Careers Education & Guidance Policy - Bideford College Online

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Careers Education & Guidance Policy - Bideford College Online

Reference: Status: Approved By: Date: Revision:BC/STC/018 Approved Curriculum Governors 5 December 2012 003Careers Education and GuidancePOLICYBIDEFORD COLLEGEPurposeCareers education at Bideford College serves toprepare students for choices, changes andtransitions affecting their future education trainingand employment in accordance with the NationalFramework for careers education and guidance andthe College's mission statement.Broad AimsStudents should: develop an understanding of themselves andothers as individuals, including their own andothers' strengths, limitations, abilities, potential,personal qualities, needs, attitudes and values; develop a knowledge and understanding of theeducation, training and employment opportunitiesavailable to them locally, nationally andinternationally; understand both as a consequence of schemebased activities and work based experience thegeneral skills required by employers as well as themore specialist skills required for specific careers; have good access to information on a broadrange of careers either in printed or electronicform; use action planning to support academic andcareer development.Key Stage 3Objectives for Careers Education and GuidanceBy the end of Key Stage 3, students will have beengiven the opportunity to acquire the knowledge,understanding and skills to: undertake a realistic self-assessment of theirachievements, qualities, aptitudes and abilitiesand present this in an appropriate format; Use the outcomes of self-assessment to identifyareas for development, build self-confidence anddevelop a positive self-image;use goal setting, review, reflection and actionplanning to support progress and achievement,and to set short and medium term goals; recognise stereotyped and misrepresentedimages of people, careers and work how their ownviews of these issues affect their decision making;recognise and respond to the main influences ontheir attitudes and values in relation to learning,work and equality of opportunity; recognise that work is more than paidemployment and that there is considerablevariation in the value individuals and societyattach to different kinds of work;describe how the world of work is changing andthe skills that promote employability.identify and use a variety of sources of careersinformation including ICT; use appropriate vocabulary and organiseinformation about work into standard andpersonally devised groupings; use information handling and research skills tolocate, select, analyse, integrate, present andevaluate careers information relevant to theirneeds; demonstrate knowledge and understanding of theoptions open to them including opportunitiesprovided through vocational options;use a straightforward decision making technique;identify, access and use the help and advice theyneed from a variety of sources including: parentsor carers, teachers, Connexions and otherlearning providers; manage change and transition givingconsideration to the longer term implications andpotential progression opportunities.make realistic and informed choices of optionsavailable post-14;organise and present personal information inappropriate format;consider alternatives and make changes inresponse to their successes and failures;Key Stage 4By the end of Key Stage 4, students will have beengiven the opportunity to acquire the knowledge,understanding and skills to: use self-assessment and career relatedquestionnaires to help identify and set short andmedium term goals, and career and learningtargets; review and reflect on how their experiences haveadded to their knowledge, understanding andskills and use this information when developingcareer plans; use review, reflection and action planning to makeprogress and support career development; explain why it is important to develop personalvalues to combat stereotyping, tacklediscrimination in learning and work and suggestways of doing this; use guided self-exploration to recognise andrespond appropriately to the main influences ontheir attitudes, values and behaviour in relation tolearning and work; explain the term 'career' and its relevance to theirown lives; describe employment trends and associatedlearning opportunities at different levels;identify, select and use a wide range of careersinformation and distinguish between objectivityand bias; understand the qualifications available post 16,and the similarities and differences between sixthform, further education and work-based training;G:\Staff Info\Policies\Student & Curriculum\Careers Education and Guidance Policy 003.doc Page 1 of 4


Reference: Status: Approved By: Date: Revision:BC/STC/018 Approved Curriculum Governors 5 December 2012 003use work-related learning and direct experience ofwork to improve their chances;understand the progression routes open to themand compare critically these options and explainand justify the range of opportunities they areconsidering;select and use decision making techniques thatare fit for purpose including preparing and usingaction plans, that incorporate contingencies;compare different options and select suitableones using their own criteria and outcomes ofinformation, advice and guidance;take finance and other factors into account whenmaking decisions about the future;understand and follow application proceduresrecognising the need for and producingspeculative and targets CVs, personal statementsand application letters for a range of differentscenarios;understand the purpose of interviews and selectand present personal information to maketargeted applications;understand what employers look for in relation tobehaviour and work, appreciate their rights andresponsibilities in learning and work, and knowwhere to get help;Key Stage 5By the end of Key Stage 5, students will have beengiven the opportunity to acquire the knowledge,understanding and skills to: undertake and use a range of assessments toconfirm medium and longer term goals andupdate career and learning targets; assess their career exploration and managementskills and identify areas fordevelopment;take action to develop further the knowledge andskills they need to progress, and identify and takeadvantage of opportunities for adding to theirexperiences and achievements;describe and evaluate personal action to promoteequal opportunities and respect fordiversity;evaluate the impact of external influences onpersonal views, attitudes, behaviour andcareer plans and respond appropriately;identify the strengths and weaknesses of differentfuture work scenarios and the possibleimplications of these for their own careerdevelopment;make critical use of a range of informationsources to explain how careers are changing;obtain careers information relevant to personalneeds and process it effectively;describe different routes through to their careergoals and the similarities and differences betweenhigher education and employment with training;make good use of opportunities to extend theirknowledge and understanding of destinationsrelevant to personal career plans;justify and evaluate the range of opportunitiesthey are considering including HE, training,employment or starting their own business; take charge of their own career planning andmanagement, evaluate previous transitions and use the outcomes when considering thefuture; evaluate and improve personal criteria forcomparing different options and make critical use of all available information, advice andguidance; consider the possible implications of changes inlearning and work for their own career goals andplans including financial options; follow application procedures correctly and use arange of self-presentation techniques that are fitfor purpose; present themselves well at selection interviewsand demonstrate enterprise, negotiation,networking and self-marketing skills to anappropriate level; obtain and manage sources of financial support;Delivery of the ProgrammeThe Career Education and Guidance (CareersEducation Guidance) Programme is delivered in thefollowing ways: A programme of lessons built into the PSHEprogramme at KS3 and KS4. Guidance interviews at KS4 and KS4 with CareersSouth West staff and the careers and aspirationsco-ordinator. The College Work Experience programme forYear 10 students. Other work related courses which cater forspecific group of students. Through work related learning across a range ofsubjects. Special events like Enterprise Day, employmentvisits, mock interviews, careers show visitsavailable to large numbers of students through thecollege year.Staff Roles and Responsibilities in CareersEducation GuidanceAspirations & Enterprise Co-ordinator To lead all aspects of the Work Experienceprogramme with students, parents, staff andplacements. Support the programme of extended workexperience for a small group of students on analternative curriculum provision. Ensure that work experience meets all legalrequirements To develop a whole school approach to IAG andcareers education from year 7 to year 13 thatsupports students on their appropriateprogression routes. Support and liaise with any students studying atanother provider off site. Liaise with employers and training providers forYoung Apprenticeship and Apprenticeshipprogramme to ensure that programme runeffectively. Manage and liaise with the support for outsideagencies such as Connexions, LA, DevonG:\Staff Info\Policies\Student & Curriculum\Careers Education and Guidance Policy 003.doc Page 2 of 4


Reference: Status: Approved By: Date: Revision:BC/STC/018 Approved Curriculum Governors 5 December 2012 003Business Education Partnership (DEBP) etc andensure the work with them is effective. Ensure that partnerships with industry and localproviders are consistent across College. To ensure careers education and guidance isenhanced through practical involvement ofemployers/training providers e.g. through specialevents, industry days/careers conventions,Inspirational speakers and visits. To conduct a formal annual review of careerseducation and guidance using feedback from arange of people including students. To provide Governors and Principal with reportsand information as requested, e.g., studentopportunities, student destinations. To use data effectively to support students. To develop and maintain partnerships,connections with industry and local providers. To develop programmes/workshops within thecollege to meet the requirements of independentadvice. To ensure links are established and maintained topromote the College within the local community. Develop and maintain an alumni network tosupport the students with careers advice andinspiration. In conjunction with Head of PSHE, develop andresource programmes of study and schemes ofwork. To advise and assist with the maintenance ofIEBP status.Year Heads/TeamsAssist with and support Careers Education Guidanceactivity as appropriate.PSHE TeamDelivery of Careers Education Guidance within thePSHE programme.Resources Careers information is available in the CareersLibrary and in the main College Library. Teaching resources are provided/obtained/introduced by either the Careers & AspirationsCo-ordinator or Head of PSHE. Computer based guidance and informationpackages are available to all students and can beaccessed from all computers in the college. Students are advised regarding the availability ofon-line resources that can be accessed at home.Training Training is seen as a key element in the provisionof effective careers education. PSHE teachersattend externally based courses and someinternally based inset is arranged. The Career Coordinatorattends Careers Association meetings tokeep up-to-date with current trends anddevelopments and also attend the annual workexperience workshops and other relevant inset.Industry Links/Works Related CurriculumThe College attaches a great deal of importance asthe maintenance and development ofindustry/business links, which will have a positivebenefit to the curriculum as a whole and to careerseducation and guidance in particular. Such links forma backdrop for the development of the work relatedcurriculum. As well as having numerous links withindividual companies the College works with DevonEducation Business Partnership, local employersorganisations, Torridge District Council and NorthDevon College.Work ExperienceAll Year 10 students are given the opportunity toundertake a week of work experience during theSummer term. Work experience allows students togain first hand knowledge of the world of work. Itfeatures as an integral part of other courses at KS4and at KS5.ObjectivesBy the end of the placement students should: Develop Key Skills in application of number,communication, Information Technology, PersonalSkills; Have an understanding of what it is like to workevery day; Gain an insight into the kinds of skills andattitudes required by employers; Gain an insight into factors which may determinecareer choices and the requirements of particularsectors and employers; Become aware of the issues affecting theindividual at work; Understand Health and Safety issues at work. Have experience of applying and being interviewed for a placement;The Placement All students in Year 10 go on work experience fora week in the summer term.Learning OutcomesStudents: Review their learning from experience. Show their understanding of roles at work bysuccessfully managing their work placement. Comply with Health and Safety procedures atwork.Visits by Tutors Students on placement locally will be visited bytheir tutors at least once. The purpose is for tutorsto find out how their students are getting on, todeal with any queries and to monitor Health andSafety and report on the suitability of placementactivities.Post Placement Review Students write a report on their experience duringEnglish, which can be used for assessmenttowards their GCSE;G:\Staff Info\Policies\Student & Curriculum\Careers Education and Guidance Policy 003.doc Page 3 of 4


Reference: Status: Approved By: Date: Revision:BC/STC/018 Approved Curriculum Governors 5 December 2012 003In tutor time and with PSHE tutors, studentsdiscuss their learning outcomes and howplacement experience may affect their careeraction plan. Relevant information is included intheir Record of Achievement and Year 11 ActionPlan.The College maintains a list of placement employers,which is revised each year. Students are,nevertheless, encouraged to find and organise theirown placements. Although local choice is limited, weare able to find placements for all students in thecohort.Monitoring of Health and Safety and insurance iscarried out by Devon Education BusinessPartnership.Monitoring and Evaluation The work of the Careers Education Guidance issubject to the college's monitoring and evaluationsystems.An annual review document is prepared by theAspirations and Enterprise Co-ordinator;A work experience report and action plan isprepared each year for DEBP;The Careers South West Partnership ServiceLevel Agreement is reviewed annually;Feedback from employers, parents, carers andstudents.ASSOCIATED POLICIES/PROCEDURESEqual Opportunities PolicyTeaching and Learning PolicyWork Related Learning PolicyRecords of AchievementREVISION HISTORY003 Revised document Dec12 (Aspirations &Careers Co-ordinator update)002 Review (no change) Jan09001 Original documentG:\Staff Info\Policies\Student & Curriculum\Careers Education and Guidance Policy 003.doc Page 4 of 4

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