Woodside High School

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Careers education, information, advice and guidance

At Woodside High School we are committed to ensuring that all our students in years 7 to 11 have high quality impartial advice on career opportunities, and that they progress onto appropriate courses or employment on leaving the school. It is very important to us to know that all leavers have a plan for their next step. 

 

We support our students in making well-informed decisions by providing access to differentiated, impartial and independent information and guidance about the range of options (including academic, vocational, apprenticeships) that are most likely to help them to achieve their ambitions. We believe that giving students the best careers education and guidance is vital to improving their motivation to learn and help them to achieve.

 

All students will be entitled to a Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) programme that:

  • provide good quality independent careers advice to students which inspires them and motivates them to fulfil their potential;
  • provide personal advice and guidance which is in the best interests of, and meets the needs of, all students;
  • be based on the Gatsby Benchmarks for Good Careers Guidance;
  • contribute to the raising of student achievement by encouraging students to develop high aspirations and consider a broad and ambitious range of careers;
  • provide opportunities to work in partnership with employers, training providers, local colleges and others;
  • provide opportunities to inspire students through real-life contact with the world of work;
  • develop enterprise and employability skills including skills for self-employment;
  • support inclusion, challenge stereotyping and promote equality of opportunity;
  • encourage students to see career development as a life-long process;
  • develop students’ skills and knowledge of careers including career management skills and knowledge of the local labour market (LMI);
  • ensure students are aware of the full range of academic and technical routes available at each transition point so that students have the necessary knowledge to make successful transitions;
  • provide opportunities for meaningful encounters with employees, employers, further and higher education and experience of workplaces;
  • support social mobility by improving opportunities for all students, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds and those with special educational needs and disabilities and
  • be weaved and embedded into subjects across the curriculum (including PRS)

Careers programme: Year 7

  • Tutorial Programme aims to help students to understand more about themselves (self-development), know where to look for useful information (careers exploration) and plan for the future (career management)
  • All students take part in the Careers Week activities.
  • Selected students participate in the IntoUniversity Secondary Focus Programme.
  • Selected students participate in the Cambridge Physics Experience.
  • Selected students participate in Salters’ Festival of Chemistry.
  • University visits: In 2018-2019 Year 7 students visited Cambridge University and London Southbank University.
  • All students are encouraged to participate in Lunch Time Lectures

 

Careers programme: Year 8

  • PRS and Tutorial Programme aim to help students to make a decision on their curriculum electives that are appropriate to their interests and talents.
  • All students have access to impartial careers advice and guidance and 1:1 careers coaching to support them for their curriculum electives.
  • All students attend the Inspiring Careers Day.They also take part in the Careers Week activities.
  • Selected students participate in the IntoUniversity Secondary Focus and Buddy Programme; and the Brilliant Club.
  • Selected students participate in the Cambridge Physics Experience.
  • Selected students participate in the Inspire Engineering Day.
  • University visits: In 2018-2019 Year 8 students visited Kings College, Oxford University, Cambridge University, SOAS, Queen Mary University, University College of London and London School of Economics.
  • Selected girls attended the Women of the World Event.
  • All students are encouraged to participate in Lunchtime Lectures.

Careers programme: Year 9

  • PRS and Tutorial Programme aim to help students to understand more about themselves, find out about careers and the world of work, and help them to plan for their future.
  • All students have access to impartial careers advice and guidance and 1:1 careers coaching to support them for their GCSE preferences.
  • All students take part in the Careers Week activities.
  • Selected students participate in the IntoUniversity Secondary Focus, Business in Focus, Leadership in Focus and Careers in Focus Programme; Cambridge University Aspiration Day and the Cambridge Physics Experience; Women in Tech Event; London School of Economics ACE Day and the Brilliant Club.
  • Selected girls attend theWomen of the World Event.
  • Selected students attend subject specific Careers Events. In 2018-19, Computer Science students attended the ADA National College for Digital Skills workshop and Women in Tech workshop; Business Studies students visited Nomura as part of the IntoUniversity initiative; Maths students attended Oxford University Maths Conference for Girls; Science students attended the King’s College Medical Activity Day and Middlesex University STEM Festival; Design Technology students attended Built Environment Carousel at London Academy of Excellence.
  • University visits: In 2018-2019, Year 9 students visited Cambridge University, King’s College, Oxford University, SOAS, University College of London, Middlesex University and London School of Economics
  • All students are encouraged to participate in Lunchtime Lectures.

Careers programme: Year 10

  • PRS and Tutorial Programme aims to help students with writing a CV, preparing for interviews, and completing application forms;
  • All students complete one week Work Experience.
  • All students attend Woodside High School Careers Fair.
  • Selected students attend subject specific Careers Events. In 2018-19, Computer Science students attended the ADA National College for Digital Skills workshop, QA Apprenticeship workshop and BAFTA Young Gamers workshop; Music students attended Access to Music workshop; Science students attended Middlesex University STEM Festival; Design Technology students attended Built Environment Carousel at London Academy of Excellence.
  • Selected girls attend theWomen of the World Event.
  • Selected students participate in the IntoUniversity Secondary Focus and Business in Focus Programme; Teen Tech Programme; London School of Economics ACE High Day; the Cambridge University Aspiration Day and the Cambridge Physics Experience; and the Brilliant Club.
  • University visits: In 2018-2019, Year 10 students visited Cambridge University, Oxford University, SOAS, Middlesex University, King’s College and London School of Economics.
  • All students are encouraged to participate in Lunchtime Lectures

 

Careers programme: Year 11

  • PRS and Tutorial Programmeaim to help students to identify a range of post-16 pathways to make informed choices about their future; complete application forms, writing a CV and personal statement; prepare for interviews.
  • After school drop-insessions are open to all students.
  • Students can attend lunch time Application Formworkshops.
  • All students attend Woodside High School Careers Fair and Alexandra Park Careers Road Show.
  • Selected girls attend theWomen of the World Event.
  • All students attend the employability skills; interview skills workshops and mock interviews with the range of Colleges/6thForms and the London Enterprise Advisers.
  • All students attend Careers Assemblies.
  • Selected students participate in the IntoUniversitySecondary Focus and One Degree programme.
  • All students are encouraged to participate inLunchtime Lectures.

 

Parents/Carers

At Woodside High School, we work closely with parents and carers to support their children to make informed career choices. Parents and carers are encouraged to attend the careers events and curriculum electives and preferences evenings, and we always ensure that we provide translators for these events.  Using our website, weekly newsletters, termly magazine and Family and Friends of Woodside Group (including a "Pathway to University" workshop), we promote events to parents and carers such as the LSE Black Achievement conference, Brilliant Club ceremony, UCL’s Sutton Scholars information day, Bring Your Parents to University events and the Horizons Programme Parents/Carers information day.

Parents and carers are always welcome to contact the Careers Leader, Ms Ozcelik (0208 829 2564) to seek advice and ask any questions they might have regarding careers pathways.

Useful websites

The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. The service offers confidential and impartial advice. This is supported by qualified careers advisers.

The National Careers Service website aims to:

  • help you with careers decisions and planning
  • support you in reviewing your skills and abilities and develop new goals
  • motivate you to implement your plan of action
  • enable you to make the best use of high quality career related tools.
Careersbox is a free online library of careers related film, news and information. As the preferred digital new media partner to the Institute of Career Guidance, the largest careers body in the UK, Careersbox aim is to deliver a new way for students to explore their skills and career options.

Plotr is a website created to help 11-24 year olds discover and explore careers they’ll love.

It’s built around the Game which uncovers careers matched to their skills, interests and personality.

LifeSkills, created with Barclays, is a free, curriculum-linked programme, developed with teachers to help improve the skills and employability of young people in the UK.
icould has a range of video clips showing real people talking about their jobs and careers.
Plan your study & work.  Your choices at 14, 16 and 18, explore different job sectors and how you can study and work at the same time - even to university level.
Success at School is the place for young people to explore careers, get the lowdown on top employers, and search for the latest jobs, courses and advice.
The study guide section within youthspace contains a range of information including help on making options choices in Year 9, post 16 options, and getting into higher education.
Central Governments dedicated apprenticeship website has a whole range of information to help young people decide if Apprenticeships are the right route for them. You can also search for apprenticeship vacancies.

 

 

 

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Monitoring and Evaluation

 

The CEIAG team meet on a regular basis to develop, monitor and evaluate CEAIG across the school.

Woodside High School’s progress towards achieving the Gatsby Benchmarks is evaluated using the online Compass tool (as recommended in Careers guidance and access for education and training providers Jan 2018).  This is carried out on an annual basis by the Careers Leader.  The CEIAG development plan is based upon the outcomes of the Compass audit. 

Provision is also monitored through regular feedback from students, parents/carers, staff, governors and our partners.  This feedback is collected through questionnaires and forms at the end of each year.  This is analysed by the Careers Leader with actions fed back to staff.  Key action points are also included in the annual CEIAG development plan. 

External provision is monitored and evaluated through the school’s quality assurance procedures including observations, student/staff/parents&carers feedback at the end of each event. This is analysed by the Careers Leader with actions fed back to staff via CEIAG team meetings.  Key action points are also included in the annual CEIAG development plan.

The effectiveness of our careers guidance will be reflected in the higher numbers of students progressing to positive destinations such as apprenticeships, technical routes, sixth form colleges, further education colleges, or employment.  Destination data is used to assess how successfully students make the transition into the next stage of education or training, or into employment and to inform future CEIAG provision.  This is analysed by the Careers Leader with key trends and actions fed back to SLT and Governors.  A designated governor has responsibility for overseeing the quality of careers guidance.

The CEIAG policy is reviewed on an annual basis by the Careers Leader.  This is ratified by the Headteacher and Governors.