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Careers (CEIAG)

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG

Saint Bede’s aims to provide high quality, impartial careers guidance which helps our pupils to make informed choices about which courses suit their academic needs and aspirations. The school prepares pupils for the next stage of their education, employment, self-employment or training, developing self-belief so that they can set and achieve aspirational targets in their planned education, training & career paths. We ensure that all of our pupils have opportunities to develop a range of skills associated with being successful in the world of work and to consider the world of work and their place within it.

Guidance within the school curriculum

Elements of CEIAG are delivered through the timetabled weekly PSHCE lessons.

Careers interviews

By the end of December in Year 11, all students will receive a one-to-one careers guidance appointment with a Level 6 qualified Careers Adviser.

Guidance from the local post-16 education providers

During Years 10 and 11, presentations are delivered by Cardinal Newman College, Blackpool Sixth Form College, Blackpool and the Fylde College and ASK apprenticeship service. These presentations make pupils aware of the different qualifications available to them after leaving Saint Bede’s and of the entrance requirements in terms of GCSE grades. Pupils are also made aware of open days at those colleges and the other local post-16 providers.

College visits

At the present time, Year 10 visit Newman Catholic College in Preston and Blackpool Sixth Form College for ‘taster days’ during which they sample a range of lessons and activities to help them to choose courses that suit their interests and longer-term career plans.

Post-16 ‘Choices Evening’

During the second half of the Autumn Term, we hold  ‘Choices Evening’ where pupils from Years 10 and 11 and their parents are able to meet representatives from colleges, apprenticeship providers, employers and universities to help to guide them towards the most appropriate choices.

Comments from those who have attended:

Pupils said:

“We got some great information and ideas. Thanks for organising this.”

(Lucy and Georgia Year 10)

Parents said:

“A great concept – so happy to support it!”

Mrs R. 

“This has been really valuable for us; we got some very useful information.”

Mrs G.

Visiting organisations said:

“LSFC had a lot of interest from students taking the initiative to find out more about their own career pathways and not just parents talking on their behalf. Which was really surprising!”

(Liverpool Hope University)

“From our perspective, we had a steady stream of interested parents and pupils all evening.  In terms of feedback, I think you pitched the evening about right, don’t overload them at this age, but injecting some realism hopefully gives them the context as to where their qualifications can lead.”

(BAE Systems)

Year 11 ‘Drop-in’ sessions

These take place throughout Year 11. Colleges and apprenticeship providers drop in at lunchtimes and our pupils can access staff who will guide and advise them regarding their post 16 choices.