At Old Buckenham High School, we appreciate the importance of inspiring and informing students, providing effective and impartial advice and guidance to enable them to make decisions about their future. We also aim to equip them with the skills, qualifications and experience they need to realise those aspirations.
Throughout their time at Old Buckenham High School we aim to help students to
- identify their individual strengths and weaknesses
- be aware of education, training, the world of work and career opportunities
- be able to make informed choices about the opportunities available at post 16
- be aware of the flexible nature of career development at the present time
The key elements of a good Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) Programme should be to develop the self- awareness, opportunity awareness, decision making and transition planning skills of its students. It should also look to raise aspirations, broaden horizons and breakdown stereotypes. It should help students to understand the purpose, and benefits, of education and it should aim to inspire them to greater achievement in their formal qualifications as well as successful progression into the next stage of their lives, and the ‘world of work’ in the longer term.
A robust and inspiring CEIAG programme should be an integral part of the whole school and, as a result, OBHS’s CEIAG programme incorporates both formal careers education, information, advice and guidance activities, as well as other opportunities linked to each of the students’ subjects, whether this is delivered through/by bespoke lessons, external speakers, educational visits or developing our staff’s knowledge of the careers and opportunities linked to their subject areas. We believe that the whole school staff has a responsibility for the ‘careers education’ of its students and, therefore, it is important that all staff maintain an up-to-date knowledge of the opportunities that relate to their subjects, encourage students to explore ideas and are happy to provide additional information to students, or to refer them to other resources/colleagues with a more specific knowledge.
In addition to the proposed CEIAG programme, we should also aim to provide students with opportunities to experience the ‘world of work’ and to develop their key employability and enterprise skills throughout Years 7 – 11 and beyond. This will be achieved through their formal education as well as through extra and super-curricular activities both in school and outside of school. This part of the CEIAG programme should be built around the form tutor and, once again, will be an opportunity for the school to draw the links between academic achievement and the students’ future progression and should aim to confirm to the students that they will need more than just qualifications in order to be successful in their future plans.
Finally, we aim to continue to develop a range of different resources, including through the school’s website, to support the students (and their parents/carers) in researching and planning their futures, and we will work closely with other organisations, including the local authority, Further and Higher Education providers (including apprenticeship providers) and employers to offer appropriate information and support for all of our students so that they can all make successful transitions within, and beyond, OBHS and have successful and fulfilling lives in the future.
For students in Years 7 to 11 impartial advice and guidance is delivered as part of the Personal Development programme. Outside speakers and contributors are invited whenever appropriate.
As part of their impartial advice and guidance students will
- go on a one-week work experience placement in the summer term of Year 10,
- be offered guidance in how to fill in application forms, write a C.V, prepare for interviews etc.
- have a variety of careers lessons and enrichment activities where they will investigate different careers, training and education routes, learn how to action plan and make informed decisions.
Students are offered a one to one interview with Marianne Foster, our Careers Adviser who works closely with the school throughout the year. Marianne works predominantly with Year 11 students, but many students also see her for the first time in Year 8, 9 or 10. Marianne can be contacted by email email@example.com or via our Careers Leader Mrs Taylor firstname.lastname@example.org .
Old Buckenham High School is fully committed to ensuring that all students are made fully aware of the choices post 16. To this end, at the Year 10 & 11 Post 16 Information Evening, information about applying for Sixth Form, College and Apprenticeships is provided by representatives from these sectors.
We are also keen to have more engagement from parents and carers. If you would like to be involved in future careers events please contact Rebecca Taylor, Careers Leader, by email email@example.com.
Measuring and Assessing the impact of our Careers Programme
DfE Destinations Data which analyses post 16 choices looking at the variety of student destinations, retention rates and those not in training, education or employment.
Once a term the school assesses how it is working towards the Gatsby Benchmarks and uses the Careers and Enterprise Compass Tool to assess the impact of our careers provision.
Review of Careers Programme
OBHS’s CEIAG policy is reviewed every 3 years. The last review of the CEIAG policy was July 2019.
Open Evenings and Open Days
A list of local events for post 16 choices.
National Careers Service
Advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work.
Barclays Life Skills
Helping young people understand and develop the key skills they need to go forward into work.
The information, advice and careers advice for young people in Norfolk.
Lets you explore potential career opportunities across Norfolk and Suffolk. Includes a short careers quiz, videos, job profiles and you can sign up to receive information about opportunities.
Real-life career videos, advice and information to inspire your career.
Careersbox is a free online library of careers related film, news and information. As the preferred digital new media partner to the Institute of Career Guidance, the largest careers body in the UK, Careersbox aim is to deliver the right information at the right time to careers advisers and job seekers.