Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance
Whitley Bay High School
CEIAG Statement of Provision
Good quality careers education will raise the aspirations of all young people. It will increase motivation by linking activities in school with preparation for life post-16 and post-18. CEIAG will therefore contribute to raising pupil achievement, help students focus on their longer-term career ambitions and ensure an equality of opportunity for all.
The Gatsby Benchmarks
The Gatsby Benchmarks are a framework of 8 guidelines that define the best careers provision in school/colleges across the UK. They provide an evidence-based demonstration of how careers information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) should be delivered in schools and at WBHS we have ensured that our careers programme is mapped against these guidelines clearly.
1. A stable careers programme
2. Learning from careers and labour market information
3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
5. Encounters with employers and employees
6. Experiences of workplaces
7. Encounters with further and higher education
8. Personal guidance
The Careers Programme
At Whitley Bay High School, we provide a comprehensive CEIAG programme to students in every year group and this includes aspects of work related learning, enterprise education and option choices for students in Year 9 and 11. In addition, students in our Sixth Form are very well supported as they make their applications to University, apply for Higher Level Apprenticeships or other non-University post-18 pathways.
CEIAG is ongoing through the academic year and is delivered through tutorials, the LEV programme, 1:1 guidance sessions and collapsed timetable events. Our careers education work is massively enhanced through collaboration with local businesses, colleges, training providers and universities.
The WBHS careers programme has been developed with the Gatsby benchmarks and CDI (Careers Development Institute) framework in mind and three key areas have been identified:
1. Self-Development: Through careers, employability and enterprise education
2. Careers Exploration: Learning about careers and the world of work
3. Careers Management: Learning how to develop career management and employability skills (to include managing changes and transitions)
All of our Year 10 and Year 12 students have the invaluable opportunity of work experience, providing the chance to develop employability skills and get a taste of the world of work
Please find more information about how we continually support our students in our annually updated Careers Programme, which can be found in the relevant documents.
The careers programme is an ever-evolving document to ensure that it is up to date and that new resources and information are included. It is also evaluated annually in June to respond to more significant changes or Government requirements. The impact and success of our careers programme is mainly measured through our destinations data after Years 11 and 13 but also in participation rates, student and parent voice and many other avenues.
Impartial Advice and Guidance
The guidance from the DfE places a duty on schools to secure access to unbiased and impartial careers guidance for their students. In conjunction with our existing provision, Whitley Bay High School works closely with the Connexions service who supply specialist guidance practitioners to work with identified students during the academic year. This includes 1:1 sessions with students as well as work with form classes and CPD with tutors and teaching staff. We also have close links with local colleges, who provide information about courses that Whitley Bay High School does not offer.
Advice for Parents
To help you help your child in finding the right career path for them, we have added some useful links to the ‘relevant documents’ section of this page, including ‘The Parents’ Guide to Apprenticeships’. In addition, https://www.lmiforall.org.uk/is a great, accessible way to compare various job roles/sectors across the UK, with regards to salaries and growth areas.
All students across our five year groups have access to their own Unifrog account, providing them with a platform to search and filter career opportunities and pathways. Unifrog is an excellent resource for our students and has particularly useful features such as a personal statement and CV builder and we encourage students to make the most of these tools. Students will have dedicated time in tutorials to use this platform and we have attached a parents’ guide to Unifrog in our relevant documents section of this page.
Information for Employers
At WBHS we provide a vast range of career-based activities for our students and these are delivered through a number of channels including assemblies and workshops. There are often opportunities within these events for employer engagement and if you think you would like to get involved, where available, please get in touch with our Career Lead, Jess Wells
WBHS loves to hear from former students and we would love them to get in touch and share their stories with our current students and to help encourage and inspire future cohorts.
The school wants to hear from their alumni and share their success stories to inspire local young people to achieve the highest level in their learning and to have the very highest aspirations for themselves and their families.
If you studied with us and would like to join our Alumni network, we have a Linkedin page, where you can find engagement opportunities and connect with other WBHS ex-students. Our Linkedin page can be found here: https://www.linkedin.com/school/whitley-bay-high-school/
Heads of Year are the best source of information about careers opportunities and provision in a particular year group. For more general enquiries or information, the school's careers lead is Jess Wells (Jessica.Wells@whitleybayhighschool.org)
LMI for All
Please use the boxes below to research labour market information for different jobs. You can compare three different jobs at once, or compare a particular job against the UK average. The link below the boxes can be used to explore potential jobs based on interests and skills. Comprehensive support is offered at school to students for making decisions about their future career pathways and making applications (for degrees, apprenticeships and jobs) in the tutorial programme and through other careers events.