Careers Policy & Entitlement Statement
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3. Performance Monitoring
4. Entitlement Statement
Year 10 and 11
Careers education and guidance programmes make a major contribution to preparing young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. During their time at the BRIT School students will be supported by the School’s dedicated Careers Department and will take part in the KS4 ‘Steps to Success’ Careers Programme and a dedicated programme of Careers activities in Post 16. The programme encompasses a wide range of careers education, information, advice and guidance activities delivered through workshops, events, work experience and talks.
The BRIT School has a statutory duty to secure independent and impartial careers guidance for students in Years 10-13 (Statutory Guidance January 2018) and will be working towards achieving the eight benchmarks of good career guidance, developed by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, to set a standard of excellence:
1. A stable careers programme
2. Learning from career and labour market information
3. Addressing the needs of each student
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
5. Encounters with employers and employees
6. Experiences of workplaces
7. Encounters with further and higher education
8. Personal guidance
The following objectives cover a series of planned careers education and development activities will enable students:
- To develop knowledge and understanding of themselves and others as individuals - their strengths and limitations, abilities, personal qualities, potential, needs, attitudes and values.
- To raise aspirations and increase awareness of the world in which they live and the diverse range of education, training, employment and other career opportunities that are available.
- To make informed choices about their own continuing progression and development in education or employment.
- To cope with change and manage effectively the transition from the School to continuing education, working and adult life.
3. Performance Monitoring
- The impact of the careers programme is critical to ongoing development and success. The BRIT School recognises that this must be done in a more robust way therefore the School will be working towards external validation of its provision through the Quality in Careers Standard (Investor in Careers Award) involving a systematic review of provision and targeted approach to development.
4. Entitlement Statement
Detailed below is the BRIT School Student Entitlement Statement for CEIAG outlining how the Policy will be implemented at the BRIT School. The entitlement statement is published on the school website
Monitoring of the CEIAG programme is currently undertaken through review of the programme by the Careers Team, student voice and parent and staff feedback.
At The BRIT School each student has an entitlement to receive a comprehensive Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) programme delivered by experienced and enthusiastic staff.
At the BRIT School Claire Mullord is the Vice Principal with responsibility for Student Experience and CEIAG. The Careers Leader is Jo Evans (Careers Manager), she is supported by Rosa Murdoch, Careers Officer and George Smith, Careers Assistant. Angela Ferreira is the School Governor with oversight of CEIAG, along with the whole Governing body who provide input into support of CEIAG. The CEIAG team is also supported by an Independent Careers Advisor, Anna Jones, who provides one to one impartial guidance to students
Students themselves are central to an effective programme and other professionals including Industry Leaders, Teachers and the Head of Careers. Independent, impartial Careers Advisers make a vital contribution to ensuring that BRIT School students develop the skills they need to make well-informed realistic decisions that will enable them to achieve their full potential in the future. All students will be consulted on the entitlement to CEIAG and help shape what it should include.
The overall aim of an effective Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance programme is to help students to:
- Understand themselves better and develop their personal capabilities.
- Acquire the skills necessary for making realistic decisions.
- Make informed choices about their own career paths.
- Be aware of all education, training and career opportunities Post 16 and Post 18.
- Gain information about jobs and employment (the labour market) in a variety of areas and understand the skills, knowledge and attributes necessary to gain and sustain employment.
- Have the career management skills needed to manage transitions to new roles and situations.
At The BRIT School, all students will have:
- Access to opportunities within different sectors to help them learn more about what is involved. This will be led by Industry professionals where possible and can include speakers, work inspiration events, industry led workshops and visits.
- Access to a planned and structured careers education programme to help develop key skills around self-awareness and informed decision-making.
- Access to up to date, impartial and comprehensive careers information covering educational, vocational training, higher education and career opportunities;
- Access to individual advice and guidance interview with an impartial, professional Careers Adviser.
Through the delivery of The BRIT School’s CEIAG programme, each year the students in Year 10 and Year 11 will:
- Have careers lessons which are incorporated into the Personal and Professional Development Programme to enhance students’ knowledge and understanding of Careers and the World of Work.
- Gain a better understanding of themselves (personal characteristics, abilities, interests, potential, weaknesses and limitations) and build upon self-awareness and how it relates to the world of work.
- Have access to careers education, information, advice or guidance in school through the Careers Department or the independent Career Adviser and access one-to-one individualised careers support.
- Have access to The BRIT School Careers resources and external speakers on a range of topics including apprenticeships, sector specific roles and higher education.
- Be introduced to the Work Experience Programme and supported in finding suitable placements
- Take part in Steps to Success Interview Preparation Day; have a one to one mock interview with an industry professional and receive constructive feedback.
- Take part in a Year 10 Careers Day aimed at broadening students exposure to different industry/education professionals
Through the delivery of a comprehensive PPD Programme, students in Year 12 and Year 13 will participate in a programme of Careers Education Information, Advice & Guidance activities.
Careers sessions are in place for all Year 12 students throughout the year. Students will:
- Have access to one-to-one career interviews through meetings with the independent, impartial career adviser to support students throughout the Year. Students will have their individual ideas explored whether it be degree courses, vocational training, gap year opportunities, apprenticeships, employment, taking into account financial elements for all options;
- Take part in Futures Day, which will introduce them to Post 18 options
- Take part in Careers Day, which will allow students to explore career options in greater depth.
- Receive an introduction to UCAS and be shown how to create a UCAS account.
- Receive specialist support to write their UCAS personal statement, and applications to vocational and specialist institutions.
- Have the opportunity to take part in work shadowing/work experience
- Receive a weekly Careers bulletin to enable students to keep up to date with opportunities, events and deadlines
Careers sessions are in place for all Year 13 students throughout the year. Students will:
- Continue to receive one-to-one interviews through Careers Interviews with the independent, impartial career adviser to support students throughout the Year.
- Receive continued support and guidance to help students through the UCAS application process, as well as UCAS Conservatoires, direct applications to Vocational Schools and overseas universities.
- Participate in focussed ‘Writing your personal statement’ workshops.
- Where appropriate, receive specialist support to write applications for apprenticeships/internships and employment.
- Where appropriate, share their ‘application’ experiences with younger students to share knowledge and lessons identified.
- Receive a weekly Careers bulletin to enable students to keep up to date with opportunities, events and deadlines.