The CEIAG (Careers Education Information Advice Guidance) provision has been designed to positively support pupils to acquire the educational, social and employability skills necessary for lifelong success in a diverse and changing world of work. Our careers programme is developed in conjunction with our partners at Careers Inc. We have recently been awarded the Prospects Quality Award in CEIAG. This award recognises the high quality of the careers provision at the academy. The Prospects award meets the exacting validation criteria of the national Quality in Careers Standard and stands for 3 years. The feedback from the assessors was incredibly positive about the variety of opportunities and experiences that were on offer to our students.
CEIAG information is primarily delivered to all students within three dedicated drop down days. In November the CEIAG day dovetails with our annual careers fair, where an extensive and growing number of providers from a broad range of sectors come in to speak to all students from each year group. Alongside this a range of careers focused activities throughout the day add to the experience.
In March we invite professionals into school to speak to our learners about the world of work, or academia. Some run workshops or activity sessions while others describe their role or their journey within their particular area of expertise. Again a range of related activities take place to enhance the experience.
In July year 10 students attend their interview preparation day. Dressed in business dress they work through a series of assessment centre style activities run by a range of external providers from local, national and multi-national organisations. Each student is then interviewed by one of our partners in a formal interview format. Feedback is honest, but provides students with the firsthand information they need to improve and be successful when applying for their post-16 place of study. The response from students and providers is extremely positive. During this day students in year 7-9 take part in their own bespoke careers activities.
In addition to this, year 11 students receive extensive support when applying for their post-16 place of study. Internal staff and external partners work with students, helping them to research the career or learning pathways they find of interest. We then support them while they complete the UCAS Progress application (this year switching to First Media). We have a growing range of post-16 destinations illustrating the personalised provision delivered to our students.
Each pupil receives at least one face-to-face meeting with a careers adviser from our partners at CareersInc. This process starts in year 10 and continues into year 11. Students highlighted at risk of becoming NEET or those who are disadvantaged will receive additional sessions to help ensure their pathway to post-16 education is suitable and well considered. Group sessions are run for students requiring additional guidance about pathways through university or apprenticeships.
All pupils sign up to Start Uxplore. This innovative careers guidance software helps young people make better, more informed choices about their career path. Pupils are given the opportunity to personalise their experience by completing a profile about themselves. This includes adding information about their interests and skills and helps pupils to research the job market so they can find out who is recruiting locally for the jobs that they are interested in.
CEIAG is clearly having a significant impact on the students at Manor Croft. Alongside the improved academic outcomes it is allowing students to aspire to a higher level of post-16 course or place of study. In 2018 (using the most recent data), 66% of students went on to study a Level 3 course, significantly higher than in previous years. A growing number are also choosing to study more academic subjects at 6th form colleges. This will clearly impact on their life chances and improve their ability to succeed in the changing labour market.