Careers Education, Information, Advice & Guidance
Good quality careers education will raise the aspirations of all young people. It will increase motivation by linking activities in school with preparation for life post 16 and post 18. CEIAG will therefore contribute to raising pupil achievement, help students focus on their longer-term career ambitions and ensure an equality of opportunity for all.
At Lincoln Castle Academy we provide a comprehensive CEIAG programme to students in every year group and of all abilities and this includes aspects of work related learning, enterprise education, option choices and information surrounding RPA (raising of the participation age). The first ASPIRE curriculum drop down day of the academic year, usually in November, is entitled ‘Future Me’ and covers CEIAG elements for each year group. Students in our Sixth Form are very well supported as they make their applications to University, apply for Higher Level Apprenticeships or other non-University post 18 pathways, as are our SEND students, working closely with our internal additional needs team and external providers.
Through formal and informal evaluations the school annually assesses the impact of the careers programme on students. The low number of NEETS is also an indication of the effectiveness of the programme. Views are sought from all stakeholders and the programme evolves year on year to consider the needs of students and the local, national and global jobs market. All information, together with the careers policy, is reviewed and updated annually, usually at the start of the new calendar year, however information may be revised throughout the year to reflect new regulations and/or to meet the additional needs of students. The date of the next review is July 2021.
Most people spend many years of their life in a working environment and it is important to equip our students with the necessary skills for them to career plan and know how and where to access impartial and unbiased information. In order to fully meet this and The Gatsby Benchmarks we use the well recognised UNIFROG programme from Years 7-13. Please click here for further information regarding Unifrog and the Gatsby Benchmarks.
We use UNIFROG to help students find their future as the package brings all the available information into one single, impartial, user-friendly platform that helps students to make the best choices, and submit the strongest applications.
Additionally, as part of their entitlement, students have access to a range of external providers to ensure they learn about approved technical qualifications and apprenticeships through trips, visits, careers events and online.
The guidance from the DfE places a duty on schools to secure access to unbiased and impartial careers guidance for their students. Through the full use of UNIFROG programme, trips, visits and speakers and our Careers leader we meet this duty.
The school shares student data with the Careers Lead so that impartial and individual advice can be offered. During the interview processes that students have during their time here the student is asked to provide consent to opt in to the sharing of their data to key members of staff and parents/carers. In addition, intended destination data is provided to Lincolnshire County Council, as per the DfE requirement, so they can also provide additional support to students, where necessary, once they leave school. Our Careers Leader tracks destinations of leavers for at least 6 months and we offer support and guidance for our leavers.
Whilst some schools have cancelled their work experience programme, we are pleased to confirm that all of our Year 10 students will undertake a one-week period of work experience towards the end of the academic year. This is an invaluable opportunity, providing the chance to develop employability skills and sample the world of work. We will also be providing work experience for our Year 12 students during June/July, with those Year 12 students identified aiming for 45 days of work experience as part of the new T-levels pathfinder project. Heads of subjects are continuing to expand their own departmental links with employers who regularly support teaching and learning in school. Potential careers and pathways are featured within school publications and at progress and options evenings.
CEIAG is on-going throughout the academic year and is delivered through ASPIRE lessons, collapsed timetable events called ASPIRE Days, external trips and is enhanced by working with local businesses, colleges and Universities. Our Careers Library is being fully audited currently.
For further information please contact: Mrs L Seddon (Careers Leader), Contact, 01522 529203
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As part of our commitment to informing our students of the full range of learning and training pathways on offer to them, we are happy to consider requests from training, apprenticeship and vocational education providers to speak to students.
Lincoln Castle Academy also proactively seeks to build relationships with these partners as we plan our Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) programme activity throughout the school year to ensure that providers have multiple opportunities to speak to students and their parents across years 7-13. The purpose of these relationships are to offer information on vocational, technical and apprenticeship qualifications and pathways. Lincoln Castle Academy ensures that Academy staff involved in personal guidance and pastoral support are up to date on their knowledge of these post 16 and post 18 pathways, through a programme of Continuing Professional Development.
Opportunities for providers to speak with students may include school assemblies, employer and provider engagement events or opportunities to speak with students and parents on a one-to-one basis supporting GCSE, post 16 or post 18 option choices. Lincoln Castle Academy’s CEIAG programme is monitored for quality and impact by the Academy’s Senior Leadership Team and the Governing Body and monitoring of access to and opportunities to engage with, technical, vocational and training providers will form part of this process.
In the first instance, requests by providers should be sent to the Academy’s Careers Lead Mrs Lisa Seddon at email@example.com with a minimum of 6 weeks’ lead time. All requests will be considered on the basis of; staffing availability to support the activity, clashes with other planned activity, trips or visits to the Academy, interruption to preparation for examinations or rooming and space availability to host the activity.
For questions on this or Lincoln Castle Academy’s wider CEIAG programme, please contact the Academy’s Careers Lead, Mrs Lisa Seddon.
Date of next review July 2022
CEIAG and Teachers
To plan and deliver a truly effective and engaging career guidance programme all staff in school play a role.
Career guidance delivered as part of a whole-school agenda and approach can not only help to ensure young people are prepared for society, the workplace and lifelong career management effectively, but it can be used to enhance lessons and help students think about the importance of their education.
There is an expectation to meet the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks (see Toolkit) that form the foundation of good practice regarding careers provision. Benchmark 4 highlights that all teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. For example, STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wider range of future career plans. Students should be supported to understand the application of learning through teachers contextualising teaching points with careers, future opportunities and the world of work (see Career Pilot example resources).
All careers activity should be logged using the Interactions tool in Unifrog (see Powerpoint), so the Careers Leader, teaching and pastoral staff, students and parents can track, reflect on and evaluate career education, information, advice and guidance.
If any teaching staff are interested in joining a working group to develop ideas for improving careers provision across the school, please contact the Careers Leader firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a parent, when it comes to career choices and decisions you are one of the first people your child will turn to for advice; you are one of the most influential people in your child’s life.
We value your support in helping them learn more about themselves and their options, recognise their strengths and skills, explore opportunities and make decisions. Researching is one of the most important activities your child can do when it comes to thinking about their future.
As part of our careers programme, all students are provided with access to Unifrog. Parents are encouraged to spend some time on Unifrog with our students looking at how they research, build up their profile and discuss career options.
To support your child:
- Encourage your son or daughter to consider the subjects they enjoy the most and how this might link to future careers.
- Encourage them to explore the different options available at 16 and 18.
- Help dispel misconceptions and stereotypes: that certain jobs are available to only males or females, that apprenticeships are only for practical vocations like construction or engineering and that students need to wait until they start looking for work before they gain work experience.
- Help them explore university and apprenticeships through the links below.
- Encourage your son or daughter to use local Labour Market Information to support their career choices.
We welcome parent involvement in careers events and activities; if you would like to pledge some support or have any feedback, comments or questions about our careers programme, please contact the Careers Leader, Mrs Seddon email@example.com
We work closely with employers across a broad range of sectors. If you would like to get involved with LCA’s careers programme regarding visits, talks, mock interviews, careers fair, mentoring and work experience placements, please contact Lisa Seddon, Careers Leader, on 01522 529203 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We also work with the Careers & Enterprise Company and Greater Lincolnshire LEP on the ‘Give An Hour’ campaign https://www.careersandenterprise.co.uk/give-an-hour.