Career Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)

 

Career Mark AwardOur Commitment to Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance How We Support Our StudentsGateway to UniversityCEIAG Information for Students and TutorsCareers Events and Key DatesHelp with planning your future

Career Mark Award

In June 2015 our College achieved the Career Mark Award. In its 6th edition, the award is based on a continuous cycle of development. This ensures that we are demonstrating a high quality CEIAG provision that meets current legislation and guidance. Career Mark also helps to ensure our students receive appropriate support and guidance when making decisions for their future.

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Our College Policy

Rationale

 

An effective Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) programme will make a major contribution preparing our students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. A planned progressive programme of activities supports them in choosing career and education pathways. The programme also helps students select options that suit their interests, abilities and helps sustain employability throughout their working lives.

Commitment

In order to ensure our students leave St Andrew’s fully equipped to be successful in the employment market, the College has taken the decision to use the Career Mark Framework.  This will support and ensure the College complies with the requirements of the 2011 Education Act and the subsequent Statutory and Supplementary Guidance published in April 2014.

Aims

St. Andrew’s College Cambridge Careers Education and Guidance policy has the following aims:-

  • to contribute to strategies for raising achievement, especially by increasing motivation
  • to support inclusion, challenge stereotyping and promote equality of opportunity
  • to encourage participation in continued learning including higher education and further education
  • to develop enterprise and employment skills
  • to reduce drop out from and course switching in education and training
  • to meet the needs of all our students through appropriate differentiation
  • to focus students on their future aspirations
  • to inform parents, agents and carers

A range of measures are used to assess how student progress, evaluate the programme and communicate success to students, parents, agents and staff.

Destination Measures are;

  • Student UCAS Registrations by the end of February
  • Student UCAS Conditional Offers by the end of March
  • Student UCAS Unconditional Offers by the end of September
  • Success rate moving from Key Stage 4 to 5

The development of student competencies and individual progression is monitored weekly using a simple ‘traffic light system’.

Student Entitlement

Careers education and guidance is an important component of the Curriculum. A ‘Student Entitlement Statement’ forms part of ‘The Student Handbook’ issued to students at their Induction Session. A comprehensive UCAS Guide written and developed for our students is also issued.

Development

The Policy has been developed by the Principal with input from Tutors and the Career & Further Education (C&FE) Coordinator. The Policy is reviewed by the Principal every year based on current good practice guidelines.  The document is signed off by the Principal.

Links with other Policies

The Policy supports and is underpinned by key college policies including those for Teaching and Learning, Assessment, Recording and Reporting Achievement, Citizenship, PSHE, Work Related Learning and Enterprise, Equal Opportunities and Diversity, Health and Safety, Gifted & Talented and Special Needs.

Implementation of Careers Education and Guidance

St Andrew’s CEIAG provision is delivered by Personal Tutors allocated to each student, the General Studies Tutor and subject teachers. Provision is integrated in to subject Schemes of Work and Lesson Plans where appropriate. Tutors have weekly meetings with students to provide CEIAG and monitor progression. The Principal monitors students and provides help and support to Tutors.

Impartial and independent careers guidance is provided through a combination of Tutors, a range of external providers and independent specialist advisers. The College provides a programme of careers related events throughout the year. Events have been mapped against Career Development Institute Framework for Careers, Employability and Enterprise Education.

A Careers Library, together with computer and internet access is available throughout the college day. Extra support, where appropriate, is provided by the SENCO, Principal and Tutors.

Equality and Diversity

Careers education is provided to all students and provision is made to allow all students to access the curriculum. Students are encouraged to follow career paths that suit their interests, skills and strengths with the absence of stereotypes. All students are provided with the same opportunities and diversity is celebrated.  Tutors and teaching staff are aware of and trained regarding cultural diversity and related issues.

Parents Agents and Carers

Parental involvement is encouraged at all stages. Parents/Agents are kept up to date with careers related information through letters, emails and End of Term Reports. Parents and or Agents are welcome at careers interviews and where necessary are invited. A communication link is established between Tutors and House Wardens to facilitate feedback out of normal teaching hours.

Management

The Principal has overall responsibility for the delivery of the CEIAG programme for all key stages.

Staffing

All staff contribute to the CEIAG programme through their roles as Tutors and subject teachers. The C&FE Coordinator works closely with Tutors to help ensure consistency, continuity and assists with the effective dissemination of CEIAG information to all staff.

The Careers programme is planned, monitored and evaluated by the C&FE Co-ordinator. The Co-ordinator will liaise and consult with partners to ensure that specialist career guidance is available when required.

The C&FE Co-ordinator is responsible for maintaining the Careers Library.

Curriculum

College programmes includes careers education tutorials, career guidance activities (group and individual work), information and research activities, work related learning and individual learning activities.

 

Partnerships

Our partners provide impartial and independent careers guidance. The College has strong links with a number of Universities. Anglia Ruskin University, Oxford Brookes University, the University of East Anglia, University of Kent, University of Birmingham, University of Reading, University of Leeds, Queen Mary University of London, University of Essex and University of Brighton.  The College is building new relationships with Durham, Exeter and Liverpool attending Events at College this year.

 

They attend at least once a year at pre-arranged open days. Representatives from the universities deliver presentation to assist students in their UCAS applications. A number of other universities attend for one off visits.

Strong relationships with Universities and local colleges also enable students to attend workshops and lectures to further develop their awareness of life at university.

The College is working to provide links with local businesses.

Resources

Significant funding is allocated for the development and support of CEIAG and the provision of Personal Tutors. The C&FE Co-ordinator is responsible for the effective deployment of non-staff resources.

Staff Development

The Principal’s weekly meeting with Tutors provides regular support for those delivering CEIAG. A number of new Tutors are supported by more experience Tutors.  Where CEIAG training needs are identified through these meetings, information is fed back to the C&FE Co-ordinator who will arrange appropriate training.

Monitoring Review and Evaluation

St Andrew’s CIEAG provision is monitored and evaluated annually by the Principal. A range of both quantitative and qualitative measures are used to assess how well our students are doing and help identify programme improvements.

St Andrew’s contract with our external careers adviser is reviewed annually by the Principal and C&FE Co-ordinator.

The programme is reviewed annually by the Principal and C&FE Co-ordinator. Changes and improvements to the programme are entered into the Business Development Plan along with timescales for completion.

When reviewing the programme, the College Improvement Plan (CIP) is used to ensure that CIEAG provision given is fully supporting the overall college aims.

Monitoring Review and Evaluation

St Andrew’s CIEAG provision is monitored and evaluated annually by the Principal. A range of both quantitative and qualitative measures are used to assess how well our students are doing and help identify programme improvements.

St Andrew’s contract with our external careers adviser is reviewed annually by the Principal and C&FE Co-ordinator.

The programme is reviewed annually by the Principal and C&FE Co-ordinator. Changes and improvements to the programme are entered into the Business Development Plan along with timescales for completion.

When reviewing the programme, the College Improvement Plan (CIP) is used to ensure that CIEAG provision given is fully supporting the overall college aims.

How We Support Our Students

With few exceptions, St Andrew’s student profile is international. The College has responsibility for helping students adjust to being away from home and the UK environment. As such we put in place an extensive programme of tutor training and pastoral support. Our staff are experienced in assessing the needs of our students.

Students arrive with future aspirations that are not always realistic. Each is allocated a personal tutor who manages expectations in a positive way to ensure good outcomes. Both Tutors and teaching staff are aware of and trained regarding cultural diversity and related issues.

Our CEIAG is based on an initial face to face discussion with students. A comprehensive UCAS Guide written and developed for our students is issued. The Principal meets tutors every week to monitor progress.

At the start of the year Tutors make contact with Parents/Agents to introduce themselves and establish a communication link. From time to time parents/agents will visit College to discuss career options. At the end of each term, a progress report is sent to Parents/Agents.
Our CEIAG provision is supported by activities such as the Young Enterprise Programme where students participate in forming and running their own company. Students create ideas for products they will design and sell. Other partnership workshops are designed to add practical experiences. Also linked subject Lesson Plans show, for example; how activates such as presentation and team work skills are developed.

The College identifies Gifted and Talented students who are provided additional Tutor support to manage a more demanding university application process within a limited timeframe. Students with Special Education Needs are also provided additional support throughout the UCAS process.
The College has appointed an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Co-Ordinator. The job holder’s objective is to manage a programme ensuring students who need additional English language are supported and meet the English language standard required for university entry.

Gateway to University

Our Tutors are all UCAS trained and their role is to ensure our students select their best possible university options. A comprehensive UCAS Guide written and developed for our students is issued at the start of their final year.

The Guide contains a step by step help for students making their university choices and independent information such as the links below;

CEIAG Information for Students and Tutors

Careers Resources for Students

Careers information and advice – check over 700 job profiles to find out what courses you could do – lots of information that will help you to plan your career; https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/
Help searching for Jobs; http://www.jobs4u.uk.com/
Kudos is an impartial online careers guidance and information program that helps young people plan their future and make informed decisions; http://www.cascaid.co.uk/kudos/

 

An online library of careers related film, news and information. Case study films show real people doing real jobs, giving an insight into careers across all sectors; http://www.careersbox.co.uk/
Sign up for information and advice to help you get a job https://www.barclayslifeskills.com/

EDT is an independent charity running schemes to inspire and motivate young people to choose a career in science, engineering and technology http://www.etrust.org.uk/

 

On-line careers library http://www.careers-gateway.co.uk/

 

A Law careers information resource http://www.allaboutlaw.co.uk/

 

Interested in studying in USA? Check out The Fulbright Commission website http://www.fulbright.org.uk/

 

Apprenticeship opportunities and information, advice and guidance http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk/

http://www.careersosimple.com/index.htm – lots of information and helpful links available without the need to register or sign in’

Independent Advice

Our fully qualified Independent Careers Advisor is also able to give you help.

Email Gary Longden garylongden53@gmail.com to set up a chat on Skype

Helpful Careers Resources for Tutors

Career Mark; https://www.careermark.co.uk/
Careers Gateway: (information about Careers Resources) http://www.careers-gateway.co.uk/
Women into Science, Engineering and Technology: http://www.wisecampaign.org.uk/
Bill Law’s Career-Learning Cafe: (Theories behind careers education) http://www.hihohiho.com/
Careers Development Institute: http://www.thecdi.net/Home
Barclays Life Skills (includes plans for lessons relating to work and finance): http://www.barclayslifeskills.com/
Transition Information (for Young People with disabilities) http://www.transitioninfonetwork.org.uk

Calendar of CEIAG Activities

  • September (January for Accelerated students) – Meet tutors and start UCAS application process (AS students moving to A2 would have started application process in previous academic year
  • Mid October – application deadline for UCAS applications for all medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine and veterinary science courses. Also for all courses at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge.
  • Last week in October – University Open Day followed by various university visits in second half of term
  • Mid November – Inspiring Futures, Career Skills workshops
  • Before Autumn Term ends – All Personal Statements and University Choices completed and application sent for tutor input
  • Mid January – application deadline for the receipt at UCAS of applications for A2 and September Foundation students
  • March to June – Students select UCAS Firm and Insurance choices based on forecast grades, IELTS level and tutor advice
  • End of March – application deadline for the receipt at UCAS of applications for Art and Design courses
  • End of June – Last date for the receipt of all other applications. This includes January Accelerated students but our target is early March.
  • May to July – Following Foundation Final Examinations, students placed at university or if unsuccessful, provided with options (Re-take exams, UCAS Extras, etc.)
  • Mid August – A level results published, students placed at university or if unsuccessful, provided with options (UCAS Extras, etc.)

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