Careers Statement

Connaught School for Girls Careers Policy Statement

Context and Rationale

Section 42A of the Education Act 1997 requires governing bodies to ensure that all registered students at the school are provided with independent careers guidance from year 8 (12-13 year olds) to year 13 (17-18 year olds).

The governing body ensures that the independent careers guidance provided:


The school endeavours to follow the following guidance and reports:

Entitlement Statement

As a school we have a statutory and moral duty to provide students in Years 8 to 11 with careers education, information, advice and guidance. Due to the delivery of CCPSHE as a spiral curriculum and the teaching of skills that are invaluable to careers education and future, this also applies to students in year 7.

Guidance and providing information takes place within the curriculum, through lessons in CCPSHE, working with school partners such as Leyton 6th form and with one to one interviews in year 9 with our impartial careers adviser.

Students are entitled to:

Year 7

Through the delivery of CCPSHE students learn skills of personal self reflection, self assessment, communication, team work and how to plan for future events. CCPSHE lessons help support access to information, guidance and self reflection from an early age. By developing certain skills students are better aware of decisions at later transition stages. Careers education at an early stage can also be seen to raise personal aspirations and improve motivation to participate in education or training as part of life long development.

Year 8

Students further develop their personal skills in a more advanced way. Through Careers information linked to personal strengths, skills and attitudes, it enables students in making realistic and well informed decisions about future careers, courses and pathways. Students also get to complete at Careers project via google classroom, where they explore differences between jobs and careers, the different types of jobs and different types of careers, as well as factors that affect earnings and the effects of discrimination at work.

Year 9

Students spend time in lessons looking at options post for Key Stage 4, and the earlier years work on self-awareness and decision making is developed. Students will also begin to look at college, 6th form and 6th form colleges prospectus and university prospectuses in order to understand in some detail, what their future pathways and future options could be. Students also learn to dispel myths about GCSEs and future learning and employment. Some year 9 students will also begin their careers interview with the impartial careers adviser.

Year 10

Students begin to explore post 16 options in greater detail and taster sessions are provided at local 6th form colleges. Students begin to draft a personal statement ahead of year 11 post 16 applications. Students are also provided with opportunities to visit careers fairs, where they are exposed to a number of employment and education providers including universities. Students are given a further careers interview.

Year 11

The main focus for year 11 is on completing application forms for post 16 education. The first term, all CCPSHE lessons are dedicated to this. During this first term careers interviews, college roadshow and lunchtime sessions take place as well as students being able to visit post 16 providers open days and attending any interviews. In the 2nd term students develop a CV and look at how to apply for part time work. A more detailed outline for year 11 students has been identified further on in this policy.

Staffing & Resources

All staff contributes to CEIAG through their roles as tutors and subject teachers.

The Head of CCPSHE will plan, monitor and evaluate the elements of careers education that are delivered in their lessons.

Career & Labour Market Information Resources

Students and parents can access information regarding CEIAG through a number of different means. If parents wish to discuss either options, post 16 pathways or other aspects of education and employment they can contact the head of CCPSHE and arrange a time to ask questions or become better informed. In order to assist parents, teachers and students examples below identify how the school provides access to CEIAG information:

Examples of resources and information:

Staff training & development

The lead for Careers education takes part in careers network meetings and updates relevant training as part of the school appraisal system.

Monitoring, review and evaluation

The careers provisions is monitored, reviewed and evaluated regularly through a number of different measures.

Through the following examples:

Programme of Study

Lesson time

Students are taught careers education throughout the curriculum as part of a spiral curriculum. For example students are taught in a variety of lessons skills and attitudes that are transferable for post 16 education and employment. In year 9 students are provided lesson time to decide upon KS4 options.

Visit to Forest school careers fair

Students in year 10 visit a careers fair at Forest school in order to have the opportunity to speak with over 90 employers and universities, about future pathways.

Visit to Leyton 6th form

Students are given a tour of Leyton 6th Form College with practical experience of local 6th form provisions. This is followed by an interview day where students complete an application form and are given a conditional offer. The interview day takes place in year 11.

Lunchtime college sessions and taster sessions

Students are given opportunities to attend lunchtime sessions to hear from college and 6th form staff, in order to raise their awareness of post 16 providers and the choice of available courses. The colleges also provide taster sessions for students in subjects that are not available at GCSE such as Anthropology, Government and Politics or Sociology.

Careers interviews with the careers advisor

Groups of students will have a careers interview as part of their Year 9,10 and 11 careers programme, with an action plan provided to guide students with their planning and decision making.

Careers and college application “Drop down day”

This day provides a carousel delivery of 5 sessions from local colleges and 6th form college providers. Students learn:

College Roadshow

A range of colleges, 6th forms and 6th form colleges attend an evening session at school to provide students with advice and information on course offered at their college/6th form/6th form college. The event is attended by all year 11 students.

Time For Us Evening

A parents/carers evening workshop which outlines the KS4 careers programme with an emphasis on guiding students on their post 16 choices. Parents/carers learn about the advice given to students concerning future choices and how they can seek further advice. It is delivered by the head of CCPSHE, the local careers adviser and deputy head.

Follow up careers interviews and monitoring interviews

Students will receive a follow up interview with the careers adviser, if needed, to help with post 16 choices.

All year 11 students are also given an individual interview by the head of CCPSHE for Careers to monitor every students applications and offer further support if required.

Management of provider access requests


A provider wishing to request access should contact Paul Phillips, Head of CCPSHE,

Telephone: 0208 539 3029; Email: [email protected]

Opportunities for access

A number of events, integrated into the school careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to students and/or their parents/carers:


Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 8


Lunchtime sessions


CCPSHE lessons


CCPSHE lessons

Year 9

CCPSHE lessons

KS4 options event

CCPSHE lessons

Drop down day

Year 10


Forest careers fair

LSC taster sessions

Careers interviews

LSC tour and visit

Careers interviews

Year 11

College Roadshow

Post-16 taster sessions

Careers interviews

Careers and

LSC interview,Post-16 taster sessions lunchtime