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Devonport High School for Girls

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)

We believe that Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance is vital to help all students to achieve their own potential, set them on the path to an appropriate course of higher education and to fulfil their dreams in a successful adult and working life.  From Year 8 upwards, careers guidance is part of the Tutor Programme, which increases in content and scope through Key Stage 4 and into the Sixth Form.  The school works closely with our Careers South West Advisor to provide independent and impartial careers advice; all Year 11 students attend an individual meeting, but any student may request an appointment with the Advisor. 

In addition to academic success, all students develop their employability skills by working towards a nationally-recognised qualification awarded by PiXL Edge.  The Edge is intended to develop and accredit the life skills and attributes that employers are telling us that students need – leadership, organisation, initiative, resilience and communication – and recognises what they can do as well as what they know. 

All Year 10 students spend a week on Work Experience, which provides a useful taste of the world of work, while a visit to the University of Plymouth Open Day provides a rich source of ideas for possible pathways to follow.

We fully appreciate the importance of making good choices for study after GCSEs.  Our Year 11 post-16 Options Day gives an excellent insight into Sixth Form courses, the chance to speak to Sixth Form students who are already studying subjects they may be interested in and guides students through online resources to research their career pathways in more detail.  Furthermore, each Year 11 student meets individually with a senior teacher to ensure that they are on course to achieve their career aspirations.  Careers literature is available in the library, while online resources may be accessed through Moodle, the school’s virtual learning environment.