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Careers & UCAS Education Policy

Background and ethos

The programme is designed to support pupils in making well informed and realistic decisions.   All pupils have an equal entitlement to high quality impartial and independent careers guidance that provides them with an understanding of the world of work, helps them to explore career options and supports them in making decisions about the opportunities open to them.  As an 11-18 school we strive to enable all pupils to make an effective post 16 and 18 transfer and to ensure they are equipped with careers skills that will prepare them for life in modern Britain. This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.

Information, Advice and Guidance

  • the provision of accurate, up-to-date and objective information about learning and career opportunities, progression routes, choices, where to find help and advice, and how to access it
  • the provision of advice through activities that help young people to gather, understand and interpret information and apply it to their own situation
  • the provision of impartial guidance and specialist support to help young people emerge from school more fully rounded and ready for the world of work

Pupil entitlement

Pupils in Second Form to Sixth Form are entitled:

  • To find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point.
  • To hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options evenings, assemblies and group discussions and taster events.
  • To understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.

Management

A member of the Senior Leadership Team line manages the programme. The Head of Careers and the Deputy Head of Careers oversees programme delivery and liaises with programme contributors. The Work Experience Secretary deals with the majority of day to day administration and work experience placements.

Guidance

Guidance is provided in partnership with Epic CIC, formerly known as RBKC Youth Support and Development Services, and includes individual and group activities. All careers staff should, when approached by pupils, respond with appropriate guidance and support. All guidance aims to be impartial, confidential (within policy guidelines), responsive to pupils’ needs and based on the principle of equality.

Training

Training needs are identified through the annual Departmental Development Plan and School Development Plan and appropriate arrangements made.

Partnerships

As well as strong links with our careers advisers and the local borough, we constantly strive to expand our links with employers to improve the provision of work experience placements.

A provider/employer wishing to request access should contact Mr C Spence-Hill, Head of Careers

Email: careers@cvms.co.uk

Parents

Parents / carers are vital to pupils’ understanding of career choices and the decisions they make.  We provide all parents / carers with up-to-date information on choices at 13/14 and 16.  Parents also attend a Second Form Options Evening, Fifth Form Open Evening for Sixth Form and Lower Sixth Form Higher Education evening

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 pupils and/or their parents:

Year Group

Michaelmas Term

Lent Term

Trinity Term

First Form

Founders4Schools Talks

March PSHE Day including Careers Workshop with KUDOS and Enterprise Sessions with Fulham FC

 

June PSHE Day including Barclays Lifeskills Workshop

Extended Curriculum

Second Form

Founders4Schools Talks

March PSHE Day including Careers Workshop with KUDOS

KS4 Options Workshop

KS4 Options Open Evening

June PSHE Day including Barclays Lifeskills Workshop

Extended Curriculum

Third Form

Speed Networking Event for Pupil Premium

Founders4Schools Talks

March PSHE Day including Careers Workshop with KUDOS

The National Enterprise Challenge Day

June PSHE Day including Barclays Lifeskills Workshop

Extended Curriculum

Fourth Form

Founders4Schools Talks

March PSHE Day including Careers Workshop with KUDOS

Duke of Edinburgh Award

Employability Lessons as part of Creative Curriculum

Mock Interviews

June PSHE Day including an employment workshop with Epic CIC

Two-Week Work Experience Programme

Fifth Form

Careers Interview with Careers Adviser

Career Focused Assemblies

Apprenticeship Morning

Preparing for Opportunities Session

Targeted Mentoring

Sixth Form Interview

Study Skills & Motivation Talk

Assemblies with Employers

Follow up Careers Interview for Targeted Individuals

Destinations Data Collection

Continued Support with Applications for Targeted Pupils

GCSE Results Day Support

Lower Sixth Form

Community Service Programme

Careers Assemblies

Careers & UCAS opportunities advertised throughout the year

UCAS Assemblies with various universities

Unifrog

Higher Apprenticeship Assemblies

UCAS London Higher Education Exhibition in April for all pupils

One-Week Work Experience Programme

UCAS Week (including University trips, Taster Courses)

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

University Summer Schools

School Production

A Level Results Day Support

Upper Sixth Form

UCAS Tutors

Personal Statement Support

Careers & UCAS opportunities advertised throughout the year

Careers Talks

A Level Results Day Support including contacting UCAS and Universities

All

Biannual: Careers & UCAS Fair

Career & University Related Trips

Motivational and Inspirational Assemblies

Premises and facilities

The School will make the main hall, classrooms or private meeting rooms available for discussions between the provider and pupils, 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 & UCAS library, which is managed by the Head of Careers. The UCAS & Careers library is available to all students at lunch and break times.

Monitoring, review & evaluation

All programme activities are monitored, reviewed and evaluated. The findings are used to inform the Departmental Development Plan.

Programme aims and outcomes

All pupils have an equal entitlement to high quality independent and impartial careers guidance that provides them with an understanding of the world of work, helps them to explore career options and supports them in making decisions about the opportunities open to them.  As an 11-18 school we strive to enable all pupils to make an effective Post 16 and 18 transfer and to leave them equipped with career skills that will help them in the increasingly uncertain future.

The programme is intended to expand advice and guidance for young people so they are inspired and motivated to fulfil their potential. The aim is to help every pupil develop high aspirations and consider a broad and ambitious range of careers.  Inspiring every pupil through more real-life contacts with the world of work can help them understand where different choices can take them in the future.

Expectations for all of our pupils are high, including for the most vulnerable and those with special educational needs and disabilities, so that every pupil is stretched and acquires the attributes that employers value. This will help every young person to realise their potential and so increase economic competitiveness and support social mobility.

The expected outcome is that all pupils at 14, 16 and 19 progress onto the most appropriate form of education, employment or training.