Careers Introduction

Your careers team

Challney High School for Girls has a dedicated and experienced careers team who are here to help guide students through their career and future options:

CEIAG and Employer Engagement Coordinator (Careers Leader) - Mrs Fatima Maniar - fmaniar@challneygirls.luton.sch.uk

Careers Adviser (Luton Borough Council) - Renata Druszcz - renata.druszcz@luton.gov.uk

Every Wednesday, the careers advisor will be available in school and appointments will be made for all students. Where possible, the advisor will be available at parents evenings to answer any queries students or parents/carers may have.

Students can request a careers appointment via their year team offic and it our intention that all students in year 8-11 are seen by the careers advisor throughout each key stage

CEIAG provision across the school is also monitored by:

Assistant Headteacher (Pastoral) - Miss Nicola Ponsonby - nponsonby@challneygirls.luton.sch.uk

Our commitment to you

Challney High School for Girls seeks to provide a planned programme of careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) for students in partnership with Luton Borough Council, training and HE providers, businesses, parents, alumni and other external agencies. Details of this programme can be found in the Key Stage 3 and, Key Stage 4 as well as an overview of our careers provision over the academic year.

The school’s ambition is to ensure that all students leave equipped with the relevant skills and knowledge required to successfully support their entry to the next stage of their development. To this end, the school’s CEIAG programme has three main aims:

  • Self-Development – enabling students to understand themselves, their strengths and the influences on them, acquiring the core competencies and skills necessary to enable them to access range of opportunities

  • Career Exploration – investigation of opportunities in learning and work, understanding the changing world of work and labour market information

  • Career Management – developing skills enabling them to make and adjust plans and to manage change and transitions.

Our CEIAG and Employability Policy can be found here which provides further information including our provider access statement.  

Our entitlement statement (below) outlines what students and parents can expect to receive during their time with Challney High School for Girls.

Key Stage 3

When students join us in Year 7, they are given a ‘careers journey’ booklet, which prompts thinking and careers options for students. Throughout the academic year, dedicated registration periods will be utilised to complete these booklets and to enable discussions about careers to take place regularly. In Year 8, students will complete a comprehensive ‘careers interest survey’ which allows the careers team and year team to have an insight into their current thoughts and knowledge in many areas related to their future options. This allows the Careers Leader to ensure the careers programme is fit for purpose and relevant to all students. In Year 9, students complete the 16 x 16 programme, which develops their skills and qualities for their future.

By the end of Key Stage 3, all students will have:

  • A better understanding of the full range of 14-19 opportunities for progression.

  • A better understanding of their strengths and areas for development, and support to evaluate how these might inform future choices in learning and work.

  • An understanding of some of the qualities, attitudes and skills needed for employability.

  • Used online careers resources to research information about opportunities and apply their findings to help to make informed choices for Key Stage 4 Options.

  • Received appropriate advice and guidance on Key Stage 4 options, and prepared an individual learning plan that sets broad learning goals for the 14-19 phase.

In order to achieve the above outcomes, Key Stage 3  students will follow a programme of careers activities as follows:

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Key Stage 4

By the end of Key Stage 4, all students will have:

  • Enhanced their self-knowledge, career management and employability skills.

  • Used online resources and other sources to investigate and explore future choices and progression routes.

  • Experienced the world of work through visiting a local employer.

  • Been given direct access to employers, colleges, training providers and universities.

  • Been given guidance to help identify a range of post-16 options and support networks that they can use to plan and negotiate their career pathways.

  • Been provided with the resources to complete the post-16 application procedures, including CVs, personal statements, and preparation for interview.

  • Produced a challenging but realistic plan for their future learning and work, by relating their abilities, attributes and achievements to the goals they have set themselves.

  • Been offered a 1:1 careers interview with an external Careers Adviser during either KS3/4 or both

In order to achieve the above outcomes, all Key Stage 4 students will follow a programme of careers activities as follows:

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Parents/Carers

The Government has changed the law in recent years so that young people leaving school will need to continue in education or training until their 18th birthday. Students can opt to study or train in any of the following ways:

  • Study full time in a sixth form, college or with a training provider

  • Gain an apprenticeship or traineeship

  • Work or volunteer full time, combined with part time education or training

The careers team and wider staff across Challney High School for Girls  provide lots of information, advice and guidance to students that they may not share with their parents/carers.

Parents/carers are vital to students understanding of career choices and the decisions they make. We wish all parents/carers to have up-to-date information on choices at 14+, 16+ and 18+ and we would actively encourage you to attend parent information sessions and careers appointments at parents evenings.

We would also encourage parents to discuss any concerns regarding careers related matters with Mrs Maniar (Careers Coordinator) or Miss Ponsonby (Assistant Headteacher).

Information for parents / carers

It may also be helpful for parents and carers to access these additional websites / parents guides:

Websites:

Parent Guidance www.parentalguidance.org.uk - Planning information to help parents and carers support their child’s career planning needs.

Parent Adviser www.parentadviser.co.uk

Careers Advice for Parents www.careersadviceforparents.org

Documents:

A parent’s guide to apprenticeships

How parents / carers can help

We aim to help every student to reach their full potential and progress on to a successful destination by providing them with the widest possible range of employer and careers related opportunities. This can only be achieved with the help and support of those around us, including parents, employers and alumni.

The school seeks to actively engage parents / carers in the development and delivery of careers provision. Regular careers updates together with requests for assistance with careers events are provided through the school newsletter, careers newsletter and other social media.

We appreciate that your time is precious and we would value your contribution whatever this may be. Here are some examples of how a parent could get involved in careers activities:

  • Attend our ‘speed networking’ event with all year groups, giving small groups of students an insight into your job (throughout the academic year)

  • Provide a ‘careers insight’ talk or workshop to Year 9 and 10 students on your career path and current career area

  • Act as an interviewer / assessor at a mock interview or mock assessment centre event

  • Ask your employer whether they could host a workplace visit for a small group of students

The above list is not exhaustive, if you have any further ideas of how you could support our CEIAG programme please do not hesitate to get in touch with Mrs Maniar (fmaniar@challneygirls.luton.sch.uk) or Miss Ponsonby (nponsonby@challneygirls.luton.sch.uk)

Employers

Challney High School for Girls is  part of the Enterprise Advisor network, which is delivered by SEMLEP in partnership with the Careers and Enterprise Company.  Through this we have a dedicated Enterprise Advisor, Peter Jenkin, who supports us in developing our Careers and Enterprise provision.

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How employers can help

We aim to help every student to reach their full potential and progress on to a successful destination by providing them with the widest possible range of employer and careers related opportunities. This can only be achieved with the help and support of those around us, including employers and alumni.

The school seeks to actively engage employers in the development and delivery of careers provision. We appreciate that your time is precious and we would value your contribution whatever this may be. Here are some examples of how an employer could get involved in careers activities:

  • Send a representative to our ‘speed networking’ event with Years 7-11, giving small groups of students an insight into your job

  • Provide a ‘careers insight’ talk or workshop to Year 10 students on your career sector

  • Send a representative to act as an interviewer / assessor at a mock interview or mock assessment centre event

  • Host a workplace visit for a small group of students (2 hours)

  • Host a Year 10 work experience student for a week (February/March)

  • Linking with a relevant Head of Subject in school/college to provide a ‘workplace’ task to support careers/employability within the curriculum, bringing real world context to a particular topic

The above list is not exhaustive, if you have any further ideas of how you could support our CEIAG programme please do not hesitate to get in touch with Mrs Fatima Maniar (fmaniar@challneygirls.luton.sch.uk)

We are particularly keen to engage with any of your employees who are part of the Challney High School for Girls Alumni.

Website links

General Careers Information:

Universities:

Apprenticeship / Training:

Labour market information

Bedford Borough create a quarterly Labour Market report, please click here for August 2017 Labour Market Summary for this area.

LMI for All is an online data portal, which connects and standardises existing sources of high quality, reliable labour market information (LMI) with the aim of informing careers decisions.  Click to pick a job (below) and type in the job you are interested in, this then gives you up to date labour market information about that job. There are three cards so you can compare your career choices.

The portal makes data available and encourages open use by applications and websites that can bring the data to life for a range of audiences. This is an open data project, which is supporting the wider government agenda to encourage use and re-use of government data sets.

Job/Apprenticeship Opportunities

Part time job opportunities

Whilst a student is of compulsory school age (students in Years 7 – 11) there are restrictions as to the type of part time work they can do, and the number of hours that are permitted. The local newspaper online advertises jobs that are available for students.

Volunteering opportunities

If you are interested in volunteering you can search for opportunities here.

Apprenticeship opportunities

Students can search for Apprenticeship opportunities on the national apprenticeship vacancy service, and on employers own websites. Higher and degree apprenticeship listings are also published here on a regular basis.

Apprenticeships are advertised throughout the year and some of the larger companies / more competitive opportunities will be advertised in the Autumn term for a start date of the following September. It is therefore extremely important to undertake a search for opportunities regularly throughout Year 11, starting at the beginning of the academic year. We will publish details of any opportunities advertised directly to the school here and make them available on the tv screens in school.

Other opportunities

There are many other opportunities open to school / college students throughout the year including University open days, summer schools and taster sessions. We also hear about scholarship opportunities from time to time. We will publish any such opportunities here.

College Open Evenings

This is a crucial year for our Year 11's and we at Challney are trying to do all we can to support them on this journey. Students will need to start considering courses that they would like to take when they start College in September 2019. We will place information on our web page to inform you about college Open Evening taking place throughout the local area.

It is important that students are given the opportunity to attend all or some of these events to help them make informed choices about their College and courses offered by these institutions.

Each high school in Luton is allocated a specific open evening its pupils are encouraged to attend. However, if you cannot make that specific date, you are welcome to attend either of the other two dates: Awaiting Notification The Chalk Hills Academy, Challney Girls, Denbigh and Lea Manor. For more information please contact our Admissions Officer Amanda Jeffreys on 01582 432585 or email admissions@lutonsfc.ac.uk.

CEIAG Policy

Please click here to view our CEIAG Policy

Provider Access Policy

Introduction

This policy statement sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to pupils at the school for the purpose of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.

Pupil entitlement

All pupils in years 8-13 are entitled:

  • to find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point;

  • to hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options events, assemblies and group discussions and taster events;

  • to understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.

Management of provider access requests Procedure

  • A provider wishing to request access should contact: Miss N Ponsonby, Coordinator of CEIAG & Student Employability

  • Telephone: 01582 571427 email: nponsonby@challneygirls.luton.sch.uk

Premises and facilities

The school will make the main hall, classrooms or private meeting rooms available for discussions between the provider and students, as appropriate to the activity. The school will also make available AV and other specialist equipment to support provider presentations. This will all be discussed and agreed in advance of the visit with the Careers Leader or a member of their team.