Statutory information

Careers education and guidance

Careers Education, Advice, Education and Guidance is a statutory responsibility of all schools.

The latest Government Careers Strategy is available at:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/748474/181008_schools_statutory_guidance_final.pdf

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.

At Litcham school, all of our CEIAG is impartial and unbiased.

We are guided by the GATSBY benchmarks, which fall in 8 categories:

  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

Our Aim

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

Self-development: our students can only fulfil their potential if they understand their own skills and abilities

Career exploration: our students can only aspire to careers they know about – our challenge is to make that knowledge as wide –ranging as possible.

Career management: our students 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.

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

Kinnertons Chocolate Day

Real-life business challenge, in a real business environment

2,5

8

The Real Game,

 

 

 

Inspirational Speakers programme

 Students 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 students.

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 which our students can use in KS4 and beyond

 

Presentations to students and parents to prepare for KS4 options choices. Q&A with KS4 students on subject-specific topics

 

1-2-1 interviews available with independent Careers Adviser

 

All students considering KS6 University options have taster day at University

 

Brilliant Club engages Most Able students

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 students

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 students and their parents/carers

 

Opportunity to network

 

Creating online CV,  personal statement an making college applications

 

Help from DWP for students 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 students 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 students through all of the vital decisions they have to make, from choice of options in KS3 to choice of College, Sixth Form, Apprenticeship or Training Provider at the end of KS4.

Assessment, Recording and Reporting

Years 7 -10

Students record evaluations after each Impact Day, as part of their PSHE portfolios. All evaluations go to the Careers Leader for QA 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

Work experience - students receive a written report from employers to use in Year 11 interviews

Signposting

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

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

Working relationships

  • Beacons East                                                                      Norfolk County Council
  • BNI Wensum                                                                      Synergy Trust ( Reepham High School)
  • 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

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

Procedure

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/carers: please see CEIAG structure above.

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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.