CEIAG Vision and Rationale
The Vision behind CEIAG at Prince William School
The vision for Prince William School is to raise the aspirations of our students by nurturing a passion for learning, enriching their learning experiences, providing the knowledge and skills they need to be successful in adult life, and enabling them to secure outcomes which exceed their expectations.
We want to create confident, resilient and well-rounded adults who have an aspiration for self-improvement and are able to compete equally with their peers in a world beyond school life. We aim to provide an education which prepares students for the adult world of work as well as the information, advice and guidance they need so that they can plan for life beyond school and which will allow them to follow their career aspirations successfully. We recognise that they will need to be able to continue to learn new skills and acquire new knowledge throughout their working lives and the education, information, advice and guidance we provide will be a springboard for this.
CEIAG is provided to all students through their Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education lessons. In Years 7-11 these lessons are taught once per fortnight. CEIAG is one strand in this broad area of Relationships, Health and Well-being, and Living in the Wider World. Alonside this, CEIAG forms part of the assembly programme as well as being complimented by talks aimed at specific students.
Our school’s tagline (‘Learning for Life’) and core values (that all students should be ‘Respectful, Ambitious, and Resilient’) support the importance high quality CEAIG. We aim to provide an effective careers programme which offers all students advice, experience and contact with employers which will help to raise their aspirations, support them in making informed decisions about career pathways, and understand what they need to do to be successful.
The Rational behind CEIAG
The fast-changing world of work
The UK Commission for Employment and Skills produced a “Working Futures” report which predicts that the majority of the future net increases of jobs up to 2024 within the SEMLEP area (South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership) will require attainment/training/skills acquisition at Levels 2,3 and 6. Over 65% of jobs will require a Level 4 qualification or over.
Within the SEMLEP area their model projects that there will be substantial jobs expansion demand over the period to 2024 particularly in the higher qualified jobs such as managers, business, science, and engineering, as well as in the caring professions.
Our CEIAG provision needs to inspire and prepare our students for the fast-changing world of work. They need education, information, advice and guidance that is current and relevant, as well as an awareness of the need to move and adapt with the changing times.
At Prince William School we are working with SEMLEP, which is in turn advised by the Careers and Enterprise Company. Through networking meetings and guidance from advisors we are working to ensure, in line with the Gatsby Benchmarks, that our students will:
- Gain advice on different pathways post 16 and beyond
- Be advised as to how the curriculum links with different careers
- Learn from career and labour market information
- Have meaningful encounters with further and higher education as well as employers and employees
- Experience the workplace
- Receive independent and impartial careers guidance.
Each student is unique and therefore it is important that in delivering CEIAG we are meeting the needs of all of our students.
CEIAG at Prince William School
- Through PSHE, students in years 7 through to 10 discuss current issues through our Vote Topic. Part of this involves making links between these issues and different careers.
- Through PSHE, students in years 9 and 11 receive guidance on options and pathways for KS4 and KS5.
- In Key Stage 4, students have access to a range of employers during a day. They receive advice on CV writing and interview skills as well as information on post 16 options and pathways.
- Through PSHE, students in Key Stage 4 receive guidance on a variety of employability skills. They also receive presentations regarding Apprenticeships, Sixth Form study as well as other pathways.
- Students in Year 12 receive guidance on applying to university and university life as well as presentations regarding apprenticeships and employability skills.
- Those students applying for Oxbridge, Medicine and Veterinary Medicine receive sessions on interview technique as well as mock interviews.
- The Prince William School website, gives quarterly labour market information as well as monthly updates on apprenticeships for students and information for parents. Students will be guided through this and a user guide will go home to parents.
- All students are enrolled on to ‘Work Ready’ an employability site that guides students through employability skills as well as providing up to date information through news and quizzes. Students will be guided through this and a user guide will go home to parents.
- Working with East Northants County Council, we hope to bring in to school business leaders, further education and university representatives to present up to date information to all of our students. We are looking at different models of independent and impartial careers guidance for our Year 11 and Sixth Form students as well as models of work experience for our Year 10 students. It is important that all of these are engaging, meaningful and inspiring.
Our Careers Provision is monitored and evaluated using the following measures:
- Intended Destinations data and September Guarantee data – reported back to Northamptonshire County Council – this evidences what our students intend to do after Year 11 and secured places at the start of the following academic year.
- Student destination figures post 18.
- Employer feedback.
- Student feedback post event evaluations.
- Self-evaluating tool – Compass supported by Careers and Enterprise Company, to show how our Careers Education aligns with the Gatsby benchmarks.
This careers programme will be reviewed June 2021.