Lees Brook Community School is a learning community that sees learning as a lifelong process. Our aim is to prepare all students for future opportunities, responsibilities and experiences so that they can raise their aspirations and achieve success in all areas of life. Careers education is a vital part of school life and is taught through the PCE programme. To fully appreciate its role it is important that the policy is seen within the PCE policy as a whole, incorporating Citizenship and Work Related Learning. CEG is seen as playing an important role in motivating all our students to maximise their academic and personal achievement whilst at the school.
It is the intention of Lees Brook Community School to provide an active and appropriate Careers Education and Guidance programme through co¬ordinated and planned activities, moving towards a whole school approach. The National Curriculum (May 2008) sets out three broad aims for young people. These are that they become;
At Lees Brook the Careers Education and Guidance programme of study for Years 7 to 11 addresses the three aims of CEG as set out in the Careers Education Framework 7-19 (Statutory Guidance: Impartial Careers Advice):
Successful achievement of these aims will:
This policy is informed by the following documents:
This document is available to staff, parents, pupils and any other interested parties and will be published on the schools website. The policy:
Careers education and guidance at Lees Brook Community School consists of five elements, which together form a coherent and progressive programme of study for all students at each stage of their career;
Delivery of Entitlement
The duty to deliver Careers education to all students in Years 7 -11 is met through taught sessions delivered through careers educational elements of the Personal Community Education (PCE) programme, for years 8 – 11 and ‘Enquiry’ lessons for Year 7.Students also receive careers education through sessions delivered by form tutors during registration.
A variety of teaching methods are used and the programme is personalised and differentiated to ensure progression in all students and that they have equal access to the learning.
Work Related Learning
Work Experience for all students in Year 10 takes place for one week in the summer term. Placements are provided by the Derbyshire Education Business Partnership and through private contract with local employers and parents.
Extended work experience placements are provided for some students as part of vocational option choices.
All work experience placements are Health and safety checked and a member of staff will visit all pupils during their placement.
Preparation for Work Experience and evaluation of placements takes place in PCE lessons and all Year 10 students receive Health and Safety training as a year group.
The Connexions resource centre is based in the schools Skills Academy and many careers resources are also located in the Library of the main school and is open to students after school and is staffed at lunchtimes. The careers resources are maintained by the Careers Co-ordinator and Librarian.
IT access is available throughout the school and students have online access to the National Careers Service.
Careers guidance is provided by Connexions Derbyshire, under arrangements negotiated annually and detailed in the Partnership Agreement. The present Careers advisor also assists with the planning and delivery of the schools C.E.G programme.
The careers service undertakes to provide students with an individual guidance interview. A copy of the guidance is provided for students to use and a copy is filed in school. At present a review of this system, to ensure that form tutors are aware of guidance issues for their tutees, is underway. This will ensure that tutors can more fully support the students in their career planning.
Pupils can refer themselves for a guidance interview with a personal connexions advisor and all pupils in Year 9 receive a career guidance interview with a senior member of staff before Key Stage 4 option choices are finalised.
Mentoring support is provided for a range of students, including T16 intervention targeting potential NEET students. Mentoring guidance is provided by Behaviour Managers and key-workers, independently of mentoring done through curriculum areas. Assertive mentoring of students identified as underachieving is provided by senior members of staff.
Action Planning and the recording of Achievement
All Year 11 students leave school with a Record of Achievement, a formal document containing a personal statement written by pupils alongside a testimonial from their Form Tutor. This is compiled from Year 8 onwards as students record personal achievements and action plans from PCE lessons into a progress folder, culminating in the creation of the ROA. Students are encouraged to take this document to interviews and see it as an evolving document to be added to as they progress through life.
Management and Co-ordination
The CEG Co-ordinator is responsible for co-ordinating the CEG programme and liaising with the Co-ordinator of PCE and outside agencies. The Work Experience Co-ordinator is responsible for allocating placements and ensuring required paperwork is completed. The Director of Applied Learning is the line manager for CEG within school.
Assessment and accreditation
Effective assessment of learning is dependent on the identification of learning outcomes. All lesson plans include learning outcomes which are used to assess learning.
Students’ performance on work experience is monitored and reported on by teachers visiting, and placement providers on the work experience report form. Students evaluate their own experience and progress as part of PCE lessons.
Assessment at Lees Brook uses the following;
School marking policy – all work done in lessons is marked to whole school standards and subject teachers review CEG activities in pupil folders and books. Pupils in Year 10 complete a health and safety course in preparation for their work experience.
Peer and self-assessment - AFL is built into whole school lesson planning and students use peer and self-assessment routinely within lessons. Across all key stages students complete skills checklists which helps them to record their own career learning and which forms the basis for target setting.
Year 11 progression data – this information is provided by the connexions service and is used to monitor the post 16 pathways of students. The connexions service provides follow-up information, which serves to monitor drop-out rates from destinations. These factors are taken into account when reviewing the CEG programme annually.
PA Interviews – the connexions personal advisor is a strong position to assess student career learning. The PA regularly reports back on the career planning needs of individuals. At present this system is being reviewed to ensure that form tutors are made aware of student action plans and potential issues that may have been identified at the interview.
Monitoring, review and evaluation
The careers co-ordinator and connexions PA formally review the school partnership agreement annually. This is then further reviewed with members of the senior leadership team responsible for ‘Every Child Matters’, before finally being agreed with the Headteacher.
Parents are encouraged to accompany youngsters to option evenings and are welcome to attend interviews with Connexions personal advisors.