Careers advice

Introduction

This policy statement sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to pupils 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.

Pupil entitlement

All pupils in years 8-13 are entitled:

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

The careers programme is managed and led by the SLT lead for CEIAG.

Careers resources, available in the entrance of Alex building for all students, are relevant and up- dated regularly. Access to careers software and the internet is available across school.

Participation in activities, both in school and off-site, provide employer contact and further information. Holly Lodge employs the services of an external IAG provider, “Career Connect”, which provides individual careers interviews for Year 11 and pupil premium students in Year 10 and careers information, advice and guidance to groups of students from Year 8, 9, 10, 12 and 13.

Careers focused activities will be delivered through the PSHE curriculum and are provided and managed by the Curriculum Leader responsible for PSHE/Citizenship and CEAIG. This will include activities about work to develop knowledge and to develop skills.

Training needs are identified and offered to all relevant staff as opportunities arise. Information is then brought back in to school and shared with other staff members. Careers staff attend IAG meetings as necessary.

The SLT lead will be responsible for the monitoring, review and evaluation of the programme. Students will be consulted on the impact of the CEIAG programme and changes may be made as a result.

We will evaluate events using student voice and use our destination data to ensure that students are enrolling for appropriate courses.

Latest figures from the LA give us a figure of 94.6% of students who left in 2017 being EET (in employment, education and training), with 2.7% not known.  This is better than national and local data.

 

Key Stage3 Provision

  • Curriculum support in all subjects promoting related job advice
  • Access to the careers software
  • Y9 will be invited to attend an Options Evening
  • Assemblies and other information on KS4 options including vocational and alternative courses.
  • Specialised sessions from Career Connect

By the end of Stage 3 all students will have:

  • A better understanding of their strengths, achievements and weaknesses and support to evaluate how these might inform future choices in learning and work
  • A better understanding of the full range of 14-19 opportunities for progression
  • An understanding of some of the qualities, attitudes and skills needed for employability.
  • Used online careers resources to research information about opportunities and apply their findings to help to make informed choices for Key Stage 4 Options.
  • Received appropriate advice and guidance on Key Stage 4 options, and prepared an individual learning plan that sets broad learning goals for the 14-19 phase.
  • Had opportunities for meaningful encounters with employers and/or HE providers.

 

 

Key Stage 4 Provision

  • Taster days at local colleges and/or Holly Lodge Sixth Form.
  • One week block work experience placement which focuses on students’ future career aspirations, where possible, allowing learning about work through the experience of work
  • Careers access for every Year 11 student, including individual interviews
  • Information on College Open dates
  • Information on apprenticeships
  • Support with completing College Application forms and access to computers for on-line registration
  • Mock Interviews for all Y11 students
  • Parent evenings and some assemblies are supported by external IAG provider
  • Assemblies and access to local market information
  • Opportunities for meaningful encounters with employers and HE providers

 

 

By the end of stage 4, all students will have:

  • Enhanced their self-knowledge, career management and employability skills
  • Used ICT software and other sources of advice to investigate and explore future choices and progression routes
  • Experienced the World of Work through a work placement
  • Been given direct access to employers, colleges and training providers
  • Been given guidance to help identify a range of post-16 options and careers advice and support networks that they can use to plan and negotiate their career pathways.
  • Been provided with the resources to complete the post-16 application procedures, including CVs, personal statements, and preparation for interview
  • Produced a challenging but realistic plan for their future learning and work, by relating their abilities, attributes and achievements to the goals they have set themselves
  • Been made aware of the current labour market, with consideration given to growth sectors in Liverpool

 

Key Stage 5 Provision

  • Work placements in Health and Social Care, Art and Applied science BTECS where students study modules in placement
  • All students given the opportunity to attend university taster day at Liverpool
  • Opportunities given to attend university lectures/workshops in their specialisms
  • Students encouraged to volunteer as part of enrichment
  • Opportunities given in school for volunteering such as teaching assistant positions
  • Access to Career Connect advisor for individual or group work sessions as required
  • Progression routes and opportunities for further study advertised including apprenticeships and courses
  • Careers Fairs planned with partner schools for Y13 when appropriate
  • Future focus week to help students decide between University and other progression routes
  • Students offered places on a range of courses to assist with applications of law, medicine etc depending on student interest.
  • UCAS workshops and drop ins to aid application
  • Opportunities to visit open days for target universities

 

By the end of Key Stage 5, all students will have:

  • Used ICT software and other sources of advice to investigate and explore future choices and progression routes
  • Had the opportunity to experience the World of Work through enrichment and/or vocational courses
  • Had taster days for university, if applicable
  • Been given direct access to employers, colleges and training providers
  • Been given guidance to help identify a range of options and careers advice and support networks that they can use to plan and negotiate their career pathways.
  • Been provided with the resources to complete college/university/apprenticeship/job applications, including CVs, personal statements, and preparation for interview
  • Produced a challenging but realistic plan for their future learning and work, by relating their abilities, attributes and achievements to the goals they have set themselves

To be reviewed in July 2019.

 

 

Management of provider access requests

Procedure

A provider wishing to request access should contact Bridget Hitchings, Assistant Headteacher

Telephone: 0151 228 3772; Email: b.hitchings@hollylodge.liverpool.sch.uk

Opportunities for access

A number of events, integrated into the school careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to pupils and/or their parents/carers:

Careers’ Fair

Mock interviews

Assemblies

Future Focus Week (Y12 and Y13)

Careers Event

In the week before half term, there were several events to help guide and support our Year 10 and Year 11 students making some decisions about their futures.

On Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th February all Year 11 students had a mock interview with representatives of businesses, colleges and universities.  The feedback from staff and students was really positive.  The students found it really useful to find out how to make improvements to their application forms and interview techniques and they gained a lot of confidence from the experience.  The employers were impressed by the maturity and ambition of the students. One commented that “Every girl I saw today was pleasant and polite and a credit to the school – a delight to be involved”.

 

On Thursday 8th February we had representatives from:

Liverpool University, LJMU, Liverpool Hope, Chester University, Edge Hill University, City of Liverpool College, Shaping Futures, Holly Lodge Sixth Form, St Helens College, Knowsley College, Cronton and Riverside, Hugh Baird, Myerscough, LIPA, Montebello, Michael John, Little League Sports, 3AAA, TPM, HMRC, Institute of Chemical Engineers, American Airlines, National Citizen Services and Career Connect come into school.  They saw all Year 10 and Year 11 students, with sixth formers visiting as well.

Students were able to get further knowledge about courses: how to apply, what was needed to get on them and where they could lead too.  Many were able to sign up on the day and now have interviews for our sixth form, local colleges or for apprenticeships.

All of this will be further backed up in school with Career Connect appointments for direct support.

We’d like to thank all of the providers and employers who have supported us with these events.

Useful Links

 

National Careers Service:

https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/

National Apprenticeship Service:

https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship

Career Connect:

https://www.careerconnect.org.uk/

Success at School:

https://successatschool.org/

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