Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) at Abbey Park School
We are committed to CEIAG at Abbey Park School. We want students to be aware of the range of career options that are available in the local area and the pathways into them. This might be through a traditional “A” Level, University route, through vocational courses at local colleges or an Apprenticeship with a local company.
Our careers programme starts in Year 7 and continues with lessons and assemblies in all the subsequent years. We are working towards meeting the Gatsby Benchmarks for Careers Education and regularly review our progress towards them. They are listed below; more information can be found here at the Gatsby website. http://www.gatsby.org.uk/education/focus-areas/good-career-guidance .
The eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance
- A stable careers programme
- Learning from career and labour market information
- Addressing the needs of each pupil
- Linking curriculum learning to careers
- Encounters with employers and employees
- Experiences of workplaces
- Encounters with further and higher education
- Personal guidance
The yearly programme is outlined below. Within this programme we also work with local employers to provide students with the opportunity to meet with employees to find out what jobs might entail, visit workplaces and Universities to see what they might look like and experience a job interview during year 10. We are developing our personal guidance provision to provide all students with an opportunity to meet with an independent careers adviser.
Students in all year groups are registered on Careerpilot and have an opportunity to develop their careers understanding throughout the year.
We encourage all parent/carers to discuss careers with their children discussing different education pathways into employment and local employment opportunities. The weblinks below link to useful tools that parents can use to facilitate these discussions and local market information that identifies the opportunities and skills gaps in the local area.
We regularly collect feedback from students and employers and are developing methods to collect feedback from parents/carers so we can continue to improve our careers provision at Abbey Park.
For Students and Parents/Carers.
Here are collected links to a wide variety of websites and resources that can help you to make informed decisions about your future, whether that is choosing your GCSE options or choosing your FE course, FE institution or an Apprenticeship.
It is never too early on to discuss careers with young people, to challenge their stereotypes and break down their preconceptions. These discussions can have a positive impact on students’ aspirations and their success at school. Research shows that students have a very narrow view of careers and these are often made before the age of seven. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-50042459?intlink_from_url=https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/topics/c40rjmqdqpxt/careers&link_location=live-reporting-story
We welcome support from parents in our careers programme, if you are able to support us in any way please drop me a line on firstname.lastname@example.org. We welcome visitors from outside school who are willing to talk to students about their own experiences and careers.
Our number one resource for both parents and students, which we use in school, is Career Pilot. This is a locally based careers advice website which is funded through a number of local Universities and HE Providers. Students should register using their personal email address as the account belongs to them and moves with them until they are 21.
Click the link below to download the latest Apprentice Parents Pack from Ask Apprenticeships which addresses many of the questions that students and parents/carers often ask. They produce a monthly parent pack and past editions are available from the website.
Other websites with information about apprenticeships can help dispel some of the myths about them as well as the key benefits including that you will be earning whilst you are learning.
If you are in the process of selecting your GCSE option choices there is good advice on the following sites.
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The website below has many links to careers resources that are worth looking at.
If you have any further queries about careers please email me on email@example.com.
Post GCSE Study
Students in this area are fortunate to be served with a variety of good quality establishments to continue their education in. We recommend that students attend as many open events as they can so they are able to make informed choices about where they want to study. All open events will be treated as authorised absence.
The The Park Academies Trust sixth form, based at Lydiard Park Academy, is part of our Academy provision and is proving increasingly popular with Abbey Park Students. It has the advantage of free transport from North Swindon. You can find more information about the sixth form here.
For students considering a more vocational education Swindon College offers a wide variety of courses at all levels including degree courses and apprenticeships.
Students who wish to study the more traditional “A level” route at a larger institution may want to consider the two largest local colleges which also offer some vocational courses.
There are other more specialised local training providers that offer a variety of training courses and apprenticeships such as Green Labyrinth.
Whilst there is not currently a University in Swindon we recommend that students consider studying at this level. Any student loans that you take to pay your course fees or living expenses are paid back at a rate of 9% of any income above the current threshold (£26,575 in 2020). This means if you are on a gross salary of £30,000 you would be paying back about £26 per month. All outstanding balances are written off 30 years whatever you have paid back.
If you are interested in a specific degree course it is definitely worth while checking the entry requirements via the UCAS website.
Published on 22nd November 2020
Review date 1st October 2022