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Careers Programme Information

 1. Introduction

The Education Act 2011 places a statutory duty on independent 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 re-issued statutory guidance in April 2014 on how this should be implemented to which schools must have regard in carrying out the new duty. This relates to the ‘Inspiration Vision Statement’ September 2013.

Key points in the Statutory Guidance

The duty on schools, to secure independent careers guidance for all year 8-11 pupils, is intended to expand advice and guidance for young people so they are inspired and motivated to fulfil their potential. Schools should help every pupil develop high aspirations and consider a broad and ambitious range of careers. Inspiring every pupil through more real-life contacts with the world of work can help them understand where different choices can take them in the future.

Schools must work with local authorities to support more vulnerable young people including those with special educational needs, and those who are disengaged or at risk of disengaging.

Schools can measure the effectiveness of their careers and inspiration activity by considering both the attainment and the destinations of their pupils. Success will be reflected in higher numbers progressing to apprenticeships, universities – including selective universities, traineeships, and other positive destinations such as employment or a further education college. This will help to close the gap in destinations between young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and others.

Both School Staff and Governors reaffirm their long-standing commitment to ensuring high quality careers guidance that promotes pupils’ best interests and meets their real needs.

2. Definition

Advice and Guidance refers to a coherent programme of activities that inform, inspire, and motivate young people, preparing them for work and helping them to understand where different education and training choices could take them in the future. (DfE statutory guidance 2014)

Independent “is defined as external to the school” (DfE statutory guidance 2014). The school does not interpret this to mean that it has no role in quality assuring an independent service provided to its pupils.

Impartial “is defined as showing no bias or favoritism towards a particular education or work option” (DfE statutory guidance 2014).

Promote the best interests of the pupils to whom it is given is interpreted in this school (in accordance with our Vision Statement) to include a requirement that advice must not depress pupils’ reasonable aspirations/possible attainment. It must consider their potential life-long careers not just their immediate 16+, 17+ or 18+ placements.

3. Role of the school

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 in PSHE and general studies programmes, careers fairs, meetings with mentors, transition meetings for vulnerable and SEN pupils and advice given on work experience programmes as well as faceto-face interviews with an independent adviser.

In order to provide for the real needs and circumstances of our pupils, face-to-face interviews with independent advisers will be provided for those pupils to whom the school deems it to be the most suitable form of support, including (where relevant) those with SEN or disabilities. 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.

The school will provide information including 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.

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.

The school will provide a range of careers activities, including work-related learning and work experience (for all Year 10 pupils).

The school works with a range of further education and higher education providers, and workbased training and apprenticeship providers in order to ensure that pupils have access to a range of options at each stage of their education Pupils will have access from school to on-line advice, including the National Careers Service website. Pupils will also be advised of the NCC telephone helpline number.

The school will evaluate its success in supporting pupils to take up education and training which offers good long-term prospects through analysis of student’s educational/career pathways after attending Andalusia Academy Bristol

This policy will be reviewed annually in accordance with the DfE’s Handbook of Governance and its implementation will be monitored by the Senior Management Team.

4. 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 PSHE curriculum Programme. Other events and activities are planned and organised separately throughout the year.