The designated Careers Lead for Newall Green High School is Mr K. Buchanan, Assistant Headteacher
Newall Green High School is committed to providing quality and impartial Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) ensuring students are able to make informed and aspirational choices about their future routes. At the core of all the careers work is the belief that quality CEIAG has a positive effect on student engagement, attitudes and outcomes.
The careers programme at Newall Green is comprehensive; CEIAG is delivered through the Academic curriculum, Respect curriculum and the Enrichment Strive curriculum. We are working towards our Inspiring IAG (Information and Guidance) award, which recognises good quality careers education, information and guidance.
We are also part of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority Bridge Careers hub wave one pilot which helps schools to ensure they meet all aspects of the Gatsby Benchmarks.
The NGHS Careers Programme
The school has mapped out the CEIAG provision in line with the recommended Career Development Institute framework. The ACEG framework is structured around the 17 ‘big ideas’ in careers and work-related learning and these have been embedded in the delivery of CEIAG at NGHS building from Year 7 through to Year 11. We use our IAG award and review process along with Navigate employability processes to ensure this is cohesive in planning and delivery.
The careers programme is differentiated to ensure progression (although there is a clearer focus at key transitional points.) This is achieved by giving each year group a particular focus and drive. CEIAG occurs through the Academic Curriculum, Respect Curriculum and the Drop Down Strive Activities and Curriculum.
Year 7 – Dare to dream – Aspiration and the mapping of skills and abilities.
Year 8 – Recognising and developing employability skills / option choices for KS4.
Year 9 – Researching career choices and where the subjects being studied can lead. Looking at which skills are missing and need to be acquired.
Year 10 – Researching college courses and the further development / embedding of employability skills through work experience. Developing skills and interests profile; building on the STRIVE Values of Employability.
Year 11- Consolidating STRIVE Values and Employability skills. Deciding on which route to follow and completing the Application process. Securing the grades required.
Throughout the five year CEIAG programme students will be given the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities including:
- subject specific information from staff and curriculum areas
- group work and individual interviews when choosing options and making decisions about post 16 choices
- information and research activities in the library / ICT suites e.g. Using Various online portals
- work-related learning (including two weeks work experience)
- action planning and recording achievement (using Navigate)
- taking part in aspirational career experiences
- participating in careers events in Years 7-9 and Year 10 + Year 11 and Options evenings
- Listening to presentations from Curriculum staff (Year 8 Options) and Post 16 providers (Year 10 +11)
- taking parts in college visits
- completing one to one CEIAG sessions with the Careers Advisor
participating in specific enriching STRIVE events and activities such as Enterprise, Mentoring, Civil Service Experience Days etc. that develop student employability, interview or entrepreneurial skills.
Business, Employability and Alumni Links
Newall Green has very strong links with local business via the Business Working for Wythenshawe BW3 network. As the school of the year 2018-19 and 2019-20 we are working in close partnership with BW3 leaders and employer members. Together we are building a programme which will promote local business, people and skills within the taught aspects of curriculum and in the caught aspects mentoring, work experience and employer encounters.
We are also a member of Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce and use these links to ensure our reach within the many employer sectors of Greater Manchester challenges and inspires our students. Our twice yearly whole school career events regularly have over 45 employers, colleges and providers in attendance.
Future First Alumni Network which has over 300 ex Newall Green High student facilities half termly alumni student voice and experience sessions for each year group. These sessions allow our students to connect with ex students and their many and varied pathways into future careers.
These events alongside our Mentoring programme ensure that students not only gain insight into the World of Work but also learn and apply work ready skills to a school ready learning environment. The mentoring programme allows key employability skills to be role modelled alongside a pathway of engagement and support for our most vulnerable students. The mentoring programme is based on the school STRIVE values and allows business partners to not only support students but to gain insight of current school life, educational priorities and student life situations. Together we aim to support and shape our students so they are both Work and Life ready.
The mentoring programme is further supported via our Look with, Learn with, Lunch with and Link with pathway. This pathway begins with a universal input from a business partner about their chosen sector to students via an assembly, this is followed up with a team teaching lesson across many curricular areas a few weeks later. Targeted students based upon pathway and or interest are then invited to a lunch with the sector where the learning from the classroom is shaped into work ready skills and employer outcomes. Finally, the students are offered an employer encounter in the sector work place. This pathway initially involves the construction, media, health, logistics, civil service, leisure and retail sectors and will rotate every half term through all year groups 7-11. This clear link between different faculties and sectors will strengthen our philosophy of how a broad and balanced curriculum is the foundation for a range of careers and choices. It aims to equip our students for the changing world of work in which many of our students will find themselves having multiple careers and transferrable skill sets.
The school has a contract with an independent career guidance service (Empower Services) for the provision of a named Careers Advisor (Emma Lees) to provide a specified number of days of Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance across the school. As part of the agreement the advisor attends the Parents’ Evenings of Years 8 & 11. In addition, the advisor supports the transition careers input in Year 8 where students make option choices for KS4 and Year 11 where students look at Post 16 routes; at both these events the advisor is available for parental / student enquiries and at request during career days in school.
Each student in Year 10 or 11 is given the opportunity to have a minimum of one face to face session. During the session the student will have an individual Action Plan drawn up, a copy of which is shared with student and is updated after further meetings.
In addition, any student at NGHS can make an appointment to see the advisor through the Careers Hub or attend a drop in session at a lunch time drop in held twice a week.
When deciding on the order of students seeing the careers advisor, risk factors and attainment data are used to group accordingly.
All our students can access resources and information at any time by using the careers hub where they can pick up prospectuses, leaflets and application forms.
There are a great many additional websites that offer valuable careers information.
https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/ - this is the official government site and offers information on a wide range of careers, job roles and CV writing. There are a number of career tools that support choices about future routes.
https://www.gov.uk/education/apprenticeships-traineeships-and-internships/ – offers information about different apprenticeships and provides details of current vacancies.
http://www.careersbox.co.uk – students can watch films and videos about different jobs.
http://www.nhscareers.nhs.uk - Information on the wide range of careers within the NHS.
http://www.ucas.com – offers advice on course choices and options after doing GCSE’s. In addition students can start thinking about universities and course entry requirements
www.whatcareerisrightforme.com – students can take a free aptitude test to see which job they are suited to.