Waddesdon Church of England School Careers Information, Advice and Education Guidance (CIAEG)
Careers Leader: Miss B Bridges
Aims and objectives of the Waddesdon careers programme
The school is committed to the education and development of its students from their entry in Year 7 until their departure from school and sees careers information, advice and education guidance as the responsibility of all staff.
We aim to prepare our students to go on to further or higher education or skilled employment and enable them to make a significant contribution to society.
Whilst qualifications remain very important, we recognise that employability or work-readiness is becoming more and more important to potential employers looking to fill vacancies. We do everything we can to ensure Waddesdon students develop these skills and attributes in order to get ahead in the workplace.
Within the scope of an effective CIAEG programme, the school seeks to provide the following entitlements and support for its students:
- Individual and impartial guidance from well informed staff who are supported by professionally qualified careers advisers, including information on apprenticeships, as well as ensuring that students understand how they will be able to apply the skills and knowledge gained in school to the world of work.
- Provision of career plans, in consultation with professional advisers, appropriate to their interests and potential at points in time, indicating steps to be taken, and updated at key transition points.
- Opportunities, via meaningful encounters with employers, to encounter a range of industries and occupations and understand the changes that are taking place in modern technological society.
- Access to high quality careers programme appropriate to students of different ages and abilities.
- Opportunities to acquire the necessary skills to research, analyze and interpret careers information within a planned programme of careers, integral to the curriculum.
- Careers provision which aims to increase motivation, aspiration, and achievement amongst all members of the school.This is a structured careers education guidance programme operating throughout Years 7-13, that is geared to the needs of students and is clearly understood by students, parents and teachers. The aims of this programme are to:
Careers education programme:
- Assist our young people to make informed decisions about their future
- Help our students become aware of their strengths, weaknesses and personal qualities
- Increase awareness of the demands of work and how this is organised
- Foster attitudes of self-reliance, initiative, reliability and confidence in order for students to cope with the changes that occur at various stages in their lives
- Ensure all students are aware of the value of qualifications, and the opportunities available to them in employment, further/higher education and training.
The programme is delivered through PSHE lessons, form time, assemblies, activity sessions and discrete timetabled lessons across Years 7-13.
Essential to the development of careers education and guidance is a close liaison with external careers support, whose advisers assist and support in the annual monitoring and evaluation of CIAEG.
Students can access information about careers via –
- a careers education programme (see above)
- opportunities for students and their parents, throughout Years 7-13, to consult teachers and careers advisers about career plans and option choices
- opportunities to access external careers support and advice
- careers seminars and school assemblies
- opportunities to work with local business mentors, meet potential employers and advisers and listen to external career-related speakers
- opportunities to encourage students at key stages to access work experience/work shadowing opportunities
- an annual careers fair, which includes information from universities, gap year providers, the Armed Forces, STEM, Apprenticeship Service, local and specialist colleges and local businesses
- opportunities to visit open days
- school trips linked to related careers
- guidance on how to write effective curriculum vitae and personal statements, interview training and mock interviews
- access to a careers library with relevant publications and on-line software.
Parents can access information about the careers programme via –
- parent consultation evenings
- school’s Careers Leader
- school information events e.g options meetings, Sixth form Open Evening
- regular correspondence from the school
- careers fair event
- website information and useful links
- access to careers library.
Employers can access information about the careers programme via –
- school website
- school’s Careers Leader
- CIAEG External Provider Contract
Measuring the impact of the careers programme on students
As a school, we measure the impact of our CIAEG programme through student destinations, student feedback, including individual and group discussions, subject monitoring and teacher evaluation, parent questionnaires, and consultation with external CIAEG providers.
Date of CIAEG review: July 2019