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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

The CEIAG Coordinator works closely with Achievement Coordinators across all year groups and is responsible to the Assistant Headteacher. This area is supported by a link governor. Work experience is planned and implemented by the school CEIAG Coordinator.
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

An annual Partnership Agreement is negotiated between the school and the Young People’s Service which identifies the contributions to the programme that each will make. An annual Partnership Agreement is also negotiated between the school and the Lancashire Education Business Partnership which provides work experience placements and related insurance cover. Other links are being developed with local post providers and local employers who are contacting Mount Carmel directly to offer apprenticeships and work experience placements.

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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