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Careers Programme at Stanway.

CEIAG – Careers Education Information Advice & Guidance

At Stanway we are dedicated to raising student aspirations and supporting them to achieve their full potential. Our careers programme aims to empower students to plan and manage their own futures. As a school we provide students through a variety of activities, opportunities to learn about future education paths, training and employment. This is delivered through a progressive Careers Education programme and is supported by a variety of careers and work related learning enrichment activities. Ultimately we work with our students to develop the skills needed to make successful life decisions and support their transition into adulthood.

Quality in Careers Standard.

Awarded to Stanway in April 2018, the ‘Quality in Careers Standard’ recognises the quality of our careers provision and reflects our commitment to supporting our students with their careers education and enabling them to make informed decisions about their futures.

The Stanway School Careers Provision Aims:

To prepare students for life post 16.
To help students to access information on the full range of post-16 education and training opportunities.
To provide independent, impartial careers guidance for all year 7-11 students.
To develop an understanding of different career paths through a variety of opportunities.
Develop an understanding of the differences between school and work.
To develop high aspirations and consider a broad and ambitious range of careers.
To inspire students to chase and achieve their dreams
To provide students with real-life contacts with the world of work, so this can help them to understand where different choices can take them in the future.
To instill a healthy attitude towards work.
To promote equality of opportunity, challenge stereotyping and support inclusion.
To support students after leaving school.
To offer targeted support for vulnerable and disadvantaged young people.

Careers Staff

Crystal Wadsworth – Assistant Headteacher (Line manager for Careers)

Paula Deighton – Careers Leader and PSHE Coordinator

Tracy Laney – Careers Adviser (level 6 qualified)

CAREERS DELIVERY

  • Careers Education: embedded with-in the PSHE Education curriculum delivered by tutors from year 7 through to year 11.
    Careers advice: We have a level 6 Careers Adviser who is available to all students. The Careers office is located opposite Student Services. Mrs Laney is available Monday to Thursday 8:30 – 4:30 and on parents evenings. Parents and students may make appointments for career advice with her. In addition during their school career all students will receive at least 1 individual interview in year 11 to ensure they are prepared for their journey post 16.
    Careers, Enrichment Days: during whole school enrichment days year groups will experience in year 9 an Enterprise project, year 10 will follow a Careers day programme lead by Business Mentors from a variety of career paths ‘First Impressions Count – Skills for Success’, Mock Interviews with employers, and they will also have a Post 16 ‘Taster Day’. Year 11 students attend the SIGMA Trust Careers Convention in October, where they make contact with a full range of employers and post 16 education and training providers.
    Careers Events: Further opportunities are provided for students to meet with employers/ colleges/ apprenticeship providers throughout the school year in smaller groups focussing on student interests. Trips to different employers and college taster days are also on offer.
    Career Links: We work closely with local education and training providers to ensure that students and parents are aware of the different pathways available to them e.g. A-Levels, T-Levels, vocational courses, apprenticeships.

Gatsby Benchmarks

Our careers provision is constantly developing to ensure that students are motivated and prepared to successfully navigate the next stage of their lives. To ensure that the careers provision is engaging, comprehensive and effective we use the Gatsby Benchmarks. The Gatsby Benchmarks were developed by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation using national and international research. They provide guidance for ensuring excellent careers provision in school and all schools are required to work towards these benchmarks.

These benchmarks are focused on the areas shown below:

(in brackets are our current compass analysis of our provision compared with the National Average NA)

Benchmark 1: A stable careers programme(Stanway 100% NA 4%)

Benchmark 2: Learning from career and labour market information (Stanway 100% NA 30%)

Benchmark 3: Addressing the needs of each student (Stanway 90% NA 9%)

Benchmark 4: Linking curriculum learning to careers (Stanway 100% NA 13%)

Benchmark 5: Encounters with employers and employees (Stanway 100% NA 37%)

Benchmark 6: Experiences of workplaces (Stanway 75% NA 39%)

Benchmark 7: Encounters with further and higher education (Stanway 100% NA 8%)

Benchmark 8: Personal guidance (Stanway 100% NA 46%)

Careers Guidance at The Stanway School.

1:1 Careers Guidance Interview

Mrs Laney is available 4 days a week ( Monday – Thursday) She is Level 6 qualified and will see all year 11 students before the college deadline for applications. Year 8 students are offered the opportunity to book an appointment prior to choosing their options. Mrs Laney is available on Parent Evenings for years 8 -11. Any Student can request an interview either by calling in at the Careers Office or asking their form tutor to email a request.

Post 16 Assemblies and Events 2021/2022

COVID -19

Due to Covid-19 we are unsure as to when or if some of these events will take place.  Over the past year we have had to have virtual assemblies and open events from the colleges.

 

Excursions – currently these cannot take place.

 

School Visitors – This is under consideration and as soon as we can invite visitors back into the classroom we will.

 

As soon as we know what will happen we will update this information.

Post 16 Provider Information Assemblies

During September of Year 11 we invite Post 16 Providers into school to host an information assembly to give students an insight to what is available to them post Stanway School. We encourage all our students to visit as many providers as possible to give them a broad selection to choose from. We also encourage students to apply to multiple providers to ensure they have options come August.

To be confirmed 

Colchester Institute

Colchester Sixth Form College

Sigma Sixth

Aim Apprenticeships

6th Form Information and Open Events 2021/2022

To be confirmed in September/October 2021

 

Colchester Institute –

Colchester Sixth Form College –

Writtle University College –

Colchester County High School for Girls –

The Royal Grammar School, Sixth Form –

Thurstable Sixth Form –

Sigma Sixth at Philip Morant College–

Easton & Otley College –

SIGMA Careers Convention – 18th October 2020

https://stanway.essex.sch.uk/go4schools-user-guide-2-2/

 

SIGMA Careers Convention – 13th October 2021

This will be a virtual event.  Students will get access in school to the event and it will then be available on the website so they can use it from home too.

Excursions to Post 16 Providers, Employers and school visitors – Currently unable to happen due to Covid-19 restrictions

We work closely with our local colleges and businesses and have excursions to various local industries to give students an insight into the world of work. We have developed close links with Penguin, Random House Distribution in Frating and Edge Hotel School.

We welcome colleges / Apprenticeship providers into school to have relaxed meetings with students and often have lunch time drop-ins.

Mock Interviews – Postponed

Normally we invite local business people and Stem Ambassadors into school for 2 days to interview our year 10 students to prepare them for the next stage of their journey. Students are requested to complete a CV and letter of application to provide the interviewer with some background information about the student. We try to match students to an interviewer who might best suit their intended career path. Students are always nervous before the experience as this is usually their first interview experience, however they always come away smiling. We always receive positive feedback from our interviewers.

CV/Personal Statements

We offer all students advice to produce a CV and personal statement. Students will work on their CV during year 10 for Enrichment and Mock Interviews. Form tutor run sessions on how to create a personal statement take place during registration at the start of year 11 in order to support their Post 16 applications.

Labour Market Information: LMI

Information about different jobs, their potential salaries and career paths related can help you to make informed career decisions. These websites can support you with your exploration:

websites:

icould –

National Careers Service – 

Prospects –

LMI for all –

Other Sources of Careers Support and Information:

Career Quiz

to set up an account

once account has been set up

https://sacu-student.com/?page_id=2850

https://www.getmyfirstjob.co.uk/Develop/CareersQuiz.aspx

Guidance

www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk

http://website.u-explore.com/

https://targetcareers.co.uk/careers-advice

https://www.essex.gov.uk/Education-Schools/Schools/Pupil-Parent-Support/Pages/Children-in-Employment.aspx

https://barclayslifeskills.com/i-want-to-choose-my-next-step/school/how-to-decide-what-to-do-after-school

https://mse.media/

Apprenticeships

www.apprenticeships.gov.uk

www.theaimgroup.co.uk

https://careermap.co.uk/

Financial Support Post 16

You may be entitled to some financial support to continue in education once you leave Stanway. Please click on the link below for more information

www.gov.uk/1619-bursary-fund/overview

Healthcare Professions

Entrepreneurial

https://colbea.co.uk/

https://www.gov.uk/set-up-business

https://www.princes-trust.org.uk/help-for-young-people/tools-resources/business-tools

Post 18

https://www.informedchoices.ac.uk/

https://www.notgoingtouni.co.uk/

https://university.which.co.uk/search/advice

https://www.ucasprogress.com/search

www.parentalguidance.org.uk

 

DESTINATIONS DATA and INFORMATION

What are NEET Figures?

The government tracks how well we are doing by monitoring our NEET data ( Students Not in Education, Employment or Training). These figures are collated each year when our students take up a place with a local college/employer and the data is shared with us.

DESTINATIONS by FE provider

FE. 2020
Col VI Form 109
Col Institiute 100
Sigma Sixth 19
CRGS 1
CCGHS 3
Colne 0
Thurstable 0
Writtle 4
Suffolk Rural 1
Nova Training 0
Apprenticeship 2
Chelmsford 1
RHS VI Form 2
Stansted 1
Grantham College 1
Westminster Kingsway College 1
Cambridge Regional College 1
Circomedia – Bristol 1
Unknown 2
TOTAL 249

 

Students in part time employment whilst still in education:

Please see advice and guidance re; young people in part time employment.

The safeguarding of our students is highly important to us here at Stanway.

https://www.essex.gov.uk/child-employment

Careers Programme – Outline.

YEAR 7

Prospects – Skills to Ensure Personal Success – STEPS for yr 7

In form time, the programme aims to help students understand more about themselves. (Self Development through careers and work related learning.

Increase knowledge of where to find out information linking to careers.

Build the foundation for understanding the world of work.

Looks at Transition from Primary into Secondary education. Introduces the idea of skills and qualities needed in life..

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) careers are introduced to the students with BAE Systems roadshow for all students. All students compete in the STEM Race for the Line project.

STEM Club is available to all students

Robotics Club is available to all students

Personal finance and money management are part of the Citizenship program.

National Careers Week, National Apprenticeship week activities cross curricular

YEAR 8

Prospects – Skills to Ensure Personal Success – STEPS for yr 8

In form time, the programme aims to help students understand more about themselves. (Self Development through careers and work related learning.

Increase knowledge of where to find out information linking to careers.

Focussing on researching a variety of Careers and preparing for Options.

Enrichment Day – REAL GAME for all year 8 students

Parents and students attend Options evening, FE colleges also attend the evening.

Careers Interviews for all year students.

Students are supported to recognise the skills and qualities they need in life to be successful through an emphasis on transferable skills.

National Careers Week, National Apprenticeship week activities cross curricular

Students are introduced to KUDOS and will complete the quiz to help make decisions about their careers.

YEAR 9

Prospects – Skills to Ensure Personal Success – STEPS for yr 9

In form time, the programme aims to help students understand more about themselves. (Self Development through careers and work related learning.

Increase knowledge of where to find out information linking to careers.

Looks at the variety of careers and develops more knowledge of different workplaces and on the transferable skills for employment.

Enrichment Day for yr 9 is Enterprise project – Students work in teams to tender for a Catering Contract for a prom. The day focuses on business skills and is supported by NATWEST.

Science Masterclass – NHS Saturday Mornings for 6 weeks. (22 year 9)

Students attend aspiration visits to universities and workplaces

National Careers Week, National Apprenticeship week activities cross curricular

1:1 interview with Careers Adviser for identified, targeted students (SEN, Pupil Premium, EAL) and the LA SEN Careers Adviser meeting with EHCP students.

Opportunity to visit the World Skills UK at the NEC in Birmingham.

YEAR 10

Prospects – Skills to Ensure Personal Success – STEPS for yr 10

In form-time, the programme aims to help students understand more about themselves. (Self Development through careers and work related learning.

Increase knowledge of where to find out information linking to careers.

Looks at the variety of careers and develops more knowledge of different workplaces and on the transferable skills for employment. Identifying their own distinct skills and qualities.

Students attend workplace visits Penguin Random House, Edge Hotel, Health and Social workshop, University visits, Print Works, Food and Farming, Nursery,

Construction workshop in school, catering workshop in school.

Marines PT workshop

Work Related Assembly – To explain C.V’s supported by Business mentor

Careers Day ‘First Impressions Count’ – Skills for success. Full day facilitated by business mentors from a variety of company career backgrounds, delivering skills of C.V writing, letters of application, interview skills, employability skills and qualities and information relating to LMI and future careers choices.

Mock Interviews – provided by employers for all students

YEP – Business Apprenticeship workshop.

Taster day at 6th Form College

Students attend Employer visits related to subject areas

POST 16 Taster Day – All students in school facilitated by employers and FE staff.

Careers Adviser available for interviews.

YEAR 11

Prospects – Skills to Ensure Personal Success – STEPS for yr 11

In form time, the programme aims to help students understand more about themselves. (Self Development through careers and work related learning.

Focus on FE and the different types of courses available, and HE also.

Assemblies from Sixth Form Colleges/Schools, Colchester Institute, Apprenticeships.

Navigating Success Evening for parents, supporting study and post 16 decision making.

Careers Convention – All year 11, 90+ stands sharing information about careers and study opportunities.

Students revisit recognising skills and qualities they need in life to be successful

Career Adviser Meeting for every student to provide support and guidance is given in applying for Post 16 opportunities.

Assembly from NCS National Citizen Service (40 students participated – 2019)

NCOP – Inspirational speaker

University Enrichment activities – Budgeting and finance.

 

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National "Thank a Teacher" Day - Thursday 26th May

Dear Parents and Carers 26th May is National Thank a Teacher Day.  Our teaching and support staff work tirelessly to enable our students to enjoy their learning and achieve their personal best.  I know many of you appreciate the work they do and we would love to see as many 'thank you cards' as possible sent this week.  You can send a free thank you to any member of staff; teachers, teaching assistants, catering, site team, cleaners, admin.  You can access the thank you cards via this link. 'Thank You Card' 
If you do not know the email of the staff member directly you can use the formula below or send it to admin@stanway.school

To email a class teacher at The Stanway school, please use our standard formula:  forename.surname@stanway.school

For example, to contact Mr S Barker:- Scott.Barker@stanway.school