Ofsted Inspection Oak Bank School 2015: “Outstanding careers guidance and excellent partnership working with colleges and other providers help pupils gain high levels of work-related skills and qualifications. This all helps them to make the right choice for their future employment or training”.
“There are excellent arrangements to support pupils’ transition into the world of work or college. The school uses a range of part-time alternative placements to enrich its curriculum and offer pupils opportunities to acquire vocational skills relevant to future employment or training.
Context: CIAG refers to a range of activities and interventions that inform pupil’s decisions regarding progression through their learning into further education and employability. The Education Act 2011 requires schools to secure access to independent careers guidance for pupils in years 9-11. A raise of the participation age, has increased the age to which all young people in England are required to continue in education or training. Pupils are able to choose from full-time education school or college, an apprenticeship/ traineeship, part-time education/ training, employment or self-employment or volunteering.
Objectives of Oak Bank CIAG: To inspire and motivate every pupil to develop high aspirations and consider a broad and ambitious range of careers. Inspiring pupils through real-life contacts with the world of further education and work to help them understand where different choices can take them in the future.
To help pupils make a smooth transition to post -16 education, employment and training and onto adult life by supporting them to overcome barriers to participation. Identifying appropriate interventions and opportunities in supporting pupils to make informed decisions with regards to education and employment. Ensuring pupil’s voices are heard in the EHCP and post 16 transition processes. Tracking the transition outcomes of pupils.
Delivery of CIAG and partnership working: CIAG is carried out through a cohesive programme of individual independent careers meetings, Action Plans, Preparing for Adulthood Plans, External Provision placements, work experience, curriculum delivery and post-16 transition preparation. Through the CIAG curriculum programme pupils are prepared for the responsibilities and opportunities that they will encounter in life and to aid them in making the right decisions for their futures.
During a careers interview, all pupils are helped to develop a careers action plan which is regularly monitored and reviewed. Pupils have access to a range of career education resources and on leaving they have a CV and a record of their entire academic and extra‑curricular achievements ready for the world of further education or work.
We liaise with the Local Authority around intended destinations of pupils and highlight those intending to leave or at risk of NEET (Not in employment, education or training) and work closely with Local Authority Personal Advisers ensuring good communication to secure positive outcomes for pupils.
Performance Indicators for CIAG : Judgements are made on the quality of independent careers guidance and the extent of students’ post 16 transition destinations. The extent to which the school has developed and implemented a programme for ensuring that pupils receive effective careers guidance to help them make informed choices about their next steps. How well the school meets the needs of all vulnerable groups of pupils, including reducing the numbers who do not continue to education, employment or training. How well the school works with families.
1: A stable careers programme
2: learning from career & labour market
3: addressing needs of each pupil
4: linking curriculum learning to careers
5: encounters with employers & employees
6: experiences of workplaces
7: encounters with further and higher education
8: personal guidance