Challney High

Careers Education Information, Advice & Guidance

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 is set out to empower students to plan and manage their own futures. 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

Year 7

  • Students are supported to recognise the skills and qualities they need in life to be successful through an 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 and STEM Champion.
  • 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 attend Employer visits related to subject areas
  • Students are supported to recognise the skills and qualities they need in life to be successful through an 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 have a Careers and Enterprise day dedicated to employability Skills and Interview skills delivered by employers and training providers
  • Students attend Employer visits related to subject areas
  • Students attend aspiration visits to universities
  • During National Careers Week students engage in careers learning through subjects in the wider curriculum
  • Offered 1:1 interview with an external Careers Adviser for identified, targeted students (SEN, Pupil Premium, EAL).
  • Opportunity to visit the World Skills UK at the NEC in Birmingham.
  • Futures Evening for Parents and Students on Options for the future

Year 10

  • Students attend aspiration visits to universities such as University of Cambridge
  • Skills Conference at the University of Bedfordshire
  • Students have a Careers and Enterprise day dedicated to employability Skills and Interview skills delivered by employers and training providers
  • Taster day at 6th Form College
  • Students attend Employer visits related to subject areas
  • 1-week work experience and exposure to the world of work to develop their skills and abilities
  • BESP employer speed dating event
  • 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 with an external Careers Adviser from Luton Borough Council 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 to them.
  • Students revisit recognising skills and qualities they need in life to be successful
  • Support and guidance is given in applying for Post 16 opportunities
  • College mock interview preparation
  • Futures Evening for Parents and Students on Post 16 Options
  • Preparing students for NCS National Citizen Service
  • Offered 1:1 interview with an external Careers Adviser from Luton Borough Council for any identified, targeted students (SEN, Pupil Premium, EAL).

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

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 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.