Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)
The Academy is committed to providing Careers Education, Advice and Guidance to all students through the curriculum and organised activities.
The academy achieved the Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire Careers Award in May 2018
Careers Guidance focus on the specific needs of individual students to promote self- awareness and personal development. The guidance aims to provide current and relevant information to enable each student to make informed decisions about their future. Careers guidance is presented in an impartial manner, confidential and differentiated to suit the requirements of each individual student. The service is provided by a Level 6 Qualified Careers Advisor.
|CEAIG Leader:||Mr P. Shufflebotham:
firstname.lastname@example.org (01782 883333)
|CEIAG Co-ordinator:||Mrs Z. Heath:
email@example.com (01782 883333)
Assessing and measuring the impact of Careers Programme on our Students
As an academy, we assess and measure the impact the careers programme has on our pupils through regular evaluations. Information from each evaluation is used to inform the CEIAG development which is in turn supported by The Careers and Enterprise Company.
The date for the next review of information published will be 1st July 2019.
University, College, 6th Form and Other Training Providers
Each year, students will have the opportunity to meet with or visit colleges and universities. These encounters will help students to understand the full range of educational opportunities that are available to them. This includes information on the different levels of apprenticeships. Providers are present during parent’s evenings and are schedule for lunch-time drop in sessions.
Information providers should refer to our Provider Access Policy.
OHA has built relationships with local employers, employment services, and voluntary organisations to help broaden the student’s horizons. Each year, students will have the opportunity to work with or visit local employers. Some of these encounters will be with STEM employers. The opportunity to experience lots of different sectors can be particularly helpful and our aim as an academy is to exceed the governments minimum expectation of seven encounters (one for each year).
Careers education starts in Year 7 through Personal Tutor time, Curriculum Enrichment Days and during lessons allowing the students to reflect on where they are now and on what they want to do in the future; Students are introduced to KUDOs, an online a career matching software package which helps students to develop an understanding of why leaving school with qualifications is important. Students will have by the end of Year 7 a clear understanding of the differences between qualifications such as GCSE’s, BTEC and the new Technical Levels ready for when they chose their options in Year 8.
Students continue with this in Year 8 investigating possible career routes and matching skills and qualities to suitable occupations. Stereotyping is addressed in each year group to ensure all students are aware and fully embrace the importance of equal opportunities. In Year 8 students are supported with one to one Careers Advice to help support the student’s decision making when it comes to Option Choices.
In Year 9, external providers such as KMF, Barclays Life Skills and the local colleges deliver sessions that include giving advice on post 16 opportunities and CV preparation. Students are expected to begin preparation in advance for their work experience placement in Year 10 and are supported by the CEIAG Co-ordinator.
In January of Year 10, all pupils will have taken part in a one-week Work Experience placement. The aim is to give students first-hand experience of the world of work. Students are fully prepared for their placement through assembly’s, personal tutor time and Curriculum Enrichment days. Some students will take part in a one-week Employability Skills work shop, allowing students to build or create a CV, interview skills and meet with employers. They also access regular Alumni Visits to inspire and motivate students from a variety of pathways.
Year 11 have a planned Careers Programme that is completed throughout the year. This includes investigating post 16 options, meet with external providers at Parents Evening, assemblies and lunch time drop in sessions, this gives students the opportunity to speak to various professionals and organisations, in order to help with their post 16 choices. Students are given open day information during assembly, personal tutor time (poster is displayed) and are invited to attend workshops and presentations with outside speakers regarding various post 16 routes.
At the start of Year 11, students are supported with one to one Careers Advice to help students decision making when it comes to Post 16 Choices.
An assembly is delivered to Year 11 students about Apprenticeship opportunities and information is given as to where additional information can be accessed. OHA also supports students applying for the National Citizenship Service and are a Champion School.
Ormiston Horizon academy: benchmarks of careers education
Every school and college should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by pupils, parents, teachers, governors and employers. The information below demonstrates the actions we have taken in addressing each one:-
Learning from career and labour market information
“Every pupil, and their parents should have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. They will need the support of an informed adviser to make best use of available information”.
During Curriculum Enrichment days, assemblies and employer encounters, each year group follows a tailored careers education programme. This includes information on different careers, information on how to seek careers, applications, interviews and the skills needed in the work place. In addition, we use KUDOS which students and parents can access both in the academy and at home. KUDOS gives advice about careers and qualifications. It also has live apprenticeships and job advertisements on the site which students can apply for. Students spend time working on KUDOS during Personal Tutor time and are set homework tasks trough show my homework. A work experience meeting takes place in May and June for Year 10 students to ensure that appropriate placements are sourced.
Addressing the needs of each pupil.
“Pupils have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support needs to be tailored to the needs of each pupil. A schools careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout”.
The CEIAG programme is tailored to different year groups in order to ensure it is age appropriate. In addition to this, all students complete a careers pathway form at the start of each year. These forms are then analysed by the careers co-ordinator who may then refer the students to the Careers Advisor dependent on their form at the appropriate time. This allows sessions to be tailored to students needs and ensure they complete experiences linked to their own interests such as meeting employers from the student’s career interest.
Linking curriculum learning to careers.
“All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths”.
Throughout the academic year and during Curriculum Enrichment days students complete lessons based around careers in their subject. E.g. careers in science or engineering. This gives students an insight into the different careers they could go into using each of their qualifications. There is a focus within the pack of information students can access in the Personal Tutor room on a different career option including relevant qualifications required.
Encounters with employers and employees.
“Every pupil should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes”.
Throughout the academic year and Curriculum Enrichment days students work with a range of employers and employees to give them knowledge about the workplace. One example includes completing the Barclays Life skills workshops with employees from Barclays. During the workshops students learn about People Skills, Money Skills and Work Skills. Through Future First workshops, students can speak to CEO’s from companies such as ALDI and ASDA about their roles and the range of careers available. This is just one example, however extensive links have been made with a number of employers and employees.
We work with a charity called Founders 4 Schools. We invite members of industry to deliver an inspirational group mentoring event. This gives students the opportunity to ask successful entrepreneurs what their career journeys were like.
Engineering Development Trust
First Edition: is a hands-on STEM activity day supported by industry professionals. Workshops give pupils engaging experiences and show careers in STEM can be wide-ranging and rewarding. All of Year 7, 8 & 9 – 3 Encounters per student
The White Room
Digital advantage: 5 – day intensive programme covering 4 main activities: Employer Delivered Employability Skills Workshop, Enterprise Competition and Work Experience & Employer-led Career Advise. Students present at the end of the week and attend a presentation ceremony to win £2000.00 for their company. 20 students from a mixture of Year 9 & 10 – 1 Encounter per student
Business Enterprise Support
Ryman National Enterprise Challenge: The UK’s largest Enterprise and Employability Competition. The full year programme set students real life business challenges with the winners from each school attending a national final. All of Year 7 & 8 – 3 Encounters per student
Engineering Development Trust
Go4SET (industrial Cadets Bronze Level, Year 8-9): Students work on a STEM project, supported by industry. Go4SET helps pupils to explore STEM careers and introduces key STEM employability skills. 6 students from a mixture of Year 8 & 9 – 10 Encounters per student
OHA have hosted a Careers fair for Years 7 through to Year 13. Almost 50 organisations attended offering interactive activities and demonstrations
Experiences of workplaces.
“Every pupil should have first-hand experiences of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks”.
Work Experience placements during Year 10, 12 & 13 which are highly personalised. Some students are offered Employability Skills, Food Hygiene and First Aid at Work qualifications too.
Encounters with further and higher education.
“All pupils should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace”.
Students have engaged in a number of workshops funded by Higher Horizons+. Higher Horizons+ are part of the National Collaboration Programme (NCOP). It’s a new government funded initiative aimed at increasing progression to university-level study and providing exciting new outreach sessions, activities and workshops to year 9-13 students. Ranging from impartial information, advice and guidance about university, college and apprenticeships, to subject-specific curriculum support, from mentoring projects linking current undergraduate students to our students, to residential summer school.
Students take part in a variety of visits, workshops and interactions, such as Debatemate, The Brilliant Club, Higher Horizons, Oxford University residential.
The National Citizenship Services offer support for students from Year 10 up to the age of 18. We are a Champion School for NCS as we have one of the highest percentages for student participation nationally. The NCS have delivered assemblies and workshops enticing our students to sign up for the programme which helps students with C.V’s, Interview Skills, Apprenticeship preparation. Also, they help students to develop soft skills such as leadership, confidence, and communication. NCS also help students to tackle stress including revision techniques.
“Every pupil should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a career adviser, who could be internal or external, provided they are trained to an appropriate level. These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made. They should be expected for all pupils but should be timed to meet their individual needs”.
Students are interviewed by Level 6 Careers Adviser in Year 8 & Year 11 to ensure students have high aspirations and are applying for the most suitable courses.
Students also receive advice and guidance from Horizons+, NCS, College, 6th Form and Universities as well as Apprenticeship providers and Employers. This occurs during assemblies, parent’s evenings and lunchtime drop in sessions in addition to other academy events.