Careers Education, Information, Advice & Guidance
Careers education, advice, information and guidance (CEIAG) makes a major contribution to preparing our young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and experience of life. Good careers guidance widens students' horizons, challenges stereotypes and raises aspirations.
A planned progressive programme of activities supports students in choosing 14-19 pathways that suit their interests and abilities and help them to follow a career path and sustain employability throughout their working lives.
The Careers Education Programme works to promote the three key areas of career learning:
Self-development (including personal growth and aspirations)
Career exploration (including learning about jobs and the world of work)
Career management (including developing the skills and knowledge for career self-efficacy)
We need to focus on developing adaptable skills and an agile mindset so that students are ready to take advantage of whatever opportunities life beyond Trafalgar holds for them.
Phil Sutton, Assistant Headteacher & Careers Lead
Careers - Quick Links
If you are a student you can find lots of information on the Careers section of RMUnify (our school intranet). Below are some links provided for quick access:
National Careers Service
Provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work.
With accurate information on over 1400 jobs including live labour market information and a wealth of impartial advice on education and employment choices, eCLIPS helps young people to make informed study and career decisions.
The Russell Group of Universities. This site has links to the countries top universities.
Careers information and tools for 11-19 students, all in one place. It's never too early to start looking!
A guide packed full of labour market information to help students gain a deep understanding of how the labour market operates.
The Careers Education programme is taught through delivery of Careers units in PSHCE lessons in every year and 'micro-sessions' in tutor time at specific points. Some activities, such as Year 11 interview days, are targeted through dedicated off-timetable days.
Careers education is supported by an independent and impartial careers consultant employed by the school. In addition, we provide:
Information evenings and Learning Review Evenings
A broad and balanced curriculum, including vocational and academic qualifications
Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Economic Education in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4
Student leadership roles and responsibilties
Visits to skills and employment fairs
Visits to universities
Work experience through 'Work Shadowing' in Year 10 (not conducted in 2019/20)
Targeted CEAIG and transition planning for students with Special Educational Needs
Individual independent careers interviews in Years 10/11
Large/small group independent careers interviews in Years 7 to 9
Where to go for
Careers Guidance & Advice
Our Trust's Careers Advisor. Amanda comes in to school every Thursday to provide 1:1 careers guidance interviews with students. This service is available to all students in school. Her diary is kept b Debbie Ford - appointments are booked through her. For an appointment
Vanessa Taylor is our Careers Librarian. Careers information, prospectuses for Post 16 Colleges and Sixth Forms, Universities and other further education establishments can all be found in the library for you to research any career choices you may be considering. We are very happy to loan resources to you, for you to take home and involve your parents in any options you are considering. As you would expect, the widest and most up-to-date information can be found online.
Phil Sutton, Assistant Headteacher, has oversight of Post 16 engagement and Careers. If you have any concerns or queries about our careers provision, you can email him here.
Debbie Ford is our Transition Coordinator and has an office in the main corridor and is available for students to drop in and talk through any questions they may have, or to book a 1:1 interview with our Careers Advisor.
Advice for Parents
Many of the links above are applicable for students and their parents. Why not give them a go yourself? For further information Phil Sutton, Assistant Headteacher, leads our Post 16 and Careers support and you can contact him via 01725 550300 or by clicking here.
Equality & Diversity
Careers education is provided to all students and provision is made to allow all students to access the curriculum. Students are encouraged to follow career paths that suit their interests, skills and strengths with the absence of stereotypes. All students are provided with the same opportunities and diversity is celebrated.