Careers Education

Overall Aims and Objectives

Careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) at St Joseph’s RC High School aims to encourage students to consider a wide range of options and opportunities and ultimately to go into courses and jobs which suit their needs, talents, skills and qualities.

Within this, they will:

·         Develop a broad understanding of the world of work and an ability to respond to changing opportunities

·         Make the best use of information, advice and guidance (IAG) and their networks of support, both independently and with guidance

·         Develop essential career skills including resilience, adaptability, enterprise, employability and self-presentation

·         Manage transitions in their lives such as the change from school to university or work

·         Raise their aspirations, broaden their horizons and counter stereotyped thinking about what they and others can do in our society

Commitment

The governing body, head teacher, senior leadership team and staff are committed to:

·         Meeting our statutory careers-related responsibilities and the Gatsby Benchmarks

·         Providing resources and advice to enable students to understand and develop career choices, including securing independent and impartial careers guidance for Years 7- 13

·         Ensuring that careers education is seen as a key part of the overall curriculum and learning framework for all years, with a planned programme of CEIAG activities that meet students’ needs

·         Ensuring that careers advice provided is both independent and impartial, and is offered equally to all students regardless of gender, ethnicity or disability

·         Involving students, staff, parents and carers in the further development of careers work

·         Working with a range of external partners and organisations, including providers of careers advice and guidance and local education-business partnerships.

Delivery

Careers guidance is provided in partnership with an accredited careers guidance provider and includes individual and group activities. The school encourages the development of employability skills in various aspects of school life – in other curriculum lessons, for instance, or in specific activities such as CV preparation. These skills include meeting deadlines, meeting high expectations of attendance and punctuality, adhering to a dress code, a typical working day, flexibility, thinking skills, the ability to work independently and as a team and using a wide range of different communication skills. Students are provided with opportunities to reflect on how these skills would be relevant to the world of work.

Students’ opinions are sought after a series of careers lessons or activities – responses are collated and fed back to teachers concerned. Student evaluations are also carried out after individual and group careers guidance sessions in addition to careers activities undertaken. Destination measures are analysed and used to ensure that the school is providing the right advice and guidance to head students in the right directions so that they are successful.

 

Contact Details:

Careers Leader –   Mrs A-M Fenn a.fenn@st-josephs.slough.sch.uk
Head of VI Form – Mr G Clark g.clark@st-josephs.slough.sch.uk
Adviza –  Independent and impartial Careers advice www.adviza.org.uk
 

We have a dedicated careers adviser who is available to students throughout the year through our links with Adviza.

 

A provider of careers information wishing to request access to speak to students should contact Mrs A-M Fenn

 

Premises and Facilities:

St. Joseph’s will make the school hall, classrooms or private meeting rooms available for discussions or presentations between provider and students, as appropriate to the activity. This will be discussed and agreed in advance of the visit with the careers leader.

 

Useful Websites:

www.eclips-online.co.uk

www.apprenticeships.org.uk

www.thebigchoice.com/school_college_leavers

www.notgoingtouni.co.uk

https://www.startprofile.com

www.icould.com

 

Careers Delivery 2019-2020

Unlocking Employability and Potential

 

ACTION Skills Development
Y7
Careers action plan booklets Self-awareness

Self-determination

Self-improvement

U Start sessions during registration Exploring Careers and Career development

Investigating work and working life

Understanding Business and Industry

Pixl Edge Preparing for Employability

Self-improvement

Careers Module Self-awareness

Self-determination

Self-improvement

Preparing for Employability

Y8
Careers action plan booklets Self-awareness

Self-determination

Self-improvement

U Start sessions during registration Exploring Careers and Career development

Investigating work and working life

Understanding Business and Industry

Investigating jobs

IAG evening/subject fair Managing changes and transitions

Planning and deciding

Addressing the needs of each student

Personal Guidance

Pixl Edge Preparing for Employability

Self-improvement

Careers Module Self-awareness

Self-determination

Self-improvement

Preparing for Employability

Y9
Careers action plan booklet Self-awareness

Self-determination

Self-improvement

U Start sessions during registration Exploring Careers and Career development

Investigating work and working life

Understanding Business and Industry

Investigating jobs

Slough Careers Fair Managing changes and transitions

Planning and deciding

Addressing the needs of each student

Encounters with further and higher education

Pixl Edge Preparing for Employability

Self-improvement

Pathways – Destination Success Performance (If offered again this year) Managing changes and transitions

Planning and deciding

Addressing the needs of each student

Speaker from Oxford University (provisional) Making the most of CEIAG

Encounters with further and higher education

Careers Module Self-awareness

Self-determination

Self-improvement

Preparing for Employability

Y10
Careers action plan booklet Self-awareness

Self-determination

Self-improvement

Careers Assemblies:

(Example of talks from

Accountant

Sky Sports Journalist

Pinewood Studios

Heathrow)

Exploring Careers and Career development

Investigating work and working life

Understanding Business and Industry

Pixl Edge Preparing for Employability

Self-improvement

Duke of Edinburgh offered Self-awareness

Self-determination

Self-improvement

Careers Module Self-awareness

Self-determination

Self-improvement

Preparing for Employability

Oxford/Cambridge University visit Encounters with further and higher education
Y11
Careers action plan booklet Self-awareness

Self-determination

Self-improvement

Individual interviews with independent Careers adviser Making the most of CEIAG

Planning and deciding

Addressing the needs of each student

Personal Guidance

Individual interviews with SLT Planning and deciding

Personal Guidance

Duke of Edinburgh offered Self-awareness

Self-determination

Self-improvement

Slough Youth Services careers interviews Self-awareness

Self-determination

Self-improvement

Making the most of CEIAG

Planning and deciding

Addressing the needs of each student

Personal Guidance

National Citizenship Service Assembly Self-awareness

Self-determination

Self-improvement

VI Form Open Evening Making the most of CEIAG

Planning and deciding

Personal Guidance

VI Form Taster Day Making the most of CEIAG

Planning and deciding

Addressing the needs of each student

Careers Module Self-awareness

Self-determination

Self-improvement

Preparing for Employability

All Students
STEM activities Exploring Careers and Career development

Investigating work and working life

Understanding Business and Industry

Linking curriculum learning to careers

Subject and skills links to careers Linking curriculum learning to careers
Visitor talks Exploring Careers and Career development

Investigating work and working life

Understanding Business and Industry

Encounters with employers and employees

Awards Evening/Sports Awards Speakers Self-determination

Self-improvement

Encounters with employers and employees

Epic FAIL (resilience) Self-determination
eCLIPS software package Exploring Careers and Career development

Investigating work and working life

Understanding Business and Industry

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gatsby Benchmarks

  • A stable careers programme
  • Learning from careers and Labour Market Information
  • Addressing the needs of each student
  • Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Encounters with employers and employees
  • Experience of workplaces
  • Encounters with further and higher education
  • Personal Guidance

 

 

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