There has never been a more important time for quality CEIAG (Careers education, information, advice and guidance) in our schools, given the current economic climate and challenges facing our young people. I feel passionate that the experience of our students should be a meaningful and worthwhile one led by a team of committed teachers. Every student from Year 8 to Year 14 has one 35 minute lesson of Careers Education for Employability each week, where they receive high quality CEIAG.
Mrs H Harbinson Head of CEIAG
There are currently a number of teachers in the department and the formation of a Core team is in process.
As Head of CEIAG, I am wholly focused on improving the CEIAG experience for all students, not just in Careers and Employability lessons but across the curriculum. The overall profile of CEIAG has risen considerably in the last 18 months. I strive to promote all aspects of CEIAG across the college with students and teachers alike. There is palpable presence and visibility of CEIAG in all prominent areas of the school including our classrooms. Schemes of work from Year 8-14 and all resources are up to date and in line with statutory requirements and are reviewed regularly with team members and students.
Embedding CEIAG into the Heart of the Curriculum
Teaching Staff have received in-service training from the SELB CEIAG Team which was instrumental in promoting the need to embed CEIAG into the heart of our curriculum. Consequently CEIAG is now an integral aspect of the school Development Plan and due to the effective leadership and management in the school, CEIAG is promoted actively by all teachers. All Subject leaders produce a CEIAG Action plan for their department and every teacher develops and delivers at least one CEIAG Lesson. In this way I am confident that all students can see the relevance of particular subjects to specific career pathways, which of course supplements the work of the CEIAG team. Working alongside the Progress File coordinator ensures that in Careers Education for Employability lessons we also deliver some of the Progress file material.
Auditing, monitoring and evaluating the CEIAG provision for our students.
Following discussions with the Vice Principal, Careers and Employability teachers, questionnaires / interviews with students and a sample of parents I have outlined in 3 year Development Plan for the provision of CEIAG in New-Bridge. I continue to monitor and evaluate the success of the department termly and at departmental meetings.
Promoting effective links with the Banbridge Area Learning Community (BALC)
As one of the partner schools in the Banbridge Area Learning Community, we are firmly committed to the sharing of best practice with other CEIAG departments. I attend and contribute positively to all meetings and In-service Training. I have personally delivered a CEIAG workshop to delegates of an ALC In-service Training day about the importance of embedding CEIAG into the Heart of the curriculum.
Effective partnerships with DEL
We have a strong working relationship with our DEL advisor who visits the school regularly working with Year 12 students in their individual Guidance Interviews throughout the year and with Year 10, 11, 13 and 14 students on a referral basis. All Transition Year groups receive an individual Guidance Interview (Year 10 and 14 students receive a meeting with either the school Principal, Vice principal, Head of CEIAG, Form tutor, Year head or SENCO). If students require further advice and guidance they are directed our DEL Advisor.
Access to relevant and up to date resources, including LMI
There is a Careers Information room located beside the school Library and Sixth form study area which is used for careers guidance interviews and to display important dates, University information, times when the DEL advisor is available for appointments, Leaver’s Destinations information and general Careers information, such as the National Qualifications Framework. There are also a number of resource materials available for students.
Improving effective WRL and ensuring a strong relationship with the Industry Links Coordinator
All Year 12 and Year 13 students have a one week work experience placement each year. Year 12 in October and Year 13 in February each Year. This is organised by the College Industry Links Coordinator. Further Work Related Learning is delivered through inviting Guest speakers from Industry, hosting Young Enterprise workshops and inviting high profile speakers. All Year groups are given STEM CEIAG information and the growth areas within STEM are actively highlighted. In collaboration with the STEM departments in the College we are actively promoting a STEM Agenda. This academic year we have established a STEM working party to further promote the STEM Agenda in the college.
Ensuring quality teaching and learning
In addition to continually updating Schemes of work I strive to ensure all students receive high quality resources delivered by an enthusiastic CEIAG team. Student evaluations are undertaken termly to ensure that the schemes continue to be reviewed and improved accordingly. Year groups are familiar with the PCP Process and use these when making decisions during transitions in their education (GCSE Options, Post 16 and Post 18 options and pathways).
Ensuring quality advice and guidance
Leavers Destination data is gathered in Year 12 and 14 to ensure that the decisions and destinations of our students match their aspirations and ability. Analysis of this is conducted in August and presented to the Board of Governors in September. There is no better way to evaluate the quality of the advice and guidance our students receive.
Ensuring a strong relationship with the Collaboration coordinator and EF Coordinator
I work closely with the EF coordinator and Collaboration coordinator to ensure the Learning Offer for our GCSE and AS/ A2 students meets the demands of our students. Collaboration with SRC and partner schools at Key Stage 4 and Post 16 has been most effective for our students for Occupational Studies, BTEC certificates at Key Stage four and post 16.