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Careers Education, Information and Guidance

Opportunities, Success and Ambition

Our careers provision is designed to enable students to achieve their personal best.  We equip students with the skills and knowledge that they need to make informed decisions at key points in their school lives and ultimately prepare them for the world of work.  We encourage students to embrace all opportunities provided and empower them to fulfil their ambitions in whichever pathway they choose.  For our policies relating to careers please click here.

Schools are legally required to secure independent careers advice for all students and we are committed to providing a planned programme of careers advice and guidance for all pupils in years 7 to 13.

Our Aims of Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance:

  • to raise students’ aspirations and to broaden their horizons
  • to inspire and to empower students to make informed realistic decisions at key transition points in learning and work
  • to provide good quality independent and impartial careers advice to students which inspires them and motivates them to fulfil their potential
  • to provide advice and guidance which is in the best interests of the student
  • to provide opportunities to work in partnership with employers, training providers, local colleges and others to provide opportunities to inspire students through real-life contact with the world of work
  • to develop enterprise and employability skills including skills for self-employment
  • to support inclusion, challenge stereotyping and promote equality of opportunity

Onslow St Audrey’s vision is to deliver a fit for purpose CEIAG programme which provides our students with the knowledge and inspiration to succeed in their chosen career paths.  This programme is based on the CDI Framework for Careers, Enterprise and Employability (2018) and the DfE document “Careers Guidance and Inspiration in Schools” (January 2018). For our policies relating to careers please click here.

CEIAG Policy 

Provider Access Policy  

The CEIAG programme is reviewed and updated on an annual basis.

CEIAG is delivered across the school curriculum by Form Tutors, Subject Teachers, Directors of Learning and the Senior Management Team through a wide variety of activities and events. The Careers curriculum is mainly delivered through PSHE lessons and Form Registration, and is emphasised during National Careers Week and National Apprenticeships Week.

Mrs Manley, CEIAG Leader is available every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in the Careers Office (upstairs in the Business & Enterprise Block) to discuss employment, decision making, career planning and support with CVs, interview advice and higher education.  Mrs Manley can be contacted via the following email address amanley@onslow.herts.sch.uk.  Should any student or parent wish to make enquiries about careers information, guidance and support on an individual basis, please do not hesitate to contact her.

Parental Support

Parents have a big role to play in supporting their children through their careers choices.  Follow this link for further information and support. Careers Advice for Parents

The Gatsby Benchmarks

The CEIAG programme at Onslow St Audrey’s School supports the achievement of the eight Gatsby benchmarks:

Benchmark 1: A Stable Careers Programme

Every school and college should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by Students, parents, teachers, governors and employers.

Benchmark 2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information

Every Student and their parents should have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. They will need the support of an informed adviser to make the best use of available information

Benchmark 3: Addressing the Needs of Each Student

Students have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each Student. A school’s careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.

Benchmark 4: Linking Curriculum Learning to Careers

All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of careers paths.

Benchmark 5: Encounters with Employers and Employees

Every Student should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes.

Benchmark 6: Experiences of Workplaces

Every Student should have first-hand experience of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing, and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks.

Benchmark 7: Encounters with Further and Higher Education

All Students should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace.

Benchmark 8: Personal Guidance

Every Student should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a careers adviser, who could be internal (a member of school staff) or external, provided they are trained to an appropriate level. These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made. They should be expected for all Students but should be timed to meet their individual needs.

Measuring the Impact of our CEIAG programme

Our CEIAG Leader reports to the Senior Leadership Team on a half termly basis regarding the effectiveness and impact of different initiatives. We use the Gatsby Benchmarks to assess and improve our current CEIAG provision and evaluate using the online Compass tool. Our progress is reviewed regularly throughout the academic year to ensure that we meet all standards. We will monitor the impact of our action plan and the CEIAG we deliver mainly through feedback from students and staff. All activities will be reviewed to ensure all goals and aims are met. We will also work with parents, employers, the local community and stakeholders to ensure that students are able to make informed choices about their future.

FOR TRANSITION INFORMATION/RESOURCES, YEARS 6-7, 9-10 & 11-SIXTH FORM please click here.