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Careers Information Advice and Educational Guidance

At The Prescot School all students have access to careers education, information, advice and guidance, as part of the curriculum. The programme is mainly delivered through our SMSC (PSHCE) lessons but further activities and special events also provide extended opportunities for careers guidance and support.

Careers Education, Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) is a part of every student’s entitlement, and here at The Prescot School we are committed to using a variety of learning experiences to help young people manage the key decision points in their lives. The education they receive prepares them to make informed decisions about the next learning or employment stage for them.

Students will get the opportunity to meet with Mrs Robinson, the Careers Engagement Facilitator at key decision points in their school life, and at other times if they are in particular need of support. At this time, they can talk about their ideas for the future, explore the range of options after they leave school and plan the steps to achieve their end goal. Students can expect advice and guidance that is personalised, comprehensive and impartial.

The importance of Careers Education is highlighted across the school with relevant careers boards in department areas and a well-stocked, easily accessed careers area in Homebase 5.

The school’s careers provision is audited every four months using the Careers and Enterprise Compass tracking tool and that the date for the next review is end of October 2021.

See below for a more comprehensive look at the opportunities and activities on offer throughout the year:

Take a look at our Careers Learning Journey Guide.

For further information about careers guidance at The Prescot School or any questions that we may be able to help with please do not hesitate to contact us at the school.

Mrs J Robinson – Careers Engagement Facilitator – jrobinson@prescotschool.org.uk

Mrs C Haigh – Head of Careers – chaigh@prescotschool.org.uk

Impact

At The Prescot School, careers information, advice and guidance (CIAG) is offered and delivered through a wide range of integrated programmes from Years 7 to 13. ‘Careers’ forms an important part of our wider strategy and aims to meet and exceed the statutory requirements to provide impartial advice and guidance to all our students. The careers programmes we deliver also link to important polices that promote equality and diversity.

We know that effective careers advice has a positive and direct impact on a student’s aspirations and motivation to succeed. As such, we aim to meet all 8 of the Gatsby ‘gold standard’ benchmarks that promote effective careers delivery in schools.

The eight Gatsby ‘benchmarks’ of Good Career Guidance are:

1. To provide a stable careers programme
2. Learn from career and labour market information (and adapt accordingly)
3. Address the needs of each pupil i.e. understand their individual aspirations
4. Linking the student’s curriculum learning to careers
5. Providing encounters with employers and employees (for each year group)
6. Providing experiences of the workplace
7. Providing encounters with further and higher education providers (including Apprenticeship providers)
8. Ensuring personal guidance is available and offered to all students

Our careers programmes are regularly reviewed using this model as a benchmark; ensuring its ultimate fitness for purpose.

Baker Clause Access – Student Entitlement

Students are entitled to:

  • find out about apprenticeship, employment and alternative technical training opportunities as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point.
  • hear from a range of local and national providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options evenings, assemblies and group discussions and taster events.
  • understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.
Baker Clause Statement

This statement sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to students at the school for the purpose of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.

As part of our CEIAG programme, we will consider requests from approved training, apprenticeship and vocational education providers to speak to students. We also approach these providers when planning and organising key CEIAG events throughout the school year.

All requests should be emailed at least six weeks in advance of an expected date for the planned session.

In the first instance, requests by providers should be sent to CHaigh@prescotschool.org.uk and should include:

  • The proposed format, timings and duration of the planned session.
  • The number of staff from the provider’s organisation who propose to visit.
  • Any support requirements needed from the school.
  • All requests will be given due consideration from the designated Careers Leader and Senior Leadership. Requests will be considered against:
  • Clashes with other planned activities or visits.
  • Interruption to preparation for public or internal examinations.
  • Availability of school staff, space and resources to host the session.

The Executive Principal/Head of School may refuse a request if it would be likely to be detrimental to the safety or wellbeing of students or staff, or if granting the request would be likely to bring the school or the Trust into disrepute.

For questions on this policy statement or the wider CEIAG programme at The Prescot School, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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