equality and diversity, health and safety, able and talented, and inclusion (special educational needs). Raising students’ achievements to their full potential is a key goal of the Careers Education and Guidance policy. 

Introduction 

Shoreham Academy represents a culture of high aspiration, high expectation and success. Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) is recognised as playing an important role in motivating our students, promoting equality of opportunity and maximising their academic and personal achievements while at Shoreham Academy and beyond. We are committed to providing a planned programme of careers education for all students in years 12-13 to prepare students for the opportunities and challenges of adult and working life. 

Careers Education and Guidance has a high profile at Shoreham Academy and a Careers Coordinator is appointed to manage and develop delivery to ensure the needs of our students are being met. All students have an equal entitlement to high quality careers education, information, advice and guidance that will provide them with an understanding of the world of work, help them to explore career options and support them in making decisions about opportunities open to them. 

CEIAG is crucial in order to meet the skills, knowledge and understanding needed by each student. We initially based out strategy on the Careers Education Framework 7-19 (2010) and the 6 principles of impartial careers education: 

  1. Empowers young people to plan and manage their own futures
  2. Responds to the needs of each learner
  3. Provides comprehensive information and advice
  4. Raises aspirations
  5. Actively promotes equality of opportunity and challenges stereotypes
  6. Helps young people to progress 

The Staff and Governors at Shoreham Academy recognise that career planning is not limited to just one stage in life. For this reason, careers education and guidance aims to develop career management skills which students can draw on at each stage in their career planning. The CEIAG programme is continually evaluated to improve its effectiveness. This policy and delivery is regularly revised and amended in order to meet the latest guidance and developments. Therefore, we have taken into consideration by government guidance and documents from the Careers Strategy: Making the most of everyone’s skills and talents (2017) https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/careers-strategy-making-the-most-of-everyones-skills-and-talents. This policy is available to the governing bodies, school leaders, staff, our careers guidance team, students, parents and training providers.  We have also shown below how we meet the Gatsby Benchmark in our provision.

Sixth Form careers delivery against Gatsby benchmarks

1. A stable careers programme

Every school and college should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by pupils, parents, teachers and employers.

  • Website
  • Firefly
  • Unifrog
  • Head of Careers
  • Employability Week

 

2. Learning from labour market information

Every pupil, and their parents, should have access to good-quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. They will need the support of an informed adviser to make best use of available information.

  • Careers library
  • Firefly

3. Addressing the needs of each pupil

Pupils have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each pupil. A school’s careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.

  • Oxbridge project
  • Medical society
  • Realising opportunities
  • Workshops
  • Sussex Study experience
  • EPQ

4. Linking curriculum learning to careers

All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. For example, STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths.

  • Big bang trip
  • Compact info/lectures passed on to teachers
  • Widening participation trips

5. Encounters with employers and employees

Every pupil should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes.

  • Alumni
  • Work experience week

6. Experiences of workplaces

Every pupil should have first-hand experiences of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks.

  • Alumni
  • Work experience week

7. Encounters with further and higher education

All pupils should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace.

  • Higher Education convention
  • Brighton Compact scheme
  • Summer schools
  • Taster days
  • Shadowing
  • Open days
  • External speakers from various FE/apprenticeships

    and HE providers

  • Visit to MET
  • Workshops

8. Personal guidance

Every pupil should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a careers adviser, who could be internal (a member of school staff) or external, provided they are trained to an appropriate level. These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made. They should be expected for all pupils but should be timed to meet their individual needs.

  • Interview week
  • KS5 careers advisor (L6)

one-to-one sessions

 

CEIAG programme Students in years 12-13 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.
  • hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships
  • understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.

At points across the school year, a variety of employers and external providers are invited into Shoreham Academy to talk about different careers. We encourage employers to get in contact with us so that we can integrate them within our existing delivery.

 

Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance Provision

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 12

  • Work experience
  • Compact Plus
  • NCS assembly
  • Apprenticeship assembly
  • Firefly
  • Promotion of careers related events
  • Apprenticeship workshop

 

 

  • Unifrog
  • UCAS preparation
  • HE Exhibition
  • Higher/degree

    Apprenticeship assembly

  • Apprenticeship workshop
  • Firefly
  • Promotion of careers related events

 

  • NCS assembly
  • Employability week
  • Work experience week
  • Personal statement workshop
  • University application workshop
  • Summer schools
  • Firefly
  • Promotion of careers related events

 

Year 13

  • CV writing
  • Interview skills and techniques
  • Letter of application
  • Application forms
  • Personal statement workshop
  • UCAS workshop
  • Firefly
  • Promotion of careers related events

 

  • Higher Apprenticeship assembly
  • Individual careers interviews on request
  • Firefly
  • Promotion of careers related events

 

  • Individual careers interviews on request
  • Firefly
  • Promotion of careers related events
  • Promotion of apprenticiship related events

 

 

 Additional support offered through the sixth form

Academic Excellence

EPQ (extended Project qualification)

Oxbridge Project

Medical Society (medical interview MMI practice & mentoring)

Realising Opportunities

Nuffield Trust Placements

Social Mobility Foundation Placements

Oxbridge talks / interview practice

Oxbridge shadowing scheme

Sussex Study Experience

Careers Support to Higher Education

 

Higher Education convention (UCAS exhibition)

Brighton Compact Plus Scheme

Summer school residentials (STEM, H&SC, Social Sciences, Biology, Photography, Sports, Psychology)

Taster days (Engineering, H&SC, Criminology & Law, Politics & Ethics, Primary school teaching, Social work)

Shadowing

Open Days

Interview Week

External speakers (Universities of Brighton, Sussex & Portsmouth, Dutch Universities)

Personal statement/UCAS application workshops

Unifrog

Work Experience programme

One-to-one Careers Sessions

Careers Support to Apprenticeships & Work

 

External speakers (West Sussex County council, Apprenticeships in Sussex, the MET)

Unifrog

Visit to the MET college

Interview week

CV writing

Work Experience programme

One-to-one Careers Sessions

 

Monitoring, Evaluating and Review 

Students and parents are welcome to give feedback on any aspects of the CEIAG programme through student and parent voice. The CEIAG policy is regularly reviewed. This allows us to incorporate new initiatives and providers. 

This review involves the Governing Body, Senior Leadership, Careers Co-ordinator, Student Council and Careers Advisor.

 

     

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