Careers, Education, Information, Advice and Guidance

CEIAG at Abbeyfield School

‘Careers, Education, Information, Advice and Guidance’

An overview:

At Abbeyfield School, we take the provision of Career Information and Guidance seriously and believe that it is never too early to start students thinking about their future career and education pathways. There are a range of informal and formal opportunities for students to receive advice about their future and this is adapted to suit the changing needs of the students from Year 7 to 13.

Key Stage 3

Years 7 + 8

In Year 7 and 8, students gain most of their careers advice and guidance through the PSHE programme. They play a ‘Life’ game which gets them thinking about reality of employment and making difficult life choices in quite a light-hearted and fun way.

Students in Year 7 + 8 are also invited to the ‘Careers’ Fair’ to give them a taste of future possible career paths. They are given question frames to ensure they find out information from the stands, and this is then followed up by discussions with their tutor in the tutor morning programme.

As well as this, the students are also exposed to ideas about careers and educational routes through the assembly programme and through the curriculum subject areas.

Year 9

In Year 9, as part of the Options process, students are given a one to one interview with a member of staff designed to discover their strengths and goals. This is followed up with an assembly, a special Option Evening for students and parents and then detailed guidance via the Options Booklet.

Students in Year 9 are invited to the ‘Careers’ Fair’ as part of the process in encouraging them to consider their future career path.

Students in Years 8 and 9 also have the opportunity to watch a performance from the ‘Solomon Theatre Group’ about subject choices and career pathways.

Key Stage 4

Year 10

Year 10 students are the main beneficiaries of the ‘Careers’ Fair’ and receive the greatest access to the stalls and experts on hand during the day. This is then followed up with the opportunity to access a Work Experience placement during Term 3. Students are also given a range of assemblies designed to give them varied information on a range of pathways available to them after completing their GCSEs. Finally, they are taken off timetable towards the end of Term 6 for a Career Preparation Day where they take part in a range of activities such as CV building, job interview practice and letter writing.

Year 11

Year 11 students have one to one talks with their Head of House in T1. This is to find out what their hopes and aspirations are for the future as well as to support them in successfully completing Year 11 – and advice about attendance and revision etc.

The students are then given a 15 minute meeting with a teacher who gives them impartial careers guidance following a clear proforma. Students at risk of being NEET or those identified from the Head of House meetings as requiring additional support in identifying a suitable pathway are given priority for the T2 meetings and may receive an additional meeting or be given a mentor in T3 as extra support and monitoring.

6th Form

Preparation for life beyond Abbeyfield begins as soon as students enter the sixth form with next steps forming part of the course decision process when choosing A Levels. All students have mentoring booklets and use these to plan regular conversations with their tutor about the future. Students have the opportunity to apply to Access to Bristol if they had good GCSE grades to experience teaching and learning at Bristol University. Students on our Oxbridge pathway have the opportunity to visit Oxford University in December.

In Term 4, Y12 students have the opportunity to visit Cardiff University and a HE fair to begin to make decisions about whether or not they are applying to university. PSHEE in terms 5 and 6 is devoted to either UCAS preparation (using the UWE Heading Higher passport framework) or learning about the Apprenticeship programme. Students who are planning to apply to university are guided through the process of choosing courses, visiting open days and writing a personal statement. Students with high GCSE grades are encouraged to apply for a Sutton Trust summer school. Students planning to enter the military have visiting speakers to talk through the process. Those intending to apply for an apprenticeship are given help writing CV’s, letters of application and using the national apprenticeship website. Students finish Y12 with a week’s work experience at the end of term 6.

Y13 students continue with UCAS preparation. Students applying to Oxbridge, Medicine or Veterinary courses are offered a mock interview at St Mary’s as part of the ‘Oxfizz’ programme.

These students are also offered a mock interview in school with a member of SLT. Students applying for nursing courses are offered a mock interview at UWE as part of our Heading Higher partnership. In early October the school offers a parent’s session for UCAS information and applying for student finance. The school’s internal UCAS deadline is the beginning of term two.

Students not applying to university all have a practice interview with a member of the local business community during terms 3 or 4 and receive ongoing help with their applications. Mentoring with tutors continues to be regular and aimed at avoiding NEET students. Students unsure about their next steps will be offered a career’s interview.