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CAREERS EDUCATION, IMPARTIAL INFORMATION AND GUIDANCE (CEIIAG)

Careers Education is the promotion of Career learning and the development of young people. Our varied, well planned programme aims to inspire and motivate young people, and help them to make informed, effective decisions about their Career pathways. Careers Education is firmly embedded in our Personal Development Curriculum (PDC), and is delivered to all students. We have a Prospects Personal Advisor based in school, who can support and advise students on all aspects of Careers.

The Careers team at The King’s School includes the following people:

Ms Tracey Chapman (Careers Advisor) – tracey.chapman@prospects.co.uk

Mrs J Powney (PDC Co-ordinator) – jpowney@kings.wakefield.sch.uk

Throughout their time in Yr11, students will have the opportunity to speak to Tracey Chapman regarding their Post 16 options. Tracey’s office is ‘OC7 (Humanities Quad). Appointments can be made via Mrs Powney.

Raising the Participation Age

In the past, young people could leave education when they were 16, but things are changing. The Government expects that by 2015 young people will continue in education or training until age 18. This initiative is being introduced in two phases.

Students leaving Yr11 from 2014 will need to remain in learning until they are 18. This is not just about going to college or 6th choose to do that. Alternatively, students can take on an Apprenticeship or choose to work or volunteer, as long as they are involved in accredited training or part-time education.

For more information, please go to www.education.gov.uk/16to19/participation/rpa

* September to December 2016 – The lesson topic for PDC sessions will be Post 16 options.

* 21st September – Yr11 Parents Evening 4pm – 7pm

* 22nd September – NEW College Prospectus Launch – students will be given information about the courses offered at NEW College, and they will also receive a prospectus

* 28th September – Careers Fair/Choices@16 at Cedar Court Hotel, Wakefield, 3pm to 6.45pm – students and parents/carers can find out about Post 16 opportunities across the district

* October 2016 – ongoing – Careers Interviews commence – Yr11 students will have the chance to meet with Tracey Chapman/Mrs Powney, to discuss Post 16 plans

* 3rd October – The King’s Careers Team will launch the UCAS Application Process in a special assembly. Students will be given information and guidance on how to search and apply for Post 16 provision using the UCAS Progress website

* 5th October – All Yr11 students will begin the ‘search and apply’ process on the UCAS Progress site. Students will have many opportunities to complete the Post 16 application process during PDC time, to ensure that they have applied for at least two Post 16 provisions by 31st December. Students can also access the website from home

* 6th October – Wakefield College Prospectus Launch – students will be given information about the courses offered at Wakefield College, and they will also receive a prospectus

* 13th October – St Wilfrids 6th Form Prospectus Launch – students will be given information about the courses offered at St Wilfrids, and they will also receive a prospectus

* 20th October – Apprenticeship Hub assembly – students will be given information about apprenticeships – how they work, rates of pay, availability etc

* 3rd November – Airedale 6th Form Prospectus Launch – students will be given information about the courses offered at Airedale, and will watch a performance

* 10th November – Progress Review Day at The King’s School, 11am – 7pm

* 17th November – Askham Bryan Prospectus Launch – students will be given information about the courses offered at Askham Bryan, and prospectuses will also be available

LOCAL COLLEGE OPEN DAYS/EVENINGS

Wakefield College

18th October – Wakefield & Thornes Campus – 5pm – 7.30pm

19th October – Castleford Campus – 5pm – 7.30pm

19th November – All sites – 10am – 1pm

28th February – Wakefield Campus Course Expo – 5.30pm – 7.30pm

20th June – Wakefield Campus – Times TBC

21st June – Castleford Campus – Times TBC

NEW College, Pontefract

8th October – 10am to 2pm

16th November – 5pm – 8pm

29th March – 5pm to 7pm

St Wilfrids, Featherstone

1st October – 10.00am to 1.00pm

10th November – 6.30pm to 8.30pm

26th January – times TBC – ‘Drop in’ evening – opportunity to speak to subject teachers in a Q&A session

(DATES/TIMES WERE CORRECT AT TIME OF GOING TO PRESS. PLEASE CHECK INDIVIDUAL COLLEGE WEBSITES FOR ANY CHANGES)

PLEASE NOTE – PAPER APPLICATIONS MAY STILL BE AVAILABLE AT OPEN EVENINGS, BUT ALL YR 11 STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO APPLY ONLINE THROUGH www.ucasprogress.com http://www.ucasprogress.com

NVQ – National Vocational Qualification (a qualification that recognises the skills and knowledge a person needs to do a job)
BTEC – Business & Technical Education Council (a body that awards vocational qualifications)
OCR – Oxford, Cambridge & RSA examinations (an examination board that awards qualifications)

This involves a combination of studying and work based learning.

Your child will usually have to secure a place at college and also, a job with an employer who is willing to pay an apprenticeship wage.

For more information, please go to www.apprenticeships.org.uk

Wakefield Council offer Apprenticeships, and usually require at least

4 GCSE’s at grades A* – C (including English and Maths). For further information, please go to www.wakefield.gov.uk

Apprenticeships can be difficult to secure. It is not unusual for Wakefield Council to receive 700 applications for only 20 places

 Where can your child study Post-16?

The college prospectuses and course details can be found on the websites above, or on www.ucasprogress.com. There are copies of prospectuses in school at the Careers Access Point, which is located in the Learning Resource Centre (LRC).

www.eclips-online.co.uk – printable leaflets on careers,choices, money etc. You need a password – WF84JF (no spaces)www.wakefield.gov.uk/residents/jobs-and-learning/inspire-wakefield/inspire-options-for-16-18s-and-post-18s – useful local information• www.ucasprogress.com – search and apply for courses near you

https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk – all age careers information and advice

www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship – Register and search for apprenticeship vacancies

Most college courses and training schemes are free of charge. The Education Maintenance Allowance Scheme (EMA) closed to all new applicants on 1st January 2011. Schools with 6th Forms, Colleges and Training Providers have bursary funds to help with costs associated with studying. The Government website below contains more information
https://www.gov.uk/1619-bursary-fund

Please consult individual 6th Forms, Colleges and Training Providers for more information about their bursaries.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS REGARDING THE OPTIONS THAT ARE AVAILABLE TO YOUR CHILD WHEN THEY LEAVE SCHOOL, PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT EITHER MS TRACEY CHAPMAN OR MRS JO POWNEY ON 01977 601701 OR VIA EMAIL

We’re always interested in seeing feedback from parents and students, so please give us 5 minutes of your time using the following link:

Parent’s survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7-11parents_carers