‘Every school and college should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by pupils, parents, teachers and employers’
How We Achieve This Benchmark
Within the school we have dedicated staff that are responsible for the delivery and development of CEIAG. We have a member of staff that is designated to the coordination of CEIAG the careers coordinator is supported and backed on a senior leadership level working as the LIP and reports directly with Mr Boyles. This set up implements and supports CEIAG at each level within the school.
The school’s program is currently explained and clearly set out on the school’s website, this allows access to parents and students.
Each year a school CEIAG plan is written that clearly sets out how CEIAG will be implemented and addressed across the different Gatsby Benchmarks.
There is a clear pathway for students from year 7 to year 13 that have extensive and a wide range of CEIAG activities.
Within HBHS there is now a clear and stable embedded program that has a stable framework to be developed on to be a pioneer for schools in CEIAG.
Every year the progress against the Gatsby Benchmarks is reviewed and assessed by using Compass, a tool provided by the education people.
All students are fully supported and guided through a process of planning their future from the beginning of Year12. Information is delivered through PSHEE, Trips, Assemblies, mentor time, individual departments and through newsletters.
All students should develop a greater understanding of their abilities and the opportunities available to them. Undertake Work Experience with an understanding of employer expectations, along with local Labour Market Information. Students should learn how to make decisions about their future,
We encourage students from the outset of 6th Form to take responsibility for their onward destination, whether this is applying for University Summer Schools or Access programmes offered by universities or seeking a work experience placement in a particular sector.
In term 3 of Year 12 – we hold a Life after 6th Form Talk where an independent careers adviser speaks to parents/carers and students regarding all Post 16 routes. We are a partner school of the University of Kent and they also join us for this talk and focus on the university pathway options and student finance.
This talk is followed by our Post 16 Pathways Conference, where students’ experience speakers from industry, Amazing Apprenticeships, PUSH talks and take part in workshops such as CV writing, employability skills, FE in HE, what can I do with my degree, specialist ARTs and Dance routes.
In Term 4/5 of Year 12 students can attend, the Apprenticeship Fair, Be an HE student for a day, attend the Ucas HE Exhibition along with many other virtual opportunities that are shared
In term 6 of Year 12 students decide to join a university or non-university pathway and we split out PSHEE classes accordingly and cater to individual routes. Students may however change routes at any time.
In Year 13, the non-university pathway, we have speakers from CXK Ltd, The Education people, Amazing Apprenticeships, the DWP, we undertake Mock Interviews as well as have Industry Guest speakers.
In Year 13, the university pathway focuses on research and applying to university using appropriate websites such as Ucas, Unifrog, Oscar, Leo Data as well as teacher support and alumni to support. All students applying to university have a one-to-one meeting with the 6th Form Leaders to discuss their choices and destinations before submission to Ucas.
Students receive weekly newsletters throughout 6th Form which informs them of a wealth of opportunities ranging from physical to virtual. Approximately 60% of our students move on to Higher Education and the remaining move on to Apprenticeships/Employments and Gap years.
All Post 16 Learners have access to an independent careers guide throughout 6th Form.