Statutory Obligations for Careers in School
In line with the Statutory Guidance for governing bodies, school leaders and school staff, careers guidance and access for education and training providers; All Hallows High School Careers policy ensures that all registered pupils at this school are provided with a careers programme
- is presented in an impartial manner, showing no bias or favouritism towards any institution, education or work option.
- includes information on the range of education or training options, including apprenticeships and technical education routes.
- is guidance that the person giving it considers will promote the best interests of the pupils to whom it is given.
- Careers inspiration and guidance at All Hallows is a progressive journey from Year 7 to Year 11.
The aims of the Careers programme at All Hallows are:
- To develop positive attitudes in the pupils towards study and work.
- To develop employability and enterprise skills, such as teamwork and communication.
- To help students to plan and take control of their future making informed choices at key points in their education.
- To provide students with the relevant careers inspiration and guidance that is suitable to their personal needs including age, ability, attitudes and aptitudes.
- To provide students with a comprehensive understanding of opportunities post 16 and post 18 including traineeships, apprenticeships, school leaver programmes, HE, FE, employment and training opportunities.
- To help students to reflect on themselves, their abilities, skills, aptitudes and attitudes, so that they can use this knowledge to consider their development.
- To provide students with impartial advice about options that are available to them.
- To provide equal opportunity of access to careers inspiration and guidance.
Implementation of Careers Education
All strategies are in line with the Gatsby Benchmarks. Careers Compass is completed twice per year and action points inform improvements. The compass assessment tool has helped All Hallows work towards, and in most cases meet, each of the benchmarks.
The Assistant Head Teacher, (AHT), responsible for Careers with the Careers Information, Advice and Guidance Officer, (CIAG Officer), Curriculum Leaders, external providers and employers strive for continuous improvement and build on each benchmark further.
The school is strong and committed to all 8 Benchmarks:
- A stable Careers programme
- Learning from Career and labour market information
- Addressing the needs of each pupil
- Linking curriculum learning to careers
- Encounters with employers and employees
- Experience of workplaces
- Encounters with further and higher education
- Personal Guidance
Evaluation and Quality Assurance
The school is committed to CPD for Careers; all staff receive update briefings twice a year and a whole staff CPD once a year.
Regular meetings with the School Enterprise Coordinator and the School Enterprise Advisor ensure a robust programme which meets, or is working towards, all the criteria of the Gatsby Benchmarks and Government Statutory Guidance.
This combined with extensive staff, pupil, parent/carer and employer/training provider engagement and feedback, ensures that there is a robust Careers Programme which is annually updated to ensure it is catering for all.
All student destinations are collected in house by the schools CIAG Officer and changes are made to the Careers programme accordingly.
This careers policy was approved in April 2020 the next review date is April 2021.