Careers Information and useful links
Anthony Gell School Entitlement Statement
All secondary schools have a statutory and moral duty to provide students in Years 8 to 13 with information, advice and guidance. This is extended in Anthony Gell School to include Year 7.
Guidance takes place both within and outside the curriculum. We employ an experienced, independent careers advisor who provides students with detailed, personalised careers information and guidance. The careers advisor works with school to ensure every student receives a level of support according to his or her needs. The careers advisor has regular contact with all students in Years 9-13 through a programme of bespoke assemblies, 1:1 interviews and through attendance at Parents Evenings which include workshops for parents.
Education, guidance and support is also provided by the school’s PSE team, careers co-ordinator, tutor team and the work experience co-ordinator. We also aim to engage with a range of external providers to enhance students’ learning opportunities at all ages and stages such as at our annual Careers Fair and through other special events. All students in Y10 will also undertake a period of work experience.
What are students entitled to from Careers Information, Advice and Guidance?
You are entitled to;
- clear advice and information about ALL the options available, so that you understand what they involve
- support and guidance to help you make choices and complete a career plan for the future
- regular personal support on information on how well you are doing
- help to decide what to do when you leave your course, including further learning, training and employment
- a programme of careers education helping you develop skills and knowledge to make choices and the transition to work and learning
- the opportunity to be involved in making decisions about things that effect your learning
- an opportunity to set out an individual learning plan, and
- an opportunity to learn about the world of work
Careers preparation, called Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) is taught to all students within the main school. As a snapshot of the curriculum, the main elements are:
Students receive a taught module to assess their personal strengths, aptitudes and learning styles to enable them to understand their skills and aptitudes as learners. Students start some initial work finding out about careers and they explore different types of jobs that might suit them and their aptitudes, goals and desires. Early work on Careers is seen to raise aspirations and improve motivation to participate in education or training as a lifelong development.
Students receive a taught module that supports them in investigating in more detail jobs that they might like to do. We also look at jobs in the local area and we start to introduce access to our careers library.
Students evaluate how to make the best use of careers information available to them and identify the factors that may influence their decisions at key transition points. Students are given support in making their choices for Level 2 qualifications in Key Stage 4 and they complete a career action plan. Students and parents also make their first contact with the Careers Advisor through assemblies, parents evenings and parent workshops.
Students begin to explore how they are changing as they commence their GCSEs and begin to think about their Post 16 options. Work with the Careers advisor continues as some students will have 1:1 interviews this year to give them individualised guidance regarding their Post 16 options. Y10 students are encouraged to attend our annual Careers Fair. Time is given to writing CVs, employability skills and preparing for the Y10 work experience. The Careers advisor operates a weekly lunchtime drop in session for anyone seeking support and also runs assemblies, attends Parents Evenings and runs Parent workshops.
Post 16 options are further explored this year. The PSE curriculum supports students to make decisions about careers, post 16 options and career aspirations. Work with the Careers advisor is expanded as all students who need a 1:1 interview receive the appropriate support. The Careers advisor operates a weekly lunchtime drop in session for anyone seeking support and also runs assemblies, attends Parents Evenings and runs Parent workshops.
Students are supported through the UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service) application process with work also being done on money management and living away from home. There is personalised support also for students investigating and opting for alternative progression routes outside of University. Work with the Careers advisor continues.
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