Rationale 

Our purpose is to provide the highest quality Careers Education, Advice and Guidance that broadens the horizons of all students and ensures they reach their full potential.

We recognise the benefits a robust CEIAG programme can bring to young people , in order to develop ambitions, careers and its role in social mobility by empowering students to explore careers that they may not have previously considered. We endeavour to provide a Careers Education programme that is progressive and personalised in terms of age and suitability.

The main aims of careers provision at Newminster Middle School are to:

  • Inspire pupils to chase and achieve their dreams and raise aspirations
  • Instil a healthy attitude towards work
  • Prepare pupils for life at high school and life post-education 
  • Develop an understanding of different career paths and challenge stereotypes and promote equality and diversity
  • Enable students to understand that a career is a personal journey that includes learning, work and career breaks (both planned and unplanned), and that all career decisions involve making choices about learning and lifestyles
  • Help pupils to access information on the full range of post-16 education and training opportunities
  • Offer targeted support for vulnerable and disadvantaged young people
  • Present CEIAG in an impartial manner 
  • Provide opportunities for the  development of skills  (e.g. literacy, numeracy, and digital) and personal development through the curriculum and enrichment provision

Careers programme strategic overview

Implementation 

In 2019, Newminster became one of 70 primary schools in the North East to embark on the Primary Careers Pilot in collaboration with North East Ambition, at the North east Local Enterprise Partnership. Find out more about the project here-  No limits: helping primary pupils fulfil their potential

In addition we are part of the Secondary Hub network with our work focused on delivering the Gatsby Benchmarks and improving careers outcomes for young people. The intended outcomes of CEIAG across the school are to ensure young people have the ability to understand and enjoy economic stability through a sound understanding of the labour market, both in a local and 21st Century context.

By the end of Key Stage 2, all students will have:

  • A good understanding of our school values 
  • Explored future employment options and discussed the importance of their own aspirations
  • Gained a self awareness of their own skills and attributes and how these to relate to different jobs

By the end of Key Stage 3, all students will have:

  • A better understanding of themselves (personal characteristics, abilities, interests, potential, weaknesses and limitations) and an ability to present themselves appropriately 
  • used appropriate resources to research information about opportunities, and use the information to help them make choices about post-14 courses and learning pathways 
  • received appropriate advice and guidance on post-14 options, and how they might link to post-16 options 

Careers programme at Newminster 

Our careers programme provides access to a range of opportunities that inspire young people. 

Students will be offered the following: 

  • Participation in Enterprise Day, a whole school event supported by Business Ambassadors providing an opportunity to develop employability skills and work in vertical groups 
  • Research Careers to explore dreams, hopes and aspirations in the Personal Development (PD) Programme Careers unit of work, linking skills and knowledge to future choices and decisions. 
  • Evaluate own skills and attributes and relate these to skills required for a range of jobs 
  • Addressing stereotypical career choices 
  • Opportunities to listen to motivational speakers such as Sports Ambassadors; STEM Ambassadors 
  • Access to the Careers section of the website provided in PD 
  • Core values of team working, co-operation, resilience, responsibility, reflection, care, creativity, respect are embedded across the curriculum and wider school life 
  • Employer interactions help our students to become more confident in speaking 
  • Progressive participation in sessions run by local colleges and universities 
  • Offer of a rich extracurricular and enrichment programme to develop students confidence and self esteem as well as contributing to soft skills development
  • Explore STEM subjects and careers through British Science Day, a whole school event with a progressive set of activities allowing students to speak directly to STEM Ambassadors and immerse themselves in hands-on activities. 
  • High quality mentoring as part of the pastoral structure as we recognise it develops the character and confidence needed to build a successful career later in life

The programme is delivered in partnership with a number of local organisations. The number and strength of these partnerships has gone from strength to strength. 

Current partnerships include:

  • Formal arrangements with external providers of careers guidance and others 
  • Liaison with post 16 providers, further/higher education institutions 
  • Employers and training/apprenticeship providers 
  • Parents and carers 

Evaluation 

We review the success of our programme systematically as individual activities and events as well as the overall provision through a range of tools including staff voice, student voice, provider voice and walkthrough of events. Our provision is mapped and evaluated against the Gatsby Benchmarks and North East Ambition audits. We have worked in partnership with our Enterprise Advisor to further refine and review the programme and its evaluation process.

School Curriculum Lead for Careers: Mrs S Razzaqi

School Enterpriser Advisor: Emily Tench, Programme and Engagement Manager at The Common Room

Academy Councillor Careers Link: Marion Stewart

Updated: September 2021