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Careers Guidance (CEIAG)

Rationale

A young person’s career is the progress they make in learning and work. All young people need a planned programme of activities to help them choose 14-19 pathways that are right for them and to be able to manage their careers and sustain employability throughout their lives. Mount Carmel believes it has a responsibility to provide careers education in Years 7 -11 and to give students access to careers information and impartial guidance.
The purpose of the Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) Programme is to provide a curriculum which will encourage the development of self-confidence, positive attitudes, determination and other qualities which will enable pupils to achieve satisfaction in the world beyond secondary school. Through this programme the pupils will have opportunities to develop decision making skills with regard to interests, subjects and jobs, and will also be provided with opportunities to develop an awareness of the “World of Work.”

Statement of Intent

It is intended that throughout the programme pupils will be provided with information and practical experiences which will ultimately help them to make positive decisions for their future as well as encouraging a culture of lifetime learning.

Commitment

Mount Carmel is committed to providing a planned programme of careers education and information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) for all students in Years 7-11, in partnership with the local Young People’s Service Advisors. Mount Carmel follows the National Framework for CEG 11-19 in England (DfES, 2003) the Young People’s Standards (DCFS,2007) the Statement of Careers Education Principles (DfES, 2008), Building Britain’s Recovery: Achieving Full Employment (15 Dec 2009) and the Education Bill 2011.

Development

This policy was developed and will be reviewed in discussion with teaching and pupil welfare staff; the school’s YPS, advisors, pupils, parents, governors, advisory staff and other external partners.
This policy for CEIAG support is itself underpinned by a range of key school policies especially those for Every Child Matters, teaching and learning, assessment, recording and reporting achievement, citizenship, PSHE/RE Education, work related learning and enterprise, equal opportunities and diversity , gifted and talented, looked after children and special needs/LDD.

Objectives

The careers programme is designed to meet the needs of all students. It is differentiated and personalised to ensure progression through activities that are appropriate to pupils’ stages of career learning, planning and development.
Pupils are entitled to CEIAG which meets professional standards of practice and which is person-centred, impartial and confidential. It will be integrated into students’ experience of the whole curriculum and be based on a partnership with pupils and their parents or carers. The programme will raise aspirations, challenge stereotyping and promote equality and diversity.

Implementation

Chris Barratt is the school’s CEIAG Coordinator, and may be contacted by telephone: 01254 233458, or by email: careers@mountcarmelhigh.co.uk. The CEIAG Coordinator works closely with Achievement Coordinators across all year groups, the Senior Leadership Team, and the SENCo, and is responsible to the Assistant Headteacher responsible for CEIAG.
All staff contribute to CEIAG through their roles as tutors and subject teachers. Specialist sessions are delivered through Enterprise Learning days, assemblies and PSHE/RE lessons. The CEIAG programme is planned, monitored and evaluated by the CEIAG Coordinator in consultation with the Young People’s Service, advisors who provide specialist careers IAG information and the Subject Leader for PSHE/RE. Careers information is available in the Careers Section of the Learning Resource Centre which is maintained by the Learning Resource Centre manager in conjunction with the CEIAG Coordinator.
The careers programme includes careers education sessions, careers guidance activities (group work and individual interviews), information and research activities, a careers fair, mock interviews, visits to and by local post 16 providers, subject choice parents’ evenings, and work related learning programmes (including one week work experience and enterprise days with a CEIAG theme). The school and all students have access to startprofile, an online careers planning resource available both in and out of school. CEIAG is delivered within the RE curriculum under the umbrella of PSHE Education, and within all subject areas as part of the Scheme of Learning, and also in assemblies. Work Related Learning preparation and follow-up takes place in assemblies and tutor groups.

Assessment

The intended career learning outcomes for students are based on the National Framework and are assessed through pupil questionnaires at the end of year 11 and after curriculum days, feedback in class, discussion at department meetings and from local post 16 providers and parents.
Reports on pupil performance are made after mock interviews, work experience and by pupils themselves in their Records of Achievement. Work Experience Certificates of Achievement are received by those students who complete a successful placement.

Partnerships

Partnerships with local employers are developed and maintained through the work experience programme and supported by the CEIAG Coordinator. An annual Partnership Agreement is negotiated between the school and the Education Business Partnership (North West) which provides work experience placements and related insurance cover, as well as mentoring programmes for targeted students. Other links are developed and maintained with local post-16 providers who work closely with Mount Carmel and the CEIAG Coordinator. At least one focused Careers event is held annually, ensuring an opportunity for a range of education and training providers to access pupils in Year 9-11 for the purpose of informing them about approved technical education qualifications or apprenticeships.
In line with The Technical and Further Education Act 2017 which inserts section 42B into the Education Act 1997 and came into force on 2 January 2018, providers wishing to access pupils other than at events which are already embedded in the careers programme, should request this from the CEIAG Coordinator. Decisions to grant or refuse access are taken based on such aspects as timing, relevance to key decision-making points and whether information has already been given by another provider, and are subject to approval from the Headteacher. Taking pupils from timetabled lessons will be kept to minimum, particularly at KS4. Additional access may be granted in the form of assemblies; drop-ins or information stands during students’ social times or at school events which are deemed relevant by the CEIAG Coordinator; or lessons where a visiting speaker complements the pupils’ curriculum.
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. This will all be discussed and agreed in advance of the visit with the CEIAG Coordinator.
Providers are welcome to leave a copy of their prospectus or other relevant course literature to be made available to pupils via the Careers section in the LRC. The LRC is available to all students at lunch and break times. Any such literature may also be posted to the school for the attention of the CEIAG Coordinator, who will distribute to students if it is deemed to be relevant and appropriate. There is no guarantee that literature which is sent by email will be distributed due to the cost of printing such literature.

Resources

Funding is allocated in the annual school budget planning round in the context of whole school priorities and particular needs in the CEIAG area. Sources of external funding are actively sought.

Staff Development

Staff training needs are identified as part of the Partnership Agreement process with the Young People’s Service and in conjunction with the school CPD Coordinator. The school will endeavour to meet training needs within a reasonable period of time.

Monitoring, review and evaluation

The Partnership Agreement with the Young People’s Service is reviewed annually. The Partnership Agreement with the Lancashire Education Business Partnership is reviewed annually. The Programme is reviewed annually by the CEIAG Coordinator and the Young People’s Advisors using the 12 Quality IAG Standards and The 14-19 Government Prospectus for Lancashire to identify areas for improvement. Regular reports are submitted to the Senior Leadership Team and governors’ review and maintain developments annually. Action research evaluation of different aspects of CEIAG is undertaken regularly.

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