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Careers Education Information, Advice & Guidance

Our dedicated Careers Hub is designed to reflect our CEIAG offer at Challney High School for Boys

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Careers Programme

At Challney High School for Boys we are dedicated to raising students aspirations and supporting young people to achieve their potential.  Our careers programme meets both The Quality in Careers standard and all eight Gatsby Benchmarks of good careers guidance. Career learning will prepare students for opportunities and helps young people to make successful life decisions and transition to adulthood. Students get a sense of real-life experiences when exposed to meaningful encounters with employers and further and higher education providers. This enhances their employability skills  and makes them more aware of opportunities once completing high school. 

Our CEIAG* Manager supports students with completing application forms, interview techniques, CV writing and Career planning. Particular support is given to students in Year 8 when selecting options, Year 10 whilst embarking on a one week work experience in the summer term and supporting Year 11 students in their transition to further education or apprenticeships after finishing school. 

*Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance

Careers Policy available here, please speak to the Careers Leader for more details.

Year 7

  • Students are supported to recognise skills and qualities they need in life to be successful through emphasis on transferable skills. 
  • Students become aware of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) careers by being involved in activity days delivered through external providers such as Tomorrow’s Engineers. 
  • Students learn about Personal finance and money management. 
  • During National Careers Week students engage in careers learning through subjects in the wider curriculum
  • Students are introduced to ‘Start’ an online tool to begin their journey in planning their careers

Year 8

  • The emphasis in this year is subject choices and options
  • Parents and students attend Future options evening where the CEIAG Manager is available to support decision making 
  • Students follow up on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) careers by being further involved in activity days delivered through external providers such as Tomorrow’s Engineers and RS-Online
  • Students attend Employer visits related to subject areas
  • Students are supported to recognise skills and qualities they need in life to be successful through emphasis on transferable skills. 
  • During National Careers Week students engage in careers learning through subjects in the wider curriculum
  • Students are encouraged to explore and complete Start Online to help make decisions about their careers

Year 9

  • Students attend Employer visits related to subject areas
  • Opportunity to visit the World Skills UK at the NEC in Birmingham
  • Students have the opportunity to get involved in Young Enterprise and set up a business
  • Careers coaching programme delivered by Future Frontiers at a London based business 
  • During National Careers Week students engage in careers learning through subjects in the wider curriculum
  • Offered 1:1 interview for identified, targeted students (SEN, Pupil Premium, EAL).
  • Opportunity to visit the World Skills UK at the NEC in Birmingham.

Year 10

  • Students attend aspiration visits to universities such as Wadham College (Oxford)
  • Taster day at FE Colleges
  • Students attend Employer visits related to subject areas
  • Students follow up on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) careers by being further involved in activity days delivered through external providers such as Medical Mavericks
  • 1 week work experience and exposure to the world of work to develop their skills and abilities
  • BESP employer speed meeting event 
  • Mock interview workshops
  • During National Careers Week students engage in careers learning through subjects in the wider curriculum
  • Opportunity to visit the World Skills UK at the NEC in Birmingham.
  • Offered 1:1 interview for any identified, targeted students (SEN, Pupil Premium, EAL).

Year 11

  • Sixth Form Colleges/Schools, Further Education colleges, Apprenticeship providers attend assembly time during Autumn to present options available post 16.
  • Careers Evening for students and parents to speak to experts within industries and post 16 providers and universities
  • Students revisit recognising skills and qualities they need in life to be successful 
  • Support and guidance is given in applying for Post 16 opportunities
  • UK University and Apprenticeships Fair 
  • Dragons Den competition
  • Preparing students for NCS National Citizen Service 
  • Offered 1:1 interview for any identified, targeted students (SEN, Pupil Premium, EAL).

To maintain quality and ensure compliance with the latest statutory advice, the careers programme will be reviewed annually and impact will be measured and evaluated.

Labour Market Information

To help you make informed career decisions it helps to know what people in different jobs get paid and where the jobs are located. You can explore through the following websites:

 

Web icon icould - https://icould.com/
Web icon National Careers Service - https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/
Web icon Prospects - https://www.prospects.ac.uk/
Web icon LMI for all -  https://www.lmiforall.org.uk/widget/
Web icon SEMLEP - http://www.semlep.com/modules/downloads/download.php?file_name=1281

Parents/Carers

Careers support and guidance is available to all students whilst at school through our programme to build on students aspirations and help them make a decision about their future. However, we understand that there is a lot of information which can be difficult to process by both parents and students. As parents have a great influence on the decision your child makes so it’s important you have access to the right and most up to date information. Your guidance is very important particularly in Year 8 and year 11.

We have Parent and Students Handbooks on Year 11 Careers Planning to give you more information on colleges and apprenticeships.

For more advice and careers information for parents please visit:

www.parentalguidance.org.uk

ukcareers.ey.com/schools/career-advice/parental-advice/

If you have any careers-related concerns or queries for your child please contact Mrs Pancholi on 01582 599921 or email spancholi@challneyboys.co.uk

We are keen to hear your feedback about your son’s careers experiences and how we have helped him prepare for his next steps either into his next year or Post 16. Please follow the link and complete this short questionnaire.

Employers

Here at Challney High School for Boys we make every attempt to give our students every opportunity to access the world of work, and we welcome employers, industry representatives and training providers to contact us to support our students in increasing their knowledge about employability. Here is a list of possible activities you could get involved in within our school:

  • Work experience placements
  • Workplace visits
  • Careers talks
  • CV writing advice
  • Interview preparation
  • Mentoring
  • Enterprise competitions

If you are able to support any of the above activities to help our students, we would really like to hear from you.

You can contact Shital Pancholi Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance Manager (Careers Leader), at the school on 01582 599921 ext 378 or email spancholi@challneyboys.co.uk

Provider Access Policy

Introduction

This policy statement sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to students at the school for the purpose of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.


Student Entitlement

All students in Years 8-11 are entitled:

  • To find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point;
  • To hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships - through options events, assemblies and group discussions and taster events;
  • To understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.

Management of provider access requests Procedure

A provider wishing to request access should contact Shital Pancholi, CEIAG Manager Telephone: 01582 599921; email: spancholi@challneyboys.co.uk


Opportunities for access

A range of events, which are integrated into the Challney High School for Boys careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to students and/or their parents. The calendar of events varies from year to year; therefore, providers need to contact the appropriate staff member named above to identify the most suitable opportunity. These events are usually calendared well in advance, so it is essential that providers contact us early in the academic year to be involved in our planning. Access to students will be granted on the understanding that the information and guidance offered by providers is related to technical courses and apprenticeship opportunities only. Challney High School for Boys policy on safeguarding sets out the School’s approach to allowing providers into its schools as visitors to talk to our students.


Premises and facilities

Challney High School for Boys will make available the main hall, Green Room or classrooms for discussions between the provider and students, as appropriate to the activity. Our school will also make available specialist equipment to support provider presentations. This will all be discussed and agreed in advance of the visit with the CEIAG Manager.

Providers are welcome to leave a copy of their prospectus or other relevant course literature at the school to be displayed in the Careers Library which is managed by the CEIAG Manager. The Careers library is in the Main Library and is available to all students.