Careers Education @ SCC
Sedgefield Community College provides all of our students with an excellent package of careers education that prepares them to achieve success in the next stage of their lives beyond our school. Beginning in Year Seven and going right through to the end of Year Eleven, our students access a wide range of guidance and support that ensures they are ready for the challenges of further study or the world of work. A crucial aspect of this is the fact that we have fostered excellent links with the wide variety of post 16 education and training providers in the area and continue to work towards developing strong partnerships with a number of local employers. When our students leave Y11, we ensure that they have an excellent understanding of the full range of post 16 options that are available to them. Whether students wish to pursue a ‘traditional’ academic route of A levels, take up an apprenticeship or traineeship with a local employer or work towards achieving a vocational qualification, we will provide our students with the guidance that they need to achieve their full potential.
In order to ensure the impact of our careers programme, we use a variety of methods and these include:
· Accessing the views of SCC staff, other staff, parents and students on a regular basis.
· Destination measures for SCC students who leave the school at the end of Y11.
· Ongoing review and reflection of the careers lessons and careers events that take place in school.
The school website provides some of the vital information about careers education, but for our students, parents and staff, the ‘Careers @ SCC’ site that is available via FROG, the school’s learning platform, provides far more detail and should be able to answer any careers related queries that you might have.
Our career programme is reviewed on an annual basis and the next scheduled review will take place in July 19.
Award for SCC Careers programme
To provide students and parents with assurance that our careers programme is of the highest standard that it can possibly be, the school has demonstrated that it meets the requirements to achieve the third and final stage of the ‘Inspiring IAG’ Award in autumn 2018, having achieved stage two in summer 2017 and stage one in summer 2016. Having successfully met the challenging standards for this prestigious award, the school has received the ‘Quality in Careers Standard’. Having achieved this recognition for our CEIAG provision, we remain committed to further developing our practice and ensuring our students continue to benefit from an outstanding range of links with other education and training providers, as well as with many representatives of the world of work.
Who to talk to if you have a question
Mrs King (Assistant Headteacher and Careers Leader – email@example.com ) is responsible for overseeing the whole school strategy for careers education at SCC and Mr Armstrong (Careers Coordinator – firstname.lastname@example.org ) leads on key aspects of our day to day programme such as mock interviews, careers fairs and arranging our schedule of Y10 college taster events. Both will happily speak with any student or parent who would like further advice relating to future careers intentions and how best our students can work towards achieving these. Mrs King and Mr Armstrong can be contacted at their emails above or by phoning or writing to the school (phone number and address available on this website).
Obviously, tutors and Heads of Year play a vital role in supporting our students and they will also be able to support with many of the queries that our students may have…and will be able to direct queries to the correct member of staff if this is necessary.
For more details about the specific elements of the Careers Journey that our students follow whilst at SCC, please view or download the document below:
Raising the Participation Age
Many of you will already be aware of something called RPA which stands for ‘Raising the Participation Age’ and is a fairly recent change in the law which means that students leaving Year 11 are now required to stay in learning (in some form) until they are 18 years old.
To avoid any confusion, the new law does not mean that students have to stay at school, but it does mean that they need to stay in learning in some way and this might include:
- Full time college/sixth form courses
- Jobs (with training)
- Training courses
- Voluntary work (plus part time study)
The attached document provides more detail about what RPA will mean for your children.
The ‘Careers @ SCC’ site on FROG brings together a wide range of useful links to external websites where more information about careers can be accessed. Amongst the most useful website links to be found here are those of the ‘National Careers Service’ and ‘Durham Works’.
National Careers Service
The National Careers Service provides high quality information and independent advice and guidance to help people make the right learning and career choices. By bringing together a wealth of information on one website, it makes it easy to find information that is needed about learning or work. In addition to the website that can be accessed via the link below, it is also possible to contact their helpline for more specific advice (see website for details).
DurhamWorks is a dedicated programme for young people aged 16-24 living in County Durham who are not in education, employment or training. DurhamWorks can provide a wide range of support to young people to help them to tailor their own future. For students leaving school at the end of Y11, DurhamWorks can provide further support in the next stages of your life.
Exploring Careers at Home
All of the students at SCC are able to access a number of Careers Software Packages at home. These packages provide students with an excellent opportunity to reflect on their own ideas about their possible future career and also to begin to identify what this career might be and what they need to do in order to pursue it. Students are provided with their personal login details in school as part of their CEIAG programme.
We would strongly recommend that students take time to look at these packages and also suggest that they are something that parents and their children can explore together. Details of the three packages and what each is actually for are below:
Cascaid Launchpad – This is an online IAG resource which shows you how to profile and develop the skills you will acquire on your journey through the school.
There is information about GCSE subjects and other courses so it will be useful at the time of the KS4 Pathways Event in Year 8, as well as during the whole of KS3. There is also an area to explore different careers which will be useful if there is a career that interests you during a school careers event and you want to find out more.
Cascaid Kudos– Is a careers based programme that is mainly suitable for KS4 pupils, although it is something that KS3 students may also wish to explore. It is a site based upon careers investigation and you begin by answering a series of questions.
The results of these questions then match you up to a series of careers which match your preferences and you can investigate these further. The beauty of this site is that you can return to this site as you progress through the school and your priorities change.
Cascaid Careerscape– Again, this is principally for KS4 pupils as it is a careers information database.
There are over 1800 Careers Titles for you to investigate and a very useful user guide that will give you full information to the whole of the website when you enter it.
It also has a Higher Education guide which will give you information about how to apply to Sixth form Colleges and Higher Education Colleges.
SCC Post 16 Options
At the end of their time at Sedgefield Community College, we are anxious to ensure that all of our students go on to ACHIEVE great success in the future. Crucial to this is the need to ensure that the right choices are made at the end of Y11. There is a huge amount of guidance and advice out there on the internet and through other sources about Post 16 options and it can be difficult to navigate through all of this. With this in mind, we’ve looked to bring together some of the key information that you might need within the ‘Careers @ SCC’ site that is available to parents and students via FROG, the school’s learning platform.
As a school, Sedgefield Community College looks to foster strong links with a range of local Post 16 education and training providers. Over a period of many years, we have formed a particularly strong working relationship with providers such as Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College in Darlington, New College Durham and Durham Sixth Form Centre. However, we continue to build positive relationships with many other providers. In recent years, we have made significant changes to our careers programme to make sure our students are fully aware of apprenticeship routes and traineeships, ensuring all students are aware of the variety of post 16 options that are available to them. Ultimately, we have no reason to want any of our students to choose any specific Post 16 education or training provider. Our intention is to ensure that our students have the fullest possible understanding of the range of options that are available to them and then receive the necessary guidance to ensure that they make the right choices.
Employer Links and Engagement
As a school, we recognise the importance of establishing strong links with the world of work. Doing so can help our students to develop their understanding of what employment actually involves and support them in building up skills that will ultimately be valued in the workplace. We are pro-active in developing meaningful links with a wide range of employers and are keen to continue creating new opportunities for our students to engage with as many employers as possible both within school and also at the workplace.
If you are a local employer or perhaps a former student who would be interested in supporting the programme of careers education that we offer to students at SCC, we would be delighted to hear from you. Please contact Mrs King, the school’s Careers Leader, at this email address: email@example.com