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Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance

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As a key component of Little Lever School’s Life Chances Strategy, we are committed to providing a comprehensive and planned programme of careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) for all students in years 7 to 11.

We aim to support and develop all of our students by:

  • Developing the skills and attributes required to review achievements, research and plan future actions, make informed decisions and proactively and effectively engage with the transition process to life beyond secondary school.
  • Providing a curriculum that ‘brings learning to life’ by highlighting connections between the learning a student experiences and the opportunities presented by higher education and future employment.
  • Developing an understanding of the world of work and the changing world in which we live.
  • Providing high quality, impartial careers guidance.
  • Developing, across all subject areas, the key skills and attributes that will support all of our students in securing future success, both whilst at school and in the wider world.

Little Lever School is committed to ensuring that our CEIAG programme continuously improves and it delivers the necessary impacts for our young people. This is achieved through:

  • A designated Leader of Careers (Mr. M. Welch) and a designated Senior Careers Leader (Ms. M. Moore).
  • An independent Careers Advisor who is dedicated to providing impartial careers information, advice and guidance to students on all the options available to them.
  • Reporting to SLT and Governors.
  • A dedicated online platform providing a broad range of up-to-date information and online resources on key post-16 opportunities.
  • Attendance and active engagement at the Bolton CEIAG Hub.
  • Establishing and developing links with FE Colleges, apprenticeship providers, University Technical Colleges and universities.
  • Establishing and developing links with employers.
  • Opportunities provided by NCOP in relation to Higher Education and the world of work.
  • Building a network of alumni who can help with the careers guidance and Life Chances plan.
  • Liaison and support from the Enterprise Coordinator
  • Monitoring of the eight Gatsby benchmarks through the Compass evaluation tool.
  • Evaluation through and accreditation by the Quality in Careers Standard Award.
  • Tracking and evaluation of retention and destination data.

Programme of activity

  • Discrete programme of CEIAG lessons delivered through the Life Chances programme (Years 7 to 11):

 

Discrete CEIAG lessons delivered through the Life Chances Strategy

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Understanding myself and career   opportunities.

Focus on choices and challenging   stereotypes.

Self-reflection and career   opportunities.

Post-16 preparation, including LMI.

Post-16 guidance and application   process.

 

  • Access to an independent Careers Advisor; students from all years are directed as required and may also request an appointment at any time.
  • A range of assemblies that focus on raising aspirations and future choices.
  • A comprehensive career education programme at key transition points, delivered by Edge tutors, Leader of Careers, Careers Advisor and SLT:
    - Options process (dedicated CEIAG lessons, options assembly, options evening with an opportunity to speak with every subject area, ‘taster’ GCSE lessons, interview preparation, referral to Careers Advisor, one-to-one interview (parents and carers invited to attend) with feedback, parent/carer feedback/evaluation of process).
    - Post-16 transition (‘How to help your child succeed’ evening, support for post-16 applications, presentations from a range of post-16 providers, post-16 evening with representatives from over 12 regional providers including sixth form colleges, apprenticeship providers, National Citizenship Service, Armed Forces and Connexions, college visits, individual college visits for SEND and vulnerable students).
  • Student completion of START programme; an online tool designed to support students in years 7 to 11 to make informed decisions about future study and careers options.
  • Work Experience placements

 

Working with parents and carers

  • News, information and opportunities shared through the school website and Facebook page.
  • Options evening and post-16 evening provide opportunities to share information and engage in dialogue with parents/carers.
  • Leader of Careers and SLT presence at parents’ evenings, options evening and post-16 information evening.
  • Parents/carers are invited to options’ one-to-one interview.
  • Every school event is proceeded by a parental evaluation, which informs the planning of subsequent events.

 

The school assesses the performance of the CEIAG provision annually looking at the students' destination information.  Figures are released annually between December and January and the school assesses the CEIAG performance shortly after.  Reports are presented to the next available trust meeting.

For further information on the structure, content and delivery of careers information please do not hesitate to contact Mr M Welch at the school.