Careers Education and Information v2

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidence (CEIAG)

Careers Team

Mrs Smyth

Careers Leader

l.smyth@wcsc.org.uk

01483 485270

Mrs Mellor

Assistant Headteacher

j.mellor@wcsc.org.uk

 

Ms Sigrist

Assistant Headteacher

j.sigrist@wcsc.org.uk

Mrs Kovic

Director of Physical Development

a.kovic@wcsc.org.uk

 

Miss Exworth

Alternative Provision Coordinator

r.exworth@wcsc.org.uk

Introduction

It is important that all students are fully supported and guided through the process of planning their futures. With a programme of education, information, advice and guidance for all students from Years 7-11 and a Careers Advisor, we aim to prepare our students well for their futures.

All the staff at The Winston Churchill School play an active role in preparing students for the world of work. We have a full  programme of careers education that is delivered through the curriculum, tutor time, working on the Winston competencies and skills and through special events such as the annual careers fair, national careers week, business interview preparation, career workshops and presentations, visits, trips and assemblies.

All students will:

  • develop a deeper understanding of themselves, their abilities and affinities
  • gain a greater knowledge of the range of opportunities open to them
  • take part in work related activities in and out of school
  • develop their understanding of the labour market and the requirements and expectations of employers
  • learn to make decisions wisely about their future
  • are prepared to manage change and be fully supported through key transition periods
  • learn how to improve their own employability: how to find work, how to get work and how to progress their careers.

 

The Gatsby Benchmarks

The school bases its careers provision around the Gatsby Benchmarks, which define what world class careers provision in education looks like and provide a clear framework for organising the careers provision. The 8 Gatsby Benchmarks are:

  1. A stable careers programme
  2. Learning from careers and labour market information
  3. Addressing the needs of each student
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
  5. Encounters with employers and employees
  6. Experiences of workplaces
  7. Encounters with further and higher education
  8. Personal guidance

 

Careers information on Frog

Sign into Unifrog here

 

 

Provider Access Arrangements

Requirement

The provider access legislation (PAL) specifies schools must provide at leave four encounters with approved providers of apprenticeships and technical education for all their students:

  • Two encounters for pupils during the 'first key phase' (year 8 or 9) that are mandatory for all pupils to attend.
  • Two encounters for pupils during the 'second key phase' (year 10 or 11) that are mandatory for all pupils to attend.

Management of provider access requests 

Procedure

A provider wishing to request access should contact Mrs L Smyth, Careers Leader.

Telephone 01483 485270 Email: l.smyth@wcsc.org.uk

Opportunities for access 

A number of annual events, integrated into the school careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to students and/or their parents/carers. In addition, form time. assemblies and careers interventions during the year, allow for access opportunities

Year 7

 

Careers Fair World Book Week
Year 8

 

Careers Fair World Book Week Business Interviews
Year 9 Careers Fair National Careers Week

World Book Week

Year 9 Options Fair

Year 10 Careers Fair National Careers Week

World Book Week

Work Experience Week

Technical/vocational tasters at local college/s, training providers

Business Interviews

Year 11

 

Careers Fair World Book Week

We welcome all colleges, training providers and apprenticeship providers and would encourage visits during our main access periods i.e. the annual Careers Fair, National Apprenticeship Week, National Careers Week and the Year 9 Option Fair . By being present regularly during these times, prior to Year 11, students will become more familiar with your provision, in readiness for their transition after Year 11. We will do our very best to facilitate alternative opportunities should you not be able to attend these.

Please speak to our Careers Leader to identify the most suitable opportunity for you.

Premises and facilities 

The school aim to ensure that the main hall, discovery space, performance space, classrooms or private meeting rooms are available for discussions between provider and students, as appropriate to the activity. The school will aim to ensure that available AV and other specialist equipment to support provider presentations. This will all be discussed and agreed in advance of the visit with the Careers Leader or a member of their team.

Live online encounters are accepted, however in person encounters are preferred.

Providers are welcome to leave a copy of their prospectus or other relevant course literature at the Careers Library, which is managed by the school librarian. The Library is available to all students before and after school also at lunch and breaktimes.

Previous providers

Providers who have been invited to the school include: Woking College, Farnborough 6th,  Farnborough College of Technology, Brooklands, Fullbrook 6th, SJB, Gordon's School, Activate Learning, Godalming College, Hoe Valley 6th Form, MIT skills. ALPS Apprenticeships, Waverley Borough Council Apprenticeships, SCL.

Complaints 

Any complaints with regards to provider access can be raised by following the school complaints procedure by emailing the head teacher at z.johnsonwalker@wcsc.org.uk or directly with The Careers & Enterprise Company at provideraccess@careersandenterprise.co.uk .

Safeguarding 

The Winston Churchill School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Further information can be found at Safeguarding – The Winston Churchill School (wcsc.org.uk).

Information for students, parents, carers and teachers

The principle Winston Churchill CEIAG can be found on our FROG Careers site.

Parents may access the FROG Careers site at https://frog.wcsc.org.uk/careers/careers for general information on careers, useful careers websites, information on colleges, open days, virtual open days, universities, apprenticeships, Labour Market Information, virtual talks, Work Experience, CV writing, interviews and application forms.

All students have access to the Unifrog digital careers platform from year 7-11. You can explore future career and study options at school or at home. Login at www.unifrog.org.

Students can visit the Careers Library in Discovery Space of information on options, to collect college prospectuses, apprenticeship information and look at useful books on a multitude of different careers, industries and further and higher education establishments.

Please ensure that you access your FROG messages for career opportunities that arise throughout the year.

Destinations

The majority of our students leave Winston and move on to Woking College or Farnborough 6th Form. Other destinations include 'Activate Learning Colleges', including Guildford, Merrist Wood, Brooklands and Farnborough College of Technology. Apprenticeships and the armed forces are also popular choices.