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Careers education and guidance

Litcham School is fully committed to ensuring that all of our pupils acquire the skills, knowledge and attitudes to manage their learning and career aspirations. Ultimately, we work towards them becoming independent and productive adults who achieve their full potential.

Our careers programme provides high quality impartial advice and guidance, ensuring that pupils are informed of the range of options available to them at key transition points and in future careers, and that they are supported during the decision-making process.

Pupils progress from Litcham School to a range of destinations. We seek to ensure that pupils have high aspirations, and that guidance is impartial and tailored to individual needs. We seek to inform parents of labour market information and to provide them with knowledge of the choices available to their children.

We respect the right of pupils to choose from a range of pathways. Year 11s may choose to move to another school or Further Education college, specialist provision, or into an apprenticeship.

We recognise the importance of pupils developing strong interpersonal and communication skills, including that of oracy, as these are vital skills for entering the workforce. We also aim to develop our pupils’ cultural capital, so that they have social mobility and are never disadvantaged by social situation.

The Department for Education’s Careers Strategy sets out a series of measures to improve careers guidance in England, including new benchmarks for careers education and instigating the requirement to have a named Careers Leader in every school. Our Careers Leader, Mr Clark, is committed to providing a reviewed and evaluated programme of careers education from Year 4 to 11, which meets the eight Gatsby Benchmarks for careers guidance:

  1. A stable careers programme.
  2. Learning from career and labour market information.
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil.
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers.
  5. Encounters with employers and employees.
  6. Experiences of workplaces.
  7. Encounters with further and higher education.
  8. Personal guidance (Gatsby Foundation, 2014).

 We adhere to the Department for Education guidance, ‘Careers guidance and access for education and training providers’ (DfE, October 2018), which stipulates that all schools must allow other educational providers access and that we must publish a provider access policy.

Careers Education, Advice, Education and Guidance is a statutory responsibility of all schools. The latest Government Careers Strategy is available here >>

Careers guidance itself is defined by the OECD as “services and activities intended to assist individuals, of any age and at any point throughout their lives, to make educational, training and occupational choices and to manage their careers.

The activities may take place on an individual or group basis, and may be face-to-face or at a distance (including help lines and web-based services)."
(OECD, 2004)

Careers Education takes place mainly through work in lessons and during our IMPACT Days. Careers Information, Advice and Guidance takes place mainly through individual support.

Our Aim

Pupils are entitled to Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) which meets professional standards of practice and is both personalised and impartial. It is integrated into pupils’ experience of the whole curriculum and based on a partnership with pupils and their parents or carers. The programme is structured to meet the Gatsby Benchmarks of good Careers education, raise aspirations, challenge stereotyping and promote equality and diversity.

The careers programme is designed to meet the needs of the pupils at Litcham School to ensure progression through activities that are appropriate to pupils’ stages of career learning, planning and development.

Litcham School is committed to Careers Education as a crucial way of giving all of our pupils the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to manage their own lifelong learning and forge their own careers. We aim to develop our pupils’ skills in three areas:

  1. Self-development: Our pupils can only fulfil their potential if they understand their own skills and abilities.
  2. Career exploration: Our pupils can only aspire to careers they know about. Our challenge is to make that knowledge as wide-ranging as possible.
  3. Career management: Our pupils need the basic skills necessary to take their first post-16 steps with confidence, secure in the knowledge that they have made the correct choices.

The CEIAG programme provides pupils with a wide range of experiences to help them progress effectively through their education and on to successful careers.

CEIAG Structure

Year Group

Main CEIAG activities

Aimed at

GATSBY benchmark

4/5/6

Visiting speakers

Increased awareness of jobs, trades and professions, particularly STEM based careers.

2,4,5

7

Kinnerton Chocolate Day

Real-life business challenge, in a real business environment.

2,5

8

The Real Game

 

 

 

Inspirational Speakers programme

Pupils role-play as young adults in occupational roles and see how schoolwork relates to career choices and, therefore, to lifestyle and income.

 

A wide variety of inspirational speakers are invited to share their career journeys with our pupils.

2,4

 

 

 

2,4,5

9

Careers Networking Event

 

 

 

 

Options choices

 

 

 

1-2-1 interviews

 

 

University visits

 

 

Brilliant Club

Speed networking with more than 30 different jobs and careers represented to improve awareness and make connections that our pupils can use in Key Stage 4 and beyond.

 

Presentations to pupils and parents to prepare for Key Stage 4 options choices. Q&A with Key Stage 4 pupils on subject-specific topics.

 

1-2-1 interviews available with independent Careers Adviser.

 

All pupils considering Key Stage 6 University options have taster day at University.

 

Brilliant Club engages Most Able pupils.

2,5

 

 

 

 

3,8

 

 

 

3,8

 

 

7

 

 

7

10

Interview Day

 

 

UEA Wonderfest

 

Sector lunches

 

Work experience

 

 

1-2-1 interviews

 

 

OPEN Careers evening

 

START

 

Brilliant Club

Writing applications, CV writing, preparing a personal statement, interview technique, mock interview.

 

University Taster Day.

 

Opportunity to network in a specific employment sector.

 

Developing key skills, including communication, problem solving, social skills, literacy, numeracy and team work.

 

1-2-1 interviews available with independent Careers Adviser.

 

Opportunity to network.

 

Creating online CV and personal statements.

 

Brilliant Club engages Most Able pupils

3,5,8

 

 

7

 

2,5

 

5,6

 

 

3,8

 

 

5

 

3,8

 

7

11

College Carousel

 

 

1-2-1 interviews

 

 

Post 16 Careers Fair

 

 

OPEN Careers evening,

 

Help You Choose

 

 

Apprenticeship workshops

Opportunity to gather information about all FE providers, plus Training providers.

 

1-2-1 interviews available with independent Careers Adviser.

 

Opportunity to meet FE and apprenticeship providers for pupils and their parents/carers.

 

Opportunity to network.

 

Creating online CV, personal statement and making college applications.

 

Help from DWP for pupils who want to apply for apprenticeships.

3,7,8

 

 

3,8

 

 

5,7

 

 

5

 

3,8

 

 

3,8

 

 

 

CEIAG Staffing

  • SLT Careers Leader (Assistant Head)                       Mr Paul Clark
  • Curriculum Manager (Deputy Headteacher)        Mr Stuart Wilson
  • Careers 1-2-1 Coordinator                                           Mrs Cathy Berry
  • Work Experience Organisation/Administrator   Mrs Mandy Richmond
  • Careers Adviser (Beacons East)                                  Mrs Belinda Ladds

All Staff: All members of staff have a shared responsibility to develop and prepare our pupils for the world post-16. At Litcham School, we work hard to try and make what we do as relevant as possible to the world of work. Within lessons, teachers consciously try to include the skills and knowledge which employers look for. Through our IMPACT Days, staff support pupils through all of the vital decisions they have to make, from choice of options in Key Stage 3 to choice of College, Sixth Form, Apprenticeship or Training Provider at the end of Key Stage 4.

Assessment, Recording and Reporting

Years 7 - 10

Pupils record evaluations after each IMPACT Day, as part of their PSHE portfolios. All evaluations go to the Careers Leader for Quality Assurance and are monitored for action points.

Years 9 - 11

1-2-1 interviews with our Careers Adviser are recorded and monitored for action points.

Year 10

As part of work experience, pupils receive a written report from employers to use in Year 11 interviews.

Signposting

Pupils are encouraged to undertake their own careers research. Our library has a range of careers information available to all pupils, and we signpost our pupils to:

http://www.litchamschool.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/USEFUL-CAREERS-WEBSITES-2018-1.pdf

Working relationships to support our careers programme

An annual partnership agreement is negotiated between the school and Beacons East who provides our external, independent Careers Advisor.

The school works with an Enterprise Adviser.

Firm links have been established with a range of employers, particularly through the provision of work placements for all Year 10 pupils. Employers visit the school to run work-related activities with pupils and to speak to pupils about a range of employment sectors.

Apprenticeship information is shared with pupils. In addition, employers offering apprenticeships visit the school.

Strong links also exist with universities, further education colleges, apprenticeship providers and training providers, who often come into school to speak with pupils. Any provider wishing to request access should contact the Careers Leader in the first instance (See Provider Access Policy below).

We actively work with a wide range of providers and employers, including:

Beacons East                                                                      Norfolk County Council

BNI Wensum                                                                      Synergy Trust (Reepham High School and College)

BNI Vancouver                                                                  UEA      

Anglia Ruskin University                                                Norwich University of the Arts

New Anglia LEP                                                                 BAM Nutall

Breckland District Council                                             Litcham School Work Experience Network

Speakers for Schools                                                       Education and Employers

Brilliant Club                                                                      DWP

Resources

Funding is allocated in the annual budget-planning round in the context of whole-school priorities and particular needs in the CEIAG area. The Assistant Headteacher with oversight of CEIAG is responsible for the effective deployment of resources.

Monitoring, review, evaluation and development of CEG

Our partnerships are reviewed regularly. The following provision is reviewed by the Assistant Headteacher with oversight of CEIAG:

  • Annual review of partnership activities with Beacons East.
  • Review of all careers events.
  • Feedback on the effectiveness of the CEIAG programme is sought through analysis of pupil feedback sheets from IMPACT days and the Pupil Council.
  • Review of the school’s adherence to the Gatsby Benchmarks.

Litcham School Provider Access Policy

Introduction

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

Pupil entitlement

All pupils in years 8-13 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 events, assemblies and group discussions and taster events;
  • to understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.

Management of provider access requests

A provider wishing to request access should contact:

Paul Clark, Assistant Headteacher

Telephone: 01328701265

Email: clark_p@litchamschool.net

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 and carers. Please see the CEIAG structure above.

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 Resource Centre, which is managed by the school librarian. The school library is available to all pupils at lunch and break times.

 

 

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SOME ESSENTIAL WEBSITES FOR CAREERS RESEARCH                                  

Apprenticeships Norfolk: One stop shop providing everything you need to know about apprenticeship opportunities in Norfolk. www.apprenticeshipsnorfolk.org

Bestcourse4me: Explore ideas by career area or subject choice. Very useful section entitled ‘don’t know what career you want!’ www.bestcourse4me.com

Careers Box: Largest online careers film and video library. Real people with real jobs helping young people, students and teachers. www.careersbox.co.uk 

Complete University Guide: Excellent uni advice alternative to UCAS. www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk

Gap Advice: Independent gap year travel advice, information, help and ideas on projects and placements. www.gapadvice.org

Help You Choose: Information, advice and careers guidance website for young people in Norfolk supporting year 8/9 options, 6th Form & College courses, apprenticeships and much more. www.helpyouchoose.org

I can be a… Website designed to educate you in the massive spectrum of opportunities available in Norfolk & Suffolk. Provides you with information about the most important industries in the East as well as a direct links with key companies. www.icanbea.org.uk

icould: Inspirational website offering encouragement and careers discovery though film. www.icould.com

National Apprenticeships: Everything you need to know about accessing apprenticeships, qualifications and training. www.getingofar.gov.uk     
www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeshipsearch

National Careers Service: Online careers advice offering guidance via web chat/phone/text/e mail at any time. Useful tools on improving skills e.g. choices at 16, job profiles, skills checker, CVs, cover letters, interview techniques and much more. www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk

Not going to uni: Advise and support for people who have decided not to go to uni. www.notgoingtouni.co.uk

Pods4jobs: Access to a fantastic video library showcasing hundreds of jobs across a wide range of sectors. www.pods4jobs.co.uk

Prospects: Advice on careers, work experience, internships and course planning. www.prospects.ac.uk

PUSH: The leading independent guide to UK universities, student life, gap years, open days, student finance…www.push.co.uk

The Student Room: Student community providing advice on exams stress/preparation and next steps. www.thestudentroom.co.uk

UCAS: University application and advice on higher education courses. www.ucas.com

What Uni.Com: Independent advice and support on choosing the right uni and course suited for you.  www.whatuni.com

ULAS: Website which provides our students with a format for writing CV’s and personal statements. https://ulas.co.uk

Our Schools

Synergy Multi-Academy Trust is made up of schools, both secondary and primary, from north Norfolk. The Trust was initially established by Reepham High School and College in 2015. Our vision is simple; for all of our schools to work together to provide teaching and learning of the highest quality and for all of them to provide an exceptional range of educational experiences and opportunities.

Our Schools

Synergy Multi-Academy Trust is made up of schools, both secondary and primary, from north Norfolk. The Trust was initially established by Reepham High School and College in 2015. Our vision is simple; for all of our schools to work together to provide teaching and learning of the highest quality and for all of them to provide an exceptional range of educational experiences and opportunities.