Post-16 Careers Information, Advice and Guidance

At William Howard School we are committed to delivering high quality careers information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) for all of our students. Our aim is to equip our students with the knowledge and skills to enable them to make effective choices, understand their career and progression routes, and enable them to manage smooth transitions on to the next stage of learning or work. At key milestones throughout the students’ education we provide support, advice and guidance to ensure realistic and informed decisions are made to help them to progress to higher education, apprenticeships and the world of work.

Every year group follows a careers education program which aims to raise aspirations and provide students with a better understanding of the pathways to take in order to achieve their goals. To support students with their post 16 options we have a range of activities and opportunities that students can access during this half term.

All Year 11 students are encouraged to take part in a 1-1 careers interview with our Level 6 Careers Guidance Aspirations Coach, Mrs Meakin, who will be working from the Year 11 Common Room on Wednesdays. To book a 1-1 careers interview students can access the online booking form on the VLE.

Within pastoral time each Thursday until the end of term, there will be broadcasts from a range of post 16 providers, apprenticeship and higher education organisations. There will also be advice on interview skills and how to complete aptitude tests. All of the contributors are happy to answer any questions you may have, including the application process, and I am happy to facilitate these on your behalf.

At three key points in the year we collect data from students to map their intended next steps. If a student is unsure of their next steps we are then able to offer support through Inspira, an external careers provider, who will support your child to enable them to make their post 16 decision. The first data collection will be during this half term. All careers activity is then recorded on our careers platform Unifrog. There is an informational video that demonstrates the registration process for students to access the programme here. This will also be shown to students during pastoral time.

GCSE exams are classed as Level 2 qualifications. The majority of our students should be applying for Level 3 study for their post 16 education. Students can apply for a range of post 16 options and may choose their route once they have received their exam results. Although the requirement for Level 3 study in general is five subjects, including Maths and English at Grade 4 or above, research carried out by the Department for Education shows the impact that grades can have. It revealed that achieving five Grade 4 GCSE’s or higher, including English and Maths subjects, adds up to £80,000 to a student’s earnings over their lifetime.

Along with academic results, employers also look for students to demonstrate their work commitment outside of the classroom, with evidence of what they did with their time during lockdown, or the impact of any voluntary roles they have undertaken as part of a wider enrichment from school, adding value to their post 16 applications.

Applications for some post 16 providers open during this half term and, should you need any support with the process or have any other careers related enquiry, please contact me by email at careersed@williamhoward.cumbria.sch.uk

Yours sincerely
Mrs Hill
Associate Headteacher – Careers Lead

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