Careers

Careers Policy

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

Windsor High School and Sixth Form

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Rationale

Careers education and guidance programmes make a major contribution to preparing young people 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

Windsor High School and Sixth Form is committed to providing our students with a programme of careers education, information, advice and guidance (IAG) for all students in years 7–13.

Windsor High School and Sixth Form endeavours to follow the National Framework for CEG 11–19 in England (DfES, 2003) and other relevant guidance from DCSF, QCA and Ofsted as it appears.

Windsor High School and Sixth Form has achieved the Black Country Quality Award which recognises the high quality provision of CEIAG in the school.

Aims

Windsor High School and Sixth Form’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 reduce drop out from and course switching in education and training
  • To contribute to the economic prosperity of individuals and communities
  • To meet the needs of all our students through appropriate differentiation
  • To focus students on their future aspirations
  • To involve parents and carers
Roles/Responsibilities and Accountability

Please refer to relevant pages of staff handbook with flow chart of staff structure.

Student Entitlement

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

Development

The policy was developed and is reviewed biennially by the Curriculum Leader Careers and his/her Line Manager (Assistant Headteacher) based on current good practice guidelines by DfES/Ofsted, CEG Framework.

Links with other Policies

It supports and is underpinned by key school policies including those for Teaching and Learning, Assessment, Recording and Reporting Achievement, Citizenship, PSHE, Work Related Learning and Enterprise, Equal Opportunities and Diversity, Health and Safety, Gifted and Talented and Special Needs.

Implementation of Careers Education

Careers Education is delivered during collapsed timetable sessions in Years 7–11 by Curriculum Leader of Careers, supported by tutors, at key appropriate points throughout the academic year.

Equality and Diversity

Careers education is provided to all students and provision is made to allow all students to access the curriculum. Students are encouraged to follow career paths that suit their interests, skills and strengths with the absence of stereotypes. All students are provided with the same opportunities and diversity is celebrated.

Year 7

The focus is about introducing careers and thinking about the vast number of careers/jobs available.

Year 8

The focus is linking our plans and dreams to reality.

Year 9

The focus is self assessment, career paths and options post 14.

Year 10

The focus is work experience including preparation, implementation and evaluation.

Year 11

The focus is post 16 options and the Application process.

Implementation of Careers Guidance

i) Careers library

  • A wide range of materials
  • Open throughout the school day
  • Situated in the main library

ii) Connexions Advisor (Careers)

  • Available to all students 1 lunchtime per week
  • Used for individual interviews with all year 11’s and other targeted pupils throughout the year
  • Available at Careers Events

iii) Extra support where appropriate

  • Pupils in Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11 are targeted for extra help by SENCO, Head of KS3 and KS4, Head of House and Head of Careers

iv) Careers Evening

  • A Post 16 Open Evening is arranged in school to compliment other Open Events run by local colleges

v) IT
A range of software products are available for pupils to use. These include:

  • Jobs4u
  • FAST TOMATO
  • MY PROGRESSFILE ONLINE
  • CAREERSBOX
  • KUDOS
Parents and carers

Parental involvement is encouraged at all stages. Online resources have been specifically chosen to help parents become more involved. All online resources are easily accessed through the links on the school website. Parents are kept up to date with careers related information through letters, newsletters and at open evenings. Parents are welcome at careers interviews and where necessary are invited.

Management

A named member of staff coordinates the Careers programme and is responsible to his/her senior management line manager. The C&FE Coordinator is responsible for the work of the assigned administrative team.

Currently Work Experience is also the responsibility of the C&FE Coordinator.

Staffing

All staff contribute to CEG through their roles as tutors and subject teachers.

Administrative staff are assigned to support the C&FE Coordinator.

The Careers programme is planned, monitored and evaluated by the C&FE Coordinator.

The C&FE Coordinator will liaise and consult with the Connexions PA to ensure that specialist career guidance is available when required.

The C&FE Coordinator is responsible for maintaining the Careers Library.

Curriculum

The Careers programme includes careers education sessions, career guidance activities (group work and individual interviews), information and research activities, work related learning and individual learning activities.

Careers lessons are part of the schools Personal Development Programme. Other events and activities are planned and organised separately throughout the year.

Partnerships

A partnership agreement is ongoing with Dudley Connexions service, detailing the contributions to the programme that each will make.

Connexions Advisor (Careers)

  • Available to all students 1 lunchtime per week
  • Used for individual interviews with all year 11’s and other targeted upils throughout the year
  • Available at careers events

Other links with local 14-19 Providers are made when required. As are links with the local EBP, Aim-Higher, Post 16 and 18 destinations. Links with parents/carers are maintained using a variety of methods (parental leaflets, letters, options evenings, Post 16 Evenings).

Resources

Funding is allocated in the annual budget. The C&FE Coordinator is responsible for the effective deployment of resources.

Staff Development

Staff training needs are identified as part of the Partnership Agreement process and during regular planning meetings between the C&FE Coordinator and his/her Line Manager.

Funding is accessed through Connexions and from school funds. The school will endeavour to meet training needs within a reasonable period of time.

Monitoring Review and Evaluation

Careers Education is monitored and evaluated annually via the Faculty Review System (see monitoring policy). Careers Guidance is monitored and evaluated annually through discussion with key staff and pupils and appropriate observation of activities by the Deputy Head CEG Line Manager.

The Partnership Agreement with Connexions is reviewed termly.

The programme is reviewed annually by the C&FE Coordinator and his/her Leadership Team Line Manager. Changes and improvements to the programme are entered into the Faculty Improvement Plan (FIP) along with timescales for completion.

When reviewing the programme, the School Improvement Plan (SIP) is used to ensure that the Careers Faculty is fully supporting whole school aims.

Appendix 1

Definitions

  • Careers Education – helps young people develop the knowledge and skills they need to make successful choices, manage transition in learning and move into work,
  • Careers Guidance – enables young people to use the knowledge and skills they develop to make the decisions about learning and work that are right for them.
  • C&FE – Careers and Further Education
Statement of entitlement

As a pupil of Windsor High School and Sixth Form you are entitled to receive a programme of careers education, advice, information and guidance

Your CEG programme will help you to:
  • Understand yourself, your interests, likes and dislikes, what you are good at and how this affects the choices you make
  • Find out about different courses, what qualifications you might need and what opportunities there might be
  • Develop the skills you may need for working life
  • Make realistic, but ambitious, choices about courses and jobs
  • Develop a plan of action for the future
  • Understand the different routes after Year 11 including training, further and higher education and jobs
  • Be able to make effective applications for jobs, training and further and higher education
  • Develop your interview skills
  • Improve your confidence
You will receive:
  • Careers lessons
  • Collapsed registration activities
  • Guided tutor time
  • Access to the careers library – information is available in books, videos, leaflets and on computer – ask for help
  • Interviews with the Connexions Personal Adviser
  • Work experience
  • Other subject lessons linked to careers
You can expect to be:
  • Treated equally with others
  • Given careers information and advice that is up to date and impartial
  • Treated with respect by visitors to the school who are part of the careers programme
  • Given extra help if you have special needs

Reviewed January 2016