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Careers at CCHSG

(CEIAG- Careers Education Information, Advice and Guidance)  

Intent

Depth of Knowledge

All students develop the depth of knowledge of how to pursue their Post 16 and Post 18 ambitions whether it is Oxbridge, university, apprenticeships or the career of their choice. 

  • Promote understanding of key employability skills to achieve personal economic
    stability and wellbeing
  • Provide comprehensive, fully up-to-date information to alert students to the wide range of future opportunities open to them, and to support students and their thinking and decision-making

Richness of Experience Students are given opportunities through visiting speakers, employer engagement and leadership development in school to expand horizons in an ever changing workplace

  • Empower students to plan, access and manage their career choices and transitions

Development of Character

Students have opportunities to develop the skills and attributes that are needed to excel at the next step of their education and to prepare for Post 16 and Post 18 ambitions

  • Raise aspirations, foster self-esteem and motivate students to achieve their full potential
  • Promote equality, diversity, social mobility and challenge stereotypes
  • Empower students to plan, access and manage their career choices and transitions

 

Implementation

 

The eight Gatsby Benchmarks are a guidance system developed to enable secondary schools such as CCHSG to provide students with the best possible careers education, information, advice and support. 

 

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

 

These benchmarks have been firmly embedded into our stable careers programme from year 7 all the way through to Year 13, through a bespoke PSHCE programme, enterprise days, extra-curricular clubs, charity events as well as blended into regular subject areas.  There is also opportunities for 1:1 Career discussions with our independent Careers Advisor.

 

Careers Programme

Supported by external speakers and wider opportunities as part of co-curriculum

A variety of activities designed to introduce students to: the concepts
of employment, higher education, careers and career paths/portfolios, the wide
range of future potential pathways open to them as they progress on from school
and the information, advice and guidance that is available to them at CCHSG to
help them decide between, and access, these opportunities.

 

 

Year 7

  • Starting the journey:
  • Investigating resources and employability skills

 

Year 8

  • The Real Game
  • Post 16 options
  • GCSE options

 

Year 9

  • Careers week
  • Employability skills
  • The Cereal Box Challenge
  • Enterprise Day

 

Year 10

  • Interviews for employment, testimonials, professional correspondence
  • CV Writing
  • Enterprise Day
  • Apprenticeships
  • Building a portfolio volunteering,
  • Post-16 opportunities,
  • getting a Saturday/Evening/Vacation job
  • Child Labour and the La
  • Opportunity to participate in the DofE Award at Bronze Level.

 

Year 11

  • Options Post 16-
  • How to choose A-level subjects
  • Introduction to Russell Group
  • Oxbridge application process
  • Advice on searching for a job,
  • taking a Gap Year,
  • volunteering,
  • National
    Citizen Service
  • possible activities over the summer holidays.
  • DofE Silver Award is available to Y11 students.

 

Year 12

  • Gap year opportunities
  • Applying to University
  • Apprenticeships
  • CV writing
  • taking a Gap Year,
  • National Citizen Service,
    applying to Higher Education,
  • Oxbridge discussions with Heads of Department,
  • UCAS registration, volunteering, writing Personal Statements and review a of Personal Statements with subject specialists. 
  • Forward Thinking Day – a day off timetable which includes external speakers from Higher Education and employment. 
  • Students are encouraged to visit open days, take part in masterclasses and summer schools. 
  • Students have an opportunity to take part in the Young Enterprise programme. 
  • Students are encouraged to undertake work experience in order to support Post-18 progression.
  • DofE Gold Award is available to Y12 students

 

Year 13

  • Applying to university
  • Admissions Test Support
  • Mock interviews
  • Oxbridge Support
  • Applying for employment
  • Guest speakers; Admission tutors from Oxbridge, The UCAS Process, Personal Statement Refinement, Student Finance, The World of Work, Apprenticeship Schemes, GAP and general Q&A regarding futures.

 

Additional support is provided on an individual basis, with our independent Careers Advisor, subject teachers and Pastoral Team.  

 

The Pandemic did not deter CCHSG from providing our students with the best possible opportunities to ensure their Post-16/18 goals. 

 

In addition to the above this is how we met the Gatsby Benchmarks in 2020-2021

 

Careers Education (Gatsby Benchmarks)

2020 – 2021

The eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance:
1. A stable careers programme 5. Encounters with employers and employees
2. Learning from career and labour market information 6. Experiences of workplaces
3. Addressing the needs of each student 7. Encounters with further and higher education
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers 8. Personal guidance
CCHSG

Autumn Term

1.       A stable careers programme

§ Programme planned for all year groups for 2020-2021 and resources in place

2.       Learning from career and labour market information

§  Weekly bulletin disseminated to students and parents – has links & information about virtual events

3.       Addressing the needs of each student

§  Aspects of the career programme cover a multitude of careers information and advice, in addition there is a weekly opportunity to discuss ideas and plans with our Impartial Careers Adviser; Julie Kee

§  University preparation including advice on guidance for university admission tests

§  Forward Thinking Day preparation.

4.       Linking curriculum learning to careers

§  Virtual Sixth Form Open Evening – post 18 options directly linked with subjects

§  The ‘learning journey’ is discussed with students which prepares them for their journey post-18

5.       Encounters with employers and employees

§  Julie Kee is working with the Careers’ links in school in preparation of a Careers Fair

§  Encounters take place through the links bulletin

6.       Experiences of workplaces

§  The Aim Group – delivered a presentation outlining ‘real life’ workplace expectations and experiences.  Yr 11-10

§  A fire safety talk for Y8 students gave an insight into such a career

§  Guest Author visit

§  Young Enterprise

§  Some Sixth Formers have jobs outside of school.

7.       Encounters with further and higher education

§  UCAS programme, support and guidance given.

§  Virtual Tours of Open Days of universities are promoted

§  Online lectures/events from Universities used to extend learning at Sixth Form.

§  Julie Kee delivered a virtual presentation on Apprenticeships (gap years & internships also mentioned)

§  CPD undertaken to keep abreast of the changes to University Interviews. Information to be shared with all staff conducting Mock Interviews to Y13

8.       Personal guidance

§  PSHCE lessons delivered every week includes personal guidance

§  Careers guidance from a specialist, as well as teachers, form tutors and pastoral assistants

Spring Term

A stable careers programme

§ Programme planned for all year groups for 2020-2021 and resources in place with adaptions made for lockdown delivery

Learning from career and labour market information

§  Weekly bulletin disseminated to students and parents – has links and information about virtual events

§  Careers library in place awaiting student return

Addressing the needs of each student

§  Aspects of the career programme cover a multitude of careers information and advice, in addition there is a weekly opportunity to discuss ideas and plans with our Impartial Careers Adviser; Julie Kee by phone during lockdown

§  University preparation and enabling of meeting national deadlines

§  Forward Thinking Day preparation is underway for Sept 2021

Linking curriculum learning to careers

§  The ‘learning journey’ is discussed with students in lessons which prepares them for their journey post-18

§  Chemistry; Research Career Pathways from Chemistry A-level

§  History; making preparation to follow suit with Chemistry

§  Economics; ex-student hosting a talk on her role at KPMG and studying Economics at University 

§  The Real Game Activities for Yr 8

Encounters with employers and employees

§  Julie Kee is working with the Careers’ links

§  Encounters take place through the links bulletin

§  Preparations for LinkedIn page for CCHSG students

§  Kudos platform (talk) given to Yr 12 and Yr 8 to navigate potential Post-18 options and requirements

§  Lockdown Festival 1-5 Feb; webinars shared with Sixth Form

Experiences of workplaces

§  The Aim Group – delivered a presentation outlining ‘real life’ workplace expectations and experiences to Yr 12 and Yr 13

§  Young Enterprise

§  Some Sixth Formers have jobs outside of school.

§  Virtual Work Experience

§  The future of the workplace Talk

Encounters with further and higher education

§  UCAS programme, support and guidance given.

§  Virtual Tours of Open Days of universities are promoted

§  Online lectures/events from Universities used to extend learning at Sixth Form

§  Julie Kee delivered a virtual presentation on University offers and Employment Applications

§  Julie Kee delivered a virtual presentation on How to write a CV and successful interview techniques

Personal guidance

§  PSHCE lessons delivered every week bespoke to remote learning from home

§  Careers guidance from a specialist, as well as teachers, form tutors and pastoral assistants

 

Spring Term

A stable careers programme

§ Programme planned for all year groups for 2020-2021 and resources in place resumed after lockdown

Learning from career and labour market information

§  Weekly bulletin disseminated to students and parents – has links and information about virtual events

§  Student and parent engagement with the bulletin eg asking for references/funding guidance to participate in the events

§  Careers library in place being utilised by students

Addressing the needs of each student

§  Aspects of the career programme cover a multitude of careers information and advice, in addition there is a weekly opportunity to discuss ideas and plans with our Impartial Careers Adviser; Julie Kee by phone continues after lockdown

§  University preparation starting formal UCAS processes with Yr 12 Cohort

§  Higher Education Evening planned ready for delivery to support needs of students and  parents

§  Forward Thinking Day preparation continues for Sept 2021

Linking curriculum learning to careers

§  The ‘learning journey’ is discussed with students in lessons which prepares them for their journey post-18

§  Chemistry; Research Career Pathways from Chemistry A-level

§  History; making preparation to follow suit with Chemistry

§  Economics; ex-student hosting a talk on her role at KPMG and studying Economics at University 

§  The Real Game Activities for Yr 8

§  Yr 9 Careers Week will provide an opportunity for all staff to pull together to show students what career choices are available through their subject generating a real focus on the breadth of careers available to students

Encounters with employers and employees

§  Julie Kee is working with the Careers’ links

§  Encounters take place through the links bulletin

§  LinkedIn page set up for CCHSG students. Student Survey asking for what they would like to see on the page

§  Kudos platform (talk) given to Yr 12 and Yr 8 to navigate potential Post-18 options and requirements continues to be accessed

§  University of Sussex Economics Professor gave a talk on International Relations

§  Law Society has a Human Rights Lawyer presentation

§  Yr 10 Genomics Future Student Symposium

§  Yr 9 Careers Week, 5 guest speakers planned to present every day for the week to expose the students to a variety of careers and expertise.

§   As part of the year 9 Matrix OTT day this Thu and Fri (17 and 18), we have a talk organised from a female programmer. She will be talking to the students about her experiences, how to make a career in the CS industry and study / career paths available to girls.

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Experiences of workplaces

§  The Aim Group – delivered a presentation outlining ‘real life’ workplace expectations and experiences to Yr 12 and Yr 13

§  Yr 9 Enterprise Day preparations finalised and ready to be delivered

§  Some Sixth Formers have jobs outside of school.

§  59 Sixth formers responded with information relating to volunteering or working. Examples include; gymnastics and swimming coaching, retail, charity work with Oxfam and care home, Scout leaders and St John’s ambulance.

Encounters with further and higher education

§  UCAS programme, support and guidance given.

§  Virtual Tours of Open Days of universities continue to be promoted

§  Online lectures/events from Universities used to extend learning at Sixth Form

§  UCAS Programme underway

§  Apprenticeship and Career Advice compliments the UCAS process

Personal guidance

§  PSHCE lessons delivered every week bespoke to the Sixth Formers needs

§  Careers guidance from a specialist, as well as teachers, form tutors and pastoral assistants

 

 

Why we have an outstanding careers provision.

  • Wide range of opportunities
  • Programme from Y7 to Y13, embedded into PSHCE
  • 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; weekly bulletin to students & parents, PSHCE, Year Information
  • Ambitious: Careers week to specific year groups & Careers Fayres signposted
  • Impartial Careers Advisor
  • Every Opportunity for every child – a variety of careers, apprenticeships and higher education opportunities are included in the programme
  • Cultural capital; speakers, skills and attributes they need to succeed in later life
  • Prepared for the future; Young Enterprise, Dragon’s Den (Y9 Enterprise Day), skills and resilience development
  • Guest speakers 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 impact of our successful careers programme in several ways

Work Experience

Students successfully participate in Work Experience especially in Y12/13 to try careers before embarking on a course of study; organised by students and parents

  • Work experience to expand horizons and be exposed to cultural capital
  • Work experience opportunities to overcome challenges eg coaching
  • Range of experience; online, face to face, volunteering, paid
  • Examples of work experiences:
  • Care Home, Hospital, nursing home, animal hospital
  • Coaching; swimming, dance, gymnastics, riding stables
  • Leaders; Cubs, rainbows, youth club
  • Charities; Oxfam, Wilderness, Hospice,
  • St John’s Ambulance
  • Library assistant
  • Retail
  •  

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

lead meetings, give speeches, attend and actively participate in events

Positions include; Head Student Team, Society Leaders, Mentors, Supporting Subjects, 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

 

Destinations

Destinations Summer 2021

Yr 11

A-levels

College

Apprenticeship

Yr 13

116 students have accepted a final place at University

10 Oxbridge

9 Medicine

2 Vets

8 Gap Year

2 College

0 Apprenticeship

Evaluations

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

 

The Careers Department plays a full and active part in the life of the school

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

 

Monitoring, review and evaluation

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 quality of the careers programme. CCHSG holds and continually seeks reaccreditation of a national quality award for CEIAG. The programme is reviewed using the Gatsby Benchmarks.
  • The quality of independent careers providers
  • The quality of careers professionals working in the school.

The impact of the careers programme is measured by the analysis of:

  • destination data
  • feedback from students, parents, teachers and employers.

 

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 on 1 November

 

Useful Websites

 

Post 16 and post 18 routes – further information 

 

https://amazingapprenticeships.com/vacancies/time-to-apply/

https://amazingapprenticeships.com/

http://www.theaimgroup.co.uk/

https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/

https://www.ucas.com/apprenticeships-uk

https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship

https://www.gov.uk/topic/further-education-skills/apprenticeships

http://www.apprenticeshipguide.co.uk/

https://www.ratemyapprenticeship.co.uk/

http://essexprovidernetwork.com/apprenticeship-vacancies-providers/

https://www.gov.uk/find-traineeship

https://www.tlevels.gov.uk/

Higher and Degree Apprenticeships 
Higher and degree apprenticeships:   https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/699399/Higher_and_degree_apprenticeship_fact_sheet-090418.pdf 

Traineeships 
Find a Traineeship:  https://www.gov.uk/find-traineeship 

T-Levels 
T-Levels:   https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/introduction-of-t-levels/introduction-of-t-levels 

A-Levels 
Facts about A-Levels:  https://www.ucas.com/further-education/post-16-qualifications/qualifications-you-can-take/levels 
University 
Why go to University?  https://www.makehappen.org/guide/why-go-to-university/  UCAS:   https://www.ucas.com/ 

Find a course 
National Careers Service course finder:  https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/find-a-course/search  Qualification

Levels explained 
What qualification levels mean:  https://www.gov.uk/what-different-qualification-levels-mean/list-of-qualification-levels 

Financial Support 
Further education courses and funding:  https://www.gov.uk/further-education-courses/financial-help  Support and

 

 

Skills Assessors

 

killsometer 

Complete the Skillsometer quiz by clicking the link below and find a list of job suggestions based on your interests and skills. 

www.lmiforall.org.uk/cm3/widget.html

 

 

Careerometer 

Click on the Careerometer link below to find out how much you can earn per week for any job and how the pay is compared nationally. 

https://www.lmiforall.org.uk/cm2/index.html 

 

Get the up to date information  on top employers, and search for the latest jobs, courses and advice: https://successatschool.org/

 

Please see below for some recommended websites linking to Labour Market Information. 

 

The Essex skills insight and economic growth tool: https://tinyurl.com/yy8h4kf3 

The Essex data signposting tool: https://tinyurl.com/y5gbecrf 

The Labour market Profile for Essex and comparison across other Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP’s) Tool: https://tinyurl.com/y4cwsnt4 

The East of England Labour Market Information – Working Futures, Employer Skills Survey and Employer Perspectives Survey (further information below: https://tinyurl.com/y3q9pfj3 

  • Working Futures: Working Futures uses robust sources of national data on demographics, education, employment and the economy to make projections of the UK labour market. This presentation includes information on future growth sectors and future growth occupations. 
  • Employer Skills Survey: The Employer Skills Survey is the UK’s definitive source of intelligence on employer investment. This presentation uses information on training behaviour and recruitment of young people and education leavers from the survey. 
  • Employer Perspectives Survey. The Employer Perspectives Survey provides insights into the thoughts and behaviour of UK Employers as they make decisions about how to engage with training providers, schools, colleges and individuals in the wider skills system, to get the skills they need. This presentation includes information on the sources of external training that employers use. 

The latest employment figures from the Office for National Statistics: https://www.ons.gov.uk/ 

 

The UK Data Service – primary data sources: https://www.ukdataservice.ac.uk/get-data/themes/labour/key-data.aspx 

 

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development – labour market data and analysis on employers’ recruitment, redundancy and pay intentions: https://www.cipd.co.uk/knowledge/work/trends/labour-market-outlook 

 

Local Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP’s) news: https://www.lepnetwork.net/news-and-events/?type=newsArticle 

 

PayScale combines salary data with superior software utilising AI and the most advanced reporting tools available to help individuals know their worth and employers to get pay right: https://www.payscale.com/ 

 


Advice
 

National Careers Service (webchat and freephone):  https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/ 
Call: 0800 100 900 8am – 8pm Monday to Friday 10am – 5pm Saturday