Alsager School

Careers: Overview

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Alsager School – Be Inspired Careers Programme

Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance

At Alsager School, our aim is to provide an accessible and friendly Careers Education Information, Advice and Guidance service (CEIAG) to all students within our school community.  We support students in developing their self-awareness, employment readiness skills and knowledge of labour market and careers opportunities.   Through careers education students can acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to make aspirational, informed choices and to manage their progression in education, training or employment when they leave school. 

Using the nationally recognised and government endorsed Career Gatsby Benchmarks as a framework for good practice, our CEIAG provision is student centered, delivered by professional and knowledgeable staff who take into account the diversity of our student’s needs.  At Alsager School, an engaging and varied programme of activities, make a major contribution in preparing our young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.  We are committed to providing our students with focused, student led guidance and information from years 7 to 13.

Careers lessons are delivered as part of our PSHE (SPIRIT) programme throughout all key stages.  In Key Stage 3 a range of topics are explored, including: identifying personal skills and achievements, gender stereotyping, labour market information and making choices (where students start to consider their subject options). In Key Stage 4, to support post 16 pathways, students complete a period of work experience.  They create a CV and letter of application, as well as gain experiences of interviews.  In line with the Baker Clause students receive information from training providers and colleges about different routes that are available to them.  

Careers lessons are also delivered by subject staff at relevant times in their subject curricula. Thus, careers education, information, advice and guidance are embedded across the curriculum and students should expect to learn about a wide range of careers as they progress through our school.

Students also get the opportunity to participate in focus days such as ‘Be Inspired’ days for Year 7 and 8, ‘MADE To Think Day’ for Year 9 and our ‘Careers Focus Day’ for Year 10.  Our focus days are underpinned by effective relationships with a range of employers, apprenticeship providers and further and higher education establishments.  In addition, we also offer more bespoke enrichment experiences for selected groups of students.  We have extensive links with external agencies and employers who regularly come into school to do workshops with our students.

At Alsager School we recognise the importance of up-to-date, impartial careers advice which is why all students have the opportunity of a one-to-one careers guidance session from an independent fully qualified careers advisor.  Throughout the year, students are welcome to access our careers Student Support Services who can provide information on post 16 and 18 options, with support on application forms, CV’s and interview techniques.

The school has purchased START, a digital platform for delivering careers information.  Students can explore their strengths and interests, create a personal profile to get career suggestions as well record their career interactions in their own ‘locker room’.  Students can use and update their START profile from home.   Just click on the link https://www.startprofile.com/.

The school website has a range of online careers resources, as well as regularly using social media to highlight opportunities and information to students or parents throughout the year.