Careers Education and Guidance (CEG)
Rationale for CEG
A young person’s career is their pathway through learning and work. All young people need a planned programme of activities to help them make decisions and plan their careers, both in school and after they leave. The 1997 Education Act places a duty on schools to give students in Years 9-11 access to careers education, information and guidance. The Policy for CEG is further developed in line with the Careers guidance and access for education and training providers, 2018. The school endeavours to follow the guidance in The National Framework for CEG 11-19 in England, the National Curriculum programmes of study for PSHE and citizenship, and the QCA guidance on Work Related Learning for All at Key Stage 4.
The school is committed to providing a planned programme of careers education, information and guidance for all students in Years 7-11 in partnership with the local Connexions Service.
The CEG policy was developed and is reviewed annually through discussions with teaching staff; the school’s Connexions personal adviser(s), students, parents, governors, advisory staff and other external partners.
Links with other policies
It is underpinned by the school’s policies for teaching and learning, assessment, recording and reporting achievement, PSHE and citizenship, enterprise and work related learning, equal opportunities, health and safety, and special needs.
The careers programme is designed to meet the needs of students at Oakfield School. It is differentiated to ensure progression through activities that are appropriate to students’ stages of career learning, planning and development.
Students are entitled to careers education and guidance that is impartial and confidential. It will be integrated into their experience of the whole curriculum, based on a partnership with students and their parents or carers. The programme will promote equality of opportunity, inclusion and anti-racism.
The designated Teacher, Mrs Helen Booth, is responsible for co-ordinating the careers programme. The co-ordinator works closely with the school’s Connexions Liaison and is responsible to the Senior Teacher (Curriculum) Lee Thompson. Student guidance is managed through the school’s Connexions Liaison and SENDCo linked directly to the EHCP Annual Review process. Work experience is planned and implemented by the work experience co-ordinator/Connexions Liaison who works with the Year 10 form tutors and Learning Behaviour Support Mentors.
All staff are expected to contribute to the careers education and guidance programme through their roles as tutors, subject teachers and Learning Behaviour Support Mentors. Careers education is planned, monitored and evaluated by the Senior Teacher (Curriculum) and Designated Teacher, in consultation with the Connexions personal adviser. The Connexions personal adviser provides specialist careers guidance. Careers information is available in the Connexions Resource Centre, which is maintained by the School Connexions Liaison. Administrative support is available to the careers co-ordinator as resources allow.
The careers programme includes careers education lessons via PSE and ASDAN Employability Skills Development, ESD lessons, careers guidance activities (group work and individual interviews), information and research activities (in the Connexions Resource Centre), work-related learning (including one weeks’ work experience), action planning and recording achievement. Careers lessons are part of the school’s Personal Development programme and are monitored by the school’s Personal and Social profile, as well as externally via the ESD course. Other focused events, e.g. a Higher Education Fair and Theme Days are provided from time to time. Work experience preparation and follow-up take place in careers lessons and other appropriate parts of the curriculum.
ASDAN Employability Skills Development, includes the following areas of study;
- Team working
- Business and enterprise
- Customer awareness
- Problem solving
- Working with numbers
- IT in the workplace
- Applying for a job
- Exploring job opportunities
- Rights and responsibilities at work
- Health and safety in the workplace
Career learning outcomes have been identified and a framework for assessing what students have achieved is being developed for all year groups, as part of the PSE and ESD courses, and are also tracked as part of the school’s Personal and Social Profile.
An annual Partnership Agreement is negotiated between the school and the local Connexions Service identifying the contributions to the programme that each will make. Other partnerships are being developed, e.g. with the local Education Business Link Organisation.
Funding is allocated in the annual budget planning round. Funding for developments in the school’s improvement plan are considered in the context of whole school priorities. Sources of external funding are actively sought.
Staff training needs for planning and delivering the careers programme will be identified in the staff development plan in the Partnership Agreement with the Connexions Service, and activities will be planned to meet them. Funding will be accessed from the Careers INSET budget held by the Connexions Partnership, through their careers education adviser.
Monitoring, review and evaluation
A framework for monitoring the delivery of the careers programme will be in place by December 2018. The Partnership Agreement with Connexions is reviewed termly. The programme is reviewed annually by the Senior Teacher (Curriculum), Designated Teacher, and Connexions Liaison and the personal adviser using the local quality standards for CEG to identify desirable improvements. Evaluations are carried out from time to time.
1. To develop an evidence base for the 8 Areas of the Gatsby Benchmarks, to evidence the school’s compliance against these standards.
2. Develop a Curriculum Action Plan to illustrate the teaching of careers with the main school curriculum and highlights the Gatsby Benchmarks.
Careers Leader – Rachel Davies (Headteacher)
Designated Teacher – Helen Booth
Connexions Liaison – Doreen Ricketts