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Careers

A young person’s career is the progress they make in learning and work.  All young people need a planned programme of activities to help them choose 14-19 pathways that are right for them and to be able to manage their careers and sustain employability throughout their lives.  Schools have a statutory duty to provide careers education in Years 7-13 and to ensure students have access to careers information and impartial guidance.

Fulston Manor School is committed to providing a planned programme of careers education and information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) for all students in Years 7-13, in partnership with CxK Ltd, the University of Kent, East Kent Business Partnership and other outside providers.

We link our CEIAG programme to the Gatsby Benchmarks which are referenced to the Statutory Guidance for Careers (January 2018). The Gatsby Benchmarks are as follows:

  1. A Stable careers programme
  2. Learning from career and labour market information
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
  5. Encounters with employers and employees
  6. Experiences of workplaces
  7. Encounters with further and higher education
  8. Personal guidance

How is CEIAG delivered at Fulston Manor School?

The CEIAG programme is delivered in a variety of ways.  Some of these are age specific, others are more generic across all year groups:

Year

CEIAG Programme

7

CEIAG is delivered as part of the school’s Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) programme, and assemblies.

8

CEIAG is delivered as part of the school’s PSHE programme and assemblies.

9

CEIAG is delivered as part of the school’s PSHE programme and assemblies.  Additionally, students will receive direct information to help them make post-14 options choices. Some students with specific identified needs will receive careers guidance interviews with the school’s Careers Adviser.

10

CEIAG is delivered as part of the school’s PSHE programme, assemblies, and through focused careers sessions delivered within Independent Study lessons.  Some students with specific identified needs will receive careers guidance interviews with the school’s Careers Adviser.  Students are offered as an option the chance to undertake a one week work experience placement in July.

11

CEIAG is delivered as part of the school’s PSHE programme, assemblies, and through focused careers sessions delivered within Independent Study lessons.  Some students in Year 11 will be offered a careers guidance interview with the school’s Careers Advisor or a CxK Personal Advisor. In addition, students receive direct information to help them make post-16 progression decisions.  Instruction and support are given to enable students to use the Kent Choices website to research and apply for post-16 courses of education.

12

CEIAG is delivered as part of the school’s Enrichment programme, assemblies, and through guidance interviews with the school's Careers Advisor.  Much of this is focused on supporting students to make decisions about applying for a place in Higher Education, or moving into employment or further training. Work experience is compulsory for all Year 12 students, and takes place in July.

13

CEIAG is delivered through discrete careers support sessions, which focus initially on supporting students through their university applications, and in assemblies. Students are able to request careers interviews and discussions with key staff regarding progression beyond school. As much support as possible is provided to help students make good, informed decisions, but there is an emphasis in Year 13 on students being proactive in this process.

‘Meet the Employer’ Sessions

The school aims to provide opportunities for students of all year groups to meet and engage with representatives from a wide range of careers pathways.  These ‘Meet the Employer’ sessions take place at lunchtimes throughout the year and will give students the opportunity to find out about different careers as well as ask questions of employers.  The programme is advertised in tutor groups.

National Careers Week

National Careers Week 2020 is running from 2nd to 7th March, and the school will be participating by running a series of activities including a programme of additional ‘Meet the Employer’ sessions at lunchtime which will be open to students from all year groups.  All students in Years 9 and 12 will have lessons in all of their subjects on the relevance of those subjects for future career pathways.

How do we measure and evaluate our CEIAG programme?

The school measures and assesses the impact of the careers programme through student feedback, parental feedback, and through outcomes (measured by destinations tracking once students leave the school).

The content of the school’s CEIAG programme is reviewed annually.

What Resources Are Available in School?

Fulston Manor School recognises the importance of careers guidance being impartial and independent to ensure that young people make well-informed decisions about their future careers.  Students are able to talk to any member of staff, in particular teaching staff and form tutors, who will offer guidance, or signpost them to other staff in a better position to help. 

Key Staff

Overall responsibility for Careers Education and Guidance in the school is held by the Careers Leader, Mr G Vigeon, who is also an Assistant Headteacher. He can be contacted via email at [email protected] or by telephone via the school switchboard.

Mr Vigeon is supported by Mrs R Demian, the Careers and Work Experience Co-ordinator. Mrs Demian is available in the Careers Library Monday to Friday during break and lunchtime for any students with questions regarding university/college entrance, careers or work experience. After-school support sessions are offered throughout the year on a Tuesday. Mrs Demian also delivers careers guidance interviews to students throughout the year. Mrs Demian can be contacted at [email protected] or by telephone via the school switchboard.

The school employs a Student Progression Mentor, Mrs R Adkins.  Mrs Adkins’ role is to work intensively with a targeted group of students from different year groups who have been identified as being at potential risk of becoming NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) when they leave Fulston Manor. Mrs Adkins works with her caseload, liaising with parents, employers and other providers, with the goal of getting and keeping students onto a career pathway. Contact with Mrs Adkins should initially be directed through Mr G Vigeon.

Other resources

In addition to the above staff, the school Careers Library is accessible at lunchtime and after school for students to research different career paths.  

Your Future Pathway - Choices at 16 and 18

At 16, following the completion of your GCSEs, you can leave school but you have to remain in education or training until you are 18.  Possible pathways you might want to look into are:

Sixth Form at Fulston Manor   Sixth Form at another School FE College Apprenticeship
Employment (With Training)

At 18, you no longer have to stay in education or training, but many young people continue to do so.  Continuing your education may open up careers that would otherwise be closed to you, as well as raise your skill levels and give you valuable life experience.  Possible pathways to look into are:

Sixth Form at Fulston Manor   Sixth Form at another School FE College Apprenticeship
A Gap Year

Apprenticeships

The school recognises the importance that apprenticeships hold in the range of career options that students may take post-16, post-18 or in the longer term.  We encourage all students to consider apprenticeships as a possible future pathway and provide opportunities in school for them to find out more.  This includes assemblies from apprenticeship and training providers, ‘Meet the Employer’ sessions and an information evening for parents to find out more.

Useful websites for students and parents wishing to find out more, include:

www.apprenticekent.com/home

www.gov.uk/topic/further-education-skills/apprenticeships

www.kenttrainingandapprenticeships.co.uk

www.cilex.org.uk/study/apprenticeships - apprenticeships in law

Advice For Students Interested in Higher Education

Support is given in school to students in Years 12 and 13 who are applying to university, including within Year 12 Enrichment lessons and, for Year 13, after school support workshops to help with completing application forms.  The school is also a partner school of the University of Kent, who come in and deliver workshops at various points in the year.

If you are interested in going to university, speak to Mr Vigeon, Miss Davies or Mrs Collins.  You could also look at the following websites:

www.ucas.com

https://targetcareers.co.uk/uni

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathmatics)

The UK is a world leader in scientific and technological research, and STEM industries employ hundreds of thousands of people.  STEM businesses operate in a global setting and the opportunities available within them can be huge.

At Fulston Manor, all students have dedicated time within their Computing, DT, Mathematics and Science lessons where teachers discuss the range of career opportunities that these subjects can help young people gain access to.  The school is particularly keen to help to breakdown nationally recognised stereotypes that can create barriers to girls entering STEM careers.

The following downloadable resources provide further useful information about STEM careers and pathways into them, which we hope that students and parents will find helpful:

https://www.stem.org.uk/resources/community/collection/448560/information-and-links-parents-carers-careers-stem

https://www.stem.org.uk/resources/community/collection/448547/videos-promote-careers-stem

https://www.stem.org.uk/resources/community/collection/448548/career-profiles-and-interviews-stem-professionals

Employers

The school actively seeks, and welcomes, the involvement of employers in our careers education programme.  In the past employers have come into school to deliver a range of activities including:  speaking to whole year groups in assemblies, delivering small group sessions on specific career pathways, and participation in mock interviews with Sixth Form students.  We also offer work experience to Year 10 students, and to all Year 12 students for whom it is compulsory.

The Provider Access Policy below, outlines the opportunities and resources that employers have open to them.  The school’s preferred arrangement is for employers to speak in one of our regular ‘Meet the Employer’ lunchtime sessions.

Should you be interested in delivering a careers related session to students, or be willing to offer a work experience placement to either a Year 10 or Year 12 student, then please either contact Mr G Vigeon (Assistant Headteacher) at [email protected], or Mrs R Demian (Careers and Work Experience Co-ordinator) at [email protected].

Provider Access Policy

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.

All students in years 8 – 13 are entitled:

  • To find out about technical 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.

A provider wishing to request access should contact Mr G Vigeon, Assistant Headteacher, at [email protected]  or via the school switchboard on 01795 475228.

A number of events, integrated into the school careers programme, may offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to students:

Year 8: Assemblies and PSHE activities (throughout the year).

Year 9: Assemblies and PSHE (throughout the year), Options Evening (Spring Term).

Year 10: Assemblies and PSHE (throughout the year), focused careers sessions delivered within Independent Study lessons (various points throughout the year), Work Experience Week (July).

Year 11: Assemblies and PSHE (throughout the year), focused careers sessions delivered within Independent Study lessons (various points throughout the year).

Year 12: Enrichment lessons (throughout the year), Careers workshops (after school throughout the year), Work Experience Week (July).

Year 13: Careers workshops (after school throughout the year).

In addition to the above, bespoke sessions can be organised at most times of year through discussions with the school.

The school will make the main hall, classrooms or private meeting rooms available for discussions between the provider and students, as appropriate to the activity. The school will also make available AV and other specialist equipment to support provider presentations. This will all be discussed and agreed in advance of the visit with the Careers Leader or a member of their team. The school will consider any requests for specialist facilities, such as workshops and science laboratories, subject to risk assessment.

The school reserves the right to refuse requests for access for the following reasons:

  • If such requests are felt to interfere adversely with the progress of students, for instance during the run up to examinations;
  • If requested facilities are not available at the requested time, for instance because they are being used for another activity;
  • If reasonable time is not given to organise and implement the access request.

Providers are welcome to leave a copy of their prospectus or other relevant course literature for inclusion within the Careers Library, which is managed by Mrs R Demian, the Careers and Work Experience Co-ordinator. The Careers Library  is available to all students at break and  lunch times, and after school.