Parents and Carers

What can you do?

What can you do as a parent/carer to support your child in preparing them for their future when in ‘the world of work’. There are many areas of school life that can be related to the work place and if we can support students in this understanding, hopefully their transition into work will not be such a huge issue.

 

  • Good attendance and punctuality are essential to ensure that your child benefits from access to the curriculum in school. But also, when applying for employment/college/university their attendance records will support their application
  • Maybe your work place would support your child when work experience is requested, we find many families are able to sort this out.
  • Try to attend Parents Evenings as much as possible, this is the perfect opportunity for us to find out about any issues that your child may be having which could be preventing them from accessing information to support them.
  • Encourage your child to take part in as many extracurricular activities as possible, e.g. youth clubs, scouts, guides, martial arts, sports related activities, drama, dance,etc., this is a perfect way of enhancing their employability skills as this helps to build confident individuals who are able to converse with a variety of people. These can enhance C.V.’s and also University, College and Apprenticeship applications.
  • Support your child at any appointments, either in school or for University, College, Employment.

Amethyst Aspire Careers and Employability Programme

 

Moreton School delivers independent careers guidance for all year 7 to 11 students in accordance with ‘The government’s careers strategy’ published in December 2018.  In line with our school vision and ethos here at Moreton School, we aim to provide a rounded, fair and challenging careers programme for our young people that challenges stereotypes, raises aspirations, and showcases the equality of opportunity that is accessible to today’s learners when being provided with outstanding guidance.

Our careers programme has been developed and designed to shape the future, together. All of our staff (be those teaching, leadership or support), maintain high aspirations for all of our young people and mentor and coach each individual to have the highest aspirations for themselves. There is a team focus on ensuring each child is aware of how the choices they make with their learning will impact their future careers, lifestyle and wellbeing. The programme equips students with the knowledge to choose fulfilling pathways in areas of which they enjoy, challenges stereotypes and drives them to achieve their potential and beyond.

We provide a vast range of subject specific careers guidance both within and outside of the classroom to engage our young people and to give them a wide variety of options, pathways and choices. We equip all of our students with the knowledge which helps them to grow the belief and motivation to achieve success in each individualised future plan.

As recommended by the Government, we have adopted the Gatsby Benchmarks as a foundation for measuring the quality of the CEIAG that we provide, making good use of the Compass tool to track our progress against the Benchmarks over time.

To ensure that we provide a stable yet inspiring careers programme, we have several working partnerships with a range of different providers. As of August 2018, Moreton School became a Black Country Careers Hub School which will allow us to access a great deal of opportunities for our students and will be fundamental in continuing to develop our careers programme. We also work with Aspire to HE, Headstart, the DWP, the Amethyst Aspire Business Partners, Wolves Community Trust and many others. In partnership with the Local Enterprise Partnership, we hold several careers fairs over a school year and make our young people available to a range of institutions at parents’ evenings and in curriculum time, so as to provide impartial access to all pathways.

The CEIAG Team Roles and Responsibilities

Mrs Bayliss

Head of School

Strategic leadership of CEIAG across the school
• Monitor CEIAG provision
• Approve Career Champions
• Commission CPD for staff
• Brief and support staff involved with delivery of CEAIG
• Advise SLT and Governors on policy, strategy and resources for CEIAG
• Support the Careers Leader to provide effective CEIAG

Mrs Jones

Careers Leader

 Leadership of CEIAG across the school
• Prepare and implement CEIAG plan and publish on website
• Provision of a planned CEIAG programme / development of annual careers plan
• Monitor CEIAG provision and take up of careers guidance
• Secure student access to personal careers guidance
• Promote careers across the curriculum; liaise with PSHE lead and directors of subject to plan careers education
• Brief and support staff involved with delivery of CEAIG
• Maintain own CPD
• Review and evaluate CEIAG (Quality assure CEIAG)
• Report to SLT and Governors on CEIAG
• Advise SLT and Governors on policy, strategy and resources for CEIAG
• Analysis and tracking of destination data

Mrs Barnes

Student development Manager, Careers Advisor and WEX Co-coordinator

Work experience co-ordinator
• Facilitate with encounters with employers, education and training providers
• Extra-curricular and enrichment analysis
• Establish, maintain and develop relationships with employers, FE, HE, training and apprenticeship providers
• Liaise with tutors, Head of Years, SENCO to identify and support students with careers guidance
• Maintain and update regularly the Compass Evaluation Tool and Tracker
• Ensure a broad suite of quality, unbiased resource is available on all pathways
• Ensure the resource suite meets the needs of each student

Student Entitlements

Year 7
  • Personal development and employability: students will identify their own strengths, interests, skills and qualities, through completion of a skills audit. Through the tutorial programme each child will explore different types of business, the local and national labour market and laws related to young people in employment. Young people will also learn about different types of work and begin the process of the ‘career pathway’.
  • Careers education & guidance: through the involvement in our diverse societies and various visiting careers speakers and workshops, students will begin to clarify early aspirations, and themed subject days will provide guidance towards the options process in Year 8. Enterprise Challenge Day will encourage entrepreneurial spirit and begin to open avenues for self-employment, underpinned by the supporting tutorial programme. Subject specific careers information interviews will be designated for each student and Careers Champions are available at designated, accessible points around school.
Year 8
  • Personal development and employability: students will identify their own strengths, interests, skills and qualities, through completion of a careers psychometric test, allowing early identification of aptitudes and broadening of horizons. Through the tutorial programme each child will continue to explore different types of business, the local and national labour market and laws related to young people in  employment. Young people will also learn about different types of work and further develop the process of the ‘career pathway’, using this to make choices at the end of Year 8 for GCSE options.
  • Careers education & guidance: through the involvement in our diverse societies and various visiting careers speakers and workshops, students will continue to clarify early aspirations. Specific, detailed subject taster sessions will provide guidance towards the options process in Year 8, culminating in a GCSE subject IAG fayre. At this point, university visit and workshops will complement the careers speakers and workshops available. The Guess My Job event will enable students to address misconceptions around stereotypes, encounter employers and employees and learn about what it takes to be successful in the workplace. Subject specific careers information from the Careers Champions will be available at designated, accessible points around school.
Year 9
  • Personal development and employability: students will identify their own strengths, interests, skills and qualities, through completion of a more specific and developed skills audit, reflecting on aptitude towards options choices at GCSE now undertaken. Through the tutorial programme each child will study time management, self-organisation and presentation, project planning and teamwork.
  • The Aspire to HE event: Students will experience a meaningful encounter with further and higher education and have the opportunity to explore what it is like to learn in that environment and where that could lead within future careers or pathways. Students will be presented knowledge about a full range of learning opportunities that are available to them, including both academic and vocation al routes.
  • Careers education & guidance: through the involvement in our diverse societies and various visiting careers speakers and workshops, students will continue to clarify aspirations. The concept of the Curriculum Vitae will be introduced, allowing students to build their own with support from tutors and subject specialists. Each student will been given the opportunity to visit at least one university, and participate in the whole school Apprentice Competition, developing customer service skills, and knowledge of shaping a corporate, or brand image.
Year 10
  • Personal development and employability: students will identify their own strengths, interests, skills and qualities, through completion of a more specific and in depth psychometric test, reflecting on aptitude towards options choices at KS5 and possible career pathways. Through the tutorial programme each child will further develop skills in time management, self-organisation and presentation, project planning and teamwork.
  • Mock Interviews: Students will experience a meaningful encounter with an employee and put into practice interview skills and communication skills.
  • Work Experience: during workplace visits, students will learn about confidentiality in the workplace, rights and responsibilities at work, and changing patterns of local employment. All students will have the opportunity to implement this during a work experience placement and will complete a work experience log.
  • Careers education & guidance: through the involvement in our diverse societies and various visiting careers speakers and workshops, students will continue to clarify aspirations. The Curriculum Vitae will be further developed, allowing students to build their own with support from tutors and subject specialists. Each student will been given the opportunity to participate in the whole school Apprentice competition, developing customer service skills, and knowledge of shaping a corporate, or brand image. Through various careers speakers, individual student pathways will be explored and discussed with tutors to enable informed choices leading to KS5.
Year 11
  • Personal development and employability: students will identify their personal online presence and be taught to cultivate this carefully. The prefect system will be open to everyone who applies and will involves professional interviews and training for the role within school.
  • The world of work: all students will have the opportunity to attend the skills show, and potentially attend a specialist WEX placement if relevant to their preferred area of study.
  • Careers education & guidance: The Careers Fayre involving employers, FE and HE provision, will further educate and develop student aspirations and career pathways. Specific support with applications to colleges and employers will be provided alongside 1 to 1 interviews for Sixth form, and mock interviews for other destinations. Taster sessions for Post 16 subjects will be available to all both at a Post 16 IAG Excellence evening and within the school timetable. Parents will be invited in for a session advising and guiding their child on next steps along the career pathway.

Careers Champions

  • New to 2018, subject specific careers leaders and ambassadors have been instated across the school. Each Careers Champion prepares and implements subject specific activities throughout the year across all year groups. Careers Champions plan and develop careers in the curriculum lessons and elements of lessons to highlight the transferrable skills and knowledge that can be used within a wide range of careers.
  • Each subject area delivers a ‘Careers in the Curriculum’ assembly which highlights the wide range of careers that are associated with the subject area, giving students a varied and thorough insight into where their future could lead them.
  • Each subject area champion plan, source and implement a careers in the curriculum event including inspirational guest speakers, mentoring, STEM days and enterprise workshops.

Amethyst Aspire Programme (CEIAG) By Year Group (2019-2020)

The careers programme for all students is currently being worked on and will be published when it is finished.

The careers programme for all students is currently being worked on and will be published when it is finished.

The careers programme for all students is currently being worked on and will be published when it is finished.

The careers programme for all students is currently being worked on and will be published when it is finished.

The careers programme for all students is currently being worked on and will be published when it is finished.

Further Information

The official labour statistics for our regional area

Labour Market Profile – Wolverhampton
https://www.nomisweb.co.uk/reports/lmp/la/1946157192/report.aspx?town=wolverhampton

Labour Market Profile – West Midlands
https://www.nomisweb.co.uk/reports/lmp/la/1946157192/report.aspx?pc=wv6

Labour Market Statistics
https://www.nomisweb.co.uk/default.asp

Start is a comprehensive digital platform that caters for all of our students from Year 7 through to Year 11, helping them to make more informed decisions about future study and career options at the right time and in good time.
By following Start’s structured and progressive activities, the platform allows students to not only reflect on their own personal skills and interests, but to also create an original profile that links to and explores the world of work, what to study, where to work and employability.
Students will be using Start during form time once every two weeks but are encouraged to use the platform at home independently. The more modules and research they complete, the more informed they will be in making future study and career choices.
Follow the link and log in with your registered details to take those next steps towards your future!

Start Profile Careers Login

You can find out more about the programme by watching the video below.

Gatsby Benchmarks

Good career guidance is critical if young people are to raise their aspirations and capitalise on the opportunities available to them. In 2013 we commissioned Sir John Holman to research what pragmatic actions could improve career guidance in England and subsequently he developed the Good Career Guidance Benchmarks.

Gatsby welcomes the release of the new government careers strategy and its adoption of the Gatsby Career Benchmarks. The benchmarks define world-class career guidance and were developed on behalf of Gatsby by Sir John Holman as part of an international study. Our full statement can be found here.

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.

The eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance

  1. A stable careers programme
    2. Learning from career and labour market information
    3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
    4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
    5. Encounters with employers and employees
    6. Experiences of workplaces
    7. Encounters with further and higher education
    8. Personal guidance

Student Finance is a scary thought for a lot of students. However, as mentioned in the previous section, if you are choosing to follow a degree level of education, please don’t be put off by the finance. Students are fully informed about this in Sixth Form, and earlier, so they have a full understanding of the procedures for application and what happens after University when you come to pay back your loan.

Student Finance Guidance for Parents and Partners

15 Tuition Fee Myths Debunked

 

Work Experience is an important part towards your Post 16 development. Here are some resources regarding the Rising 11’s Work Experience.

The following user name and password enables students to access a database of hundreds of local companies that have been checked for the purpose of Work Experience. It will help students secure a placement suitable to meet their requirements. If support is required to access this facility please contact Mrs Barnes directly.

http://www.wolverhamptonebp.co.uk/school_login.html

Username: moretonstudent
Password: Student1

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