Careers Education and Guidance
Kingsford Community School have been very resourceful in preparing our students for the future by guiding them and providing them with the knowledge they need for the world of work. The school completed Stage 2 of the Investors In Career (IiC) Award in May 2016, and aims to achieve full Investors In Careers status in Autumn 2017. The IiC award is a quality standard for the management of careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG); it recognises the school’s commitment to providing an impartial CEIAG programme which contributes to whole school's aims and objectives, while meeting statutory guidance guidelines. The school's lead in this is Charlene Ponteen, Assistant Head Teacher and executive for Progress, Attainment and Guidance.
What follows is a description of how we support your child's career throughout their secondary education at Kingsford Community School:
Our programme starts in year 7 where we use our PSHE lessons to introduce students to Careers Education and Guidance where they learn: basic steps about the world of work, perception of work roles, equal opportunities and how they can explore the world of work in the future.
In year 8, the pupils further develop what they have learnt in year 7 as they learn to understand who they are and the skills, abilities and talents needed for employment and further education.
Students start to think about what they want to study in further education as they make informed GCSE choices following meetings with the careers team. A lot of support has been provided for our students especially through the following events which are held in the school to prepare them to make the right GCSE choices:
- An options assembly held by the Careers Coordinator
- An assembly introduction to all GCSE options subjects
- GCSE taster days on GCSE courses
- An options evening
- Options interviews
In year 9, students study the 'Money Management' as part of their input in CEIAG. Students learn about real life skills, money management and personal banking.
Year 10 students work very closely with their tutors and subject teachers as they prepare themselves for two weeks work experience. During this time, assemblies are carried out to introduce work experience, show what opportunities the students have within the school and explain how Kingsford offer the opportunity for many students to go abroad to do their work experience, e.g. in France and China.
A number of activities are organised to support pupils preparing for the world of work. The school works collaboratively with 15billionebp to organise a Building Opportunities Skills Seminar (BOSS) Day; a day organised to help our students prepare for work experience and their future employment. Some examples of sessions delivered on BOSS Day are:
- Qualities of An Ideal Employee
- Making a Good First Impression
- Requirements of a Personal Statement, Application and a CV
- Health and Safety Issues at Work
Linked with this programme we organise a mock interview session where students will go to a local business and carry out an interview and employers will give written and verbal feedback on how they performed in their interview sessions.
All students are provided with a work experience diary, where they log their day-to-day events and complete activity sheets. Students are assigned to a mentor/supervisor that guide and support them during their two weeks. All students are visited by a member of staff from Kingsford. Upon their return to school, students write an evaluation report about the skills they have developed during their work experience.
In year 11, all students are provided with resources to inform and assist their transition into further education (FE). We work with 15billionebp who have assigned us multiple advisers to work in the school and guide our students through the process of transition and opportunities that are available to them for their future.
Sixth Forms and Colleges are invited into Kingsford to promote their institution during Year 11 assemblies in the autumn term. Open day lists are also distributed to all students to encourage them to attend college open days and find out about courses and what is available to them, and further opportunities to visit FE providers are advertised through assemblies and careers interviews.
Careers Evening is also a key element for the preparation for our students. A number of sixth forms, colleges and businesses attend and speak with both parents and students about what is available within their institution. Students have the opportunity during their PHSE lessons to work towards building their personal statements; producing an up to date CV and creating a progress file of academic and personal achievements.
Unifrog - Apprenticeships, College and University information for Year 11s (Log in required - please contact tutor)
Kudos/Cascaid - Career discovery and information for all year groups (Log in required - please contact tutor)
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