Careers Education Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)

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We believe every child should leave our school prepared for life in an ever changing modern society. We therefore provide the academic rigour supported by quality teaching and learning to develop every young person’s values, skills and behaviours that they will need to get on and succeed in life.

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) is a high priority in the school and we are proud of the exciting and innovative opportunities and activities pupils have access to throughout their journey with us. We are absolutely delighted to announce that we have achieved the Quality in Careers Standard through Investors in Careers which is a nationally recognised Quality Mark. It is designed as a development tool to help raise standards in excellence in CEIAG. There are 3 assessed stages to the full award, stage 1 recognises the school’s commitment to CEIAG which we achieved in October 2016, stage 2 is Intermediate Certificate which we achieved in March 2017 and stage 3 is the full award which achieved in December 2017. The feedback we obtained from the assessor was overwhelmingly positive:

“This was an excellent submission for the full award. As a consultant for a number of years I would have no hesitation in recommending that any other PRU wishing to improve their CEAIG delivery should contact or visit Bishopton as a beacon of Best Practice.”

As part of the curriculum, pupils in KS3 will have at least one lesson a week dedicated to skills development, career exploration, self-awareness and confidence building. As part of the Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE) they will undertake the Future Choices Programme in both KS3 & 4 which explores a range of cognitive skills required for the world of work, further education and training. Pupils in KS4 also have the opportunity to undertake vocational qualifications in a range of sectors to develop their skills and knowledge of that particular sector which directly contributes to their career education.Iiration

We welcome into our school a wide range of  external speakers who inspire and engage with our pupils, they come from a variety of backgrounds and all have a very personal and inspiring story to tell. We also invite providers of Apprenticeships into the school to promote awareness and understanding of the breadth of apprenticeships available to our pupils post 16 (please see our Policy Statement on Providers of Apprenticeships below). As well as this we hold events throughout the academic year where we invite employers in to support in the development of pupil’s confidence and understanding about career choices. Coming soon to this page will be our diary of events for next academic year.

Policy Statement – ProvidersGuidance and Support

In KS4 all pupils will have one to one Information Advice and Guidance sessions by independent impartial advisers Youth Direction who will support the pupils in making choices, applications and producing CVs to better prepare them for their next steps post 16. We have coming soon our Alumni Programme where we invite past pupils back in to the school to be ambassadors for our current pupils. These past pupils have all made a successful transition into range of career and further education pathways and are in a great position to support our current pupils.Experience

As part of a diverse and challenging education package, extended work experience can contribute directly to helping young people develop transferable skills they will need for their future personal and professional development. In KS4 extended work experience will be offered to pupils who feel confident enough and have proven that they have the maturity and self-awareness to experience a real working environment. The school has links with a range of employers who have been through the necessary checks for Safeguarding and Health and Safety.

We always aim to support our whole school community in making choices, developing skills and experiencing success. Below are a number of links to organisations that can support and guide anyone including our parents and carers into work.

http://icould.com/. A careers information website.

http://jobzoo.co.uk/ CV and careers resources.

https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/Pages/Home.aspx. Provides information, advice and guidance to help people make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. The service also offers confidential impartial advice supported by qualified careers advisers.

http://www.plotr.co.uk/ Online service which allows people to explore careers and brings together opportunities.

http://www.ascl.org.uk/help-and-advice/help-and-advice.your-guide-to-apprenticeships.html Information about apprenticeships.

http://www.bestcourse4me.com/ Provides pupils with information on particular degrees and universities.

http://www.jobhero.com/choosing-career-guide/ Provides guidance on choosing a career.