Careers

Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)

This section contains the following:

  • Aims, Rationale and Content of the Careers Programme

  • Careers Programme Curriculum Content

  • Who to Contact – Members of the Careers Team

  • Policy Statement on Provider Access

  • Careers Information for Students

  • Careers Information for Parents and Carers

  • Careers Information for Staff Members

  • Careers Information for Employers


Our Careers Programme: Aims, Rationale and Content


Aims

At Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form, our Careers Programme helps learners, through careers and work-related activities and employer interventions, to be able to:

  • Understand themselves and develop their capabilities in relation to future learning and employment opportunities

  • Learn about, and experience, careers and the world of work

  • Develop an understanding of the range of opportunities available at 14-, 16- and 18-years-old

  • Raise student’s self-esteem and encourage them to have high aspirations that allow them to achieve personal and economic well-being

  • Support students in making informed and realistic career decisions, developing their career management and employability skills

  • Help students manage transitions through education and into work


Rationale

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) helps prepare students for the opportunities and responsibilities of adult working life and, as such, makes a vital contribution to the school’s aims of working closely with employers, Further and Higher Education providers and the local community to support students in making the most realistic choices about their next steps and future employability.

Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form uses relevant frameworks to ensure that careers provision takes account of statutory guidance and meets the needs of the students. In particular, the following guidance from the Department for Education (DfE) and Ofsted, is adhered to: DfE (2018): ‘Careers Guidance and Access for Education and Training Providers’ Statutory guidance for Governing Governing Bodies, School Leaders and School Staff:

Careers Guidance and Access for Education and Training Providers  

The Ofsted Inspection Framework: Inspection Framework 

The Government Careers strategy and its adoption of the Gatsby Career Benchmarks, calls on secondary schools to have a curriculum that has/is:

  1. A stable careers programme.

  2. Learning from career and labour market information.

  3. Addressing the needs of each student.

  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers.

  5. Encounters with employers and employees.

  6. Experience of workplaces.

  7. Encounters with Further and Higher Education.

  8. Personal guidance.

For more information about the Gatsby Benchmarks and the website: Gatsby – Good Career Guidance  


Curriculum Overviews

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Key Stage 5:

 

Throughout the school year, students have opportunities to meet and work with local employers in a variety of academic and vocational curriculum areas across all key stages.  The school is keen to continue to develop links with local employers.

Members of the school community – students, parents, teachers and employers – may access information about the Careers programme via our school’s Careers Portal, and our Sixth Form’s Careers pages.

Careers Portal

Students and staff have regular opportunities to measure and assess the impact of the careers programme, reviewing units of work throughout the year with a view to making appropriate changes for the following year.


Our Careers Team

Careers Leader

Mr Fish

Telephone: 01603 497711 – Email: careersadvice@yare-edu.org.uk

Assistant Principal

Mr Dewar

Telephone: 01603 497711 – Email: gdewar5nr6@yare-edu.org.uk

Director of Sixth Form

Ms Bernard

Telephone: 01603 497767 – Email: sixthformtsa@yare-edu.org.uk


Policy Statement on Provider Access

Introduction 

This policy statement sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to students at the school for the purpose 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. 

Student Entitlement 

All students in Years 8 to 13 are entitled to:

  • Find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeship opportunities, as part of a careers programme which programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point; 

  • Hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and Apprenticeships – through options events, assemblies and group discussions and taster events; 

  • Understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses. 

Management of Provider Access Requests Procedure 

A provider wishing to request access should contact Graham Fish, Careers Leader – Telephone: 01603 497711 – Email: careersadvice@yare-edu.org.uk. 

Opportunities for Access 

A number of events, integrated into the school careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to students and/or their parents/carers. Examples include:

For students in all years and held throughout the year: Providers’ Talks, as part of the Apprenticeship promotion programme, where training providers come to school to talk to invited students about pathways in their specific employment field.

Please speak to our Careers Leader to identify the most suitable opportunity for you.

Premises and Facilities 

The school will make the classrooms 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 Careers Leader or a member of their team. Providers are welcome to leave a copy of their prospectus or other relevant course literature at the Careers Office in the Learning Resource Centre, which is managed by the Pathways Guidance Coordinator. The Resource Centre is available to all students at lunch and break time.


Careers Information for Students

Feel free to visit our school’s Careers website, thorpecareersportal.info, for a wide variety of tools to support your Careers learning.  You’ll find sections on Post-14 Preferences, Post-16 Options and Post-18 Choices as well as links to other websites and resources to help your Careers research.  Take a look here to access these pages.

Our school’s Sixth Form Support webpages host Careers information.  Please take a look here to access these pages.


Careers Information for Parents and Carers

Our school’s Careers website, thorpecareersportal.info, hosts a variety of Careers Education and Information resources for parents and carers.  Please click here to access this website.

Our school’s Sixth Form Support webpages host Careers information.  Please take a look here to access these pages.


Careers Information for Staff Members

Our school’s Careers website, thorpecareersportal.info, hosts a section dedicated to support teaching and non-teaching staff with their understanding and delivery of our Careers programme.  Please click here to access this webpage.


Careers Information for Employers

Thank You!  We are very grateful to our local employers who work with our students in the classroom setting, attending our Careers Fairs and by offering work experience placements.  The school is currently working towards meeting the eight Gatsby Benchmarks for ‘Good Career Guidance’:

Gatsby – Good Career Guidance  

If you are an employer and would like to share information with our students on job opportunities, please refer to our Policy Statement on Provider Access (shown in one of the sections above). If you are an employer and would be interested in working with the school to support our Careers programme, please get in touch with Graham Fish, careersadvice@yare-edu.org.uk, 01603 497711.

A number of events, integrated into the school careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to students.  See some of the examples included under Opportunities for Access.

For students in all years and held throughout the year: Careers Talks, where employers come to school to talk to invited students about pathways in their specific employment field.  We do seek further employer links.  Please speak to our Careers Leader to identify the most suitable opportunity for you. 

The Employers section of our thorpecareersportal.info website has more information about our Careers programme.  Click here to access the webpage.



Updated By: G Fish
Date: 01 July 2021
Review: 01 July 2022