Careers Coordinator: Mrs P Hunter @ KSHS
Careers Guidance Professional: Mrs Sally Almond
Government states that all Students should be in Education or Work based learning such as an Apprenticeship, until they have reached their 18th birthday.
Here at Kesteven and Sleaford High School, Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) is an integral part of the preparation for students into the transition of the responsibilities and experiences of adult life. Indeed, the school has held the prestigious accreditation of ‘Career Mark’ continuously since 2004. In March 2015, the school was awarded the ‘Gold Career Mark’ for its continuing good practice.
Career Mark is a national quality award given only to schools that have demonstrated their commitment by adhering to the statutory duty set in The Careers Education Framework by the Department for Education; this ensures students have access to Information, Advice and Independent Careers Guidance at all times.
The Careers Education Framework ages 7-19 identifies that Careers Education should provide the following;
- Self -development through Careers and Work Related Learning.
- Learning about Careers and the World of Work.
- Develop Career Management and Employability Skills.
The CEIAG programme at KSHS meets these proposals through designated Career lessons as part of the Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHEE) programme throughout the school.
A variety of lessons and events form part of the Careers Education Programme across all key stages, encouraging students to consider a wide variety of career opportunities. CEIAG encourages self awareness as students examine their strengths, preferences, qualities and potential. It will help them develop a positive view of themselves, raise their aspirations and take responsibility for their own Career Pathway.
There are excellent Careers Resources situated in the main library; access to a number of carefully selected on-line licensed sites for subject choices, help with CV building, Occupational information, UCAS information and many University and College prospectuses. We have on-site a Careers co-ordinator for Information and Advice, organisation of Careers based events, and to facilitate Work Experience placements. These are strongly recommended during Key Stage 5. (Years’ 12 & 13)
Students are entitled to a 1-1 Careers interview at any time; these are arranged through the Careers coordinator who can give Information and Advice, any students requiring further Career guidance, should request an interview via the Careers coordinator to see Mrs Sally Almond, our independent Careers Guidance specialist. The Careers coordinator will arrange a mutually convenient time for these.
All year 11 students are automatically offered a 1-1 interview to discuss their options at 16, students in year 9 can request an appointment to help them with their GCSE choices and years 12 and 13 can request an appointment at any time.
The school also recognises the important role that Parents/Guardians have in helping to shape the Educational and Career choices of students. Our aim is to keep Parents/Guardians informed of any new developments during times of transition and we welcome their interaction with Tutors, Student Support/Guidance services, Heads of Year, Subject Leaders and the Careers Coordinator.
More information regarding each year groups’ entitlement, aims and activities can be found by selecting the relevant year group from Downloads.