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Careers

The school’s Careers Leader is Mr Chris Packham.

The school is committed to providing a planned programme of impartial careers education and information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) for all boys in years 7 to 13, in partnership with external providers, and to provide extra support for boys with additional learning needs.

Aims:

Our aims are to:

  • Equip students with the knowledge and skills that they need to make informed decisions about their learning and work through a programme of careers education.
  • Support students through personalised information, advice and guidance to enable them to build up the confidence to take charge of their careers and effectively manage their own progression through learning and work.

Objectives:

At the end of each key stage students should be able to:

  • Understand themselves and the influences on them (self-knowledge).
  • Investigate opportunities in learning and work (career exploration).
  • Make and adjust plans to manage change and transition (career management).

Careers advice and support:

If you need careers advice please see Mr Packham, the school’s Careers Adviser, who is available in the Careers office on Thursdays and Fridays ‚Äčbased in the careers office opposite to E7 in east wing area, his telephone number is  0121 327 1130 (ext. 233) and his email address is  c.packham@keaston.bham.sch.uk.

Careers web pages:

These web pages aim to support students to make informed decisions about their future choices and to help parents/carers to assist their son with their options. They can also be used by school staff to support students. There are several sections that each focus on key careers matters and you will also find links to useful websites and other sources of information and help.

Programme evaluation: 

The school will evaluate the effectiveness of the careers programme on an ongoing basis to review and inform the programme development.  Feedback about careers activities and interventions is obtained from students, parents/carers, employers and school staff.

Apprenticeship:

Gov.UK www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship

Rate My Apprenticeship - www.ratemyapprenticeship.co.uk/

Programme review:

The school will review the information published in these pages at the start of each academic year.

Provider Access Policy

Rationale

High quality careers education and guidance in school or college is critical to young people’s futures. It helps to prepare them for the workplace by providing a clear understanding of the world of work including the routes to jobs and careers that they might find engaging and rewarding. It supports them to acquire the self-development and career management skills they need to achieve positive employment destinations. This helps students to choose their pathways, improve their life opportunities and contribute to a productive and successful economy.

As the number of apprenticeships rises every year, it becomes increasingly important that all young people have a full understanding of all the options available to them post-16 and post-18 including wider technical education options such as T-Levels and Higher Technical Qualifications.

This Policy explains how King Edward VI Aston School ensures that all its students are aware of all routes to higher skills and are able to access information on technical options and apprenticeships. This fulfils the school’s requirements under the “Baker Clause”: supporting students to understand the full range of education and training options (The Department of Education, July 2021), and the Provider Access Legislation, January 2023.

Commitment

King Edward VI Aston School is committed to ensuring there is an opportunity for a range of education and training providers to access students, for the purpose of informing them about approved technical education qualifications and apprenticeships. King Edward VI Aston School is fully aware of the responsibility to set students on the path that will secure the best outcome which will enable them to progress in education and work and give employers the highly skilled people they need. That means acting impartially, in line with the statutory duty, and not showing bias towards any route, be that academic or technical.

Aims

King Edward VI Aston School policy for Access to other education and training providers has the following aims:

To develop the knowledge and awareness of our students of all career pathways available to them, including technical qualifications and apprenticeships.

To support young people to be able to learn more about opportunities for education and training outside of school before making crucial choices about their future options.

To reduce drop out from courses and avoid the risk of students becoming NEET (Young people not in education, employment or training).

Student Entitlement

King Edward VI Aston School fully supports the statutory requirement for students to have direct access to other providers of further education training, technical training and apprenticeships.  The school will comply with the new legal requirement to put on at least six encounters with providers of approved technical education qualifications or apprenticeships. This will be done by providers attending careers events at school, assemblies, and online presentations.

Development

This policy has been developed and is reviewed annually by the Careers Leader and Line Manager (Mr M Brady, Headteacher) based on current good practice guidelines by the Department for Education.

Links with other policies

It supports and is underpinned by key school policies including those for Careers, Safeguarding and Child Protection, Equality and Diversity, and SEND.

Equality and Diversity

Access to other providers is available and promoted to allow all students to access information about other providers of further education and apprenticeships. King Edward VI Aston School is committed to encouraging all students to make decisions about their future based on impartial information.

Requests for access

Requests for access should be directed to Mr C. Packham, Careers Leader. Mr Packham may be contacted by email c.packham@keaston.bham.sch.uk, telephone 0121 327 1130 extension 233.

Grounds for granting requests for access

Access will be given for providers to attend during school assemblies, timetabled Careers or Life lessons, and Careers or Raising Aspirations events that King Edward VI Aston School is arranging. Students may also travel to visit another provider as part of the trip to be organised in partnership with King Edward VI Aston School.

Details of premises or facilities to be provided to a person who is given access

 School will provide an appropriate room or assembly hall to be agreed. All rooms have computers, projectors and screens provided. Computer rooms can also be arranged. The Careers Leader or Careers Adviser will organise this, working closely with the provider to ensure the facilities are appropriate to the audience.  Appropriate safeguarding checks will be carried out.  Providers will be met and supervised by a member of the Careers Team who will facilitate.

Live/Virtual encounters

School will consider live online encounters with providers where requested, and these may be broadcast into classrooms or the school assembly hall. Technology checks in advance will be required to ensure compatibility of systems.

Parents and Carers

Parental involvement is encouraged, and parents may be invited to attend the events to meet the providers.

Management

The Careers Leader coordinates all provider requests and is responsible to his line manager, the headteacher.

Complaints Procedure

Any complaints about this policy should be addressed through the King Edward VI Academy Trust Complaints Policy, which is available on the school website.

Monitoring review and evaluation

The Policy is monitored and evaluated annually via the Senior Leadership Team.

Policy Coordinator: Mr C Packham