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Careers Education Policy

Policy type: (Statutory/Non Statutory)
Non Statutory

SMT Link; M Lennon

Author: A Brooking

Date policy reviewed/updated
April 2017

Date policy will be reviewed; July 2018

Stoke Damerel Community College
Careers, Employability and Enterprise Policy

Rationale for Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)

Careers Education, Information Advice and Guidance makes a major contribution to preparing young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences they will encounter at school, in further education and in working life. It aims to help all students make a successful transition to adulthood by;

• Supporting young people to achieve their full potential
• Empowering young people to plan and manage their own futures
• Providing comprehensive information on all options
• Raising aspirations
• To support inclusion by promoting equality, diversity, social mobility and challenges stereotypes
• Enabling young people to sustain employability and achieve personal and economic wellbeing throughout their lives
• Promote participation in learning

The CEIAG programme at Stoke Damerel Community College follows the principles of the Gatsby benchmark¹ which sets out a framework of good practice –
1. A stable and embedded programme of careers education and guidance
2. Good quality information about future study options, jobs and the labour market
3. Opportunities for advice and support tailored to young people’s needs
4. Subject teaching linked to careers
5. Several opportunities to learn from employers and employees
6. Experiences of workplaces
7. Opportunities to hear from representatives of FE, HE and apprenticeship providers
8. Personal guidance from a professionally qualified careers adviser, at the right time.

Purpose
Stoke Damerel is committed to career, employability and enterprise learning and development and it intends to fulfil its statutory obligations by providing a best practice careers service across the Multi Academy Trust (MAT). It supports the school’s overall vision and is included in the School Improvement Plan. Governors and senior leaders have a key role in developing and approving the policy and a strategic plan and this process ensures a high profile and a secure place for CEIAG within the school curriculum. This policy supports and is underpinned by key school policies including Curriculum, Special Educational Needs, SMSC and Equality and Diversity.

Commitment
Stoke Damerel Community College is committed to providing a planned programme of careers education activities for all year groups, with opportunities at key transition points to access impartial information and expert independent advice and guidance. It is also committed to maximise the benefits for students by using a whole school approach involving parents, carers, external IAG providers, employers and other local agencies, the wider community and FE and HE establishments. To reinforce its commitment to the area, the school is committed to achieving the Investor in Careers Award.

Management
A senior leader has strategic responsibility for CEIAG and oversight of the Careers and Employability Lead with access to administration support. This area is supported by a link governor. The senior leader and Careers and Employability Lead will review and evaluate the provision with all stakeholders including young people and external IAG providers, taking into account the school’s destination measures.

Curriculum Provision
There is a planned programme of learning experiences as part of students’ entitlement to CEIAG, which is mapped against the framework for careers, employability and enterprise (Career Development Institute) for Year 7 to Year 13. This enables young people to:

• Develop themselves through career and work-related education – Self Development
• Learn about careers and the world of work – Career Exploration
• Develop career management and employability skills – Career Management

It will be delivered through a range of experiences and activities –

Year 7 and 8
• Careers education as part of the PSHE programme – with a range of activities with key topics for class discussions, the completion of personal quizzes for students to identify achievements, recognise own skills and abilities and begin to understand the labour market and jobs. With a range of differentiated activities for those students with SEN.
• Assemblies for both year groups on developing links between school subjects and careers and to raise awareness of general options post 16.
• A collapsed curriculum event for each year group solely on careers, employability and enterprise, involving a national competition with differentiated resources for SEN, employer involvement and talks.
• KS4 Options event evening for Year 8’s.
• STEM career workshops, events and visits.

Year 9
• Tutorial programme – range of termly activities with key topics for class discussions, the completion of personal quizzes for students to identify achievements, recognise own skills and abilities, researching key websites to make sense of options at KS5 and further understand the labour market and jobs. With a range of differentiated activities for those students with SEN.
• Assembly on general options, exploring models of decision making and HE awareness, plus assemblies from employers and the professional community including volunteer agencies and clubs.
• Two collapsed curriculum events, one focusing on raising awareness of HE, an employer led enterprise activity, linking qualifications and the world of work and navigating qualifications. The other on identifying personal skills set and writing personal statements.
• STEM activities, visits and events over the year for select students.
• 1-1 careers guidance interviews differentiated according to need for those students at risk of disengaging or with a CAF in place.
• South West Next Step project for targeted students incorporating mentoring, career workshops and articulacy programme.
• Annual careers fair.
• Employer talks and visits.

Year 10
• Tutorial programme – range of termly activities with key topics for class discussions, the completion of personal quizzes for students to identify achievements, recognise own skills and abilities, researching key websites to make sense of options at KS5 and advice to make sense of the options linking to careers. With a range of differentiated activities for those students with SEN.
• Assembly on general options, exploring models of decision making and HE awareness, plus assemblies from employers and the professional community including volunteer agencies and clubs.
• Two collapsed curriculum events run by the RAF Employability Engagement team with all students also attending a WorldSkills lesson on employability skills and a CV workshop led by a local University.
• 1-1 advice and guidance sessions for those targeted students during the summer term.
• All students to complete a questionnaire in the summer terms on their preferred choice at KS5 and interest area(s) for a future career.
• South West Next Step project for targeted students incorporating mentoring, career workshops and articulacy programme.
• Work experience placements for those students not embarking on an activity for Curriculum Enhancement Week.
• STEM activities, visits and events over the year for all students.
• 1-1 careers guidance interviews differentiated according to need for those students at risk of disengaging or with a CAF in place.
• South West Next Step project for targeted targets incorporating mentoring, career workshops and articulacy programme.
• Annual careers fair.
• Employer talks and visits.

Year 11
• Tutorial programme – range of termly activities with key topics for class discussions, the completion of personal quizzes for students to identify achievements, recognise own skills and abilities, researching key websites to make sense of options at KS5 and advice to make sense of the options linking to careers. With a range of differentiated activities for those students with SEN.
• Tutorial sessions delivered by Careers and Employability Department in the autumn term on KS5 options and qualifications.
• Various assemblies held over the year – Option Choices at KS5, Social Media and Recruitment, Interview Skills and CV Writing.
• Three collapsed curriculum events organised including a morning with presentations and an exhibition from all the local FE providers. An Industry event, with students attending two employer led enterprise sessions and a mock interview event.
• 1-1 careers advice and guidance interviews offered to all students with the Careers and Employability team, plus support on applications, CV writing, personal statements and finding work placements.
• Information, advice and guidance sessions with 6th form team for all students.
• Parental support and advice should the need arise.
• Transition support from CSW for those students with an EHC Plan and leaving Stoke Damerel.
• South West Next Step project for targeted students incorporating mentoring, career workshops and articulacy programme, plus 1-1 advice and guidance for those targeted from an independent careers company.
• 1-1 careers guidance interviews differentiated according to need for those students at risk of disengaging or with a CAF in place.
• Employer talks and visits.
• STEM activities, visits and events over the year for select students.
• Destinations data collected and distributed to CSW for collation.

Sixth form
• 1-1 careers advice and guidance interviews offered to all sixth form students on request from the Careers and Employability team.
• 1-1 careers guidance interviews differentiated according to need for those students at risk of disengaging or with a CAF in place.
• Intensive support from UCAS Co-ordinator on university choice and personal statements
• Tutorial programme – range of termly activities with key topics for class discussions, the completion of personal quizzes for students to identify achievements, recognise own skills and abilities, links to researching key websites to make sense of options at HE and research and find Higher and Degree Apprenticeships. With a range of differentiated activities for those students with SEN.
• Future Talks event organised in autumn term for all 6th formers based on TEDx style conference.
• Two collapsed curriculum events including social media, recruitment and interview skills, employer workshops, UCAS personal statement writing and job centre support for those year 13’s wanting to find work.
• Parental support and advice.
• South West Next Step project for targeted students incorporating mentoring, career workshops and articulacy programme, plus 1-1 advice and guidance for those targeted from an independent careers company.
• Employer talks and university visits periodically.
• STEM activities, visits and events over the year for select students.
• Destinations data collected and distributed to CSW for collation.
• Engineering Education Scheme in place for select students.
• STEM activities, visits and events over the year for select students.
• Work experience placements organised for all year 12’s in summer term.
• Destinations data collected and distributed to CSW for collation.

Parents and Carers
• Parents and carers are informed and supported to help their children to explore and research their options, make decisions and manage their career development. This is achieved through a careers, employability and enterprise designated section on the school website for links and research purposes and regular updates in the school newsletter. Also through open evenings and information sessions such as KS4/5 evenings and access to help and advice through discussions and interviews from the careers, employability and enterprise department for individual students. They are also given encouragement and support to find a work placement for their child in year 10 and 12 during the allocated time slots.

Evaluation
• The SLT lead and Careers and Employability Lead will be responsible for the monitoring, review and evaluation of the programme and provision in place. Students will be consulted on the impact of this after activities and events have taken place and changes may be made as a result.

Personal Provision
Elements of the above will require access to individual information advice and guidance through:

• internal staff, external visitors and mentors
• impartial sources using email, telephone, web chat and forums via websites, the National Careers Service² and specialist face to face careers guidance

We will secure additional access to face to face external specialist careers guidance as stated in the Education Act 2011 for our vulnerable students as defined by the school’s/academy’s governing body.

Resources
The school/academy will provide resources for the successful implementation of this policy through securing:

• An annual budget to cover internal needs, CPD training opportunities and commissioning of external sources
• Adequate staffing
• Student and staff access to information (electronic and hardcopy)
• Designated space for individual, group and research sessions

Partnerships
The policy recognises the range of partners that support the CEIAG offer within our school/academy. These include:

• External provider commissioned by LEA to carry out transition support for students with an EHC Plan.
• Next Steps South West project to raise aspirations, achievement and awareness of HE. Delivered through specific targeted programmes, 1-1 independent careers guidance, whole cohort activities and group sessions.
• Liaison with post 16 providers and higher education institutions
• Local authority, employers and training providers
• Enterprise Adviser Network project
• Parents and carers

Approvals and review
This policy is reviewed annually/biennially in discussion with staff and external partners and key priorities for action are identified and included in the school improvement plan.

¹The Gatsby Charitable Foundation (2014). Good Career Guidance. London: Gatsby.
²National Careers Service