CEIAG leader: Mrs Laura Walton
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Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)
Stratton Upper School recognises that it has a statutory duty to provide impartial and objective Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) to pupils in Years 9  to 13. CEIAG at Stratton Upper School is seen as an integral part of the curriculum, which is available for every pupil.
 
CEIAG enables the pupils to make impartial, informed, balanced and appropriate decisions about many key areas of their future development, progression and career pathways. CEIAG at Stratton Upper School is completely impartial and it enables CEIAG to be delivered in an objective and balanced manner by all staff so that each pupil receives exactly the same opportunities to explore potential pathways. CEIAG is delivered across the curriculum and through our Career Days and events. We also have a dedicated CEIAG Adviser in school two days a week through which all students are able to request meetings for individual guidance as well as group interviews and other activities.
 
Stratton Upper School aims for CEIAG
 
• Parents and students feel supported through making decisions at key transition points.
• Students are empowered to develop a flexible and realistic approach to future plans and career ideas.
• Students understand the link between education and future earning potential.
• Students aspirations are raised through increased knowledge of opportunities available to them.
• Students take responsibility for researching and creating future plans and career ideas.
• Students make a successful transition to the next stage of education and employment.
• Students recognised the importance of developing specific life skills such as; resilience, managing relationships, valuing diversity, taking responsibility, developing independence, creativity, health and well-being,  and their connections to the world of work.
• Students have knowledge of current training and employment opportunities.
 
Stratton CEIAG Programme
 
All students
• Have access to Future Friday careers talks – people with different careers come to give presentations about what it is like to work in that career and how they got the job that they do.
• Have access to appointments with our independent careers advisor (Laura Jenkins from 4YP)
• Take part in an assembly programme which includes apprenticeship week, careers in STEM, options talks and opportunities in the local area.
• Have opportunities to attend specific career path opportunities such as the Big Bang careers event for careers in STEM.
• Have opportunities to visit places of further or higher education, based on academic outcomes – previous visits have included North Herts College, Beds University, Herts University, Oxford University ect. 
 
Year9
• All students will take part in a Futures Day, which enables them to visit a variety of colleges, universities and work places.
• All students will attend a group interview with 4YP, our independent advisor, as part of the process of choosing GCSE options.
• All students will complete a Careers unit in PSHE which will include creating an account on https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/ and starting to create a  profile to look at job types.
 
Year 10
• All students will complete a Work Ready unit as part of Core RE lessons.  This looks at skills in the work place.
• Students are able to organise their own work experience placements and this will be authorised by the school.
• Students entitled to Pupil Premium, are on the AFA program, or who are underachieving will be allocated an appointment with 4YP, our independent advisor.  All other students are able to and are encouraged to, book individual appointments with 4YP.
• A residential activity for invited students based on making the link between effort and paid work.

Year 11
• Focus on post-16 options choices.   A’ level option evening.
• Assemblies  based on  future options, apprenticeships etc..
• Stratton Sixth Form options booklet includes information about careers linking to the courses on offer.
• Individual careers meetings with 4YP who can help with choosing options, applying for college or an apprenticeship.
 
Year 12
• Level 2 – study skills, work skills and work experience – all students on Level 2 course are given a 4YP interview during September.
• UCAS and Post 18 opportunities convention trip – London Excel Centre
• Apprenticeship fair trip
• Careers Days and industry seminars. Covering work based and university routes
 Visiting speakers/organisations
 CV production and development
• UCAS information and considerations – delivered in-house
• Work experience week – students to organise placements themselves for the week.
 
Year 13
• Visits from ex-students and businesses to provide information about school leaver programmes and application windows and requirements.  Typically this includes: Mercedes, MBDA, Santander, Liebherr, teaching abroad.
• Support with both UCAS and Apprenticeship applications.
• Apprenticeships & school leaver programme information will be forwarded to students if/when received from careers agencies or businesses themselves – generally through tutors and email.
• UCAS follow up and student finance information
 
If you would like to know more about Stratton Upper School’s CEIAG program then please contact Mrs Walton via the careers e-mail address above.
 
Measuring impact
 
Stratton Upper school’s CEAIG provision was praised by OFSTED in our most recent inspection: “Pupils receive effective careers advice and suitable preparation for the next stage of education, training or employment. As a result, a larger proportion of pupils who left Year 11 in 2017 sustained their participation in the sixth form, further education or work with training than did so nationally.”
And:
 ” These outcomes reflect well on the school’s high-quality careers advice and guidance.”   
96% of Year 11 students go on to sustained destinations after their GCSE, this is higher than both the national average and the average in the local area.  We also have more than twice the national average of students going on to do apprenticeships.
Students are surveyed about how they have found the CEIAG provision at Stratton Upper School and events have been put in place to respond to comments from students.
 
We are always looking for new contributors to our careers program here at Stratton, if you would like to come and talk to our students or are able to offer a work place visit then please get in touch via the careers email above.