CEIAG (Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance)

There is a statutory obligation on all students to remain in some form of education, training or employment with formal training until the age of 18. Students therefore experience CEIAG interventions throughout their time at the County High, to ensure that they are informed to make the best possible progression choices at the end of Years 11 and 13.

For further information, the School’s CEIAG policy is published in the Policies section of this website.

Key interventions as students’ progress through the school include:

  • Year 8 – Introduction to the Careers Resource Library and an on-line careers information programme (Kudos).
  • Year 9 – Work experience day with parents.
  • Year 10 – Raising Aspirations Week, which includes a range of in-school careers-related talks and activities, and visits to colleges and universities.
  • Year 11 – Interventions to allow students to make informed choices about post-16 progression, and to assist them in making related applications. Students are introduced to the range of progression options, including school Sixth Forms, local colleges, and apprenticeships. Students have access to on-line resources such as ‘Kudos’ whichs offer bespoke guidance on career options. Students have the opportunity for one-to-one guidance from the school’s independent Careers Guidance Advisor.
  • Year 12 – Rotary Club interviews and work shadowing.
  • Year 13 – Progression Week and related activities to support applications to universities, apprenticeships and employment.
  • Years 8 to 13 – Students can make appointments or be referred to the school’s independent Careers Adviser to receive impartial advice and guidance on course and career options.

As noted above, the school employs the services of Mrs Revell, an independent and impartial careers guidance professional for 2.5 days per week. Mrs Revell undertakes structured interventions with individual students or small groups at key progression points. Appointments for students and/or parents can however be requested at any time, and can be arranged through the Student Support officer in each year group.

There is a fully equipped and resourced Careers Area in the Hartley Centre for Learning, where pupils can gain access to detailed information about the wide range of careers available.

Additional, more targeted, displays, talks and visits are provided for students throughout the school year.

The School also hosts the biannual ‘Uttlesford Careers Fair’ in Saffron Hall, organised jointly with other secondary schools in Uttlesford. This has evolved into a major careers information event, and offers students and parents the opportunity to discuss progression and career opportunities with a very wide range of universities and colleges, apprenticeship and training providers, and local, regional and national employers. The next event will take place in Autumn, 2018 and details will be forwarded to parents when available.

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