INFORMATION, ADVICE AND GUIDANCE
- Aims of IAG
Young people should be able to understand themselves and the influences on them.
b) Career Exploration
Young people should be able to investigate opportunities in learning and work trends.
c) Career Management
Young people should be able to make and adjust plans to manage change and transition.
- Learning Outcomes
Students should be able:
To assess their achievements, qualities and skills
To present this information as appropriate
To use this information for personal development
To set career and learning targets
To recognise and deal accordingly with influences on their attitudes, values and behaviour in relation to work
- Career Exploration
Students should be able:
To understand the nature of work and people’s attitudes to it
To use a variety of sources of careers information
To use work experience to improve chances
To understand employment trends
- Career Management
Students should be able:
To use decision-making techniques
To understand and use sources of help
To make informed and appropriate choices at 14 and 16
To make and manage changes as appropriate
To understand job / learning applications and the requirements of interviews
To understand rights and responsibilities in the workplace
3.1 The Education Act 2011 places a statutory duty on maintained schools to secure access for pupils to independent and impartial careers guidance that promotes the best interests of the pupils to whom it is given and includes information on all options available to them, including apprenticeships and other work-based learning. The DfE issued statutory guidance in March 2012 on how this should be implemented to which schools must have regard in carrying out the new duty.
3.2 Although it prescribes the basic ground rules that are to apply, the statutory guidance also states that “schools will be free to make arrangements for careers guidance that fit the needs and circumstances of their pupils.”
3.3 As an Independent school we are not directly covered by the new statutory duty but there is in any event an obvious case for stating the School’s position on this important area and Governors reaffirm their long standing commitment to ensuring high quality careers guidance that promotes pupils’ best interests and meets their real needs.
4.1 Careers guidance “refers to services and activities, intended to assist individuals of any age and at any point throughout their lives, to make education, training and occupational choices and to manage their careers. The activities may take place on an individual or group basis and may be face-to-face or at a distance (including help lines and web based services). They include careers information provision, assessment and self-assessment tools, counselling interviews, careers education programmes, taster programmes, work search programmes and transition services”(DfE statutory guidance).
4.2 Independent “is defined as external to the school” (DfE statutory guidance). The School does not interpret this to mean that it has no role in quality assuring an independent service provided to its pupils.
4.3 Impartial “is defined as showing no bias or favouritism towards a particular education or work option” (DfE statutory guidance).
4.4 Promote the best interests of the pupils to whom it is given is interpreted in this School to include a requirement that advice must not depress pupils’ reasonable aspirations/possible attainment. It must take into account their potential life-long careers not just their immediate 16+, 17+ or 18+ placements.
5. The Role of the School.
5.1 The School will secure and (when necessary) pay for independent and impartial careers guidance advice. This may take many different forms, including information evenings, outside speakers during the weekly timetabled careers lessons, careers fairs, meetings with careers advisers, etc.
5.2 Professional external advisers: This will be in addition to interviews offered by the School’s own careers staff, where information will also be given in an impartial way. Our school uses COA, a professional careers organisation to run Psychometric tests and offer face to face personal interviews. This service is offered to all our Year 10 students after the final examination in June and the interviews are conducted in September. Students will have access to the “my careers room”, an online service and will continue to get the guidance from COA right up to the age of 23.
5.3 The School will provide information and verbal briefings on pupils to help independent advisers and mentors to understand their potential outcomes and current performance and will expect this information to be given due consideration and to be used in confidence.
5.4 The School will quality assure careers guidance, including that offered independently, to ensure that pupils are receiving advice that is impartial and is relevant to their needs, and will raise any concerns that might emerge in good time with advisers.
5.5 The School will provide a range of careers activities, including work-related learning and work experience (for all Year 12 pupils and for Year 10 and 11 students by negotiation).
5.6 The School works with a range of other schools, further education and higher education providers, and work-based training and apprenticeship providers in order to ensure that pupils have access to a range of options at each stage of their education. The School also accepts pupils from other schools into its Sixth Form.
5.7 The school ensures that there are regular weekly career guidance meetings where issues regarding the sixth form students are discussed. Minutes of this is sent to the Head.
5.8 The school will ensure that Sixth Form students are taken out to trips to various universities, including Oxbridge, Cambridge, Cardiff, etc. Students are also taken to the annual UCAS convention which is hosted at the London Olympia.
Monitoring, evaluation and review
The careers programme is monitored regularly and amended after an annual review. Pupils’ opinions are actively sought and a working party of pupils helps in evaluation and review.
Relationship to other parts of the curriculum and other policies
Careers education is conducted in accordance with the School’s equal opportunities policy, work experience policy, external visits policy and other relevant policies. The whole school remit of careers is recognised and the curriculum is developed alongside that of other areas so that careers education is an integral part of the whole school curriculum.
Staffing for IAG
Shanta Maharaj – Head of Upper Seniors
Colin Wills – Director of Studies and UCAS applications
Divya Ramphal – IAG Presentations to lower seniors
Kamlesh Patel – Life Skills and Work Experience co-ordinator