Springwell Community College aims to help all students fulfil their potential and experience success through an educational environment which responds to individual need and stimulates and challenges each and every student. The processes of informing, advising and guiding students are accorded a high priority within the school, and are seen as crucial in preparing students to make decisions regarding  the opportunities and challenges of adult and working life.

The CEIAG programme is an important means of motivating students to raise aspirations and attainments.  We firmly believe that all students have an entitlement to a Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance programme (CEIAG) which will encourage them to see career development as a life long process. Working in conjunction with YouthInc Derbyshire, parents, Governors, representatives from local industry and agencies, and partner schools, the College aims to provide a high quality CEIAG programme to all our students.

For the purposes of this policy the following definitions have been used;

Information – Information is data on opportunities conveyed through different media, both mediated and unmediated including face-to-face contact (individual, group, class etc), written/printed matter, telephone help lines, ICT software, websites etc. 

Advice – This involves helping a young person to understand and interpret information; to provide information and answers to questions and clarify misunderstandings; to understand their circumstances, their abilities and targets; to advise them on their options or how to go about a given course of action; to identify needs and to signpost and refer young people who may need more in depth guidance and support.  Advisory work is usually provided on a one-to-one basis but may also be provided in small or class groups. 

Guidance – Guidance aims to support young people to better understand themselves and their needs; to confront barriers to understanding, learning and progression; to resolve issues and conflicts and to support them to develop new perspectives and solutions to problems and be able to better manage their lives and achieve their potential. Guidance may also involve advocacy of behalf of some young people and referral for specialist guidance and support. This involves more in-depth one-to-one work conducted by staff trained and competent in guidance work. Guidance usually involves the exploration of young people’s circumstances - their ideas, values, needs and beliefs in relation to opportunities or issues that are confronting or confusing them. 

Principles underpinning Careers Education, Information and Guidance

  • Individuals are treated without prejudice and have an entitlement to CEIAG regardless of race, gender, religion, ability, disability, social background or sexual orientation.
  • Individuals have equal access to accurate, up to date and impartial information free from bias and stereotyping.
  • Individuals’ personal aspirations are the most important factor in any activity and should be treated with respect.
  • Careers guidance is an integral part of the whole PSHE guidance programme.
  • CEIAG underpins and runs through the whole curriculum.

 

Aims

CEIAG has an important role to play in achieving the overall school aims.  As part of a broad and balanced education, it helps individual students to build the skills, knowledge and values needed for the management of their lifelong learning and career development. CEIAG will enable them to:

  • Develop knowledge of themselves:  strengths, weaknesses, personal qualities: and have a balanced view of their self worth and potential
  • Be aware of education, training and career opportunities
  • Make informed choices about education, training and career progression
  • Develop attitudes of self reliance and responsibility for their own decisions now and in the future
  • Prepare for adult responsibilities, including effective relationships with colleagues.

 

Organisation and Content

A programme of CEIAG appropriate to all students will be provided as follows:

  • A planned programme of careers education delivered through PSHE lessons in Years 7 - 11. This includes block timetabled events such as Post-16 Day, The Big Event, Inspirational Careers Assemblies, Masterclasses on Post 16 options, Apprenticeship Fairs, National Apprenticeship Week, Post 16 Fairs,  Work Experience and Employers Interviews.
  • Individual advice and guidance from YouthInc advisers and the Springwell Careers adviser, supported by Form Tutors, the LRC Manager and all Springwell teaching and support staff.
  • Experience of work.
  • Annual action planning.

 

Teaching and Learning

A variety of teaching and learning styles will be employed.  There will be opportunities for individual research, group activities, videos, speakers, visits and extensive use of ICT.

Differentiation will be provided through the variety of resources used, tasks provided and through support to individuals and small groups.

Action planning takes place in Year 11, in consultation with the YouthInc Personal Adviser(s).

 

Assessment

The purposes and processes of assessment in CEIAG support the whole College assessment policy.  Assessment will be chiefly in the form of student self-assessment supported by discussion with tutors, teachers and the careers adviser.

 

Equal Opportunities

CEIAG will help to promote the College’s policy on equal opportunities by:

  • Providing a range of resources which match individual needs.
  • Helping students to understand the importance of Equal Opportunities in working life.
  • Monitoring resources to ensure the absence of stereotyping.

 

Special Educational Needs

CEIAG will promote the College’s policy on Special Educational Needs by

  • Providing a range of resources to match individual needs
  • Liaison with appropriate external agencies

 

Entitlement

Students at Springwell Community College are entitled to receive;

  • Clear advice and information about all the options available, so that they understand what they involve.
  • Support and guidance to help them make choices and complete a career plan for the future.
  • Regular personal support and information on how well they are doing.
  • help to decide what to do when they leave the College, including further learning, training or employment
  • A programme of careers education which helps them to develop skills and knowledge to make choices and the transition to work and learning.
  • The opportunity to be involved in making decisions about things that affect their learning.
  • An opportunity to set out an individual learning plan.
  • An opportunity to learn about the world of work.

Students and parents are made aware of this entitlement through the student planners, letters home, Parent and Options Evenings, the College website, The College VLE (Moodle) and the College prospectus. 

Information about this entitlement also appears in the staff handbook.

Students are encouraged to review their entitlement regularly within tutorial settings and PSHE lessons.

The delivery of this entitlement is underpinned by the following values.

  • Impartiality
  • Confidentiality
  • Ownership by the young person
  • Promotion of Equality of opportunity
  • Transparency
  • Accessibility

All information and advice needs to be available to students at a time which is appropriate to their needs and in a format and style which allows them to make maximum use of the service.

 

Delivery of Entitlement

Students receive CEIAG in both formal and informal settings;

Information

Careers and personal development information is housed within the College Learning Resource Centre (LRC).  It is open to students during regular LRC opening hours.  The LRC is maintained by the Resource Centre Manager and intermittent stock checks are undertaken to ensure information is as up-to-date and relevant as possible. It is a ‘Self Service’ resource, although students receive help to locate information from the Resource Centre Manager where necessary.  ICT access is available across the College for KUDOS, JED, Moodle and all Careers websites. 

Students receive lessons on the use and content of the Careers Library during Year 8. 

All staff are encouraged to incorporate information into lessons in order to encourage students to make the links between lifestyle and progression.

A Year 11 noticeboard is located in the relevant Year 11 Pod where appropriate and current Post 16 information is displayed. There is also a careers and Post 16 noticeboard in the LRC.

For more information, please refer to the Springwell Community College CEIAG Library Policy Statement 2015.

Advice

Advice to students on a spectrum of life, learning and work issues is provided through a number of settings and by a range of individuals. We also have strong links with local businesses and take several groups of students out of school to visit places of work, resulting in positive feedback from both sides.

Form tutors offer informal advice during tutorial sessions and through their daily 1:1 contacts with students. Tutors are well placed to understand the varied needs of their students and will usually have in depth knowledge of the student and their circumstances. The tutor is often the first point of contact for a student who may have an issue they wish to discuss. In this role staff are expected to clarify students options and suggest alternative courses of action. Advising a student on options will often require signposting an individual to the relevant information resource or source of help. For this reason, staff who operate as tutors need to have a comprehensive knowledge of sources of information and help for a range of students needs.

Formal advice to students will take place through Parents Evenings and written reports home. Tutors and teachers help students understand their options (life, learning or work) and to set and review targets for achieving goals. Advice is also given in PSHE lessons.

Specialist Apprenticeship Fairs and Employer Interviews are also organised and run by our in-house Careers Adviser.

Advice is also provided by curriculum teachers and by visitors and other professionals working in our school. Every member of staff should offer Career advice pertaining to their own subject. Whilst the school expects all staff to offer impartial advice to students, staff should clearly understand the limits of their professional skills and knowledge of the range of issues facing students. The provision of an advice service will from time to time result in referral to other staff within the school and to other professionals offering a more in depth and specialist support service. 

Referral

An individual working with a student may identify the need for support from a specialist for example a personal adviser. In this case a system of referral exists.

The referral system at Springwell Community College facilitates obtaining specialist advice or resources to meet individual’s needs where these can’t be met by current resources.

The referral system in the school is clearly communicated during INSET, through the staff bulletin, through the schools general induction programme and at the start of each academic year. 

Student should always be involved in the process of referral. They should be informed of the process and their views sought at all times. The referral process makes provision for students and their parents to self-refer. Account should be taken of any request for specialist help and the necessary documentation completed.

Students who would like an individual appointment with the Springwell Careers Adviser or the YouthInc Adviser may leave their name with the Resource Centre Manager and a convenient appointment will be arranged for them. Students can be referred by any member of staff or ‘self’ refer’.

 

Staff Development

All staff involved in the College have an entitlement to CEIAG training. This usually takes the form of official training courses and programmes or INSET.

 

Partnerships

We will work in partnership with:

  • YouthInc Derbyshire who will support and complement careers education, and provide guidance to individuals.
  • Local industry and business who will be involved in Employer Interviews, work experience placements and work place visits.
  • Institutions of Further and Higher Education to exchange up-to-date information and advice.
  • Parents and guardians to exchange information and to enrich the CEIAG programme by contributing to careers education where appropriate and helping to evaluate the provision.

 

Monitoring, Evaluation and Development Planning

The CEIAG policy and programme will be regularly monitored and evaluated through a variety of techniques to ensure as far as possible:

  • Relevance to student needs
  • To link with whole school improvement plan
  • Effective response to change.

 

Post 16 Destinations

Year 11 progression data (NEET Figures) - this information is provided by YouthInc and is used to monitor the number of students who progress into various post-16 opportunities.

 

Work Experience

All Year 10 students take part in the Work Experience programme which takes place annually. This gives students the opportunity to work shadow adults in a working environment of their choice.  Parents are informed and some students find their own placements.  All placements are Health and Safety risk assessed and have the appropriate insurance.

Preparation and follow up of work experience takes place in PSHE lessons.  Students are visited by staff at the placement.  They are expected to keep a diary of their experiences and a debrief session takes place upon their return.

 

Other

The Headteacher, Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for Careers, Post 16 and PSHE, and YouthInc personnel formally review the partnership contract between the two parties annually.

Parents are welcome to give feedback on any aspect of the service to staff when they attend parents evenings, options evenings etc. Feedback is also sought using work experience diaries and employer interview days etc.

Students are encouraged to give feedback to any member of staff, the YouthInc Advicer, or by using the formal feedback forms in the Learning Resource Centre.

 

Personnel Structure

Governors

Headteacher

Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for Careers, PSHE and Post 16

Curriculum Leader for Personal Development

 

External Agencies

School Nurse

YouthInc Advisers & Staff

Youth Workers

Chesterfield College

Employers & Local Businesses

Sheffield University

Local Colleges & Sixth Forms

 

Other In-House Staff

Network Manager

Student Library Assistants

Dell Technicians