Careers Programme – Evaluation

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Monitoring, Review and Evaluation of our Careers Programme

The Scheme of Work and the CEIAG Policy is reviewed every two years. The School monitors delivery in lessons by observations and learning walks, and student evaluation and feedback to inform future planning. Each year’s Careers Department Improvement Plan is constructed to reflect the objectives outlined in the School Improvement Plan, and develop CEIAG provision further.

Areas of quality assurance that we take into consideration:

  • The programme is reviewed using the Gatsby Benchmarks.
  • The quality of independent careers providers is assessed
  • The quality of careers professionals working in the school is assessed
  • The impact of the careers programme is measured by the analysis of destination data
  • We seek feedback from students, parents, teachers and employers

CCHSG has been awarded the Quality in Careers Standard, the national quality award for careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) in secondary schools, colleges and work-based learning.

Key Strengths of our Careers Provision Include:

  • Wide range of opportunities
  • Coherent programme from Year 7 to Year 13, embedded into PSHCE
  • Use of the Kudos programme to investigate career options, qualifications and salaries
  • Opportunities created relating to specific subjects/careers e.g. Medical profession, journalism, IT.
  • Broad and balanced advertising of opportunities; items included in weekly bulletin to students & parents, PSHCE, Year Information
  • Students encouraged to be ambitious: Careers week to specific Year Groups & Careers Fairs signposted
  • Impartial Careers Advisor available to students
  • Every opportunity for every child – a variety of careers, apprenticeships and higher education opportunities are included in the programme
  • Development of cultural capital; activities such as visits from guest speakers and work experience, support students in developing wider awareness, skills and attributes
  • Students are supported in developing skills and personal characteristics, such as resilience and teamworking which will prepare them for the future (Young Enterprise, Dragon’s Den, Year 9 Enterprise Day), 
  • Guest speakers provide insight into particular areas of work or study e.g. School of Economics, University of Essex
  • The Careers Library is open to students, providing full internet access, specialist Careers software and wide-ranging paper-based resources

Impact

CCHSG measures the impact of our careers programme in several ways:

Work Experience

Students successfully participate in Work Experience especially in Year 12 and 13 to try careers before embarking on a course of study; organised by students and parents.  Work experience to expands horizons and provides students with opportunities to be exposed to cultural capital.  It also provides opportunities to overcome challenges eg coaching.

  • Range of experience; online, face to face, volunteering, paid
  • Examples of work experience: Care Home, Hospital, nursing home, animal hospital, Library assistant, retail
  • Coaching; swimming, dance, gymnastics, riding stables
  • Leaders; Cubs, rainbows, youth club
  • Charities; Oxfam, Wilderness, Hospice
  • St John’s Ambulance

Leadership and Personal Development Opportunities

  • Role model to other students
  • Organising, planning and execution of events e.g. Wellbeing Reboot Day
  • Develop skills; time management, good communication, organisation & team working
  • Lead meetings, give speeches, attend and actively participate in events
  • Positions include; Head Student Team, Society Leaders, Mentors, Subject Prefects, organising hospitality events, Duke of Edinburgh, leading activities in productions, sports and lessons

 Promotion of character development

  • Achieve personal goals
  • Achieve academic success
  • Improve strengths and talents
  • Find fulfilment and satisfaction

Students are provided with high quality careers guidance and access to the knowledge and experience to enable them to select ambitious and fulfilling progression options which meet their interests and aspirations.  

Destinations: Summer 2021

Year 11:  A levels, college, apprenticeship

Year 13:  116 students accepted a place at University

  • 10 Oxbridge
  • 9 Medicine
  • 2 Vets
  • 8 Gap Year
  • 2 College
  • 0 Apprenticeship

We use the Compass Tool https://compass.careersandenterprise.co.uk/info to evaluate our programme, in addition to student evaluations, event evaluations and student voice. Adaptions are made to improve the programme year on year to give our students the best up to date provision possible.

Further Information:

Organisation of the Careers Department:

Careers Leader: Mrs Hughes 01206 576973 email: office@cchsg.com 

Mrs Hughes is the first point of contact for any questions or suggestions about our careers programme. Parents, employers or education/training providers can contact Mrs Hughes using the above contact details.

The school employs an independent Careers Adviser – Mrs Kee from Prospect Careers. Students can request an appointment with Mrs Kee by seeing Mrs Tarrier or Mrs Ward. She can also be contacted at Jkee@cchsg.com or office@cchsg.com

Our policy statement on Provider Access sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to students at the school for the purposes of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.

Policy Statement on Provider Access

 

References:

DfE Statutory Guidance: Careers Guidance and inspiration in schools (October 2018)

Good Career Guidance – Reaching the Gatsby benchmarks: The Gatsby Charitable Foundation

Careers engagement – a good practice brief for leaders of schools and colleges by ASCL, ATL, NFER and 157 Group (April 2014)

A Guide to Best Practice and Commissioning Careers Guidance Services by the Career Development Institute (June 2018)

HM Government – Inspiration Vision Statement (September 2013)

DfE The Education Act 2011

 

 

An annual review of the information published in the careers section of our website takes place in November.