Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)
The School's Careers Leader is Mrs P Hawkins, who can be contacted via: [email protected]
Careers education and guidance at Bourne Grammar School is carried out through a combination of the PSHE programme, individual meetings, careers and post-18 preparation days, external careers guidance support and a lecture programme. We aim, through this CEIAG programme, to prepare our students for the responsibilities and opportunities that they will encounter in life and to aid them in making the right decisions for their futures.
We also hold a large Higher Education and Careers Fair biennially for Years 10-13 and use a Career of the Week format to share LMI with students, across a range of sectors. We work in partnership with the Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC), use the CEC’s Compass Tool to evaluate our Careers Programme and have a member of the local business community allocated as our Enterprise Adviser.
At Bourne Grammar School we subscribe to an independent career, apprenticeship and university advice platform, Unifrog, which students are registered for in Year 8.
If you would like to look at Unifrog with your son/daughter then please visit https://www.unifrog.org/ — they will need their log-in information, or you can log-in as a parent. Guidance on how to do this can be requested from Mrs Hawkins by email via [email protected].
Students can use this platform to investigate careers, universities and courses around the world, undertake online courses and record their own activities. There is also an excellent CV builder tool that will be of use to all students.
Students all work on their own Careers Family Tree, looking at what their parents and grandparents do/did in order to explore careers and job families. Students also attend a team-building residential and learn about problem-solving, income and banking through the PSHE programme.
Year 8 are all registered onto the Unifrog programme which allows them to start thinking about careers and will attend an employer-led presentation. They also learn about challenging stereotypes, digital safety, types of employment, including volunteering, and raising aspirations through the PSHE programme.
Students cover employability through the PSHE programme and will attend an employer-led presentation. Students explore their own skills and interests using the Unifrog and are encouraged to find out about what is involved in a range of employment areas. Students are guided through the GCSE options process and are encouraged to explore their own learning styles and how these relate to the options available to them. The Year 9 Options Evening is supported by the Careers Leader.
Students cover budgeting and saving, inclusion, diversity and values and the Equality Act through the PSHE programme, as well as learning about higher education. They complete a ‘My 10 Years’ exercise which will help them with planning for their futures. Students are encouraged to use Unifrog to build their first CVs which will help them as they start to seek part-time work.
We start the year with a ‘Subject Matters’ talk given by a leading university, which covers subject choices and combinations at A Level. This is followed by our 6th Form Open Evening and an opportunity for a 1-1 post-16 guidance meeting. Any students who are deemed to need additional advice will be referred, by the School, to an external and independent Careers Adviser.
Students are supported by an ongoing programme of visiting speakers throughout Year 12. Under the CEIAG heading these include: planning for the future, personal presentation, applying to university and apprenticeships, budgeting and university finance. All students will use Unifrog to record competencies, activities, Post-18 intentions and to research universities, courses and apprenticeships. They will also use the platform to research and carry out online courses, or MOOCs. In the summer term the students attend a Post-18 Day when we begin to look at personal statements, the UCAS process, employability skills and apprenticeships. We also hold a UCAS Process and Finance for University presentation evening for parents. If required, students will be referred, by the School, to an external and independent Careers Adviser.
Students are well-prepared for the UCAS process and receive individual help with the application form and personal statements. Once offers start to come through we also help students in the final decision-making process. The Sixth Form team is also on-hand on results day and afterwards to assist students with clearing and adjustment.
Help and advice is offered throughout the Sixth Form with alternatives to university — and information on apprenticeships, school-leaver programmes and gap year opportunities is always available. Courses and 'taster sessions' are advertised to students to provide an insight into careers, professions and undergraduate courses. Mock interviews are arranged and past students are occasionally invited back to give advice to current Sixth Formers.