Forge Valley is committed to providing Careers Education, Advice and Guidance to all students through the curriculum and organised activities. It is presently working towards the Sheffield Careers Standard Silver Award to ensure the quality of our careers provision. Careers Guidance will focus on the specific needs of the individual student to promote self-awareness and personal development. It will aim to provide current and relevant information to enable each student to make informed decisions about their future. It will be presented in an impartial manner, be confidential and differentiated to suit the requirements of each individual student.
Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) should promote the following to all students:
- Self-development – assessing their strengths and weaknesses to inform future learning and work choices and develop positive self-esteem. They will understand themselves and the influences on them.
- Career exploration through the provision of a wide range of resources: computer software, books and leaflets, posters and access to impartial careers guidance.
- Work place experience through the Year 10 Work Experience week.
- Independent investigation through the use of a variety of Career software.
- Progression planning through the provision of Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) from an external careers advisor, support across the curriculum, organised progression activities and events and association with local colleges and businesses. Developing understanding of the changing nature of work, learning and career choices, including the full range of post-16 education or training options, including apprenticeships.
Forge Valley is committed to all providing a planned programme of careers education, information and guidance for students in all years in partnership with an external provider. All students will leave with the skills and knowledge required to support their entry to further education or employment. Forge Valley actively promotes parent/carer involvement through events and ensuring access to information throughout the year.
Students are entitled to careers education and guidance that is impartial and confidential. It will be integrated into their experience of the whole curriculum, based on a partnership with students their parents or carers. The programme will promote equality of opportunity, diversity and inclusion, whilst promoting the best interests of the students to whom it is given.
The careers programme is managed by the SLT lead for CEIAG; delivered by staff and co-ordinated by the Curriculum Leader responsible for PSHE and our external provider from Sheffield Futures.
Access to careers software and the internet is easily available.
Participation in activities, both in school and off-site, provide employer contact and further information. Our Enterprise Adviser helps to build these links and our Community Liaison Lead and IAG Advisor helps to foster them. Forge Valley employs the services of an external IAG professional (qualified to Level 6), from Sheffield Futures, who provides individual careers interviews for every Year 11 student and careers information, advice and guidance within PSHE lessons.
Careers focused activities delivered through the PSHE curriculum are provided and managed by the Curriculum Leader responsible for PSHE.
Training needs are identified and offered to all relevant staff as opportunities arise. Information is then brought back in to school and shared with other staff members.
The SLT lead, PSHE curriculum leader and IAG Practioner will be responsible for the monitoring, review and evaluation of the programme. Students will be consulted on the impact of the CEIAG programme and changes may be made as a result. Auditing of the whole school approach will also take place and support offered where required.
Key Stage 3 Provision
- Curriculum support in all subjects promoting related job advice
- Allotted time through PSHE lessons for self-development focusing on lifestyle and progression
- Access to careers software via PSHE lessons and through the learning resource centre
- Assemblies and other information on KS4 options including vocational and alternative options such as apprenticeships and traineeships.
- Specialised sessions from a local university
By the end of Stage 3 all students will have:
- A better understanding of their strengths, achievements and weaknesses and support to evaluate how these might inform future choices in learning and work
- A better understanding of the full range of 14-19 opportunities for progression
- An understanding of some of the qualities, attitudes and skills needed for employment
- Used online careers resources to research information about opportunities and apply their findings to help them make informed choices for Key Stage 4 Options.
Key Stage 4 Provision
One week block work experience placement which focuses on students’ future career aspirations, where possible, allowing learning about work through the experience of work
- Dress to Impress Day
- College presentations
- Local university presentations
- Careers interview for every Year 11 student
- Information on College Open dates
- Support with completing College Application forms and access to computers for on-line registration and application
- Mock Interviews, where deemed advantageous
- Supported CV and Personal Statement sessions
- Apprenticeship Workshops for those interested in pursuing this route
- Parent evenings and some assemblies are supported by external IAG provider
- Close monitoring of vulnerable and SEN students
By the end of stage 4, all students will have:
- Enhanced their self-knowledge, career management and employability skills
- Used ICT software and other sources of advice to investigate and explore future choices and progression routes
- Experienced the World of Work through a work placement
- Been given direct access to employers, colleges and training providers
- Been given guidance to help identify a range of post-16 options and careers advice and support networks that they can use to plan and negotiate their career pathways.
- Been provided with the resources to complete the post-16 application procedures, including CVs, personal statements, and preparation for interview
- Produced a challenging but realistic plan for their future learning and work, by relating their abilities, attributes and achievements to the goals they have set themselves
- All pupils will have had at least one encounter with an employer for each year they are at the school, in accordance with the Gatsby Benchmarks
The impact of the careers programme is continually measured and assessed. All stakeholders, including staff, pupils and parents are involved in this process and data is also used to assess its suitability in meeting the Gatsby Benchmarks.
At the start of every school year, the Compass tool is used to measure the schools progress against each of the individual benchmarks. A careers development plan is then formulated and followed to ensure that any areas of weakness are addressed.
Pupils are asked to complete evaluations at the end of each careers unit and key transition point. Online surveys are also sent out to parents annually, giving them the opportunity to evaluate their experiences of the careers programme and offer feedback.
This information will be reviewed and updated in September 2019.