Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)
At Slough and Eton, we are dedicated to providing a scheduled programme of impartial careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) for all students in Years 7-13.
We provide our students with a careers programme that flows through each progression stage.
We work with a number of organisations to offer exciting opportunities in order to further knowledge, deepen learning and to develop skills including:
O2, British Airways, Mars, Aspire, The Army, Reading University, local colleges, National Apprenticeships, Lloyds TSB, NHS, Learning to Work, Future First, Inspiring the Future and the Police.
These organisations either come into school to support sessions or welcome students into their own places of work. Many organise inter-school competitions, which we are also involved in throughout the year.
When looking for support with all things careers related, we also have a number of web based services that can also help offer ideas and advice to our student body. This is in addition to the careers section located within the main library and Careers centre.
See below for further information about CEIAG at Slough and Eton.
- CEIAG Guide
- New Careers Statutory Guidance
- Gatsby Benchmarks - What are they?
- Work Experience
- Learning to Work
- Labour market information
- Opportunities for access
- Premises and facilities
- Useful Websites
We have created a CEIAG guide for you!
Parents, we hope that you are able to use this guide as a point of reference for direction and guidance when it comes to supporting your child’s career and study choices.
New Careers Statutory Guidance
Slough and Eton continues to strive to meet and exceed the DfE statutory guidance, including new requirements for school careers programmes, most of which are to be met by the end of 2020.
One of the foremost requirements is for all schools to have a policy for 'Provider Access'. The aim of this is to provide clarity as to how and when external organisations will be permitted access to Slough and Eton students to promote various other educational routes and training opportunities. Slough and Eton already works with a range of external organisations, but we are now reviewing our school careers policy so that it will include a section on provider access, and will publish our updated policy as soon as possible.
Our CEIAG policy can be accessed from our policies page: here
Gatsby Benchmarks -What are they?
Every young person needs high-quality career guidance to make informed decisions about their future. Good career guidance is a necessity for delivering technical education reforms and is a vehicle for social justice. Those young people without social capital or home support suffer most from poor career guidance. Yet, despite its importance, career guidance in English schools has often been criticised for being inadequate and patchy.
Against this background, in 2013 Gatsby commissioned Sir John Holman – Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at the University of York, senior education adviser and former headteacher - with setting out what career guidance in England would be like, were it good by international standards.
After six international visits, analysis of good practice in English schools and a comprehensive review of current literature, John wrote the, “The Good Career Guidance Report” which identifies a set of eight benchmarks that schools can use as a framework for improving their careers provision. These benchmarks have been well received by schools, government and a wide range of stakeholders.
A STABLE CAREERS PROGRAMME
LEARNING FROM CAREER AND LABOUR MARKET INFORMATION
ADDRESSING THE NEEDS OF EACH PUPIL
LINKING CURRICULUM LEARNING TO CAREERS
ENCOUNTERS WITH EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES
ENCOUNTERS WITH FURTHER AND HIGHER EDUCATION
As part of the preparation for life after school, all students in Year 10 undertake a 1 week block of work experience in the summer term. Working with our partner organisation, Learning to Work, we ensure that students are given a first rate experience at either 1 or 2 places of work. All students are placed according to their individual needs and a robust and structured pre and post work experience programme is undertaken by all students. There is also an opportunity to organise own placements for those who would like to, further details can be obtained from the school.
Students in Year 12 who follow a predominantly BTEC inspired curriculum also undertake a block of work experience during their time in the lower sixth. This is again supported by our partners, Learning to Work.
Independent and impartial careers advice is offered through our links with Adviza. We have a dedicated careers adviser (Tara Latter) who is available to all students throughout the school year (Mondays and Thursdays). Referrals can be made by a tutor or students can ask for an appointment. Parents can also refer their son/daughter by contacting Ms Sira, Careers Leader on [email protected]. Drop in sessions are available at either break or lunchtime in the Careers office on a Monday or Thursday.
Learning to Work
In order to broaden the experiences that our young people have when considering a career and when looking to develop attributes that they can use in the world of work, we also work closely with Learning to Work. Through their specialist knowledge and expensive business contacts, we are able to offer a wide variety of different experiences, including: CV writing, work experience, business interview days and many links with businesses on the Slough Trading Estate.
Labour market information
Labour Market Information (LMI) shows you what sorts of employment opportunities exist in your area and which sectors are growing.
Parents are encouraged to access and use information about labour markets and future study options to support their children. Visit the website below for further information on LMI.
Opportunities for access
A number of events, integrated into the school careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to students and/or their parents/careers.
A provider wishing to request access should contact Gurdeep Sira on [email protected] with a minimum of 6 weeks’ lead time. All requests will be considered on the basis of; staffing availability to support the activity, clashes with other planned activity, trips or visits, interruption to preparation for examinations or rooming and space availability to host the activity.
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