School Careers

Careers Guidance and Student Support

Sandwell Home & Hospital Tuition Service at Whiteheath education Centre is fully committed to providing a planned programme of careers education, information advice and guidance for all students in the years 7 – 11. The 1997 Education Act section 42B and Def policy update of 2018 places a legal obligation and duty on schools to give students access to careers education, information, advice and guidance The IAG policy will be reinforced and implemented with guidance from the Gatsby careers strategy benchmarks report 2017. This policy is underpinned by the Centre’s policies for Teaching and Learning, Child Protection, Assessment, Recording and Reporting Achievement, PSE and Citizenship, Enterprise and Work Related Learning, Equal Opportunities, Health and Safety, Special Needs and Parents / Carers Policy. http://www.goodcareerguidance.org.uk/

Careers Provision

Planning individual career pathways is important. A young person’s career is their pathway through learning and work. All young people need a planned programme of IAG activities to help them make decisions and plan their careers, both in school and after they leave. All students are entitled to careers education and guidance (IAG) that is impartial and confidential. It will be integrated into their experience of the whole curriculum, based on a partnership with students and their parents or carers. The programme promotes equality of opportunity, inclusion and anti-racism.

Contact / Senior Lead for IAG at Whiteheath Education Centre

Name:            Mr Charles O’ Boyle

Email:             COBoyle@whiteheath.org

Telephone:  0121 561 6887       Ext 2303

Mr C O ’Boyle is the qualified (NVQ Level 4 IAG) careers lead and now responsible for co-ordinating the centres careers IAG school programme plan and will be organising several future careers events and career linked programme within the school curriculum. The careers lead will be working closely with pupils, parents, teachers and agencies so they can easily access essential IAG information in relation to the careers agenda. This will positively enable and give the Whiteheath young people the best opportunity to participate in future education, training and /or employment. These career goals and aspirations can be related to choices and support for post 16 education options such as:

  • 6th form options
  • College / FE / HE
  • Apprenticeships / Traineeship’s
  • CV / Job preparation
  • Gaining employment experience

Aim Higher Mentoring Support Service 2018 /19

As part of Whiteheath careers policy, all pupils have access and support from the Aim Higher programme. This initiative works to improve social mobility by widening participation in all forms of higher education. It ensures that all young people from less advantaged backgrounds have access to high quality, exciting and challenging experiences that enhance their careers education, motivate, inspire and provide accurate and impartial information, advice and guidance about higher education. The Aim Higher Mentor working within Whiteheath in 2018/2109 is an undergraduate from UCB Birmingham Mr Joe Wassell, he will be in centre on Mondays and Wednesdays to discuss with pupils their aspirations and future education goals. http://aimhigherwm.ac.uk/

Careers Plan / Programme 2018 – 2019

The Centre’s IAG careers programme is designed to meet the career needs of all students at the Centre and on home tuition. The careers programme and plan for 2018/19 has been restructured. This includes careers education in PSHE, STEM based subjects, careers guidance activities (group work and individual interviews), LMI information and research activities such as work-related learning, career action planning/ goal setting and recording pupil achievements. Planned work experience preparation and follow-up take place in PSHE lessons and other appropriate parts of the curriculum, e.g. Enrichment sessions / activities (See attached plan).

2018 /19

Year Group

Activity / Event

By whom

Autumn Term

Sept / Jan

11

Ø  Careers interviews a one to one interview with the careers lead / Careers Adviser from Connexions Sandwell

Ø  World Skills shows visit NEC November 15th-17th

Ø  STEM linked careers showcase

Ø  Moving forward – PSHE lessons plans

Ø  Careers Assembly am in centre (All yrs)

Ø  Yr 11 progress evening / careers November

Ø  Christmas careers / enrichment event

Ø  New year / New start event

Careers Lead/ staff

Spring Term

Feb / April

11

Ø  Follow up career groups works

Ø  Life Skills session

Ø  Post 16 evening

Ø  Visiting speakers

Ø  Visits to colleges/ Universities,

Ø  Key stage 4 parents evening - February

Careers Lead/staff

Summer Term

May/ July/Aug

11

Ø  IAG ongoing/ small group

Ø  Mock interviews

Ø  Aspirations talk

Ø  Dragons den event

Ø  Celebrate / leaving event

Ø  Results day / Next steps support

Careers Lead/staff

2018 /19

Year Group

Activity / Event

By whom

Autumn Term

Sept / Jan

10

Ø  Careers Assembly am in centre (All yrs.)

Ø  Preparation for work experience/ creating a CV

Ø  Personal statement.

Ø  Work experience for one week in July

Ø  Variety of activities – e.g. Life Skills

Ø  HE/ University visits to see what life is like.

Careers Lead/ staff

Spring Term

Feb / April

10

Ø  College open days / visits

Ø  Apprenticeship week

Ø  Key stage 4 parents evening feb

Ø  Parents evening

Ø  LMI session

Ø  Aspirations talk

Careers Lead/ staff

Summer Term

May/ July

10

Ø  University/ FE visits

Ø  Work experience for one week in July

Ø  Events

Ø  Guest Speakers from world of work professionals

Careers Lead/ staff

2018 /19

Year Group

Activity / Event

By whom

Autumn Term

Sept / Jan

9

Ø  Registration with online careers

Ø  Options for careers

Ø  Events X 2

Ø  Employment visits

Careers Lead/ staff

Spring Term

Feb / April

9

Ø  Variety of activities – e.g. Life Skills

Ø  Online tools/websites

Ø  Careers Vocation sessions

Ø  STEM / Subject links

Careers Lead/ staff

Summer Term

May/ July

9

Ø  College, University/

Ø  Event visit

Ø  Think careers

Ø  LMI session

Careers Lead/ staff

2018 /19

Year Group

Activity / Event

By whom

Autumn Term

Sept / Jan

7/8

Ø  STEM careers / Curriculum

Ø  Careers of the future presentation

Ø  GIAG pathways activities

Careers Lead/ staff

Spring Term

Feb / April

7/8

Ø  Taster days/ open day

Ø  School / yr. group assembly

Ø  Options choices/ careers

Ø  World of work

Careers Lead/staff

Summer Term

May/ July

7/8

Ø  Careers activity / quiz

Ø  Life Skills session

Ø  Form career activities

Ø  Yr. 9 options

Ø  College / Provider visit

Careers Lead/ staff

 

Local Colleges:

 

Halesowen College

 

Sandwell College

 

Dudley College

 

Birmingham Metropolitan College Stourbridge

 

Walsall College

 

King Edward VI College Stourbridge

ucas.com

Useful Websites for Careers Research:

          Fast Tomato

          National Careers Service

          gatsby.org.uk/education

       Career Job Profiles:

         National Careers Service - Job Profiles

         iCloud