Careers Advice

Inspiring IAG Award

Inspiring IAG has been designed to provide a good practice framework and recognition of high quality Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) for organisations that are providing support services for young people.

Inspiring IAG is a three stage process, Stage One, Stage Two and Stage Three. Organisations progress through each stage where it is validated and assessed. The process helps organisations to identify areas for development as well as recognising good practice in CEIAG. Six key areas run through each stage of the award, each underpinned by the principles of equality and diversity and raising aspirations.

  • Management and Leadership
  • Design and Delivery of CEIAG
  • Working with Partners
  • Information and Communication
  • Outcomes for Young People
  • Involving Parents and Careers

Stretford High School currently has achieved the First Stage Award and is working towards achieving the Second Stage by September 2019.

Stretford High School is a Lead School for Careers in Trafford

Our school is part of the North West Career Hub where schools and colleges work together with universities, training providers, employers and careers professionals to improve careers education. Careers Hubs are a central part of the government’s Careers Strategy, published in December 2017 and we work alongside career experts from the Enterprise and Career Company, as well as having our own school Enterprise Expert who is a professional person working in industry.

Stretford High School is the lead career school working within a trio of schools in Trafford, helping to support them with their career programme and to share good practice. Our aim is to meet all career standards (Gatsby 8 Benchmarks) by September 2019.

Gatsby 8 Benchmarks

The Gatsby Benchmarks are a framework of 8 guidelines that define the best careers provision in schools and colleges. The Careers Strategy is built around them, and they make a great place to start for planning or improving our programme. At Stretford High School we are proud to state that as a lead Career School we are on track to meet 100% of all of the 8 Benchmarks by September 2019.

BenchmarkDescription
1. A stable careers programme Every school and college should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by pupils, parents, teachers and employers.
2. Learning from career and labour market informationEvery pupil, and their parents, should have access to good-quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. They will need the support of an informed adviser to make best use of available information.
3. Addressing the needs of each pupil Pupils have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each pupil. A school’s careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.
4. Linking curriculum learning to careersAll teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. For example, STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths.
5. Encounters with employers and employeesEvery pupil should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes.
6. Experiences of workplacesEvery pupil should have first-hand experiences* of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks.
7. Encounters with further and higher educationAll pupils should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace.
8. Personal guidanceEvery pupil should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a careers adviser, who could be internal (a member of school staff) or external, provided they are trained to an appropriate level. These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made. They should be expected for all pupils but should be timed to meet their individual needs.

Careers Program 2018-19

Year GroupAutumn Term 18-19Spring Term 18-19Summer Term 18-19
Year 76 week career carousel

University visit across the year
6 week career carousel

Career assemble from external speaker
6 week career carousel

8 Ways to be Great celebration
Year 86 week career carousel

Career assemble from external speaker
6 week career carousel 6 week career carousel

8 Ways to be Great celebration

Career Day
Year 96 week career carousel

Business and Further college fair
6 week career carousel

Inspirational Speaker pre options

Options evening
6 week career carousel

8 Ways to be Great celebration
Year 10
Career assemble from external speaker

Double lesson of EE

Career day with individual interviews from local Business people
Double lesson of EE

1 week work experience

UCAS forms

Taster session at Trafford College or Manchester College
Year 11Double lesson of EE

Assemblies form different business/providers

1:1 interview with Connections

College open days visits

Working breakfast/lunch with local Business people
Double lesson of EE

1:1 interview with Connections

Growth Company working with individuals who have applied for Apprenticeships

 

2019 Programme of Career Events

Year 7

All students in year 7 will be taken to MMU for the day where they are given a guided tour into the All Saints Complex. They then do an activity working as a team with a final activity where they ‘meet the students’ who talk about their different background, what student life is like and qualifications needed to study at MMU.

All year 7 students will have a block of career lessons where they will be introduced to using the Unifrog career platform, they will have at least one career encounter with a professional business person and will begin to learn how to work in teams and the skills needed for the world of work.

In year 7 students learn how to write their CVs, these will be posted home for parents/carers to see and make up an important document that will track all of the career events and extra curriculum actives our students do throughout their time at Stretford High School.

Year 8

All year 8 students will have a block of career lessons where they will be introduced to using the Unifrog career platform, will have at least one career encounter with a professional business person and will work in teams to create business ideas.

Year 8 students have a dedicated career day on the 26th June, details will be publish on the school website.

Year 8 students add to their CVs, building up their key skills in readiness for their college applications in year 11.

Year 9

All year 9 students were invited to attend our Career Market Place Fair in November 2018 where we had 36 different professional businesses join us to talk one to one with our students. This was an excellent event and you can see a short film below that shows some of the highlights

All year 9 students will have a block of career lessons where they will be introduced to using the Unifrog career platform, will have at least one career encounter with a professional business person and will work in teams to create business ideas.

Year 9 have an inspirational speaker who will speak to them about setting goals for their career pathway and how to achieve these goals.

Year 9 have a school subject Market Place event that links option subjects to possible future career.s

Year 9 students add to their CVs, building up their key skills evidence in readiness for their college applications in year 11.

Click here to see the Photo Gallery of Careers Event 2018

Year 10

All year 10 students continue to study careers through their weekly EE lessons.

All year 10s have a week of work experience in June 2019. Work Experience is another valuable program that we encourage all students to participate in during Year 10. This gives students the opportunity to experience the “world of work” and the whole process from searching, applying and fulfilling the placement is a great learning curve and confidence boost for students when applying for future employment opportunities.

We take all year 10 students on a visit to a local college in June so they can start to see and experience what further education entails. It is important for Year 10 students to start thinking about which college they would like to attend, and so the college visit is designed to help make this important decision next year.

After the work experience, all year 10 students will be interviewed by an external professional person, supporting them in interview techniques and their CVs.

Year 11

We run a series of dedicated assemblies in year 11, where we invite in local colleges, apprenticeship providers and the NCS to provide career and post 16 advice. This support is crucial for Year 11 students when deciding on college opportunities. It is highly recommended that parents accompany students on college/6th form open day visits to show support. It is also recommended that students go on several visits in order to compare and make well informed decisions – choosing the right college is a big decision so needs to be well researched and given much thought.

Students will have at least one individual interview with a dedicated trained personnel from Connections who offer high quality information, advice and guidance for careers and post sixteen provision. They will continue to follow through all college applications to support the school in ensuring all of our young people are making informed decisions on their next steps and that they go onto full time education when they leave us.

The writing of college applications and personal statements will be supported through EE lessons.

Students interested in apprenticeships will have dedicated career talks with the Growth Company and other specialist providers.

A series of business breakfasts will take place where students interested in a particular industry area will have the opportunity to talk to someone from that area.

USEFUL LINKS

Unifrog

Unifrog is a career platform for students, parents and staff. Students can explore how interests lead to different education and training pathways. See what steps need to be ticked off to stand the best chance of application success. Study expert guides explaining how to navigate each step in the application process. Use MOOCs to try out different subject areas. They can compare every US University, every undergraduate course in the UK, every undergraduate programme taught in English in Europe, as well as opportunities in Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Compare every UK degree apprenticeship and School Leaver Programme, and every Oxbridge college and FE college course. They will use it to draft all the materials needed for applications – from UK Personal Statements to teacher References.

Students and parents have their own login details to access this site.

https://www.unifrog.org

Russell Group

Advice on the best subject choices for a wide range of university courses as well as advice if you are unsure of what to study after school and need to keep your options open.

http://www.russellgroup.ac.uk/informed-choices.aspx

Apprenticeships

The national site with useful information about apprenticeships and traineeships and how to apply, including current vacancies.

https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship

Growth Skills Company (Apprenticeships)

The school work closely with the Growth Skills Company who are one of the largest providers of work based learning for young people and adults in the North West.

They offer a huge range of Apprenticeships, Traineeships and courses for people throughout their working lives. As well as practical training, they also offer a wide range of classroom-based courses designed to cater for all levels and all ages. For employers, they offer a free recruitment service for apprentices. We will advertise your vacancies, sift through applications, and arrange interviews.

They have a network of training centers across Greater Manchester and beyond specialising in helping young people who need additional support to get the skills they need.

There Apprenticeships are designed with progression in mind, so learners can move on to Advanced Apprenticeships and Higher Apprenticeships and, in some occupations, on to higher education.

There higher education programmes in Business Management, Early Years and Childhood Studies and Education are validated by our university partners, the University of Bolton and Staffordshire University.

www.growthco.uk/profiles/education-skills-team

Connexions

At Stretford High we work alongside two colleagues from Trafford Connexions who provide high quality information, advice and guidance (IAG). Their mission is to ensure all young people, parents, careers and schools have access to the highest quality IAG; that it is free from bias; is up to date; and is provided by highly qualified and well trained staff. The service will raise aspirations and empowers our students to reach their potential. They support schools to meet the latest government guidance on provision of Careers Guidance and contribute to outstanding OFSTED rated outcomes.

They have a proven track record of delivering effective, high quality services and are proud to work alongside schools and colleges to help Trafford maintain the low percentage of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET). They work closely with our school to create a bespoke delivery plan that uses both one-to-one and group sessions as well as supporting our school with organising careers days.

Connections offers impartial advice and guidance via 1 to 1 appointments for students to discuss any college/careers related issues in confidence. In addition, students can pop in to see Mrs Kidd, who is the career lead for the school, during break, lunch and after school each day with any brief enquiries. Although priority is given to Year 11 & 10, students in any Year can make an appointment at any time with Connections to discuss their future options.

http://www.connexions-trafford.co.uk/

National Careers Service

The website provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work

https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/

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 

Management of provider access requests Procedure A provider wishing to request access should contact Rowena Kidd, Assistant Head Teacher on  Telephone:  0161 876 1850 Email: rkidd@stretfordhigh.com

Please speak to our Careers Leader to identify the most suitable opportunity for you.

Premises and facilities 

The school will make the main hall, classrooms or private meeting rooms available for discussions between the provider and students, as appropriate to the activity. The school will also make available AV and other specialist equipment to support provider presentations. This will all be discussed and agreed in advance of the visit with the Careers Leader or a member of their team. Providers are welcome to leave a copy of their prospectus or other relevant course literature at the Careers Room, which is managed by Mrs Kidd and Connections. The Resource Centre is available to all students at lunch and break times.

Code of Practice School and College 2017

Our Careers Policy can be found here.