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.
How is the impact of the careers programme measured and assessed?
Our Careers programme is monitored termly by completing a Compass + evaluation of the Gatsby Benchmarks. These benchmarks are the National Policy benchmarks for the provision of good careers guidance. We seek feedback from students, parents and employers with regard to the careers programme we offer and the progamme is amended as a result of this feedback. We also track the destinations of all of our students when they leave school at either 16 or 18 so we can measure whether the programme has enabled students to enter sustainable pathways for their futures.
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.