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Careers

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) Strategy at  St Thomas more school 

Careers Lead: Mr S Ruggiero     Contact: careers@stthomasmoreschool.org.uk  Tel: 020 8888 7122

In providing CEIAG we will have regard to the Gatsby guidelines and will endeavour to provide:  

1. A rich and informative careers programme with clearly identified aims and events, customised for each year group of the school. 
2. A programme that incorporates the latest information from career and labour market current trends, thus updating pupils on the pathways and study options available to them, particularly in the local area. 
3. Each student with access to guidance and analysis which allows them to discuss their careers and training options for when they leave school. 
4. Relevant information in curriculum subject areas as to how different courses of study lead or predispose towards different careers. 
5. Timely encounters with employers and employees.
6. Work experience in Year 10 for each pupil.  Work experience will additionally be built into vocational programmes of study where appropriate. 
7. Opportunities for pupils in every year group to have encounters with personnel from further and higher education.
8. Personal guidance from an independent and impartial careers advisor (during Year 11). 

We aspire to present information to our pupils in an objective and impartial manner, highlighting the full-range of education and training options including apprenticeships and technical education routes.    This aspect of our programme will begin in Year 8 and continue through to the Sixth Form (the designated age ranges).

We are open to ensuring there are opportunities for a range of bona fide education and training providers to present information to pupils (in the designated age ranges) pertinent to opportunities.  Providers wishing to present at the school should contact Mr Ruggiero for a discussion.  We will also keep a library of materials in an accessible place for pupils.  Telephone: 020 8888 7122; email: careers@stthomasmoreschool.org.uk

As there are limited opportunities to speak to pupils we may refuse requests.  

Monitoring and Evaluation

Maintaining a cycle of planning, activity, monitoring and evaluation throughout the year is an essential part of the quality of careers provision across the school.  Embedding the activities and building on the partnerships already established is central to our programme and working with other interested parties will allow us to develop improved links and provide an enriched and enhanced CEIAG timetable to all students from Year 7 to 13.  

Most of the activities implemented within the school are delivered through the PSHE curriculum (form time based) and events and activities designed in collaboration with external agencies, organisations and employers.  Our focus is therefore on ensuring the quality of provision and using evaluative and summative comments to inform future planning and activities. 

To evaluate our careers programme we need to set out what we want our end results to be, what we want our students to achieve by the end of their full-time education.  The aims of our programme are simple:  

  • For our students to know what opportunities are available in the local area 
  • For our students to aim for the highest level in all employment, apprenticeships and higher education 
  • For students to know the different career pathways / routes they could follow 
  • For our students to know what they need to do to follow their chosen career route 

The most important and valuable approach to evaluation is listening to the views of participants in activities organised both internally and externally to the school.  As a school, staff invest a great deal of time planning, resourcing and delivering activities to allow students the opportunity to learn from visitors and their planned experiences, and therefore finding out their views on both the quality of content and the organisation of the activity is essential in future planning and moving forward and ensuring the quality of careers provision across St Thomas More.  We use a variety of methods including online Google Forms and paper-based feedback questionnaires

Once evaluations have been completed, responses are analysed, and the results written into a report format.  These headline statements from the reports are then shared with parents and carers via the newsletter and website. The Governors receives a report each term to update them on the activities we have been involved with and the success of our participation.  Through their involvement it is hoped that we will broaden our outlook on local employment, training and apprenticeship opportunities and help communicate our commitment to raising aspiration and achievement across the school to the wider community. 

PROGRESSION 2019/20

Year 11

57% of Year 11 progressed to the Sixth Form, 39% went on to Further Education with other providers, 2% went in to Training/Employment and 2% were unknown.

Year 13

% going to Russell Group

17% of those going to university

% going to University

86%

% employment/training

5%

% further education

2%

% moving abroad

1%

% unknown

2%

% gap year

4%

PROGRESSION  2018/19

Year 11

55% - progressed to our Sixth Form

30% - moved on to Further Education with other providers

1% - moved into an apprenticeship

1% - moved abroad

13% – destination unknown

 

Year 13

81% - progressed to university

13% - progressed to an apprenticeship

5% - progressed to education or training

1% - moved abroad

0% - destinations unknown

 

 

Please note that any trips/events will be covid-dependent

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Year 8

 

KS4 Options Interviews

GCSE Options Workshop (START)

STEM Speakers

Careers PSHE-Form Time Opportunities

Year 9

 

IntoUniversity Careers Carousel

STEM Speakers

Careers PSHE-Form Time Opportunities

Year 10

Enterprise & Banking Trip

CV Workshop (Barclay's Life Skills)

Work experience placement

IntoUniversity - Enterprise

IntoUniversity - Education Choices

Year 11

Haringey Post-16 evening

Post-16 Interviews

CEIAG Interviews

Into University - Communication in Workplace

STM Careers Fair

Post-16 Assembly

CEIAG Interviews

IntoUniversity - University Life

Post-16 Taster Session

CEIAG Interviews

Year 12

Post-18 Assembly - HE (Goldsmiths)

Oxbridge and Medicine Society Launch (The Access Project)

CEIAG Interviews

IntoUniversity - Independent Learning

Post-18 - Apprenticeship (National Apprenticeship Service)

STM Careers Fair

Post-18 Workshop (START)

Visits to universities

Work experience for vocational students

University Application Workshop (OSCAR)

IntoUniversity - Personal Statements

Year 13

Workshops – Higher apprenticeship applications (National Apprenticeship Service)

CEIAG Interviews

IntoUniversity - Personal Statements

STM Careers Fair

Student Finance Assembly

IntoUniversity - Skills for the future

Results Day Support (IntoUniversity)

Useful Links

START

Start is a free, online careers platform designed to connect 11-18 year olds with their future career potential. It combines the most comprehensive source of information with a personalised experience and career planning tools, helping our students to make more informed decisions about their future study and career options, as well as developing their employability.

Start includes:

  • A student profile: students build their profile and access personalised study and career information.
  • Modules: activities to guide students through the information on Start at the right time.
  • Up to date information: engaging content on what to study, where to learn and the world of work.
  • Locker: an online record of achievement to evidence skills for future applications and CVs.
  • Employability action plan: Students can set goals and stay in control of their career planning.

Log in at: https://www.startprofile.com/ 

See Mr Ruggiero for your username and password.

Apprenticeship Links

An apprenticeship is a real job with training which would allow your daughter or son to earn while they learn, whilst gaining a nationally recognised qualification. Apprenticeships take between one and five years to complete and cover 1,500 job roles in a wide range of industries, from engineering to accountancy, public relations to veterinary nursing. Apprenticeships are now available up to degree level and beyond.

National Apprenticeship Service - www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship

The Apprenticeship Guide http://www.apprenticeshipguide.co.uk/

Amazing Apprenticeships https://amazingapprenticeships.com/

Not Going to Uni https://www.notgoingtouni.co.uk/ 

University Links

UCAS - https://www.ucas.com/

Russell Group - https://russellgroup.ac.uk/

Unistats - https://unistats.ac.uk/

Student Finance - https://www.gov.uk/student-finance-register-login

Which? University Guide https://university.which.co.uk/ 

National Careers Service

The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance across England on learning, training and work. The service offers confidential and impartial advice and is supported by qualified careers advisers. Their website includes several useful career tools including a skills health check tool and a course selection tool.

https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/

Advice for parents:

Making decisions about the future can be as difficult for parents as it is for students. Therefore, it is important that parents have enough information to make an informed decision at each stage of their child’s education. In addition to raising questions or seeking advice from the school, including the staff members listed above, parents can also use the information provided below:

·  Resources for parents from Target Careers: https://targetcareers.co.uk/parents-and-teachers 

·  My Work of Work resources for parents: https://www.myworldofwork.co.uk/parents/topics 

·  Hints and tips from Parent Kind https://www.parentkind.org.uk/Parents/Helping-with-careers-advice 

The school will update this information annually.  

Page updated 16th October 2020