Careers, Information, Advice and Guidance

Careers, Information, Advice and Guidance

All pupils at the College follow our Careers, Information, Advice and Guidance (CIAG) programme. This is built around the Gatsby benchmarks, which identify the eight areas in which a College should be engaging in order to deliver a successful CEIAG programme.  In Year 11 CEIAG is taught through dedicatd fortnightly lessons.  During other years the programme is delivered through PSHE days, assemblies, collapsed mornings, external events and employer engagement opportunities.

In Year 11, pupils are fully prepared for post-16 education, jobs with training or apprenticeships.  Submitting successful applications, developing effective interview techniques and understanding the range of qualifications and pathways are key aspects of the course for all pupils.  We also offer targeted Careers Guidance Interviews with Mrs Burr, our level 6 qualified Careers Advisor.  We follow fully the Cambridge Area Partnership (CAP) application process to post-16 schools and colleges.  In this, we use www.ucasprogress.com which helps pupils to search for appropriate courses and apply; our pupils have a strong record of success in securing preferred courses and centres. 

In Year 10, all pupils take part in an Enterprise PSHE day delivered by guests from local and international businesses. This serves to foster skills of team work, resilience, reliability, resourcefulness and entrepreneurial spirit.  We value strongly how enterprise education can deliver key skills that complement and expand on the curriculum.

All pupils will undertake work experience in the summer term of Year 10.  We recognise how this experience gives pupils an insight into the world of work and equips them with valuable skills for the next stage in their education and beyond. Pupils will be allocated a placement or may seek their own placement as long as it fulfills our requirements for a comprehensive, engagaing and safe experience.

We begin our CIAG programme in Key Stage Three. Through our PSHE programme, we ensure that pupils understand basic financial planning, personal goal setting, career opportunities and the importance of attaining at the best possible level.  In Year 9, all pupils engage in a rigorous options process to ensure choices at KS4 are appropriate, broad and suitable for career aspirations.  Parents are involved in our KS4 options process through an information evening, our parents’ consultation evening and one to one interviews with pupild and senior staff during the spring term.  In Years 7 and 8 CEIAG is delivered through the PSHE programme, including 'The Real Game' in Year 7, and the 'What's my line?' sessions in Year 8.  Year 7 pupils also have the opportunity to take part in Cambridge Launchpad, with extended engagement from local and national businesses and the opportunity to solve real-life problems.

The effectiveness of our CEIAG provision at the College is regularly monitored by senior management as well as by the governing body. The link governor for CEIAG visits the College on a termly basis to review effectiveness against the Gatsby benchmarks and using the guidance for governing bodies given by the department for Education. The College also completes the Compass tool provided by the Careers and Enterprise Company to assess the Careers Provision.

As a College we are committed to providing regular, meaningful and sustained opportunities for employers as well as education and training providers to access all pupils, including to inform them about approved technical education qualifications and apprenticeships. Please see the Policy Statement below which sets out the circumstances under which education and training providers will be given access to pupils.

Should you have any questions about the CEIAG programme please contact Daniel Burgess, the Programme Lead and Assistant Principal at dburgess@sawstonvc.org

 

Year 11 information Evening 2018

Year 11 information Evening 2018 - English

Year 11 information Evening 2018 - Maths

Year 11 information Evening 2018 - Science

 

Year 10 information Evening 2018

 

Provider Fair Access Policy November 2018

 

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