Our strategy has been developed in line with the DfE document: Careers strategy: making the most of everyone’s skills and talents (4th December 2017)
We want to create a stronger, fairer society in which people from all backgrounds can realise their potential. A thriving careers system, that is accessible to everyone, is at the heart of our focus on social mobility. We must break down the barriers to progress that too many people in our country face today, and give young people the skills to get on in life. Our careers strategy will support everyone, whatever their age, to go as far as their talents will take them and have a rewarding career. - The Rt Hon Anne Milton MP Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills and Minister for Women
CEIAG has a focus on six attributes, skills or actions needed to achieve career goals and aspirations. The six areas can be nicely organised into the word ‘Career’:
- Consider your interests, your strengths, and your skills;
- Ambition: The sky’s the limit.
- Research what you need to get there (GCSEs, A levels, a degree, professional qualifications?);
- Enterprise: Grasp opportunities that could enhance your skills;
- Excitement: Passion for your dreams and reading around the subject are important;
- Responsibility: Work hard, ask questions and discuss with anyone that will listen.
- Our Careers Education Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) Policy.
- Our CEIAG Programme of study
- Information about our destinations platform, Unifrog.
- Careers advice page, which brings together some of the best information about progression routes and careers.
We are aware that the job market is is forever evolving so if you ever see a gap in our provision please contact us.
We aim to give our students quality information, advice and guidance to help inform their choice of Sixth Form, 16-18 qualifications, higher education and future career.
- Mock interviews for jobs and UCAS, help with all application forms and writing CVs.
- Share information of opportunities for visits and trips that are free for students
- Arrange for visiting speakers from universities to come in and address groups of students:
- Students given release time to undertake Work Experience
- UCAS Exhbition in London Excel Arena
- Visits to Financial Institutions in London
- Free Access to Unifrog. Unifrog online service focuses on CV writing, universities, apprenticeships and MOOCS.
- Unifrog will be used to collate useful progression information (activities, competences and interactions).
- Unifrog will be used to support production of UCAS application forms, personal statements and teacher references.
- Free Access to Careers Explorer
- Superb 1:1 guidance on UCAS applications and statements
- Use of Pathways Apprenticeship Programme
- Use of Essex Skills Apprenticeship Hub
- Face to face mentoring
- Phone hotline mentoring
- A Higher Education lesson, as part of the curriculum, to be run weekly for Year 12.
- Students in the Sixth Form will be encouraged to visit university open days, masterclasses, taster courses and summer schools at a variety of universities, to develop their application profile.
- The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) helps develop invaluable research and independent learning skills which are central to higher education.
- There is a dedicated team to support students with the UCAS process. Each student will have support tailored to their application from a subject advisor, their form tutor and the Sixth Form team.
- Interview preparation, practice and workshops are led by departments and the Sixth Form team.
- There is preparation for, and support with, aptitude and pre-admissions tests.
- The pastoral curriculum for Years 12-13 will include lessons on life at university, including finances.
- Charity fundraising and enterprise activities will be encouraged e.g. the Young Enterprise competition and Patronal Festival Charity Week fundraising
- Sixth Form students will be encouraged to undertake volunteering and work experience to support their university applications. A range of opportunities will be advertised throughout the academic year, as appropriate to specific students
This careers page is updated in September every year.