The designated lead for Careers and CEIAG (Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance) at Blacon High School is one of the Assistant Headteachers, Miss R. Thomas. She will also work with a wider network of staff and external agencies to fulfil the school aims below. The named governor for Careers and CEIAG is Mr P. Wilks.

 

Aims

We aim to raise aspirations, challenge stereotypes and encourage students to consider a wide range of careers. Through careers education and guidance it is hoped that students will be encouraged to make the most of their talents and to go on to jobs or courses which suit their personality, interests, skills and abilities. We aim to ensure our students make informed key choices that which will affect their future and also to help them become aware of their strengths, areas for development and interests in relation to the world of work.

The new Careers Strategy and statutory guidance.

The government’s new Careers Strategy was published in December 2017 and was followed in January 2018 by statutory guidance for governing bodies, school leaders and school staff. The statutory guidance is as below-

The Gatsby benchmarks mentioned above are a framework of 8 guidelines about what makes the best careers provision in schools and colleges. Blacon High School’s Careers Strategy is built around them.

The benchmarks are-

  1. A stable careers programme.
  2. Learning from career and labour market information.
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil.
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers.
  5. Encounters with employers and employees.
  6. Experiences of workplaces.
  7. Encounters with further and higher education.
  8. Personal guidance.

The school’s success against the Gatsby benchmarks is measured using a tool called the Careers Compass Tool and the results of this informs the school CEIAG action plan.

CEIAG RAP plan 2018 2019

We also intend our students to:

  • Develop a broad understanding of the world of work with an ability to respond to changing opportunities.
  • Develop independent research skills so that they can make good use of information and guidance.
  • Develop and use their self-knowledge and awareness of their strengths, skills and personality, when thinking about and making choices.
  • Develop the skills they need to review achievements, plan future actions, make decisions, present themselves well and cope with change and transition.

Commitments

We are committed to:

  • The provision of resources and advice to enable students to understand and develop career choices and to ensure that careers education is seen as part of the overall curriculum and learning framework for all year groups.
  • Encouraging students to achieve and to be ambitious.
  • Further involving students, parents and carers in the further development of careers work.
  • Retaining the Inspiring Information, Advice and Guidance Award (IIAG) which the school was awarded in July 2018. We are now currently working towards the national gold award.

 

As well as having one-to-one careers interviews in school in Year 11, students across all year groups will be working with a number of external providers to ensure they have the broadest experiences possible in order for them to make informed and purposeful decisions about their next steps after their GCSEs.

To assist us with reaching success against the Gatsby benchmarks, Blacon High School currently work with;

 

Higher Horizons

Higher Horizons is a collaborative network of universities and colleges offering outreach activities to schools. www.higherhorizons.co.uk

 

Lloyds Banking Group

This is through the Chester group and is a specially tailored programme for Blacon High School.

 

Barclays Life Skills

LifeSkills, created with Barclays, helps young people get the skills and experiences they need to enter the world of work. www.barclayslifeskills.com

 

Career Ready

Career Ready is a UK wide charity linking employers with schools and colleges to open up the world of work to young people. www.careerready.org.uk

 

Chester University Widening Participation Team

This team works closely with secondary schools to help raise students’ aspirations and discuss exciting future opportunities. We deliver bespoke events, which are carefully designed according to your schools and colleges requirements. www.chester.ac.uk/outreach/what-we-do/secondary-school-activities

 

Careers Connect

Career Connect is a charity who are passionate about providing high quality independent careers advice, bridging the gap to learning and employment and better life chances for young people and adults. Career Connect currently deliver a Life Goals course to a group of Year 11 students at school. www.careerconnect.org.uk/

 

All About STEM/ASK Apprenticeships

The programme is designed to give schools, colleges and other educational establishments across England free support to develop and transform how your students think about apprenticeships. www.amazingapprenticeships.com/about-ask

 

Students are also encouraged to create a profile on the online learning platform START. www.startprofile.com

Start is a free and comprehensive digital platform, offering schools and colleges a single starting point to help simplify and improve careers guidance in schools.

By following Start’s structured and progressive activities, the platform caters for all students helping them to make more informed decisions about future study and career options at the right time and in good time.

We also liaise on a regular basis with our local colleges, 6th forms and training providers;

Cheshire College South and West

Reaseheath

Coleg Cambria

Upton High School 6th form

Christleton 6th form

Bishop’s High School 6th form

Queen’s Park High 6th form

Catholic High 6th form

 

TTE training

Overview of provision

 

Career Ready. Years 7 – 11.

 Students in Year 11 receive independent advice and guidance (IAG) from the providers of post 16 education – sixth form centres, colleges, apprenticeships and work based learning – through the use of outside speakers and assemblies. Students will be able to speak to these providers further at their first Parents’ Evening where there will be a small careers fair.

Students also have the opportunity to attend open evenings and information days.

All Year 11 students will have a one-to-one careers interview at school and will be provided with actions to complete for a follow up session. This interview will either be with Miss Thomas or with a member of the Senior Leadership Team.

Year 10 students will take part in a taster day in the Summer term at the Ellesmere Port campus for CCSW (Cheshire College South and West)

Students will also attend an assembly delivered by ASK Apprenticeships regarding apprenticeships.

Year 10 students will also take part in subject specific activities.

 

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Year 9 students take part in a variety of enrichment projects throughout the year and this can vary depending on funding from external agencies and what is on offer for the academic year.

Year 9 students have worked with Barclays Life Skills this year and also take part in subject specific activities.

Year 9 will also work with Lloyds Banking who come to school in the Spring term and work with students on creating a purposeful CV and they will then have follow up mock interviews and further CV workshops later on in the Summer term.

Year 8 students have a timetabled Careers lesson once a fortnight. During this time, students will be working on;

 

  • Your beliefs
  • Are school and work so different?
  • What do you want from work?
  • Job families
  • Can anyone predict the future?
  • Being assertive
  • Who does the job?
  • Are you sure that’s true?
  • Budgeting Page
  • How do you make decisions?
  • Writing an action plan

Students will be using laptops to develop their CEAIG knowledge further by using the online careers platform START.

Students will also take part in enrichment activities through Chester University. This could be workshops in school or visits to the University.

Year 7 students have a timetabled Careers lesson once a fortnight. During this time, students will be working on;

  • Changes and transition,
  • What have you achieved?
  • Who can help?
  • Who can help me in my school?
  • What influences me?
  • Roles that I think are successful
  • What are you like?
  • Skills for life Page
  • How do you learn?
  • This is me Page
  • What is work?
  • Changes in the world of work
  • How creative are you?
  • Setting targets

 

Students will be using laptops to develop their CEAIG knowledge further by using the online careers platform START.

Students will also take part in enrichment activities through Chester University. This could be workshops in school or visits to the University.

These websites provide additional support when considering possible future study options and careers

www.successatschool.org  – careers information

www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk  – select job profiles

www.prospects.ac.uk  select options with my subject (you will need to create a profile and register to use this but it is free to do so)

www.lmiforall.org.uk/widget – use the ‘Careerometer widget’ to find out useful LMI (Labour Market Information) regarding jobs you may be interested in and also average salaries and the growth of that job sector.

http://www.startprofile.com-  you will need to create a profile first to use this site – it is free to use. Please find a link here to a letter for Parents/Carers on how to use this website. (link here to letter)

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