Kingsford Community School

Careers Education and Guidance

At Kingsford Community School we aim to encourage and inspire all students through a programme of Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance.

The primary intent of Kingsford Community Schools’ Careers Education, Information and Guidance (CEIAG) programme is to: 

  • Inspire, empower and prepare pupils at key transition points so that they can make well informed, realistic decisions about their future choices leading to further education, training and employment, which is tailored to their personal ambitions. 
  • Prepare pupils to become independent, develop a positive self-image, increase self-confidence and raise personal aspirations so that they can realise their full potential and become effective contributing global citizens. 
  • Ensure all pupils have an equal opportunity to develop key skills, knowledge and understanding, attitudes and awareness of the real world of work so that they can follow an individual chosen route to further education, training which leads to employment in a career choice. 
  • Provide high-quality, impartial advice and guidance that meets the needs of all pupils.
  • Challenge stereotypes, raise aspirations and promote the importance and value of equality of opportunity in the world of work. 

The CEIAG programme has been effective in enabling pupils to progress to a range of destinations.  In today’s technology-rich climate and fast-changing labour market, it is more important than ever that the school provides the best range of subject-specific careers guidance possible to excite and engage our pupils to prepare for jobs that, as of yet, do not exist.  The school has adopted the Gatsby Benchmarks as a foundation for measuring the quality of the CEIAG provided and runs an annual audit against the standards to inform planning for the following year. 

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance – Work Related Learning.

The Gatsby Benchmarks of Good Career Guidance are:

  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.             

Please click here for further information on how Kingsford Community School works to meet the Gatsby Benchmarks.

The Careers leader at Kingsford Community School: Ms Sonalee Sarkar

Email: ssarkar@kingsford.newham.sch.uk

Telephone:  0207 476 4700 Extension 140

Careers Administrator:  Gareth Freeman

Email:  gfreeman@kingsford.newham.sch.uk

Telephone: 0207 476 4700 Extension 208

If training providers would like to talk to students about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships, please contact our Careers leader to be included in one of the schools careers fairs or talks. 


 

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance - Provider Access Policy

Introduction

This policy statement sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of education and trainee providers to students of Kingsford Community School for the purposes of giving them information about their offer. 

Statutory requirements

This complies with Kingsford Community School’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1977 and the requirements of the Statutory, Guidance, “Careers guidance and access for education and training providers” (October 2018).  

Student Entitlement

All pupils in Years 8-13 are entitled:

  • To find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeship opportunities, as part of our careers programme which 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, careers fairs, assemblies, 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:

Sonalee Sarkar - Careers Leader/Associate School Leader Curriculum

Telephone:  0207 476 4700 Extension 140   Email: ssarkar@kingsford.newham.sch.uk

Opportunities for access

  • A number of events, integrated into our careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to students and/or their parents/carers. 
  • We actively seek to build partnerships with outside agencies, as a means of broadening our pupils’ horizons and providing them with exposure to a range of education and career pathways.
  • We would encourage providers to contact our Careers Leader to find a suitable event to access pupils. All events will need a minimum lead time of six weeks. 
  • We run a wide range of careers and options events throughout the year, and we have the capacity to offer ad-hoc events. We particularly welcome providers’ attendance at year assemblies, where a whole year group is assembled in a hall environment and you can tailor your presentation to specific age groups.  Presentations must be submitted to the Careers Leader/Admin 48 hours before the planned event.

Premises and facilities

  • The school can offer a variety of hall, classroom or meeting spaces for use by providers.
  • Audio-visual equipment and other specialist equipment is available to support provider presentations.  This will all be discussed and agreed in advance of the visit with the Careers Leader or a member of their team. 
  • Providers are welcome to leave copies of their prospectus, or other relevant literature for distribution to pupils and families as appropriate.

Safeguarding

Our safeguarding/child protection policy outlines the school’s procedure for checking the identity and suitability of visitors. The school policy on safeguarding, which can be found on our website, sets out the school’s approach to allowing providers into school as visitors to talk to our students. Education and training providers will be expected to adhere to this policy. 

Opportunities

A number of events, integrated into our careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to pupils and/or their parents/carers.  The school offers a number of opportunities for pupils and their parents to find out about the world of work, careers, education and training beyond Kingsford Community School:

Year Group

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

8

Careers Life Skills assembly and tutor group opportunities.

Overview of CEIAG post 16 options for pupils and parents/careers, to include: A/AS Level, technical and vocational qualifications, apprenticeships and supported internships event for University  and FE/HE providers. 

Curriculum Option Subject Assemblies. 

STEM link aspiration assembly/workshops.

Employability raising aspiration workshops with providers and employers. 

Careers Life Skills assembly and tutor group opportunities.

Careers Week.

Assembly: understanding the labour market.

Preparing for a fulfilling career.

Career insight assembly.

Employer event for pupils, market stall event giving an overview of local, regional and national opportunities and skills requirements.

Meetings with career professionals. 

Curriculum Choice taster lessons.

PSHCE- Career Focus.

Kudos:  Exploring career opportunities.

Curriculum Choice evening.

Technical/vocational tasters at local colleges/training providers.

Meetings with career professionals.

 

9

Careers Life Skills assembly and tutor group opportunities.

Speed Networking event with providers and employers.

STEM link aspiration assembly/workshops.

Event for providers of technical education/apprenticeships to include local colleges/FE colleges, UTCs. 

Meeting with career professionals.

Careers Life Skills assembly and tutor group opportunities.

Careers Week

Assembly: understanding the labour market.

Meeting with career professionals.

Career insight assembly.

Employer encounters.

MA University Visits.

 

 

Careers Life Skills assembly and tutor group opportunities.

Technical/vocational tasters at local colleges/training providers.

Meetings with career professionals.

Kudos:  Exploring Career Opportunities.

Career insight assembly.

Employer encounters.

 

10

Careers Life Skills assembly and tutor group opportunities.

Work experience preparation pastoral sessions.

Meetings with career professionals.

Careers Fair.

1:1 CEIAG interviews.

Employability workshops- employer encounters.

Drop down focus day- career activity.

YR 10 Boss Day, Preparing for Work experience, CV, Cover/Application Letter, Interview techniques.

Careers Week.

Assembly: understanding the labour market.

Technical/vocational tasters at local colleges/training providers.

MA University Visits.

Subject taster events at local colleges.

Work experience interviews.

Careers interviews.

Work experience.

Meetings with careers professionals.

Kudos:  Exploring career opportunities.

Careers Life Skills assembly and tutor group opportunities.

Careers advisor in school regularly and working alongside students in 1:1 CEIAG interviews.

11

Careers assembly Post 16 choices, training and apprenticeships.

Future pathways/higher education evenings. 

Careers Fair.

Careers advisor in school regularly and working alongside student- 1:1 CEIAG interviews.

Post 16 open evenings/College/Sixth Form Open day events/taster sessions and training providers regarding A Level, technical and vocational and apprenticeships.

Meetings with career professionals.

Post 16 Applications. 

CV update.

Personal Statement.

Kudos:  Exploring career opportunities.

Careers Week.

Assembly: understanding the labour market.

Careers advisor in school regularly and working alongside student- 1:1 CEIAG interviews.

College/Sixth Form Open day /evenings events/taster courses.    

Apprenticeships- support with applications.

Kudos:  Exploring career opportunities.

Post 16 Applications. 

CV update.

Personal Statement.

Post 16 interviews.

Careers advisor in school regularly and working alongside student- 1:1 CEIAG interviews.

Confirmation of post 16 education destinations for all pupils. 

Post 16 induction and taster sessions. 

 

Are you an employer or a Post 16 education provider looking to work with the school?

Kingsford Community School is keen to work with employers and post 16 education providers who can share the benefit of their skills, experiences and expertise with pupils.  Many of the planned careers events require volunteers for a range of activities that take place inside and out of school, such as session facilitators or speaking at events and fairs.  The school is also keen to hear about any programmes your company or provider runs relating to schools and careers.

If you would like to find out more or to volunteer for an event, please speak to the Careers Leader to identify the most suitable opportunity for you.


 

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance - Student Career Programme

Careers Programme

Kingsford Community School is committed to embedding CEIAG across all year groups.  A wide variety of events is organised for all year groups.  There is also help and advice available via the school's independent careers advisor from 15 Billion, access to online careers package. 

Year 7

  • Careers focus assembly to raise the importance of CEIAG programme for Year 7
  • Career insight assemblies with guest speakers
  • Career insight visits
  • Employer workshops and visits
  • PSHCE career focus lessons:  Identifying strengths, personal traits, employability skills, exploring career pathways in the modern world, labour market trends and subjects.
  • Use of Unifrog (e-learning resource) to explore careers library and subject library and gain an awareness of how to begin to research and plan various career paths. 
  • Drop Down Day- Careers focus

Year 8

  • Career focus assembly: to raise the importance of CEIAG programme for Year 8 and support for option choices, and employability skills.
  • Dropdown day careers focus session.
  • Curriculum choice options evening
  • Career insight assemblies with guest speakers
  • Employer workshops and education visits
  • Career insight visits
  • Use of Unifrog (e-learning resource) to explore careers library and subject library and gain an awareness of how to begin to research and plan various career paths. 
  • PSHCE career focus lessons:  Identifying strengths, personality traits, and employability skills, exploring career pathways in the modern world, labour market information and exploring subject information and supporting GCSE curriculum option choices.
  • Curriculum choice assemblies by all learning areas
  • Subject taster lessons to support curriculum choices for
  • Identified students to have careers interview with careers advisor for additional support.

Year 9

  • Career focus assembly to raise the importance of CEIAG programme for Year 9
  • Career insight assemblies with guest speakers
  • Employer workshops and education visits
  • Career insight visits
  • Aspirational university visits
  • Taster weeks and lessons
  • Use of Unifrog (e-learning resource) to explore careers library and subject library and post 16 pathways for further and higher education, apprenticeships and training leading to employment.
  • PSHCE career focus lessons:  Identifying strengths, personality traits, and employability skills, Financial literacy, exploring career pathways, labour market information and exploring subject information. 
  • Identified students to have careers interview with careers advisor for additional support
  • Dropdown day careers focus session using Unifrog- “Goal Setting and Geeking Out Challenge” and exploring key employability skills. 
  • Careers information during parent’s evenings.

Year 10

  • Career focus assembly to raise the importance of CEIAG programme for Year 10, Boss Day and preparing for work experience, subject career assemblies by subject leaders promoting different career pathways linked to the curriculum. 
  • Career insight assemblies with guest speakers
  • Employer workshops and education visits
  • Career insight visits
  • Use of Unifrog (e-learning resource) to explore careers library and subject library and post 16 pathways for further and higher education, apprenticeships and training leading to employment.
  • Tutor Career-focused sessions during registration
  • Unifrog lesson – Goal Setting and Geeking Out and “The Big 50” Short 5 min career bursting activities led by tutors during the summer term.   
  • Identified students to have careers interview with careers advisor for additional support
  • YR 10 Boss Day- Preparing for work experience, CV, letter, application and interview techniques
  • Mock interviews with corporate providers
  • Exploring Post 16 pathways, higher and further education,  apprenticeships and training opportunities
  • Two full weeks of work experience meeting pupils interests
  • Careers Fair and exhibition at Excel
  • Aspirational university visits
  • Taster weeks and lessons.
  • Careers interview with careers advisor for students identified that need additional support.
  • Careers information during parent’s evenings.

Year 11

  • Career focus assembly to raise the importance of CEIAG programme for Year 11, preparing for exams, life skills and post 16 pathways into further and higher education, apprenticeships and training opportunities.
  • Subject career assemblies by subject leaders promoting different career pathways linked to the curriculum. 
  • Apprenticeship assembly
  • After school drop-in sessions with tutors to complete college application forms.
  • Advice and guidance for college applications. 
  • College visitors to assemblies
  • Career insight assemblies with guest speakers
  • Employer workshops and education visits
  • Career insight visits
  • Tutor Career-focused sessions during registration
  • Unifrog - “The Big 50” Short 5 min career bursting activities led by tutors during the spring term. 
  • Curriculum choice assemblies by all learning areas
  • Subject taster lessons to support curriculum choices for
  • All students to have careers interview with careers advisor for additional support
  • Mock interviews with corporate providers
  • Exploring Post 16 pathways, higher and further education,  apprenticeships and training opportunities
  • Two full weeks of work experience meeting pupils interests
  • Careers Fair and exhibition
  • Aspirational university visits
  • Taster weeks and lessons.
  • Careers interview with careers advisor for students identified that need additional support.
  • Careers information during parent’s evenings.
  • College and sixth form open days and events
  • Careers Fair
  • Support for collating a progress file to support Post 16 choices

     

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance - Careers Advice

There are lots of useful resources and websites you can look for further information about possible career options.

  • National Careers Service - All you need to know about careers

  • Success at School - Success at School is the place for young people to explore careers, get the lowdown on top employers, and search for the latest jobs, courses and advice

  • iCould - Careers quiz, as well as videos for inspiration and articles about different careers and industries.

  • Mykindafuture - Use My Kinda Future to build your profile, make CVs and connect with a range of employers.

  • Start – Get personalised suggestions of careers suited to your personality, interests and skills.

  • Career Pilot - Use Career Pilot to research a wide array of different roles and sectors.

  • Careers Box TV - Exploring and listening to information about potential careers.

  • National Careers Week - Events and activities at National Careers Week.

  • Careers4u - Videos from professionals in a wide variety of careers and sectors.

  • All About Careers  - Take a careers test and explore different types of careers.

  • Careers Gateway - Links to information about careers and higher education.

  • Student Room - Forum, advice, GCSE, A Level, University, jobs, finance, revision.

  • UCAS - Search for post-16 courses and colleges.

  • Health Careers - Jobs and careers in health and medical sector.

  • Social and Health Careers - Social and Health careers, videos and interactive website.

  • Future Morph - Careers using Science and Maths.

  • Creative Careers - Information about creative careers, including college courses, Open Events and apprenticeships.

  • National Volunteer - Become a Volunteer.

  • Life Skills - This is an excellent website that you can work through to build employability skills and win the chance to do work experience.

  • Not Going Uni - The Not Going to Uni team helps you find apprenticeships, college courses or work experience to start building your future.

  • Glassdoor - Labour Market Information and all you need to know about a profession.

  • Careers Box TV - Exploring and listening to information about potential careers.

  • Go Think Big - Tips and tools to explore careers, and advice on getting work placements.

  • Target Jobs - Fill out a questionnaire and get a tailored careers report.

  • Student Ladder - Information and advice for all stages in your journey towards your career.

  • Talking Jobs - Interviews and videos from different people working in a variety of careers.

  • Moving on Magazine - Potential choices after leaving school.

  • Careers Gateway - Links to information about careers and higher education

  • Bright Knowledge - Careers, education and student life.


     

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance - GCSE Curriculum Options Guidance

To support pupils with GCSE curriculum choices please see guidance below:

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance - Post 16+ Options

Newham Careers Education Business Partner 15 Billion has shared the following documents which are useful for Year 11 Pupils and Parents:

Year 11 Young Person's Guide 

 

Year 11 Parents Guide

 

Labour Market Information:

When pupils start to think about future options and make curriculum choices and explore Post 16 choices, it is important to think not only about what are their careers interests, but also job availability in that sector. 

The link below will help you compare careers and job salary in different sectors to get more information on what those job roles entail. 

http://movingonmagazine.co.uk/compare-earnings-working-hours-predicted-job-openings/

The National Careers Service provide 'job profiles' where you can find out more about particular jobs, which also includes relevant information on LMI relevant to that job. For example, if you searched for 'GP', this is the type of LMI you might see National Careers Service - GP LMI.

https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/explore-careers

Exploring Post 16 Choices and Career Options:

Choosing A Levels:

  • National Career Service - Information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work

  • Informed Choices - Information and advice on the best subject choices for university.

  • A-Level Choices - Some excellent advice around choosing A-Level subjects, if you scroll to the bottom, you can input three A-Level subjects and then it gives a university degree and job matches.

  • Subject Choices - Information and advice on the best subject choices for university.

Vocational and Technical Award Qualifications:

Apprenticeships:

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance - Exploring Career Sectors

The links below will provide further information about possible career options by a wide range of different sectors.  It will be a good way for students to explore the different types of careers that exist in the world of work.

Accounting, Banking and Finance

Business Consulting and Management

Child Care

Creative Arts and Design

Engineering and Manufacturing

  • Costain - Large international engineering firm with information on a variety of pathways into engineering, including work placements for students

  • Babcock - Engineering support service with information on careers and apprenticeships

  • AMEC Foster Wheeler - Large international engineering firm with traineeship opportunities

  • Volkswagen: Car Manufacturing - Advance apprenticeship programmes and experience in technical aspects and customer service

  • Semta: Apprenticeships- Company which helps find apprenticeship opportunities in the engineering sector

  • EDT - Largest provider of STEM enrichment activities for UK youth

Entrepreneurs

Environment and Agriculture

Fashion

  • Careers in Fashion explore careers in fashion.

  • Go Think Big - Tips and tools to explore careers in the fashion industry and advice on getting work placements.

Hair and Beauty

Healthcare

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