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Careers Provider Access Policy

This is a working document.

Date of implementation: September 2018
Date of Review: September 2020
Next scheduled review: August 2021

Careers Lead: Miss R. White, School Librarian
Careers Lead contact details: T: 01525 372266 E: rwhite@gilbertinglefield.com

Introduction

This policy sets out our school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to our pupils.  The purpose of such access is to give our pupils information about external education and training offers. Providers may be companies, employers, further or higher education providers.

This policy is compliant with our school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997 to ensure all registered pupils are provided with independent careers guidance from Year 8 to Year 13.

Entitlement

All pupils in Year 8 (and up to Year 13 at upper school) are entitled to:-

  • Find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeship opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point.
  • Hear from a range of providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through option events, assemblies; group discussions and taster events.
  • Understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.

Opportunities for Access

We aim to inspire our Key Stage 3 pupils in their future career path and offer them a taste of the world of work. This is integrated into the school’s career programme accessed through PHSE lesson time and school trips.

Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions on visitors to schools, we cannot include face to face interaction with our pupils and teachers, and therefore cannot currently offer providers opportunities to visit the school to speak to pupils and teachers.

However, we can provide facilities and technology to run live or recorded classroom discussion groups via Microsoft Teams in the interim.

Providers are also welcome to leave copies of their prospectus or other relevant literature in the careers section  of the school library, which is managed by the careers lead.

Procedure

In the first instance, we ask providers to contact our careers lead to identify the most suitable opportunity to access our pupils.