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The Elmgreen School is committed to ensuring social mobility for all our students regardless of background and to the development of the whole individual. Ensuring students receive a comprehensive careers package of Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) is essential to this success. The Elmgreen Schools’ mission is ‘To be an inclusive community that works together so that all members achieve above and beyond their perceived potential.’
Our aim is to:
• Ensure that young people make a successful school to work/HE transition including improving the employability skills of vulnerable and disadvantaged young people
• Draw effectively on labour market intelligence to inform curriculum and careers provision.
• Have the opportunity to complete a Work Experience Programme
• Increase links between schools, further education, employers and higher education and improve the effectiveness and sustainability of these partnerships
•Have knowledge and understanding of current careers opportunities available to them as an individual.
Careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) at The Elmgreen School helps young people to make the most of themselves and their opportunities in learning and work. It enables them to:
• construct their own ‘career story’ about who they are, what’s important to them and what they would like to achieve in their lives
• raise their aspirations, broaden their horizons and counter stereotyped thinking about what they and others can achieve
•extend their knowledge of changing labour market opportunities, requirements and pathways in learning and work
• extend their wide network of support through attending careers events, accessing information and advice, and gaining relevant experience
• develop essential career skills including resilience, adaptability, enterprise, employability and self-presentation
• understand ways of experiencing and achieving career happiness and well-being
• take increasing responsibility for managing their own career choices, plans and transitions
Careers guidance is provided in partnership with an accredited careers guidance provider and includes individual and group activities. All staff should, when approached by students, respond with appropriate ‘first-in-line’ advice and support. All guidance must be impartial, confidential (within policy guidelines), responsive to students’ needs and based on the principles of equality and diversity.
Collaboration with further and higher education providers, with careers guidance specialists and with businesses are all important in helping equip students with the knowledge, skills and behaviours for career success. They can bring additional expertise and insight into schools and motivate and inspire students to see how different choices can take them in the future.
There are already a number of key partners who support the school in delivering the careers, enterprise and work related learning programme and what roles they play e.g. Business in the Community, MFS, Believe in Young People, an external careers guidance provider, Lambeth Working, Inspiring the Future, Further Education including Lambeth College, Higher Education Providers in London including LSBU and Cambridge University to name just a few.
Performance Monitoring and Evaluation
Measuring the impact of the careers programme is critical to ongoing development and success. Impact reports will be produced on a termly basis and contribute to an annual report to governors. This will draw on feedback from staff, parents and students and focus not just on enjoyment but also on the knowledge and skills developed. The school will be working towards external validation of its provision through the Quality in Careers standard involving a systematic review of provision and targeted approach to development.
The governing body, Headteacher and the senior leadership team are committed to meeting our statutory careers-related responsibilities and the Quality in Careers standards of excellence in CEIAG. The Elmgreen School will uphold:
• the duty to secure independent and impartial careers guidance for years 8-13
• the requirement to improve the employability skills of vulnerable and disadvantaged young people
• the careers-related aspects of our published equality duties
• the duty to help students with special educational needs achieve better life outcomes and work opportunities, through the effective use of Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP)
• the entitlement of young people to a planned and progressive programme of CEIAG activities that is clearly communicate to them and meets their needs (see entitlement statements for each year group at Appendix A)
• the principle of engaging partners, including young people themselves, parents/carers, providers of independent and impartial careers guidance, employers and other education providers in achieving worthwhile learning outcomes, progression opportunities and destinations for students.
The Learning Resources Centre has relevant, up-to-date information in a range of media including supervised access to ICT facilities and digital careers resources. The careers advisor selects and maintains resources needed for the CEIAG programme and actively seeks the involvement of the wider community (other education and training providers, local employers, parents etc.) in providing opportunities for students.