Careers

QEGS Careers Department

Careers Education and Guidance is statutory from Year 7. At QEGS we are committed to providing outstanding CEIAG for all pupils and students. The school aims and ethos underpin the work of the department. Pupils and students are all able to achieve but can only fulfil their potential if they understand themselves, their abilities and the possibilities available to them.

A young person’s career is their pathway through learning and work. All young people need a planned programme of activities to help them make decisions and plan their careers, both in school and after they leave. We provide impartial CEIAG to pupils and students in all years. As a school we source and fund this CEIAG provision as well as ensuring the quality of the provision is continually monitored and quality assurance procedures and processes are in place.

Department Aim

To enable pupils and students to increase their knowledge, develop understanding and skills relevant to life in a rapidly changing world. CEIAG at QEGS is an integral part of the preparation of all pupils and students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life in modern society. All CEIAG is impartial and unbiased.

The Department has developed a programme which attempts to meet the objectives set out above it is characterised for each year group:

Careers Education and Guidance (CEIAG) Across the Year Groups

Year 7 and 8

  • Pupils will be able to describe their strengths and preferences. Pupils work through a nationally recognised scheme of work tutoring tutor periods.
  • Pupils will be able to tell positive stories about their wellbeing, their progression and achievements.
  • Pupils will be able to explain how they have benefited as a learner from careers, employability and enterprise activities and experiences.
  • Pupils will be able to describe the different ways of looking at people’s careers and how they develop.
  • Pupils will be able to identify and make the most of the support around them.
  • Whole year groups have external speakers coming in at various point in the year e.g. BAE Systems Roadshow (October). They have a number of assemblies given by the Head of Careers throughout the year.

Year 9

  • In Year 9, pupils have one period per week in which they do PSHE and within this they will complete Careers lessons and be given relevant information. They all take part in ‘Start+ Track’- the on-line resource to give them careers information locally in the area and national data to aid them in their GCSE choices. Sessions are carried out initially in tutor time and timetabled lessons and then pupils can access the site with their own personal log-in from any suitable device.
  • The whole year group attend a Blackburn with Darwen Business Careers event at DACA, Blackburn in March (to coincide with National Careers Week) to have independent advice about specific careers options prior to GCSE choice.
  • An Options Evening follows class work and many assemblies designed specifically to aid pupils in the selection of GCSE/BTEC/Apprenticeship options Post 16 whether here at QEGS or at other providers.

Year 10

  • In Year 10, pupils start to focus their preparation for the Post 16 choices that they will make during Year 11. They have targeted sessions which help with preparation for Work Experience. All pupils complete a week of work experience in a placement as close as possible to that which is requested. Placements are either provided by an outside agency (EPBNW) or pupils can arrange their own, with EPBNW completing the H&S visits and statutory requirements. Most placements are local so that teachers can visit each pupil in their placement but specific ones can be arranged outside of the area if required/requested.
  • Pupils have a range of Careers Dept. assemblies and one by Blackburn College to specifically give BTEC and apprenticeship information.
  • Year 10 also all take part ‘Start+ Track’, the on-line resource, to give them careers information locally in the area and national data to aid them in their Post 16 choices. Sessions are carried out initially in tutor time and timetabled lessons and then pupils can access the site with their own personal log-in from any suitable device.

Year 11

  • In Year 11 the programme covers opportunities Post 16, and activities such as action planning, job hunting, writing a CV and interview skills. Year 11 are encouraged to attend the Sixth Form Open Evening and also have a Post 16 Choices Evening and taster sessions to sample Post 16 at QEGS. All Year 11 take part in the Future-wise psychometric on-line test run by an external organisation. They have a profile produced and all Year 11 pupils are offered a personal Careers Interview with the Head of Careers/HOY/Head of Sixth Form.
  • Pupils have a range of Careers Department assemblies and one by Blackburn College to specifically give BTEC and apprenticeship information.
  • A selected group of pupils for whom BTEC/Apprenticeships might be the most appropriate route are taken to the National Apprenticeship Fair in November and the Key Skills event at the NEC, Birmingham.
  • Year 11 will also all take part in ‘Start+ Track’- the on-line resource to give them careers information locally in the area and national data to aid them in their Post 16 choices. Sessions are carried out initially in tutor time and timetabled lessons and then pupils can access the site with their own personal log-in from any suitable device.
  • Post GCSE results day the Head of Careers is available to offer advice and guidance to Year 11 pupils no longer staying at QEGS to find them appropriate Post 16 courses.

Post 16

Year 12

  • For Year 12 students CEIAG is embedded within their Complementary Studies programme. This programme also allows for drop in sessions to assist individuals. Post 16 students also have targeted CEIAG assemblies.
  • UCAS planning starts early in the first half of the Michaelmas term when the whole year group visit the UCAS HE Conference at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester for a series of Seminars.
  • Specific groups, such as those wanting medical careers, are set up to allow the efficient dissemination of information.
  • A specific group of potential Oxbridge students are taken to the Oxbridge Conference in March for a series of subject related talks. This same group is then taken to the 2 universities in the second half of the Trinity term to look around specific colleges for 2 days.
  • In December, local employers are invited in to the Sixth Form Centre, Singleton House to spend a morning talking to small groups of students.
  • Students arrange work experience placements in conjunction with the department during the first week of June.
  • The whole year group is taken to Leeds University for their Open day in June.
  • The whole year group is taken to Edge Hill University Fair in June to collect information from university stands.
  • The UCAS evening in June allows parents and students the opportunity to hear presentations from independent bodies and a finance talk by a university representative.
  • Students are taken off timetable for 2 mornings to complete UCAS training and Personal Statement training by an external, independent provider.
  • Year 12 students are encouraged to attend University Open Days and the school allows 3 days off timetable for these events.
  • Year 12 will also be taking part in SACU, the online resource, to give them careers information locally and national data to aid them in their Post 18 choices. Sessions are carried out initially in tutor time and timetabled lessons and then students can access the site with their own personal log-in from any suitable device.

Year 13

  • All students are assisted with their future paths and there is an extensive programme in place to assist with UCAS application. Personal references are checked by tutors, the Head of Careers and then the UCAS co-ordinator.
  • In December local employers are invited in to the 6th Form Centre, Singleton House to spend a morning talking to small groups of students.
  • Year 13 students are encouraged to attend University Open Days at weekends in the Michaelmas term if they are still unsure about their application.
  • Any student who is given the offer of a University interview is provided with practice interviews in school if they wish with the Careers team and/or external contacts who are experts in their chosen degree field if applicable and feasible. Oxbridge candidates are encouraged to seek an interview from the Head.
  • Year 13 will also be given the opportunity to take part in SACU, the on-line resource, to give them careers information locally in the area and national data to aid them in their Post 18 choices (targeted at students not going to further academic studies).
  • Post A level results day the Head of Careers is available to offer advice and guidance to Year 13 students to find them appropriate Post 18 courses through clearing or offer advice on their next educational/employment step.

Careers Interviews

Careers interviews are conducted by the Head of Careers in a private room (usually the Head of Careers office of the Careers room) and information from these is kept confidential. All Year 11 and 13 students are offered an interview. Students are free to request an interview at any time during the year and one will be allocated as soon as possible.

Information and Resources

Careers Information and Resources are located mainly in the dedicated Careers room in Singleton House although material/books are also available in the main school library.

The Careers resources are updated on a regular basis to incorporate any new or additional information. In the Careers room, there are IT facilities connected to the school network for programmes such as ‘Start + Track’, SACU and access to the Internet.

The Careers room is available to Sixth Form students at break and lunchtimes.

There is a dedicated Careers information area in the Queen’s Wing next to the Classics Dept. which can be accessed by any pupil in their free time.

Materials are available on short-term loan to students and staff in negotiation with the Head of Department Mr P Taylor.

The Careers Office is open from 8.30am until 4.30pm on school days. The direct office phone number is 01254 686300 Ex 608. During periods of work experience, additional staffing ensures that lines of communication between pupils, students, employers, parents and school remain fully open.

The department arranges a wide range of internal and external activities for all years to ensure that pupils and students are fully supported and advised in their Post 16 and Post 18 options. There is an increased focus on the rapidly changing options available Post 18 as Government legislation encourages the growth of apprenticeships and in particular Degree Level Apprenticeships.

The department has an excellent network of business and employment links, primarily through the Old Blackburnians Association, the HIVE Business group and our Business Associate- Pierce Accountants. Whatever education or career path that a student wishes to pursue we are confident that they will be fully supported and encouraged to fulfil their aspirations.