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Whitcliffe Mount Business Engagement and Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance Journey

At Whitcliffe Mount we are committed to developing young people academically, socially, emotionally and spiritually. We aim to develop students who make informed choices whilst at school so they can then go on to make a positive contribution to the local community and beyond.

The core curriculum will be underpinned by an extensive enrichment and extra-curricular programme of activity. The Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) Journey aims to prepare young people for the world of work from Year 7.

The Whitcliffe Mount Business Engagement and CEAIG Journey encourages and supports students to develop the 'We Are Whitcliffe' (WAW) skills throughout their 5 year journey through school.  WAW skills include being a:

  • Reflective Learner
  • Team Worker
  • Responsible Citizen
  • Independent Thinker
  • Creative Entrepreneur

Year 7 students will quickly develop a wide knowledge of the local, regional and national labour market. They will work in teams, take responsibility for tasks including thinking independently and creatively.

Year 8 students will explore further areas of interest, including the wide variety of options available.  They will develop their WAW skills through enrichment days, the PACE curriculum as well as a university visit to challenge and raise their aspirations.

Year 9 students will be supported through the options process, to ensure that they make good and informed choices. In particular, they will be introduced to how subjects relate to career opportunities, encouraging them to reflect on their own needs.

Year 10 students will be provided with practical support and guidance from business leaders and the careers service. They will be involved in mock interviews, requiring independent thinking, and will begin to prepare for post 16 choices.

Year 11 students will be supported in their applications for the next stage of their journey to give them the best chance of becoming responsible citizens in the future.

Please click here to view our CEIAG Journey document.

We have recently been recognised for having some of the following strengths in our provision:

  • Governor involvement is outstanding, with evidence of excellent input into the shaping of the CEIAG programme.
  • Leadership is strong, with good communication links between all those involved in CEIAG.
  • There is a high level of engagement from parents and they genuinely value the support and information they receive.
  • The provision and support offered at Whitcliffe Mount is very inclusive and personalised and as a result destinations for the most vulnerable learners are excellent.
  • Whitcliffe Mount School has a well-embedded, comprehensive programme of CEIAG with clear action planning in place and good alignment with the Gatsby Benchmarks
  • Links with external partners are strong and well co-ordinated providing a wealth of opportunities for pupils to explore their options.
  • The relationship with the external IAG provider, C&K Careers, is very well regarded.

 In light of our outstanding provision, we have been awarded the Quality in Careers Standard. 

The Ahead Partnership

We're proud to work with Ahead Partnership to improve employability skills and careers experiences for all of our students from Year 7 through to Year 11.  They help us to organise several events and activities every year, drawing on the help of volunteers from businesses from across our region to give the students first-hand experience of the working world.

This year we're keen to introduce new businesses to the school so that we can cover as many different sectors as possible and to give students a broader understanding of the career options available to them in their local area.  Do you know a business that could volunteer some time for our students? Please contact either Mr Hirst at school or click here for further details.

Please click here to view the feedback from our Year 7 World of Work Day 2017-18.

Please click here to view the feedback from our Year 7 World of Work Day 2016-17.

Please click here to view the feedback from our Year 8 STEM Day.

Calderdale and Kirklees (C+K) Careers

All students at Whitcliffe Mount have access to our two independent Careers Advisers who are based in school and provide impartial careers information, advice and guidance to students on a range of careers related topics. Year 7 and 8 students can call in to see either career adviser as and when the need arises. Students start to have more formal meetings with a designated Careers Adviser from Year 9 onwards and particularly in the run-up to making post-16 applications in Year 11.  Careers Advisers are also available at Parents Evenings, Options Evenings, Results Days and other similar events to offer focused guidance and support.

Why do we offer it?

Careers education given to students in secondary school can be linked to higher earnings in adult life, according to researchers. A study published in the Journal of Education and Work suggests that better-informed teenagers are likely to make more advantageous career choices. It measures the earnings benefit as an extra £2,000 per year for every six careers sessions when aged 14 to 15. Researchers used the British Cohort Study tracking 17,000 people. The research, commissioned by the Education and Employers charity, found that once other factors were taken into account, such as exam results and economic background, there were higher earnings for those who had received sustained careers advice in school. It concluded that there was a long-lasting employment impact from careers talks and lessons. Where there were “higher levels of employer contacts, in the form of careers talks with outside speakers”, researchers found that this was linked to higher returns in the labour market.

They concluded that getting careers information and meeting employers in school had a “meaningful and statistically significant impact on later earnings”. Click on the link to see an article write up on it -  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-36312068 

How do I receive advice?

Students are welcome to make an appointment to see one of our Careers Advisers by calling in to see them at break or lunch time. They are based in the Careers office which is located near the Medical Room and the rear door to the LRC. Alternatively, students and parents/carers can contact them by phone on 01274 851152 or by email to the addresses below: 

saima.parwana@ckcareers.org.uk
debra.casson@ckcareers.org.uk

We are also registered as a school to use start. Start is a free, online careers platform designed to connect 11-18 year olds with their future career potential. It combines the most comprehensive source of information with a personalised experience and career planning tools, helping our students to make more informed decisions about their future study and career options, as well as developing their employability.

Start includes:

A student profile: students build their profile and access personalised study and career information.

Modules: activities to guide students through the information on Start at the right time.

Up to date information: engaging content on what to study, where to learn and the world of work.

Locker: an online record of achievement to evidence skills for future applications and CVs.

Employability action plan: Students can set goals and stay in control of their career planning.

Please click here for further information. Or click our start icon at the top right of the page to register and begin the process. 

Providers:

Tuesday 2nd January 2018 marked the start of a new chapter in relations between schools and FE providers. On this date, a new legal duty comes into force, requiring schools to open their door to colleges, training providers and university technical colleges (UTCs). Providers must be granted access to students to make them aware of the options available to them at 14-16, post-16 and post-18 level. As a school we fully support this and want to ensure that all of our students have access to a range of education and training providers. We want to ensure that providers have access to our students pupils during the relevant phase of their education for the purpose of informing them about approved technical education qualifications or apprenticeships. 

Whitcliffe Mount School Provider Access Policy

Introduction

This policy statement sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to pupils at the school for the purpose of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.

Pupil entitlement

All pupils in years 8-13 are entitled:

to find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point;

to hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options events, assemblies and group discussions and taster events;

to understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.

Management of provider access requests

A provider wishing to request access should contact:

Katie Bland or Richard Hirst (blandk@whitcliffemount.co.uk or hirstr@whitcliffemount.co.uk or info@whitcliffemount.co.uk). 

A number of events, integrated into the school careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to pupils and/or their parents/carers. This could be integrated into a wider careers plan or strategy for the school.

Useful websites:

www.ckcareersonline.org.uk - for careers matching quiz like JED, careers information and advice, local apprenticeship vacancies, open days, deadlines etc.

https://careersyandh.co.uk/cyh_uploads/Newsletters/Inspiration/Shape_your_Future_September_2017.pdf - shape your future updates

https://careersyandh.co.uk/CYH_News - LMEye (National Careers Service)

www.plotr.co.uk - careers matching quiz

www.icould.com - personality type quiz

www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship - information on apprenticeships and apprenticeship vacancies nationally

www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk - job profiles for careers information

www.vinspired.com - for volunteering and National Citizen Service

www.prospects.ac.uk or www.ukcoursefinder.co.uk - for students who have started to consider universities

http://ckcareersonline.org.uk/uncategorised/93-job-trends - Job trends local to you