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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 Connexions Careers Personal Advisor (PA) based in school, who can support and advise students on all aspects of Careers Education.

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

Ms Tracey Chapman (Connexions PA) – tracey.chapman@prospects.co.uk

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

We are very proud to announce that The King’s School has achieved the ‘Investors in Careers’ kitemark. This is a nationally recognised award for excellence in Careers Education and Guidance.

Throughout their time in Yr11, students will have the opportunity to speak to Tracey Chapman regarding their Post 16 options. Tracey’s office is next to H4. Appointments can be made via Mrs Powney.

Connexions are there to help in many ways. They provide a free service and can give information and advice about Careers, and answer any queries/questions you may have.

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

• 17th September – Yr11 Parents evening 4pm – 7pm
• 18th September – NEW College Prospectus Launch – students will be given information about the courses offered at NEW College, and they will also receive a prospectus.
• 25th September – Wakefield College Prospectus Launch – students will be given information about the courses offered at Wakefield College, and they will also receive a prospectus.
• 30th September – Careers Fair at Cedar Court Hotel, Wakefield, 3pm – 6.45pm – students and parents/carers can find out about Post 16 opportunities across the district
• 2nd 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.
• 9th October – Askham Bryan College Prospectus Launch – students will be given information about the courses offered at Askham Bryan College, and they will also receive a prospectus.
• October to December 2015 – students will have many opportunities to make Post 16 applications via the online site (UCAS Progress) during PDC time, to ensure that they have applied for at least two Post 16 provisions by 31st December
• 19th November – Progress Review Day at The King’s School, 11am – 7pm
• September to October ½ term 2015 – The lesson topic for PDC sessions will be Post 16 options

LOCAL COLLEGE OPEN DAYS/EVENINGS

Wakefield College
23rd February 2016 – City Campus – 5pm to 7.30pm
21st June 2016 – City Campus – 5pm to 7.30pm
22nd June 2016 – Castleford Campus – 5pm to 7.30pm
25th June 2016 – City Campus – 5pm to 7.30pm
NEW College, Pontefract
10th October – 10am to 2pm
19th November – 5pm – 8pm
2nd February – 5pm to 7pm

St Wilfrids, Featherstone
2nd October – 10.30am to 1.30pm
26th November – 6.30pm to 8.30pm

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

PLEASE NOTE – PAPER APPLICATIONS MAY BE AVAILABLE AT OPEN EVENINGS, BUT ALL YR 11 STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO APPLY ONLINE THROUGH 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 – WF8 4JFwww.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.fasttomato.com – careers information and a careers matching quiz (please see Mrs Powney or Tracey Chapman for the password)

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

Most college courses and training schemes are free of chargeThe 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

January 2011. Schools with 6th Forms, Colleges and Training

Please consult individual 6th Forms, Colleges and Training Providers for more information about the 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:

Student’s survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/yrs7-11