Careers Information and Guidance (CIAG) at The Pinetree School

The Pinetree School is committed to ensuring that appropriate and impartial support, information and guidance is provided to all pupils to develop their aspirations and prepare them for making the best career choices from a broad and ambitious range of careers.

The Government’s careers strategy published on 4 December 2017 sets out an expectation for all schools to ensure that all young people in secondary school get a programme of advice and guidance that is stable, structured and delivered by individuals with the right skills and experience. To achieve this aim, the careers strategy sets out that every school and academy providing secondary education should use the Gatsby Charitable Foundation’s Benchmarks to develop and improve their careers provision.

The Gatsby Benchmarks are not a statutory framework but by adopting them, schools can be confident that they are fulfilling their legal duties: the existing duties to secure independent careers guidance and provide opportunities to a range of providers to inform pupils about technical education qualifications or apprenticeships and the new duty to publish information about the careers programme on the school website.

As a school, our practices to

  • Completing an ‘All about me’ questionnaire during new pupil induction
  • Work with the LA RONI data to identify as early as possible those who are at risk of being NEET.
  • Pupils are told through their tutor about the Connexions service and the tutor asks them if they want an interview. Our pupils are not slow to ask for help if they need it.
  • Publish annual destination data for all year 11 leavers
  • Careers related assemblies
  • Attendance at annual Norfolk Careers Fairs
  • Enterprise activities – please see this link for a current Y11 CIAG diary
  • 1-1 monthly meetings with CIAG lead
  • Work with Enterprise Partner – Independent Matters
  • Completing application forms and CVs (in PSHE and with CIAG Lead)
  • Mock careers interviews with PSHE teacher, CIAG Lead and Enterprise Partner
  • Design and delivery of a tailored CEIAG programme
  • Accredited CEIAG training for careers coordinators, teachers and trainers
  • Assessment of your CEIAG against The Quality in Careers Standard
  • Individual face-to-face careers interviews
  • Curriculum-focused group work
  • Work experience and employer engagement.
  • Targeted support for special groups – vulnerable groups, students with special educational needs and/or disabilities, looked-after children, those at risk of dropping out, pupil referral units, Gifted & Talented students, Oxbridge candidates.
  • Parents’ evenings, specialist area-wide events, presentations, one-to-ones at important progression points, including Key Stage 4 and post-16 opportunities
  • We have extensive knowledge and insights into the labour market, further and higher education, community organisations, and local and national training provision.
  • We also advise that pupils and their parents view the following websites:

Norfolk www.helpmechoose.org.uk

Suffolk www.thesource.me.uk

Both sites also contain a link to a site that covers Norfolk and Suffolk www.icanbea.org.uk

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