Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) forms an integral part of student life and their personal development at Formby High School. We have a busy and meaningful careers programme, and are proud of the quality of experiences offered to students across the school. The programme is designed to inform students of the breadth of career opportunities available and to give them a sense of what they will need to do to fulfil their ambitions. Through careers provision, students also receive a wealth of practical guidance, particularly at transition points, about possible educational and employment pathways, and where they may lead. We are most proud of our connections with local professionals and employers who support so many of our careers events and welcome students on work placement. Without this engagement, it would be very difficult to bring our careers programme to life and give students a true sense of the world of work.
If you have any queries about our CEIAG provision, then please contact Mrs A MacDunne, our Careers Coordinator by email at [email protected] or telephone on 01704 873100.
Click on the image below to see the careers journey that our students take during their time at Formby High School.
The Gatsby Benchmarks
The Gatsby Benchmarks are a national framework of eight guidelines that define the best careers provision in schools and colleges. Following a comprehensive audit of our current provision, we have updated our offer in line with this national careers strategy.
Formby High School is part of the Liverpool City Region Careers Hub and has regular contact with both the Enterprise Co-ordinator and the Enterprise Adviser to ensure effective CEIAG which meets all the criteria of the Gatsby Benchmarks and government statutory guidance.
We regularly review our CEIAG programme using a variety of information including:
- Student destinations information
- Parent and student surveys
- Reviews with the Enterprise Co-ordinator
- Reviews with the Independent Careers Adviser
At Key Stage 3, students receive three hours of Careers lessons each year delivered during RESPECT time. From as early as Year 7, our students are encouraged to think about their strengths and interests, and how these may influence their future career paths.
At Key Stage 4, students receive 4 four hours of Careers lessons each year, again delivered during RESPECT time. The lessons focus on preparing them for employment by exploring areas such as local labour market information, post-16 options and interview techniques.
At Key Stage 5, there are no discrete Careers lessons, although students have access to a range of careers support during enrichment time and through after school sessions. These sessions focus on areas such as writing a personal statement, local apprenticeship vacancies and how to choose the right university.
Curriculum areas also integrate elements of subject-specific careers content into lessons across the school.
Our partners in the delivery of CEIAG is Career North, whose team of specialists conduct individual ‘career conversations’ with most students regarding GCSE options, post-16 plans and university choices.
Students (and parents) may book their own Career Conversation by contacting the General Office or by emailing the Careers Team at [email protected].
During ‘career conversations’, students will discuss a whole host of options available to them and produce a personalised action plan with the support of the Independent Careers Advisor. Some students may require more than one appointment which can easily be facilitated. Our careers advisers are:
- Mrs J North (Career North Adviser – Managing Director)
- Mrs F Unwin (Career North Adviser)
- Mr Z North (Career North Adviser)
For more information on Career North visit their website http://www.careernorth.co.uk
Important Careers Events
In addition to Careers lessons and ‘career conversations’ we also offer a wide range of events throughout the year.
We provide all students with the opportunity to speak to professionals from a wide range of careers and higher education establishments through our annual Careers Festival and regular Careers Breakfast events.
Students in Key Stage 4 are given the opportunity to boost their employability skills and knowledge of workplaces through Practice Interviews and Work Experience.
Furthermore, as part of our Sixth Form Enrichment Programme, Year 12 and 13 students take part in a CEIAG activities over two years which involves outside speakers from universities and charities, the opportunity to participate in a one week ‘Career Experience’ placement, Careers Workshops, UCAS training, Meet the Professionals, trips to universities and much more.
The Baker Clause
In January 2018, the DfE also introduced ‘The Baker Clause’ as an amendment to the Technical and Further Education Act 2017. The Baker Clause stipulates that schools must allow colleges and training provider’s access to every student in years 8- 13 to discuss non-academic routes that are available to them. It is expected that by doing so this will help address the UK’s productivity challenges and address skills shortages experienced across several sectors of the economy.
To ensure we are compliant with The Baker Clause, we have developed excellent links & partnerships with the following organisations & providers:
- Career North
- Southport College
- Hugh Baird College
- Myerscough College
- Liverpool City Region Skills Show
There a number of alternative providers across our local area, at 14-16, post 16 and post 18 levels. Students have access to representatives from these organisations through our flagship careers events, at which they can receive information on vocational, technical and apprenticeship qualifications and pathways.
Students and parents can also find out more by contacting Mrs MacDunne, your Climate for Learning Leader, Mrs Warwick and the SEND Team or by booking a Career Conversation with one of the Career North staff.
Year 7 FAME Programme
In partnership with our colleagues at Career North, we offer our Year 7 students the chance to engage with the FAME (Focused and Achieving More in Education) programme.
This two term programme allows us to kick start our careers education curriculum early and ensure that Year 7 students maximise every opportunity to think about their futures.
The FAME Programme provides a range of informative assembly sessions delivered by our Career North colleagues, as well as some exciting opportunities for students themselves to become trained as ‘Careers Champions’ and represent their form group in supporting and developing careers across the year group and the local community. In addition, all Year 7 students will have a group guidance session in which they complete self-action plans surrounding future career ideas.
Information for STUDENTS
If you would like a Careers Conversation then send an email to [email protected], ask your form tutor to refer you or speak to Mrs MacDunne. As part of your timetabled lessons, you will study careers through the RESPECT programme. You will also be involved with other events which link to careers such as presentations by guest speakers, visits to employers, colleges and universities, and opportunities to engage with professionals. The following websites will give you some good information about careers.
Information for PARENTS
Please encourage your child to think about and research careers that interest them. All students will begin group meetings with our Career North advisors during Year 7 and will participate in 1-2-1 meetings during Year 11. If, however, your child wishes to receive an appointment earlier, please ask him/her to speak to Mrs MacDunne or refer him/herself via his/her form tutor. For more information on how you can help your child navigate the confusing world of career options please visit https://www.hellofuture.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/Success-At-Schoolss-Parents-Carers-Guide-Helping-your-child-begin-their-career-journey.pdf
If you could support our CEIAG programme by attending our Careers Fair or Meet the Professionals events or offer a Careers Breakfast, workshop or presentation, please get in touch by emailing [email protected].
Information for TEACHERS
Our CEIAG programme is most effective when it is integrated into curriculum areas by subject specialists. The more you can refer to careers during your lessons, the more informed our students will be when it comes to making future career decisions.
Some ideas to engage your classes with careers are as follows:-
- Show a short clip as a starter activity using the resources on careers box.
- Discuss careers linked to specific parts of your curriculum
- Set a homework task to research different careers related to your subject.
- Use our school business contacts to bring in a guest speaker to talk to students about careers or to deliver part of a lesson.
The following websites are a great resource for looking for careers which link to the subject you teach.
Success at School Advice
Information for EMPLOYERS
We are always looking to broaden our Careers offer to our students by setting up new links with employers and professionals. If you could support our CEIAG programme by attending our Careers Fair or Meet the Professionals events or offer a Careers Breakfast, workshop or presentation, please get in touch by emailing [email protected].
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