A young person’s career is the progress they make in learning and work. All young people need a planned programme of activities to help them choose 14-19 pathways that are right for them and to be able to manage their careers and sustain employability throughout their lives. Schools have a statutory duty to provide careers education in Years 7-11 (1997 Education Act, 2003 Education Regulations) and to give students access to careers information and impartial guidance (1997 Education Act, 2008 Education and Skills Bill).
Pensby High School is committed to providing a planned programme of careers education and information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) for all students in Years 7-13.
The CEIAG programme is delivered through a variety of ways. Some of these are age specific, others are more generic across all year groups:
CEIAG is delivered as part of the school’s Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) programme. All About Me forms (to start individual career planning) – This encourages students to start the process of thinking of things they enjoy doing, that they feel they are confident in and their strengths and their future.
CEIAG is delivered as part of the school’s PSHE programme. Key Theme: Making choices & decisions. The programme encourages students to think about the options process and identify their options choices. In addition the programme focuses on the difference between school and work and encourages students to think about budgeting.
CEIAG is delivered as part of the school’s PSHE programme. Additionally, students will receive direct information to help them make post-14 options choices. Some students with specific identified needs will receive careers guidance interviews with the school’s Careers Adviser.
CEIAG is delivered as part of the school’s PSHE programme and through KS4 careers focus sessions with our external provider Mploy. Some students with specific identified needs will receive careers guidance interviews with the school’s Careers Adviser. All Students are offered the chance to undertake a one week work experience placement in October.
CEIAG is delivered as part of the school’s PSHE programme and through KS4 careers focus sessions with Mploy. All students in Year 11 will be offered at least one careers guidance interview with the school’s Careers Advisor. In addition, students receive direct information to help them make post-16 progression decisions.
CEIAG is delivered as part of the school’s PSHE programme and through KS5 guidance sessions with Mploy. Much of this is focused on supporting students to make decisions about applying for a place in Higher Education, or moving into the labour market.
CEIAG is delivered through discrete careers lessons, which focus initially on supporting students through their university applications. Students are able to request interviews and discussions with key staff regarding progression beyond school. As much support as possible is provided to help students make good, informed decisions, but there is an emphasis in Year 13 on students being proactive in this process.
In addition to all the above, Pensby High School recognises the importance of careers guidance being impartial and independent to ensure that young people make well-informed decisions about their future careers. Students are able to talk to any member of staff, in particular teaching staff and form tutors, who will offer impartial guidance, or signpost them to other staff in a better position to help. Students are also able to access information independently using school resources or via our Independent careers partner Mploy.
Throughout the academic year students will be offered other opportunities to enhance their ability to make informed career decisions.
Extra-Curricular Programme – Pensby has a varied extracurricular programme that students can sign up to. The activities and clubs on offer can teach the pupils many of the skills that will be required in the work place.