Career Education Information Advice Guidance (CEIAG)
At Caterham High School we are committed to providing its students with a planned programme of careers education for all students in years 7-13, information, advice and guidance that is impartial and confidential (within legal confines) and prepares students for the challenges of adult and working life.
Caterham High School has a statutory requirement when delivering careers education to ensure that information about learning options and careers is presented impartially and that advice promotes the best interests of students.
The aims of outstanding, impartial careers education may be summarised as follows:
- Empowers young people to plan and manage their own futures
- Responds to the needs of each learner
- Provides comprehensive information and advice
- Raises aspirations
- Actively promotes equality of opportunity
- Challenges stereotypes
- Helps young people to progress
- Give a wider and relevant context for learning
Caterham High School is committed to raising aspirations and maximising the benefits for every student in the development of a whole school approach to CEIAG by providing a planned programme of activities both in and outside of the curriculum.
We fully endorse the DFE's 'Careers strategy: making the most of everyone's skills and talents' (December 2017) and the 8 Gatsby benchmarks:
The Gatsby Career Benchmarks: a world-class standard for schools and colleges
1. A stable careers programme. Every school and college should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by students, parents, teachers, governors and employers.
2. Learning from career and labour market information. Every student, and their parents, should have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. They will need the support of an informed adviser to make best use of available information.
3. Addressing the needs of each student. Students have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each student. A school's careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers. All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths.
5. Encounters with employers and employees. Every student should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes.
6. Experiences of workplaces. Every student should have first-hand experiences of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks.
7. Encounters with further and higher education. All students should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace.
8. Personal guidance. Every student should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a career adviser, who could be internal (a member of school staff) or external, provided they are trained to an appropriate level. These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made.
Place within the Curriculum
There is a planned programme of learning experiences with learning outcomes for Year 7 to Year 13, which enable young people to:
Develop themselves through career and work-related education Learn about careers and the world of work Develop career management and employability skills
Provision of external and independent careers guidance
An independent qualified Careers Advisor attends the school at regular and key times throughout the academic year to provide individual advice and guidance to students. All careers advice and guidance given is person centred, impartial, unbiased and confidential (within legal confines) and meets professional standards of practice.
Independent and impartial careers information, advice and guidance is provided in schools for students from year 9 onwards by qualified careers advisers who are attached to the school from Prospects.
Careers appointments can be arranged through Head of Year/ Form Tutor or Ms Conway at school.
Other formal and informal partnerships
The school has a number of formal and informal partnerships arrangements with post-16 providers, colleges, employers, higher education and training providers.
At points across the school year, a variety of employers and external providers are invited into Caterham High School to talk about different careers. Please see our Provider Access Policy for further details.
Management of CEIAG Provision
The CEIAG Programme is planned and implemented by our Careers Leader (Ms Conway) and the nominated member of SLT(Mr Casey), and involves working closely with the staff, students, parents and the wider community. This area is supported by our nominated link Governor (Ms Mercer).
All staff contribute to CEIAG through their roles as Tutors, Subject Teachers, Curriculum/Subject Leaders, and Heads of Year, or as a Careers Professional.
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