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Careers advice and guidance

Careers advice, Information, Education and Guidance (CIEaG)

At Iceni academy we are aiming to meet the personalised needs of everyone of our future workers. To aide us with this goal we focus on the  8 Gatsby benchmarks of good careers guidance.

The eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance

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 CIEAG programme at Iceni Academy is designed to help pupils understand themselves and develop their capabilities (self-development), investigate careers and opportunities (career exploration) and implement their career plans (career management) using the skills which are necessary to make informed decisions.

Iceni Academy provides a taught programme of careers education from Years 7 to 11, within the PSHE, Enterprise and Citizenship schemes of work and indirectly through every curriculum area. Every teacher will provide indirect careers advice as part of their normal day to day teaching.

Iceni Academy provides access to Careers Guidance throughout Years 10 and 11, in some cases careers guidance is also provided to identified students in Year 9. Information is imparted to pupils through training in specialised ICT packages, bespoke literature, Personalised Learning sessions and through a wide variety of work-related learning activities.

Iceni Academy has also set up a partnership with NEACO (Network for East Anglian Collaborative Outreach) which allows a selection of students in Years 9, 10 and 11 (and their families) the opportunity to explore their higher education options, including university and higher level apprenticeships. The partnership is delivered through small group meetings, visits from external speakers and the opportunity for students to go and explore higher education settings for themselves.

Alongside this, Iceni Academy has also launched a unique Scholars’ Programme. The Programme, aimed at students in Years 9 and 10, aims to provide information, broaden students’ experiences, skills and talents and to widen their aspirations for post-16 and post-18 education. Any student in Year 9 or 10 is welcome to apply. The Programme comprises a series of challenge activities, a self-guided project (giving students an additional Level 2 or Level 3 qualification alongside their Key Stage 4 pathway) and a range of further opportunities to explore higher education through internal sessions, visits from external speakers and trips to higher education providers.

Iceni academy also provides the opportunity for employers and Post 16 providers to deliver assemblies directly to the Year 11 students so that they can make more informed choices. We also work closely with the Department for Work and Pensions and they deleiver several sessions, within Preparation for Working Life, on intereview techniques, applying for jobs, letters of application and writing Curriculum Vitaes.

Visits to careers events and to employers, mock interview and visits to colleges and universities are a regular feature of Iceni Academy’s Careers Guidance programme. A Careers Personal Advisor is available weekly for one-to-one appointments, both during the academy day and at the end of the day. The Careers Personal Advisor also regularly attends extracurricular events within the academy, to support young people and their parents/carers.

Iceni Academy emphasises the fact that the responsibility to deliver the entitlement belongs not only to our academy, but also to the extended community, including colleges, work-based learning providers, Connexions, parents/carers, employers, voluntary/community organisations and the young people themselves.

All have roles to play in delivering an effective and sustainable model for supporting young people’s choices.

The link below, Norfolk’s 14-19 Prospectus and Common Application Process, takes the user to the main application site that all children in Norfolk use when applying for courses in Norfolk.

www.helpyouchoose.org

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