Tavistock College Careers Education Programme
Our careers education programme which runs through Years 7 – 13 makes a significant contribution to preparing our students for the opportunities and experiences of life. As adults, our students will need to be able to adapt to changing employment patterns so that they are able to operate in a climate of competition and be willing to develop new knowledge, transferable skills and competences throughout their working lives.
This is increasingly important as all pupils have to be in education or training until 18. The careers programme enables our students to develop the skills, knowledge & attitudes to make effective choices, specifically related to their decision-making and career planning and includes:
- raising self-awareness;
- raising aspirations & achievement;
- challenging stereotypes;
- promoting equality of opportunity;
- developing research skills;
- understanding options;
- making effective decisions & managing their transitions as learners & workers.
The careers education programme operates under the following principles
- Individuality: the most appropriate outcome will differ for each student and there is no one ‘best route’.
- Neutrality: we offer all options to students and give other post-16 providers equal access to our own students.
Tavistock College Careers Education Programme has the following aims:
- To contribute to strategies for raising achievement, especially increasing motivation
- To support inclusion, challenging stereotyping and promote equality of opportunity
- To encourage participation in continued learning, including further and higher education
- To encourage employer engagement
- To develop enterprise and employability skills
- To reduce the drop out from course switching in education and training
- To contribute to the economic prosperity of individuals and communities
- To focus students on their future aspirations
- To involve parents/carers as appropriate.
This programme was developed and is reviewed by the Careers Leader (Assistant Principal) and is scrutinised by both the SLT and the local governing body. It is based on current Good Practice Guidelines by the DfE/Ofsted, in particular the 2018 National Careers Strategy and the Gatsby Report.
Implementation of Careers Education
Careers education is the responsibility of all teachers and tutors at Tavistock College. Careers education is delivered within the Tutor Programme by all Tutors as directed by the Careers Leader at appropriate points throughout the academic year. The structured programme includes focused events such as the Careers Fair, Enterprise Day and various work experience periods.
Students are entitled to CEIAG which meets the professional standards of practice and which is student centred, impartial and confidential. It is integrated into students’ experience of the whole curriculum and is based on a partnership with students and their parents/carers. The programme is expected to raise aspirations, challenge stereotyping and promote equality and diversity.
Careers Education and Guidance is an important component of the 11-19 Curriculum and at Tavistock College, we fully support the statutory requirement for a programme of careers education in Year 7-13.
Alongside the partnership with our students’ parents and carers the following external partnerships are involved in our careers education programme:
- Careers South West works with our targeted students in Year 9-13 and provides our destination data.
- Our College Enterprise Advisor meets regularly with the named Careers Leader to provide support and strategy for our careers programme.
- Careers Enterprise Service works closely with their Careers Enterprise Advisers and the Careers Lead to provide training and support.
- Local HEIs and Colleges provide support in the form of presentations, advice sessions, drop including and Taster days.
- The local Tavistock & District chamber of commerce support the school and provide opportunities for our students within the local community.
- All students have an entitlement to CEIAG regardless of race, gender, religion, ability
(including SEN and G&T), disability, background & sexual orientation.
- All students have equal access to accurate, current, impartial & independent information, advice & guidance, free from bias and stereotyping.
- Students’ personal needs and aspirations are the most important factor in any activity and will be treated with respect.
- The programme will continue to reflect the changing nature of occupational patterns & trends, based on the latest labour market information.
- All students have access to a range of resources which match individual need.
- The CEIAG programme helps students to understand the importance of equal opportunities in working life.
- The CEIAG programme aims to challenge stereotyping & demonstrates how to deal with prejudice & discrimination of all types.
By the end of the following key stages, all students will:
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Named Careers Leader: Phil Ruse, Assistant Principal, email@example.com, 01822 614231
Careers Education content next review: July 2021
Quality in Careers Standard
The leadership team and governing body are delighted to announce that Tavistock College is currently working towards the Quality in Careers Standard award, through Investors in Careers. We aim to achieve this award by Spring 2021.
Our aim is to provide an outstanding careers education programme which really enhances the wider education of all our students. We strive for the highest standards of excellence so that our students leave Tavistock College with the qualifications and grades they need to access the next step in their lives, and the personal skills and experiences which allow them to make the most of these future opportunities.
Tavistock College already scores well above the national averages in all 8 aspects of the Gatsby Benchmarks, an international ‘gold standard’ in careers education for young people. Aspects such as our work experience programme in Y10 and Y12 and the individual advice and guidance students receive at pivotal transition points at college are well established. However we recognise there is still much work to do to ensure our curriculum interleaves careers education opportunities at appropriate times and that all individuals can benefit from the right input and opportunities that really trigger a desire to pursue their individual, future career path.
Further details can be found via the college website: http://www.tavistockcollege.org/learning/careers/
I am always delighted to hear from parents, carers or local businesses who would like to get involved in supporting the careers education of our students, whether that be through our work experience programmes, work shadowing opportunities, workshops or mock interviews. Do get in touch if this is of interest to you: firstname.lastname@example.org