Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)
Dorothy Stringer believes Careers Education enables students to develop the knowledge, Confidence and skills they need to make well informed choices to allow them to progress smoothly into further learning and work. It prepares young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life, thereby ensuring that, wherever possible, all young people leave education with employment, or go into further education or training.
The Careers programme continues to be developed in line with the eight Gatsby benchmarks for ensuring best practice and to meet the requirements of the Department for Education's statutory guidance 2018.
The Gatsby Benchmarks
1. A stable careers programme
2. Learning from career and labour market information
3. Addressing the needs of each student
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
5. Encounters with employers and employees
6. Experience of work places
7. Encounters with further and higher education
8. Personal guidance
All students have access to all parts of the school's provision for CEIAG. Every effort is made to ensure that the programme respects and caters for the needs of individuals, respects diversity, promotes equality of opportunity and informs with impartiality
We are committed to providing:
- A planned programme of activities to which all students from Years 7 to 11 are entitled, which will help them to plan and manage their careers and demonstrate growth in the 21st Century skills that are most critical to their goals.
- Information, advice and guidance which is impartial, unbiased and based on their needs to help students make choices
CEIAG is delivered and achieved through:
- Careers education lessons in PSHE for all year groups looking at self development, career management and career exploration.
- Post 16 option talks to Year 11 students in lessons and assemblies
- 1:1 appointments with an independent level 7 qualified careers adviser (we have a target group who are seen by the careers adviser but students are also invited to self-refer). Students with an EHC Plan are supported through the Local Authority's LDD team. Home visits are made to students who are tutored at home.
- Participation in the Widening Participation programme
- Work Experience programme for all Year 10 students
- College taster days offered to all Year 10 students
- Careers library with internet access
- Display board and web pages, including 'Careers in' subject boards
- Year 11 leaver referrals to the Youth Employability Service
- Talks by, or visits to employers, professionals from different occupational areas, higher education, training providers and colleges – for targeted groups or curriculum areas
- Opportunities in curriculum areas, linking subjects to the world of work
- Year 11 Parents and Carers' IAG evening
- Year 9 Options Evening
- Careers Adviser presence at key information events and Parents' Evenings at key transition points
- Target groups across Year 10 and 11 seen by Careers Adviser, Disadvantaged Students and SEND students
- The school takes advantage of external opportunities as they arise
In accordance with the Technical and Further Education Act 2017, the school welcomes visits from a range of education and training providers throughout the school year and through the event listed above. Please see the school website for further details
Our desired impact is that all students access a planned careers programme that enables them to achieve their ideal destination outcome when they leave Dorothy Stringer.
We measure the impact of our programme by auditing and evaluating our Careers programme annually, reviewing our destination measures, Visitor feedback, Work experience evaluation and feedback from parents, students and staff over the course of each year.
The vast majority of students go onto college at one, of the many, Sixth Form or Further Education Colleges across the city and beyond. See our website (https://public.dorothy-stringer.co.uk/DS/Pages/careers_main.aspx) for our most recent destination figures (published 2 years in arrears).
Provisional data indicates that in 2019 it was recorded that 96% of students from Dorothy Stringer stayed in education or entered employment. This is in comparison to 94% recorded within the Local Authority and 94% average across England and Wales.
Careers Leader – Ms V. Chadwick – CDW@dorothy-stringer.co.uk
Careers Advisor – Ms A. Carroll – Amanda.firstname.lastname@example.org
Work Experience Coordinator – Mrs Ann Eke - email@example.com
Dorothy Stringer School
Next careers advice review date: September 2020
Please click below to view Dorothy Stringer Destination Reports
Destinations Report 2017.pdf
Destinations Report 2016.pdf
Destinations Report 2015.pdf