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Careers, Enterprise, Information, Advice & Guidance Strategy 2017-2020

Introduction

We are committed to providing a Careers and Enterprise Education entitlement for all students. We believe that careers Information, Advice and Guidance programmes are a major contributor to preparing young people for the responsibility, opportunities and experiences of life and the World of Work. The responsibility for the management of this strategy lies with a Deputy Head. All staff have a responsibility to make appropriate contributions through their roles as tutors and as subject specialists to accomplish the aims of the school strategy. The new strategy has been developed with support from a volunteer Enterprise Adviser, introduced to the Madani Schools Federation by Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership.

The school aims to prepare students for the choices, changes and transition affecting their future education, training and life as adult members of society. 

Aims

• to contribute to strategies for raising achievement, especially by increasing motivation

• to support inclusion, challenge stereotyping and promote equality of opportunity

• to encourage participation in continued learning including higher education, further education and vocational training including apprenticeships

• to develop enterprise and employment skills through more employer encounters

• to reduce drop out from and course switching in education and training

• to contribute to the economic prosperity of individuals and communities

• to meet the needs of all our students through appropriate differentiation

• to focus students on their future aspirations

• to involve parents and carers

Statement of entitlement

Students and potential students are entitled to Careers Education which:

• is impartial and student-centered

• is accessible, available and visible

• is provided by appropriately qualified, knowledgeable and experienced staff

• respects confidentiality

Pupils are also informed that the Mr I Patel is the Deputy Head leading on this area and the careers consultant on behalf of LEBC is Mrs Jackie Bambridge-Whittingham. The careers library is open during normal library hours. Students are advised of available ‘drop in’ times to see the careers advisor or make appointments by arrangement.

Employer Engagement

The evidence clearly shows that a young person who has 7 or more encounters with employers is 86% less likely to be unemployed or not in education or training, and can earn up to 18% more during their career. Through the support put in place by the Careers and Enterprise Company and Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership, Madani Schools Federation have worked with the support of a volunteer Enterprise Adviser to review its support to young people, and to revise its approach to maximising the quality and quantity of encounters that students have with employers.

As well as increased encounters with businesses, the Gatsby Foundation and Dr. Anthony Mann from the Education and Employers Taskforce have set out a suggested approach to deliver the best outcomes for young people. This includes providing high quality information about jobs, and how curriculum links to careers. It also includes the expectation that each child will have an employability plan, tailored to individual needs and supported by high quality guidance.

To this end, the school has reviewed their approach to providing information on different vocational options available to young people, and this strategy includes a revised approach to improve the quality and frequency of information provided.

Best practice shows that by linking the different stakeholders through effective local networks, young people can be provided with the best chance for a successful career. Well developed and maintained networks will outlast individual staff to employer relationships, and when managed well will provide a valuable and cost effective way of supporting young people on a long term basis. Developing and effectively managing an employer network through the effective use of technology will form a key aspect of the work undertaken to realise the ambition set out in this strategy.

 

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This strategy has been aligned to Gatsby Benchmarks under 6 key heading. They will be supported by an annual review of progress and the approach, and an update to the annual plan of activity. The implementation of the strategy is expected to follow the same sequencing and is set out below.

1. Define the offer and success measures

2. Communicate the offer

3. Increase personal knowledge (and confidence) of staff to talk about jobs, career pathways and the links between curriculum and occupations

4. Increase meaningful encounters with business

5. Embed CEIAG in curriculum

6. Evaluate impact, review progress and approach, and update the annual plan.

This strategy is expected to be in place until research evidence suggests there might be a better way to achieve the best possible results for the students of Madani Schools Federation.

Student Offer

The Careers programme includes careers education sessions, career guidance activities (group work and individual interviews), information and research activities, work related learning and individual learning activities.

Careers lessons are part of the schools Life Skills curriculum Programme. Other events and activities are planned and organised separately throughout the year.

Year 7

Introducing Careers – What does that mean for me?

An introduction to different sectors and occupations

Information about a range of career pathways

Increase knowledge of different jobs and job roles

A range of Enterprise activities to develop employability and entrepreneurial skills

Life Skills visit to De Montfort University

Year 8

Focused events to support subject choices when identifying options at end of Year 9

Developing ideas to make careers a reality

Understanding of transferable employability skills

Enterprise activities with local businesses

Year 9

Support with subject choices for GCSEs

Self-assessments to increase awareness of the range of opportunities available

Develop transferable employability skills

Consideration of 6th Form, Further Education and Apprenticeships – Pathways for Post 16.

Taster Day at University of Leicester

Year 10

Work Experience

Careers trips, including The World Skills Show at the NEC

Producing a CV linked to career aspirations

Develop Interview skills and mock interview Day with local employers

Increased awareness of options at the end of Year 11

Year 11

Attend a range of Careers Events and Trips

An introduction to and use of UCAS Progress (The application process for all post 16 pathways)

Apprenticeship support

Developing employability skills

 

Equality and diversity statement

Madani Schools Federation is committed to the promotion and development of equality and diversity. We aim to provide a working and learning environment in careers education and guidance which values individuals equally regardless of age, disability, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status or religious belief. Advisers will promote career choice based on interests and potential, and challenge stereotyping or discrimination where encountered.

 

 

 

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