Our aim is to deliver a comprehensive Careers Curriculum to the pupils at West Kirby School, which is based on the Gatsby Benchmarks. Careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) is available to all students from Year 7 through to Year 14. Helen Shallcross is the Career Pathways Officer for West Kirby School and College. In addition to this, we work with independent career advisor Barry Thomas, who offers impartial independent careers advice and guidance. This is in addition to any careers support offered to our pupils by their own local authorities.
As a school keen to further develop its STEM curriculum, we also comply with the Baker's Clause, this means we ensure that a range of education and training providers have access to meet our pupils. These opportunities take place during our Transition Evening and school visits. We want our pupils to feel supported informed and confident in making future choices.
Career Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) is regarded as an integral part of the holistic development of students at West Kirby School and College. We believe in educating individual pupils of all abilities, each to a maximum of his/her potential, so that every pupil can enjoy an independent life and contribute responsibly and fully to the life of the community.
Support and guidance is embedded throughout the school and all staff see it as their responsibility to motivate and inspire our pupils. Our CEIAG is designed to empower our students to achieve life-long success by gaining the right qualifications for the future with relevant transferable skills.
To be provided with careers guidance that is:
Impartial, confidential and flexible
Focused on individual need and fit for purpose
Supportive of equal opportunities and protected characteristics
Delivered by appropriately trained and experienced people
Available at times that fit in with the curriculum in school
To discuss their children’s progress and future prospects
Be realistic and allow their children to follow their own aspirations
Are welcome to be part of the input to their children’s career discussions and can make contact with the Career Pathways Officer throughout the school year
Offer feedback and ideas on how to improve the careers programme
Receive invitations to take part in transition, careers and information events, thereby contributing to the careers programme within the school
For further information on careers, education, information and guidance, please contact the school on 0151 632 3201 or email Helen Shallcross firstname.lastname@example.org
WKS School CEIAG programme
Our CEIAG programme aims to deliver a wide range of activities and information that fully prepares our students for their independence and future careers. It aims to inspire, raise aspirations and challenge students’ perceptions about a broad range of possible future pathways, and provide them with all the information they will need when leaving school.
The key aims of the programme are:
To deliver personalised, impartial careers advice to all students so they can make informed decisions about their futures
To develop links with local employers, ex-students and external agencies to help inform students of possible career and training options
To develop the life skills and behaviours students will need for working and being independent in modern Britain
To continually analyse the impact of our CEIAG programme and to develop the programme in line with current guidelines.
Throughout their time at West Kirby School our pupils will engage in a range of activities and have access to information that helps them make informed choices about their future
This will be done by:
Weekly career sessions as part of the curriculum from
1:1 CEAIG sessions with the Careers Pathways Officer
Weekly access to careers drop in session
Access to 1:1 CEAIG sessions Career Connect Careers Advisor each academic year
Advice and guidance on apprenticeship and technical education
Visits and taster sessions to other schools, colleges and universities
Hosting events, such as Transition Evening and Career Fair
Application support for colleges, apprenticeships, employment opportunities and universities.
Preparing and building CVs
Job application form training and assistance
Interview preparation with mock interviews
Provide and receive local labour market information
Assisting with steps to independence, such as travel training, money matters
Through the continuous networking of a dedicated teaching and support team, pupils at West Kirby School enjoy excellent links with employers and as advice, guidance and support to access higher and further education, training and employment routes.
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