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What is CEIAG?

CEIAG stands for Careers Education, Information and Guidance.  It is the acronym used to describe any support and education which is provided to students which helps inform their next steps, whether that be a transition to the next phase of education (options at GCSE for example), decisions about post 16 education or training or indeed the choice of higher education, further education, apprenticeships or employment at the end of post 18 study.

how will it be delivered? 

CEIAG will be delivered through two curriculum strands: firstly the PSHCE programme from Year 8-13 delivered by school staff and co-ordinated by the Citizenship and PHSCE co-ordinator for Years 7-11 and by the Sixth Form Team for Year 12 and 13, with additional input from impartial external providers and, secondly, through different curriculum areas whose courses include a strong vocational and work related learning element.

As students progress through Key Stages 3 and 4 they will be taught how to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to manage their own learning including: how to evaluate themselves honestly and realistically, how to set targets, make decisions, review and summarise their progress, present themselves effectively and make action plans which match their personal skills to abilities, interests and careers aspirations.  From Year 8 onwards, some tutor time will be dedicated to logging these skills via a competency store in Unifrog.

Students will also receive impartial careers advice through our links with the provider ‘Changing Education’ and, for a specific cohort, through Young Peoples’ Services in Cheshire West and Chester

unifrog 

Unifrog is an online tool to support with finding university and apprenticeship places.  Students can easily find and apply for every course and apprenticeship in the UK – everything from university courses, to School Leaver Programmes, to Massive Open Online Courses. Our main aim to ensure that all of our students end up in the right destination for them and to be considering and planning for this throughout their time in school.  Students can compare side-by-side every post-16 and post-18 opportunity in the UK. They can rank on lots of factors, like starting salary, distance from home, drop out rate, and weekly study hours.  Students also use the tool from Year 8 upwards to log skills and experiences linked to employability through the competencies store.

changing education 

Changing Education are an independent company who provide part of our provision around CEIAG.  In the main, this involves supplying the school with a level 6 trained careers adviser who provides independent careers advice through 1:1 appointments with students mainly from Years 10-13 as they embark on significant career planning decisions.  Students from Years 7-9 will also be offered appointments if required  for support and engagement purposes.  Our careers adviser will also be available for drop in appointments at futures evening events for years 9 and 11, where parents and students can request independent advice.

Changing Education also support and administrate our work experience programme.

work experience 

From 2016-17, work experience is offered to all students in Year 10 and 12.  During the summer term, students will be expected to spend a week in employment, gaining experience and skills to support decision making and to inspire them with the opportunities they have.  Students are requested to self place, but all risk assessments and administration (planning, employer liaison etc) will be completed by Changing Education and Queen’s Park High School.  Changing Education provide a database of employers in a wide range of sectors to support students with finding placements and both school and Changing Education will give more support to those who, despite their best efforts, have not been able to find an appropriate placement.

At QPHS CEIAG will also include:

  • Personal interviews at key transitional stages in Year 9, 11, 12 and 13
  • Enterprise activities in school
  • Visits to workplaces and local education providers
  • Guest speaker presentations from universities, training providers and apprenticeship schemes
  • Futures Conferences for Year 9 and 11 cohorts
  • Taster days in the  Sixth Form and at FE college
  • University visits
  • Mock interviews
  • Access to careers events involving wide range of representatives from industry, public services and education providers (in school or through links within the MAT)
  • A range of vocational courses taught throughout KS4 and KS5 which develop knowledge about work related learning and careers in a range of sectors
  • Specialist work related programmes to support vulnerable and disadvantaged students.

Key Staff: Mrs Scanlon is the member of the Senior Leadership Team with overall responsibility for co-ordinating Careers education and provision at QPHS. Heads and Assistant Heads of House will support with advice and guidance and individual interviews. Tutors will ensure that information linked to careers opportunities are shared and will set and monitor tasks on Unifrog.