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Careers

The school’s Careers Leader is Mr Avtar Sheergill, Deputy Headteacher.

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 and are in Year 7 to Year 11 please see Mrs Higgott, the school’s Careers Coordinator, who is available in the Careers Library on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Her contact details are k.higgott@keaston.bham.sch.uk and telephone number 0121 327 1130 (ext. 233). If you are in Year 12 or Year 13, please see Mr H Tamber, his contact details are  h.tamber@keaston.bham.sch.uk or you can contact him via the Sixth Form Careers MS Teams.

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.

Programme review: 

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

Provider Access Policy

This policy statement sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to pupils at the school for the purposes of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.

Student entitlement - students in years 7 to 13 are entitled:

  • To find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme that provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point.

  • To hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships, through options evenings, assemblies and group discussions and taster events.

  • To understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.

Management of provider access requests  - a provider wishing to request access should contact Mrs Higgott, the school’s Careers Coordinator, at k.higgott@keaston.bham.sch.uk.

Premises and facilities - the school will make the Hall, classrooms or meeting rooms available for discussions between the provider and students, as appropriate to the activity. The school will also make available AV and other specialist equipment to support provider presentations. This will all be discussed and agreed upon in advance of the visit.  Providers are welcome to leave a copy of their prospectus or other relevant course literature at Reception and this information will be displayed in school.

Opportunities for access - a number of events, integrated into the school careers programme, will potentially offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to students and/or their parents/carers.  The school calendar varies from year to year so providers need to contact the member of staff named above to identify the most suitable opportunity. Examples of events and activities are:

  • Host A Visitor event

  • Inspirational careers talks.

  • Training, FE and HE providers attending the school’s Careers Fair.

  • Apprenticeship presentations.

  • University presentations.

  • National Careers Week.

  • Curriculum support – PSHE lessons.

  • Mentoring and development opportunities.