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Why is CEIAG important?

CEIAG is vital in giving young people a better understanding of the working world, and how to succeed after leaving OSCA. Our Careers Education, Information and Guidance programme ensures all students begin to think about their futures as early as Year 7. All students, by Year 11 will have had experiences, activities and interactions with professional organisations and employers to give them an insight into the working world. By the end of Year 11, all students will have received one to one bespoke guidance on their future pathways, and one to one mock interview experience, to develop key skills that will help them succeed in the next stages of their lives.

As well as preparation for the working world, the CEIAG team work very closely with AimHigher who provide experiences and activities to help students’ awareness of university learning, and apprenticeships. This helps broaden the horizons of our young people, encouraging them to consider higher levels of education and training. This again helps strengthen their position when becoming successful professionals.

Quizzes and assessments taken by students mean they each receive individualised support, information and advice, as opposed to a ‘one size fits all’ approach.

How do we provide CEIAG to our students? Including a LTP/table illustrating CEIAG for each year group

 

OSCA Careers Programme

GB shows which Gatsby Benchmarks are linked to each activity.

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 8

Teacher-led Careers Assembly GB12

L4S Careers activities with Options focus GB1234

National Careers week - Career of the week L4S activities GB124

Options evening (virtual if necessary) GB12348

Collapsed timetable day – Enterprise Challenge – Focus on Job roles, work skills and routes to FE/HE- Use of LMI, engagement with local employers GB23457

Assembly and tutor group opportunities GB124

Year 9

Teacher-led Careers Assembly GB12

National Apprenticeship Week L4S activities  GB123

L4S Careers activities GB1234

Introduction to professions in subject areas in KS4 SOWs GB134

National Careers week - Career of the week L4S activities GB34

Collapsed timetable day – Enterprise Challenge – Focus on Job roles, work skills and routes to FE/HE- Use of LMI, engagement with local employers GB23457

Links to professions in industry within KS4 SOWs GB134

Assembly and L4S activities GB124

L4S Day Employability and Work skills focus GB2348

Aimhigher mentoring and enrichment opportunities. GB345678

Links to professions in industry within KS4 SOWs GB134

Year 10

Teacher-led Careers Assembly GB12

National Apprenticeship Week L4S activities GB123

L4S Careers activities with Work Experience focus GB12346

Introduction to professions in subject areas in KS4 SOWs GB134

Introduction to Work Experience GB12346

National Careers week - Career of the week L4S activities GB34

Links to professions in industry within KS4 SOWs GB134

Collapsed timetable day – Enterprise Challenge – Focus on Job roles, work skills and routes to FE/HE- Use of LMI, engagement with local employers GB23457

Phase 2 of preparation for Work Experience GB1234

Aimhigher mentoring and enrichment opportunities.GB345678

Assembly and L4S activities GB124

Links to professions in industry within KS4 SOWs GB134

Final preparation for Work Experience GB348

Work Experience week (Virtual if necessary) GB3456

Aimhigher mentoring and enrichment opportunities. GB345678

 

 

Year 11

Reflection on WEx GB123456

National Apprenticeship Week L4S activities GB123

Teacher-led Careers Assembly GB12

One-to-one interviews with Careers Advisor LG begin for all Year 11 students GB2348

Introduction to professions in subject areas in KS4 SOWs GB12346

Virtual Collapsed timetable day – Work Skills, Mock interviews, Careers / FE fair GB3578

National Careers week - Career of the week L4S activities GB34

Links to professions in industry within KS4 SOWs GB134

Collapsed timetable day – Enterprise Challenge – Focus on Job roles, work skills and routes to FE/HE- Use of LMI, engagement with local employers GB23457

Additional assembly on College/6th Form/Apprenticeships application process GB38

Aimhigher mentoring and enrichment opportunities GB345678

Ongoing one-to-one interviews with LG GB38

Final one-to-one interviews with LG GB38

Additional tutor LG and HOH intervention for outstanding FE applications GB348



Gatsby Benchmarks – overview and up to date report on how we meet the benchmarks/how we are planning to develop further

Benchmark 1

A stable careers programme

Your school has met 82% of the 17 assessment areas in benchmark 1

We plan to develop this area by holding whole staff CPD on CEIAG, and electing Careers Champions within each department. These will develop and highlight Careers links within their schemes of learning. CEIAG provision will be better tracked, and reviewed as a result.

Benchmark 2

Learning from career & labour market information

Your school has met 60% of the 2 assessment areas in benchmark 2

We plan to develop this area by using the new LMI dashboard, and sharing information more effectively with students, staff and parents.

Benchmark 3

Addressing the needs of each pupil

Your school has met 72% of the 7 assessment areas in benchmark 3

Many CEIAG activities involve a large number of students, some involve only a few. By using the new Compass+ tool, we will be able to record, track and review the experiences of each individual student. This will give us a clearer picture of any missed activities, so we can then ensure all students receive the support they need.

Benchmark 4

Linking curriculum learning to careers

Your school has met 100% of the 4 assessment areas in benchmark 4

We do this through our Pathways process and schemes of learning.

Benchmark 5

Encounters with employers & employees

Your school has met 100% of the single assessment area in benchmark 5

We do this by regularly inviting visiting professionals and employers into OSCA. This may be through Enterprise activities, or targeted workshops and talks. We also have external trips to workplaces and local businesses.

Benchmark 6

Experiences of workplaces

Your school has met 100% of the single assessment area in benchmark 6

We do this by running a whole year work experience programme at the end of Year 10, where all students experience a week in a professional working environment.

Benchmark 7

Encounters with further and higher education

Your school has met 100% of the 5 assessment areas in benchmark 7

We do this through trips, activities and workshops, such as the Brilliant Club. We work closely with AimHigher West Midlands to provide students with a broadened knowledge of further and higher education.

Benchmark 8

Personal guidance

Your school has met 100% of the single assessment area in benchmark 8

We do this by providing the opportunity for one to one guidance at for all year groups through drop ins. In addition, all Year 11 students have at least one consultation meetig with our level 6 qualified Connexions advisor.

 

Useful links/further reading:

College Open Events 2020/2021

Website for the Careers and Education Company (CEC)

Information about Compass+