Foreland Fields School

Careers Education and Guidance (CEG)

And Work Experience Policy

 

Ratified by Full Governing Body March 2017

Introduction

All young people, regardless of their race, sex or academic abilities need a planned programme of activities to help them make decisions and plan their careers, both in school and after they leave. The 2011 Education Act places a duty on the school to give all pupils in Years 7-11 access to careers education and impartial information, advice and guidance (CEG).

CEG at Foreland Fields School aims to help pupils develop a positive self-image, increase self-confidence and raise personal aspirations. The school strives to provide appropriate guidance, up to date information and a range of opportunities to support pupil’s development at key points throughout their education. The CEG programme aims to prepare pupils for the ever changing opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life and equips them with the skills to manage the choices, changes and transitions ahead of them

Careers Education and Guidance is statutory from Y7. Although many pupils at Foreland Fields School are unlikely to fully enter the world of work and/or achieve financial independence, many will travel to different points down the road towards these and need to develop the necessary knowledge, skills and attributes to prepare them to be as independent as possible.

At Foreland Fields School we are committed to providing accessible CEG for all students. We believe all students should be able to achieve and fulfil their potential, understand themselves, their abilities and the possibilities available to them.

Careers Education, Enterprise Education and Work Related Learning will also provide useful skills in pupils' and students' wider lives during school and in preparation for fulfilling a range of opportunities beyond school.

 

Aim

To enable students to increase their knowledge, develop understanding and skills relevant to life in a rapidly changing world. Careers Education and Guidance at Foreland Fields School is an integral part of the preparation of all students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life in modern society. All CEG is impartial and unbiased.

 

Careers Education and Guidance

Careers Education helps young people to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding required to make appropriate choices, to manage transitions in learning and to move successfully into work. At Foreland Fields School Careers Education from Year 7 onwards is predominantly classroom and school based and the responsibility of all teachers.

Careers Education takes place mainly through work in lessons via a range of cross curricular subjects including; PSHE, Citizenship/Community and Functional Skills. Accredited vocational courses are delivered in KS4 and Post 16 through certain modules in ASDAN.

It is important for pupils to be given the opportunity to discuss and explore in detail the world of work and/or be given the opportunity to experience aspects of this in ways that will make the experiences relevant to them. Lessons planned to deliver this work will, wherever possible, focus on the practical and give pupils a chance to see, hear, do and record work and employment activities first hand. A programme of visitors to school and visits to outside workplaces will help to achieve this. A variety of useful work experience can be conducted within school and this will normally be the starting point for both looking at careers and the possibility of work experience.

Careers Guidance is a means of enabling individuals to apply the skills, knowledge and understanding they have learned to make appropriate decisions about learning and moving into work. It should be impartial and student centred.

 

Work Experience

The Government’s Programme of Study for 16 - 19 year olds requires that all post 16 provisions offer the following;

All Post 16 students at Foreland Fields School participate in Enterprise Activities related to their strengths and interests. Students who are not able to go out on external work experience placements are involved in work projects and internal work experience. Where appropriate and possible projects link in with OCR and ASDAN work. 

Current initiatives include; 

 

External Work Experience

Placements are arranged and organised with the guidance of Education Business Partnership Kent (EBP) who complete initial risk assessments and check Health and Safety guidelines. Foreland Fields staff will also undertake a person specific Risk Assessment for all work placements.

Students are asked to complete a choices form giving preferences according to their strengths and interests. Placements are then arranged for individual pupils that are appropriate to their level of skills and independence and a suitable type of support is built in. This is usually in the form of a member of school staff shadowing the pupil for the duration of the placement. In return, pupils are expected to fit into their working environment and attend for the whole placement. Part of the process of finding and starting on a placement will involve pupils in:

 

Pupils are supported to achieve these tasks.

 

Foreland Fields School and EBP Responsibilities

 

Employer (Placement Providers) Responsibilities

As prescribed in the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, employers have a duty to ensure so far as is reasonably practicable the health, safety and welfare at work of all their employees. By virtue of the Health and Safety (Training for Employment) Regulations 1990, students on placement are effectively employees of the organisation for the duration of work experience.

 

Employers should ensure that:

 

Pupils’ Responsibilities

Pupils are expected to:

 

Governing Body Approval

 

Ratified by the Full Governing Body on 15th March 2017

 

To be scrutinised by the Learning and Development Team every three years or as changes in legislation/policy dictates.

 

To be ratified by the Strategy Team thereafter.

 

To be displayed on main School Web Site? Yes 

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