As a school we are also using Unifrog and Compass + plus to map across our entire student body in terms of their career aspirations and ideas, and allows us to specifically target relevant advice and guidance for each student, ensuring they have a highly tailored, laser-sharp approach in their seven years with us.
Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)
We firmly believe that Careers Education is an essential part of preparing our students for society and enriching their curriculum. As a result, the development and refining of our Careers Education programme is an ongoing practice, and consequently, we set as much importance on it as we do our mainstream curriculum. Our Careers Education programme supports our learners from Year 7 right the way through to the end of their academic journey in Year 13. We realise that the modern world requires an emphasis on skills rather than defined careers, and in Year 7 we begin our journey with our learners by making Careers Education a central part of our pastoral programme that runs as a constant thread through their education. Our Year 10 students undertake work experience placements, and we are supported by Careers South West who provide impartial advice and guidance and hold interviews with all our Year 11 students helping them with their choices for Post 16. As a school we are also using Unifrog and Compass + plus to map across our entire student body in terms of their career aspirations and ideas, and allows us to specifically target relevant advice and guidance for each student, ensuring they have a highly tailored, laser-sharp approach in their seven years with us.
In the Sixth Form, Careers Education is added to the Year 12 curriculum as a discreet subject and includes talks by visiting speakers, extensive support for the UCAS application programme, including Oxbridge and Early Entry applications and information on vocational pathways as well. This builds upon the Careers Education sessions in the lower school and helps students formulate career ideas, hone vital facilitating skills and allows them to resonate these skills with their learning in their A-Level subjects. Additionally, work experience continues into the Sixth Form and all students are given the opportunity to explore work-based learning, usually running on Wednesday afternoons or Friday mornings. The nature of these placements is career-related and forms an important part of the enrichment curriculum.
In addition to academic success, all students Years 7-13 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.
We use Gatsby benchmarks to constantly assess the effectiveness of our provision, and we closely monitor the impact of this by keeping up to date records of work experience and careers related experiences of our students, this includes information sessions in Year 8 and Year 9 where information about Higher Education destinations is covered. This information is essential in helping us constantly refine our Careers Education programme and allows us to take a bespoke approach with individual students to help them with careers advice.
Our Careers programme also allows for access to our students by technical and vocational providers so that they are fully informed of approved technical education qualifications and apprenticeships. This includes talks from City College, Plymouth and other external providers on apprenticeships in the Sixth Form, a visit to the Skills South West event in Year 10, a Year 11 options day when vocational pathways are explored with members of staff. In addition, students in the Sixth Form as part of their UCAS preparation are also made aware of the vocational and technical options on offer. This is covered discreetly in the Year 12 UCAS day in June.
By the end of their seven-year journey, our students are ready to take their place in the world as self-aware, considerate, adaptable learners with an appetite for learning and a curiosity that serves them well into their working lives, and importantly for many inspires them to come back and teach the next generation of students.
Careers Education provision is assessed every September from Years 7-13 at the start of every academic year. If parents wish to access any aspects of our Careers Education programme, then they can contact our Careers Lead listed at the bottom of this page.
We also regularly evaluate our careers programme with a system of feedback from parents, employers and students. This helps inform our review of the careers programme. Additionally, we have a Careers and Transition Team who meet regularly throughout the year whose main task is to evaluate the careers programme and to analyse what targeted supported students need with their careers curriculum as they move through their transitions from Key Stage 3, to GCSE and to A-Level.
Mr E Lamb
Assistant Head Teacher
Head of Sixth Form
Devonport High School for Girls
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