Careers Information Advice & Guidance at Park View School
Statutory Guidance 2018
Statutory Guidance (updated January 2018) places schools under a duty to secure access to independent Careers Guidance for their pupils in Years 7 (11 – 12 year Olds) to Year 13 (17 – 18 year olds). Careers guidance secured under the new duty must:
- be presented in an impartial manner
- include information on the full range of post-16 education or training options, including apprenticeships
- promote the best interests of the pupils to whom it is given.
Head Teachers, school staff and governing bodies must have regard to this statutory guidance issued by the Secretary of State in exercising their functions under this section.
Schools have a role to play in supporting their pupils to make well informed and realistic decisions by providing access to impartial and independent information and guidance about the range of education and training options that are most likely to help young people achieve their ambitions. From September 2015 young people will be required to participate in education or training/apprenticeships until the end of the academic year in which they have their 18th birthday.
In fulfilling our duty, Park View has a Careers Adviser come into the School offering independent one-to-one impartial careers guidance (Careers Advisers are professionals who help young people generate and explore career ideas, the skills, qualifications and personal characteristics needed for different career areas and the qualifications, skills and routes into different jobs and careers). The Careers Adviser works primarily with Year 10 and 11 on careers insight and progression options relating to further education and Year 9 to support those with complex special educational needs/and those with Education, Health and Care Plans as well as supporting with the GCSE Option Choice process.
Park View offers wider careers activities such as year 10 work experience that offers young people insights into the world of work.
The Statutory Guide for Careers Education in line with Section 42a and Section 45a of the Education Act 1997 states that schools must secure independent careers guidance for young people. Park View Community School employs an independent Careers Adviser, Mr. Chris Kennington, who comes into school three days a week to work with students in delivering Careers Guidance.
Young People with Special Educational Needs
The Careers Adviser works with the SENDCO to identify students who require specific support due to their more complex educational needs so that they are identified early and given careers information, Advice and Career Guidance to support KS4/GCSE options in year 9.
The Careers Adviser also where possible attends the Annual Reviews for years 9 and 11 students.
For all SEN Year 11 students the Careers Adviser completes SEN Student ‘Action Plans’. These feed into the Education, Health and Care Plans for students who require them and intensive support is offered for transition into further education.
The duty of schools is to expand advice and guidance for young people so that they are inspired and motivated to fulfil their potential. Students should have high aspirations and consider a broad and ambitious range of careers.
Park View Community School in line with the statutory advice and guidance has sustained contacts with employers and mentors who can inspire pupils to fully achieve their potential.
We work in partnership with local employers and other education and training providers like colleges, universities and apprentice providers ensuring that students benefit from experience of the world of work to help them make decisions about education and training options.
Careers Guidance is about inspiration and aspiration. Contacts with employer networks, FE Colleges, HE institutions, mentors, alumni or other high achieving individuals can motivate pupils to aim higher and consider a wider range of education and career options.
Careers Education and Guidance takes place throughout a student’s life from Year 7 through to Year 11 in Park View
In Year 7 Careers education is delivered through tutorials and discrete PSHE lessons. In addition, we work with IntoUniversity who conduct a series of workshops (concerned with individual confidence and communication skills and progression awareness) with students from Years 7-11.
As with Year 7 there is a programme of careers education in tutor time and discrete PSHE, plus the work with IntoUniversity, which also includes a University trip in the Spring Term. Year 8 students also participate in Aspiring Ambitions Day (previously known as ACE Days) promoting Higher Education (HE) as an option. Year 8 students went to Middlesex University last year for the day to learn about University life and studying in HE.
We also run an internal work experience programme for Year 8s which involves them working with the school receptionists for one day.
The focus in Year 9 is on preparing students for their Key Stage 4 options. There is an extensive programme of activities in tutor time and discrete PSHE. There also presentations in assemblies, a taster day where students learn about the various subjects on offer, an options evening for parents and students, and every student is given an individual options interview.
In addition, we use the Fast Tomato Careers Guidance Programme with Years 9-11. This is a careers interest inventory tool that uses psychometric sampling to match young people’s strengths, interests and personal characteristics to job/career ideas. They keep their login throughout their time at Park View so that they can use the programme as their interests develop and self-awareness builds with maturity and benefitting from our Careers Education/PSHE and Work Related learning curriculum. They are able to use this programme to research different careers and find out the pathways to achieve them. They can access this from home as well as school.
Also, students from Year 9 attended a Careers Fair hosted by COHNEL in February 2016. They had the opportunity to tour some Departments of the college seeing older students in their study environments. They were able to talk to a broad range of employers and post 16 opportunity providers who offer Apprenticeships and Training, in order to broaden their knowledge of routes into various occupational areas, qualifications needed and the skills, knowledge and personal characteristics employers are looking for. We are hopeful that this fair will also run in 2017.
In addition the Careers Adviser offers options related drop-in sessions in the Library beginning in February, each year, leading up to the hand in of GCSE/KS4 Options Choice application. He also carries out some one-one interviews with Year 9 students.
The Careers Adviser also attends the Year 9 Options Evenings. Please use this opportunity to discuss your careers related questions with the Adviser.
The Careers Adviser offers Spring Term Options Interviews for those students requiring motivation and focus. Referrals made by tutors.
IntoUniversity also work with Year 9s and alumni come in to give motivational presentations.
All Year 10 student go on an aspirational trip in the Autumn term to a campus University. In 2018 groups went to Brunel, Reading, Canterbury Christ Church and Hertfordshire Universities.
In addition, all Year 10s currently go out on a work experience placement for one week in the summer term. We believe that work experience plays an important role in encouraging and inspiring students to aim higher giving them a taste of the world of work.
We obtain our work experience via the local Education Business Partnership although students are also encouraged to ask for help from family and friends to secure a placement. All students are helped and supported with work experience preparation, and visited on their placements by a member of staff. The school also has in place a programme of careers education to help students prepare for their work experience, covering aspects such as telephone and interview skills, and how to identify health and safety risks at work
Finally, we also seek opportunities for employers to come in and talk to students in Years 9 and 10, and every year offer other work and college related trips, for example, last year a group of Year 9s went to visit Price Waterhouse Cooper’s HQ, and the whole of Year 10 visited Haringey Sixth form in the summer term to have taster sessions of A-Level and other courses.
Careers Library (early Autumn Term) Careers Resources in library are explained to students so that they can do careers research of job/occupations ideas, routes into and qualifications required in preparation of making applications to opportunities for transition into further education.
There is a careers education programme for Y11 aimed at helping them make the right post 16 choices and helping them with their college interviews and applications, as well as preparing them for post school life. This is delivered through tutorials, discrete PSHE lessons and assemblies.
Careers Guidance Drop in Sessions offered by the Careers Adviser: these take place in the Library every week on a Monday and Tuesday between 12.50-1.45.
Careers Fair: Every year the school hosts its own careers fair for Y11s where they meet a selection of employers and post 16 providers such as colleges, 6th Form Centre’s and Training/Apprenticeship companies.
The Careers Adviser attends Year 11 Parents evenings. Please use this opportunity to discuss your careers related questions with the Adviser.
Futures First Alumni – this organisation supports the school via Social Networking with Alumni of Park View and Future First to keep in touch with students each year as they leave. The Alumni offers young people the opportunity to keep in touch with Park View and come back to offer their time to current students offering insight into post 16 study and the world of work from a young person’s perspective.
Oxbridge Futures – We also work with Oxbridge Futures which is an organisation based in Cambridge University aimed at encouraging students to apply for places at Cambridge/Oxford or other leading Universities. There is a rigorous selection process, but the successful candidates attend a residential in Cambridge University and are mentored for the two years after leaving here. Most students from Park View who have gone on this programme have gone to study at Cambridge, Oxford or other leading Russell Group Universities.
How can you support your child’s Career progression in Year 11 of Park View?
It is extremely important young people are supported with the transition of leaving school after year 11. They have their studies, revision and then exams to manage. They need to have applied to at least one college/sixth for/training provider by December and another two by February 2017. By supporting your child with making applications and encouraging them to visit open days/evenings and then attending interviews in the spring to early summer term (January – March) you can help your child make positive transitions. Please use the information on this web page giving useful websites so that you can be up to date with options and pathways to help your child make the best decisions. All young people can register with the Local Authority and national apprenticeship web sites. Even if not their first option choice if they do not register they could miss out on opportunities they may want to consider. Having at least one offer of full-time education for further education is also extremely important. It can be very disheartening for young people to see their peers enter education in the September after leaving Park View and they find themselves without an offer.