At Westborough High School we are committed to delivering a valuable Careers Programme to our pupils as soon as they begin their secondary education. Having a comprehensive Careers education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) programme within Westborough enables our pupils to be able to make rational, but inspirational career pathways for their future. Our vision as a school is to make sure that all pupils achieve their full potential and are prepared for the next stage in their lives.
Aims of careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance at Westborough:
- provide good quality independent careers advice to pupils which inspires and motivates them to fulfil their potential
- provide personal advice and guidance which is in the best interests of, and meets the needs of, all pupils
- offer provision that is based on the Gatsby Benchmarks for Good Careers Guidance
- contribute to the raising of pupil achievement by encouraging pupils to develop high aspirations and consider a broad and ambitious range of careers
- provide opportunities to work in partnership with employers, training providers, local colleges and others
- provide opportunities to inspire pupils through real-life contact with the world of work
- develop enterprise and employability skills including skills for self-employment
- support inclusion, challenge stereotyping and promote equality of opportunity
- encourage pupils to see career development as a life-long process
- ensure pupils are aware of the full range of academic and technical routes available at each transition point so that pupils have the necessary knowledge to make successful transitions
- provide opportunities for meaningful encounters with employees, employers, further and higher education and experience of workplaces;
- support social mobility by improving opportunities for all pupils, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds and those with special educational needs and disabilities and
- to be weaved and embedded into subjects across the curriculum, including PSHE
We are proud to work in partnership with Calderdale and Kirklees (C&K) Careers as a service provider and they advise us, alongside other local schools, with the delivery of our Careers Programme so that it is fit for purpose.
Kirstie Walker, our Careers Adviser from C&K Careers, is in school every week. Kirstie offers impartial Careers advice, information and guidance to pupils from Year 8 upwards. She can discuss Career aspirations, job roles, Post 16 option choices including college, 6th form, apprenticeships and training and qualifications offered at post 16 and beyond. All Year 11 pupils receive 1:1 guidance interviews and lunchtime drop in sessions are available to all pupils. Kirstie attends parents’ evening and Year 8 options evening and is available to offer information, advice and guidance to parents, carers and pupils.
We work in close collaboration with the Leeds City Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and are working closely with Northern Media as our Enterprise partner. These partnerships enable us to develop new and exciting projects and build on our existing outstanding careers provision at Westborough.
We are also really pleased to be part of the ‘Kirklees Careers Hub’. The hub aims to share good practice and improve the Career provision across schools nationally.
The school will measure the impact of the careers programme on the pupils in a number of ways…
- Students will be quizzed on the key knowledge that they should have acquired and retained in previous weeks in weekly sessions. At the end of the year, we test retention with a written “test”. The results will be analysed and feed into the planning for next year’s careers program, not to judge the students.
- Student voice is regularly collected informally through questioning students about their careers experiences in all year groups. Sometimes during learning walks in registration time, but also at other opportune moments. A fair sample of students will be surveyed formally at the end of the year to help evaluate the program this year.
- Staff voice is also regularly collected informally throughout the year. All staff involved will be surveyed at the end of the year to help evaluate the impact.
- Parent voice will also be collected at the end of the year.
- When the program is being delivered in registration time, the careers lead walks around to check on how it is being implemented and to see if the desired (short term) impact is being achieved.
- Statistics on the independent usage of MyDirections.co.uk and GetInto.co.uk (Calderdale and Kirklees careers websites that we have bought into to help students be well informed about Careers and applying for the next steps) helps us measure the impact of our programme.
- The NEET figures, along with associated statistics on retention help us to evaluate the longer term impact of our careers programme.
- The data on destinations and distribution of courses applied to and accepted on help us to evaluate the long term impact of our careers programme too.
- Over the summer, we plan to survey alumni about their careers experience at the school.
- We are using Calderdale and Kirklees careers service to help us compare our program with others schools. Our careers advisors are helping us to evaluate the relative impact we are making with our students.
- We do a compass+ evaluation every term. This shows us how we are doing in relation to the Gatsby benchmarks. This is a key measure for us, and is used to help evaluate and improve our provision.
The next scheduled review date for the careers programme is July 2022