Our school’s careers leader is Mrs R Ramsden, Director of Learning, email@example.com, 01942 909009.
Provider Access Information (click on the link below)
Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) is part of the Personal Development and Ethics Curriculum (PDE) and has been developed following guidance from The DfE and Good Career Guidance Reaching the Gatsby Benchmarks (January 2018), refer to the Curriculum page for further information.
Through a coherently planned and sequenced programme of high quality CEIAG activities, unbiased IAG, experiences of work and meaningful contact with employers, we aim to encourage students to aspire to make good choices and understand what they need to do reach and succeed in careers to which they aspire.
Our careers programme is designed to meet the needs of the students at Bedford High School. We are committed to:
We endeavour to equip students with the skills, attitudes, knowledge and understanding needed, to manage their lifelong aspirations and transition to their next stage successfully.
The Careers office is located in the Hive and maintained by the Community and WRL coordinator and the Aspiring Futures careers advisor.
Typical CEIAG activities include:
All CEIAG events are evaluated to ensure a quality provision. This is done through participant evaluation, employer evaluation and parent voice activities.
Following the GCSE results day and on into the Autumn term, the WRL Coordinator and the progression team from Aspiring Futures, offer further support to engage and retain students in post-16 education or training.
Specific examples of our CEIAG activities are outlined on our CEIAG Activity Calendar
The 8 Gatsby Benchmarks of Good Career Guidance
The Gatsby Benchmarks are a framework of 8 guidelines that define the best careers provision in schools and colleges.
1. A stable careers programme
2. Learning from career and labour market information
3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
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
The Gatsby Benchmarks are now fully integrated into the strategic plan for CEIAG. The most recent assessment, from June 2019 judges that we have currently met 94% of the Gatsby benchmarks overall.
Post-16 Activity Survey 2018
Post-16 destinations are captured by Aspiring Futures and presented in the annual activity report, which is shared with schools in the spring term. This shows student engagement in post-16 college and training providers, apprenticeships and those who, at the time of the data capture, are NEET.
Cohort number: 162
|Employment with apprenticeship/training||9.3%||15|
|Training without employment||6.8%||11|
|Employment without training||1.9%||3|
|Voluntary / Part-Time employment||0%||0|
Additional Support and Guidance
Aspiring Futures is the employment and skills service for young people in Wigan borough. They provide careers information and advice for young people. Bedford High School currently have a service level agreement with Aspiring Futures to which provides our students with access to independent and impartial careers guidance that both inspires them and raises their aspirations.
Aspiring futures also support our school with CEIAG events and work experience, helping us to deliver the objectives in the Careers Strategy (2018).
In addition to scheduled 1:1 support for students, parents and students can also self-refer. To do this, parents and/or students should speak to Mrs Birchall, who will help facilitate this.
The National Apprenticeship Service has the latest news, information and advice to help you find and apply for an apprenticeship vacancy.
The National Careers Service is a free careers advice service for adults and young people aged 13 years and over. Access support by the website link above, telephone: 0800 100 900 or book a free call back through the website if you do not have access to a landline and you have a pay-as-you-go mobile.
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