Careers Education, Information and Guidance

As a school we have a statutory and moral duty to provide students in Years 8 to 11 with careers education, information, advice and guidance, however at JFCS we have extended this to include Year 7 students. Guidance takes place within the curriculum with support from Form Tutors, Heads of Year and their SMSC teacher, and with one to one interviews with an independent advisor. Please liaise with Mr R. Bannister if you would like to have an interview. Interview slots are booked on a fortnightly basis and last 30 minutes.

The school’s aims for students adhere to the the eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance, which are:

  • A stable careers programme.
  • Learning from career and labour market information.
  • Addressing the needs of each pupil.
  • Linking curriculum learning to careers.
  • Encounters with employers and employees.
  • Experiences of workplaces.
  • Encounters with further and higher education.
  • Personal guidance.

Students are entitled to;

  • clear advice and information about ALL the options available, so that you understand what they involve.
  • support and guidance to help you make choices and complete a career plan for the future.
  • help to decide what to do when you leave your course, including further learning, training and employment.
  • a programme of careers education helping you develop skills and knowledge to make choices and the transition to work and learning.
  • an opportunity to learn about the world of work, including a week of work experience in Year 10.

Careers preparation, called Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) is taught to all years within the school. As a snapshot of the curriculum, the main elements are:

Year 7

Students receive a taught module within SMSC lessons regarding self-awareness and Careers information matching. CEIAG supports access to information and advice from an earlier age, enabling better informed decisions at transition stages. Careers work can also be seen to raise aspirations and improve motivation to participate in education or training as a lifelong development.

Year 8

Lessons in SMSC include the identification of personal strengths and skills, as well as identifying targets to improve on for the future. This is linked to making realistic and well informed decisions about future careers, courses and pathways.

Year 9

Options post Key Stage 4 are explored, and the Year 8 work on self-awareness and decision making is developed. Students will also look at job families and their aspirations explored and developed.

Year 10

We begin to explore Sixth Form options, Apprenticeships and Vocational Courses. Students also produce CVs and are encouraged to update these regularly. Work Related Learning also starts as students complete work experience. Work related skills alongside financial and economic competency are further developed.

Year 11

Apprenticeships and Sixth Form and College options are further explored, as are interview techniques and decision making. Awareness of the options available is a key area of study, as students begin to make applications for their post 16 pathways. Work related skills alongside financial and economic competency are further developed.