Careers Education and Independent Advice and Guidance
Careers and Work Experience Lead: Mr J Slattery
It is part of the vision and mission of the school that all learners need a planned programme of activities to help them choose 14 - 19 pathways that are right for them and equip them to manage their careers, sustain employability and achieve personal and economic well-being throughout their lives.
Chipping Campden School provides learners with an age appropriate programme from years 7 – 13 including: access to impartial careers information, advice, and guidance; taught careers education as part of the curriculum; work experience placements in Key stages 4 and 5; and extra support as required for learners with special educational needs, those who are disadvantaged or Looked after Children. The programme contributes to strategies for raising achievement, especially by increasing motivation; raising aspiration, supporting inclusion, challenging stereotyping and promoting equality and diversity.
In addition to Unifrog, a comprehensive Careers Program is planned for every year group. Chipping Campden School’s Career Program for 2020-21 is available to download from downloads section at the bottom of this page.
Furthermore, all students are able to access “Employment & Further Education” on COLIN. Within this, they can explore local Colleges of Further Education, Apprenticeships, Labour Market Information, and all Vacancies (Apprenticeships, Part Time Work, and Casual Work) which local employers have notified the school of.
The school endeavours to follow best practice guidance from the careers profession and from other expert bodies, utilising services from County Careers Ltd to provide the opportunity for one to one interviews in Key Stages 4 and 5.
Parental involvement is encouraged at all stages. Online resources have been specifically chosen to help parents become more involved. Parents are actively encouraged to work with their child in using Unifrog. This will enable parents to help their child equip themselves with the knowledge and information required to build a future career. In addition to using Unifrog, parents are encouraged to access “The Careers Pilot” (https://www.careerpilot.org.uk/) website which provides excellent advice and guidance from Age 11 - 19.
Parents are kept up to date with careers related information through letters, newsletters and at both parents evenings and open evenings. Parents are welcome at careers interviews and, where necessary, are invited to attend. Independent Advice and Guidance support can be made available at Parents’ Evenings, by appointment.
Events and activities are planned at key decision-making points. The Higher Education and Employment Conference, for example takes place annually for year 12 students in June. Year 9 Options Evening, the Sixth Form Open Evening and UCAS Information Evening, provide further opportunities for parents to be informed and involved in decision-making.
Students in every year group are given access to Unifrog. This is an outstanding Careers Related website which brings all the information required into one single, impartial, and user friendly platform that helps students to make the best choices, and submit the strongest applications. It allows students to investigate careers, career pathways, places of study, apprenticeships, work experience, well-being, and many other very useful careers information.
The Unifrog Scheme of Work which the school follows for each year group is available to download from the downloads section at the bottom of the page.
Student Work Experience
Work experience remains a very important part of life in Chipping Campden School. It is undertaken in Year 10 and Year 12. In 2021-21, Work experience for Year 10 will be June 27th to July 1st inclusive. Work experience for Year 12 will run from July 12th – 16th inclusive.
Work placements provide our students with a wonderful opportunity to gain a better understanding of what goes on in a place of work. It allows our students to work with professional employees and to take on tasks which will allow them to work independently within a working environment. Students get a much better understanding of working practices and develop the knowledge, skills, and behaviours to allow them to progress further in training and education.
Feedback from previous years has pointed towards Work Experience being particularly useful in giving our students a very realistic insight in the place of work. Student have reported back that they particularly value the opportunity to learn how to work independently, act on their initiative, follow instructions, and take an active part in team work. For the school, it has played a valuable role in helping our young people to think about their own career and aspirations.
As a school, we are very grateful to employers in this area for affording our students the opportunity to take part in work experience. We ask our students to find their own work placements. Due to cost issues, students are restricted to where they can look for work placements. The reason for this is that the school is now taking on all the costs associated with the necessary health and safety visits and there are no longer reciprocal arrangements with other areas. As a result, below are the areas where we are able to fund the compulsory checks before a student can take part in this valuable experience.
- Gloucestershire (whole county)
- South Worcestershire (including Evesham, Broadway, Badsey and Pershore)
- South Warwickshire (including Stratford upon Avon, Leamington, Kenilworth and Warwick)
These areas have supplied the vast majority of work placements in past years. Anything outside of these areas would be prohibitively expensive to check.
There are guidelines concerning work placements which will be set down by the school and these must be followed. For example, students will not be allowed to work for parents and every ‘job’ chosen must have a recognised career structure. Equally, work placements have to be approved by school before they can be accepted, and certain jobs may be deemed too dangerous, e.g. working with some forms of machinery. More information will be supplied at a later date.
Students need to find placements as early as possible. Many employers work on a ‘first come, first serve’ basis for taking work experience students. The Work Experience Placement Request Form is attached and must be completed by you as parent and the placement representative before returning it to school for approval.
All students will be insured to work on premises that have been approved by the school. It is also hoped that parents who have a business of their own will give consideration to take a student for a work experience programme.
Page last updated: February 2022