Employability Curriculum

CIAG COORDINATOR (G. Dunlop) is responsible for the coordination of the main careers based activities in school. This includes the following:

  • Co-ordinating business partners and work placements
  • Liaising with year teams, departments and Connexions to ensure a coherent approach to
    students’ career action planning and a good flow of information to persons providing advice including delivering guidance to year 8 students prior to the KS4 options process.
  • Delivering or organising training to staff on careers related topics in discussion with Deputy
    Head Teaching and Learning (MLa).
  • Reporting to SLT and Governors.
  • Major responsibility for the production of schemes of learning for CIAG and the coordination of the teams that deliver it.
  • Liaises with Heads of Key Stage 3/4 standards to ensure effective two way flow of information with tutors.

L4L Days

The main way that the employability curriculum is delivered consistently at Kingsmeadow is through our L4L days. Every student in every year group takes part in a minimum of one hour of ‘employability’ based activity, This has to be organised on a flexible basis as there are a number of external  factors to consider when planning these activities. However each year group has a focus and the CIAG coordinator work with a variety or staff to provide appropriate guidance on the sessions delivered. Each year group has a focus throughout the year for their L4L day sessions as follows:

Year 7 – Character traits and careers related to options subjects

Year 8 – careers related to options subjects and the KS4 options process

Year 9 – Employability traits

Year 10 – Interactions with the workplace

Year 11 – Your future post 16

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Assemblies

As of Feb 2017 the employability has a place on the assembly rota and therefore students in all year groups will receive a employability based assembly every half term. The first of which will be a part of the celebration of National Careers Week 2017. Students will find out more about future careers and the routes into different careers including apprenticeships and university routes. These assemblies will continue to be developed through this academic year and will be reviewed regularly by the CIAG coordinator. Where possible this will involve guest speakers coming into school to deliver assemblies.

One to one guidance

All students have access to one to one guidance at appropriate points throughout their time at school.

Students in year 8 will have a range of guidance throughout the options process including assemblies and tutorial time. Alongside this students will be able to access one to one guidance with the CIAG coordinator if required which parents/carers may be involved in. After the year 8 options evening the CIAG coordinator will work alongside KS3 Head of Standards and year 8 tutors to identify key students who may need further intervention.

Students in year 11 will receive two one to one guidance meetings with members of SLT to discuss post 16 options and identify any students who do not have a clear route and these students can then be given further guidance by the CIAG coordinator and given a further meeting with connexions.

Curriculum departments

It is the responsibility of each head of department to ensure that ‘employability’ is being taught through the curriculum framework, Each head of department will have the opportunity to meet with the CIAG coordinator to discuss delivering relevant employability opportunities. The CIAG coordinator will also direct head of department to relevant opportunities throughout the year including specific university based opportunities, alumni students and links with relevant employers. For example the school has recently struck up a link with HAYS travel who will work alongside the Geography and Travel and Tourism department. This is an area of employability that we will look to develop as a priority this year alongside the development of a new alumni and more formal business partners. Each curriculum area will be asked to review their own employability programme as part of the annual review and department improvement plans.

House competitions

All students will be involved in house competitions throughout the academic year. There will be a minimum of three house competitions linked to employability throughout the year (one per term). Our latest employability house competition was the major focus of the schools house week and involved students interviewing family and friends to find out about their careers. Each house form class then submitted the most interesting three interviews sharing what they had found out. A display in one of the main corridors of the school has then been created to share information about these careers further.

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Tutorial programme

Employability is delivered through the tutor programme at appropriate points throughout the school year. As already mentioned students in year 8 have a focus on the options process and are given guidance by their form tutors and the CIAG coordinator.

In year 11 the CIAG coordinator uses half term 4 to spend one week with each year 11 form class. Giving further advice on post 16 options to small groups and individuals. This again offers a good opportunity for the CIAG coordinator to identify any students who need further support on a one to one basis or intervention from Connexions.

Sixth form

Information and guidance about Kingsmeadow sixth form is coordinated by the director of sixth form (JMc). A number of activities throughout the school take place in order to ensure all students are well informed about the school’s sixth form provision and this is evident through an increase in the number of students staying on at sixth form. This includes one to one meetings with students, L4L focus sessions, assemblies, sixth form focus week, sixth form open evening and tutorial sessions run by JMc. Within this variety of activities the importance of higher education in general is also discussed rather than sixth form only.

Higher educations/University links

The school maintains good links with the ‘North East raising aspiration partnership’ team which is made up of Durham University, Newcastle University, Northumbria University, University of Sunderland and Teesside University. They offer a range of outreach activities and university visits. Over the past two years we have also been involved in the mentoring programme for our MA students in years 9,10 and 11. This allowed students to visit the University and for student mentors to come into school to deliver ‘learning skills’ to the students as well as giving them an insight into University life.