Implementation of CEIAG
Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) here at Kepier is delivered through a careers education programme in school from years 7-11 and includes careers information, advice and guidance which is offered to students individually from years 8-11, both internally by the Guidance Officer and externally by a Connexions Personal Advisor for specialist and impartial guidance. The CEIAG curriculum is taught by the following members of staff:
Miss A Allen
Mr P Turton
Mrs H Jiggins
Mr A Warkman
CEIAG is statutory from year 8 but we begin from year 7 in order to raise aspirations, challenge stereotypes and encourage ALL pupils to consider a wide range of careers. A copy of the statutory guidance ‘Careers Guidance and Inspiration in Schools’ (April 2017) can be found here: Careers Guidance Schools Guidance
In each Key Stage all students follow a carefully planned CEIAG programme:
Key Stage 3 - most of the careers education takes place during Curriculum for Life (CfL) lessons and is delivered by the staff within this department.
Key Stage 4 - careers education forms a separate module within the Curriculum for Life programme for years 10 and 11.
The focus is on their future plans and aspirations and how the choices they make now can affect their future. Learners are also introduced to the idea of writing CVs; exploring what a CV is and how to write one. They begin to explore the options that are available to them at 14 and post 16 in order to prepare for the decisions they are expected to make at these key points.
The focus is on the world of work, looking at employment, unemployment and labour market information to gain a greater understanding of the area in which they live and what is available to them locally and nationally. Using time effectively is discussed as it is a very valuable skill to have for the learners to succeed at school and then continue to use in their adult life in higher education and employment Learners are encouraged to reflect upon their achievements and progress, as well as how to use their time productively to contribute and enhance their CVs.
The focus is on self-assessment, career paths and options post 14. They have an options evening followed by classwork designed specifically to aid students in the selection of their options at KS4.
These are delivered through Curriculum for Life lessons and coaching time to introduce option choices at 14 and link these choices with possible future progression and employment post-16. Curriculum for Life Department Leader and Guidance Officer appear in assembly so learners are aware of who to go to for help and advice. The CfL teachers continue the work on choices during the weekly lesson and coaches also carry on this work if necessary.
The school's CEIAG advisor is present at the year 9 options evening to meet any parents who might wish to receive help, guidance and advice for their child. A most able talk is also available for the Year 9 Parents, is also offered with regards to their choices in year 10 and 11.
The focus is on what learners have achieved so far, further career exploration and also what they are thinking about doing after year 11. Year 10s get to visit the different local colleges and participate in ‘taster’ sessions to prepare them for making decisions regarding what and where they would like to study.
At the Year 10 parents' evening, the school's Guidance Officer and Connexions Personal Advisor is in attendance. Local further education institutions such as Durham Sixth Form, New College Durham, City of Sunderland College, and East Durham College, Local training providers such as Seta, Chameleon, Springboard and NAC are also invited to send representatives.
The focus is post-16 options and the application process. We look at work and pay, and how both are connected. Learners also receive a careers interview during year 11. CVs are updated and finalised along with a personal; statement which go into a progress file that learners are presented with at a leavers’ assembly
During the summer term, the Guidance Officer consults with the SENCO and Head of Year 11 to compile a list of those year 11 students who, through special educational needs, ability, attitude, behaviour or attendance, are deemed to be at greatest risk of falling out of the education and training system. These students are given their first priority careers interviews either by The Kepier Guidance Officer Miss Watson or with the Connexions Personal Advisor, Kelly Woods. Learners can request an interview to ensure they are seen earlier in the process and teachers can refer learners who they feel would benefit from being seen as a matter of urgency. Parents are able to attend if they wish to do so and can contact Miss Watson the Guidance Officer on 0191 5128960, firstname.lastname@example.org or Kelly Woods, Connexions Personal Advisor on 0191 5616311, Kelly.email@example.com for help and advice.
Visits to / from local colleges
During the summer term of Year 10, learners have the opportunity to visit a local college of their choice to help enable to make an informed choice as to where they may like to attend post 16. In the autumn term of Year 11 representatives from the local further education colleges, training providers and Universities are invited into school to speak to the students during the weekly Curriculum for life lesson or during drop down days as a careers fair. At various events where parents will be present, education and training providers are invited when it is relevant.
As a school we also offer visits for learners to experience universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, Durham and Sunderland.
We do have other visitors come to the academy to speak to the students whenever there is opportunity or demand. Such visitors included the army, the RAF and the navy.
Partner/Employer Contribution to the Careers programme
Parents and Carers
Parental involvement is encouraged at all stages. Parents / Carers are kept up to date with careers related information through letters, newsletters and at open evenings. Parents are also welcome to attend careers interviews.
A number of opportunities are provided for parents to engage with decisions their child makes with regards to their future, for example, open evenings, consultation evenings and apprentice pop up shops.
Links with the Community, Outside Agencies and Businesses.
Kepier school has a vast bank of links with businesses in the local area and beyond, for example; TRW , Carillion, JTL, BL Hairdressing, Nissan, Sunderland Software City, Army, Navy, RAF, Upstream Communications, Gentoo, Fusion Contact Centre, Sale Cycle and Orange Bus.
We also work closely with all the colleges in the local area including: East College Durham, Durham Sixth Form, City of Sunderland,
Links are created by attending Work Discovery Week including; Nissan, Gentoo, Arriva, Liebherr, TRW, Accenture, Northumbrian Water, Grundfos, SAFC and Sunderland City Council.
Where appropriate, speakers are invited into the school to enhance and enrich the experiences of our learners, and we also have an ongoing partnership agreement with Connexions.
College and Apprenticeship Applications
Prospectuses and application forms for the most popular local colleges are made available to the learners through the school library, Guidance Officer and the colleges themselves at a careers fair as early as October. The Guidance Officer is available to help learners complete their forms although many students prefer to complete their applications at home with their parents. There is the opportunity for providers to hold application clinics on a break time where learners can ask questions about existing applications or make new ones.
Learners wishing to apply for apprenticeships or training are notified about how to go about this during their careers interview, but sessions are also available with the Guidance Officer and Connexions Personal Advisor to help with registering onto the best websites and their applications.
Connexions Sunderland provide independent Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) to learners aged 13-19 years old which enables schools to meet their statutory responsibilities under the Education Act 2011. This also includes work-related learning and enterprise activities.
In addition to helping provide our in house careers advisory and support service, our Connexions Personal Advisor also extends their service to Kepier learners by:
- Providing extended support to students during the transition from Year 11 into training, employment or further education in an effort to reduce the number of students falling into the NEET (not in education, employment or training) category.
- Offers specialist and impartial advice to learners from years 8 – 11.
- Follow up on all Year 11 school leavers and collate information on destinations of those students.
- Carry out home visits to former students not engaged in employment, education or training
- Visits are also made to current students who are non-attendees.
- Group work and workshops tailored to the needs of the school as and when relevant.
Careers Champions Project
The DfE Statutory Guidance for schools (March 2015) recommends that schools should achieve a CEIAG Quality Award.
This is an extract from the Guidance which says:
67. In developing careers provision for pupils, there are currently three aspects of quality assurance that schools should take into consideration:
- The quality of the school careers programme. The Government recommends that all schools should work towards a Quality Award for careers education, information, advice and guidance as an effective means of carrying out a self-review and evaluation of the school's programme. The national validation, the Quality in Careers Standard, will assist schools to determine an appropriate Quality Award to pursue.
- The quality of independent careers providers. The recognised national quality standard for information, advice and guidance (IAG) services is the matrix Standard. To achieve the Standard, organisations will need to demonstrate that they provide a high quality and impartial service. Schools can access an online register of organisations accredited to the matrix Standard.
- The quality of careers professionals working with the school. The Career Development Institute has developed a set of professional standards for careers advisers, a register of advisers holding postgraduate qualifications and Guidelines on how advisers can develop their own skills and gain higher qualifications. The main qualifications for careers professionals are the Qualification in Career Guidance (QCG) (which replaced the earlier Diploma in Careers Guidance) and the Level 6 Diploma in Career Guidance and Development. Schools can view a register of careers professionals or search for a career development professional who can deliver a particular service or activity.
Kepier has achieved the Silver Award, submitted stage 3 and is well on the way to completing the award.
You can read more about the CDI Framwork, the framework that the IAG award is based on, here http://www.thecdi.net/write/CWRE_User_Guide.pdf