Career Education, Information, Advice and Guidance Policy
2019/20 College Open Events : Post-16 Open Evenings
Career Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) prepares our students for effective, successful transitions from school into adulthood and the world of work. At Dorothy Stringer School, the Governors, Senior Leadership Team (SLT), PSHE staff, teaching staff, pastoral staff and support staff are committed to providing young people with a detailed and comprehensive programme of CEIAG. The school provides a range of opportunities for students to learn about work, the world of work, the skills required by employers and the qualification pathways available to them. Well considered decisions and an understanding of learning and work, informed by effective CEIAG, can increase engagement in learning and in turn, raise attainment, support aspirations and further participation.
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.
Dorothy Stringer School is a large mixed comprehensive (over 1650 Students). The vast majority of students go onto college at one, of the many, 6th Form or further Education Colleges across the City or beyond. See website for the most recent destination figures.
The aim of CEIAG at Dorothy Stringer is to help students to develop skills, attitudes, understanding and knowledge that will help them to become effective in a variety of occupations and roles when they leave school, allow them to think about their own career pathways, how they can become more employable and how their lifestyles can be affected by their choices. The school is committed to meeting and exceeding the statutory requirements in this area, providing students with exceptional support and guidance throughout their time at Dorothy Stringer School.
CEIAG at Dorothy Stringer aims to:
- Deliver content in discrete PSHE lessons, pastoral sessions and across other curriculum areas that helps raise motivation, aspiration and attainment
- Help students to follow courses that are appropriate to their needs
- Promote the full range of pathways including apprenticeships
- Improve the understanding of the world of work
- Help students to be aware of their strengths, weaknesses, skills and qualities
- Ensure appropriate provision and guidance
- Aid successful transition to the next level of education or employment
- Offer a responsive service that allows time for face to face guidance
- Empower students to plan and manage their own futures
- Provide information and advice to parents and carers so they are better able to support and guide their son or daughter
- Provide comprehensive, timely, unbiased and impartial advice and guidance
- Actively promote equality and challenge stereotypes
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
- Engagement in city-wide employment and training events such as Your Future Your Choice and Be the Change
- 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
- To meet the statutory duties of 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.
Leadership and Management
CEIAG is managed by the Careers Leader who is also Head of PSHE. The Careers Leader attends and chairs the IAG Group in the city and also attends work experience meetings as appropriate. The Careers Leader also meets with the Pastoral Care Committee, the Head of Departments Committee and independent Careers Adviser to review and plan both the careers programme and personal guidance offer. There is a link governor, who takes a strategic interest in careers education and guidance and encourages employer engagement.
The Careers Leader currently reports to the Head Teacher and SLT through an Assistant Head Teacher.
It is the Career Leader's responsibility, with the support and backing SLT and Governors, to provide the best quality CEIAG possible for all students and to be the point of contact for schools and business to meet. They will work with the Careers and Enterprise Company advisers and leads.
The Careers Leader will evaluate and review the previous year's action plan and set targets for the following year, which will be determined by data and school's development plan. This is done annually.
This policy will be reviewed and updated every year, or as required, with support from the independent careers adviser, the link governor, Heads of School and the SEND Department.
Please visit the Policies page to see linked policies:
Health and Safety Policy (work experience)
Child Protection & Safeguarding Policies
Please click below to view Dorothy Stringer Destination Reports
Destinations Report 2017.pdf
Destinations Report 2016.pdf
Destinations Report 2015.pdf