St Thomas More Career Education and Guidance Policy





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Created:          September 2016

Review:          September 2018




This is a working document that will be monitored and reviewed on a regular basis by Careers Co-ordinator, Prospects Careers staff and the Academy Representative Committee.


  1. 1.    Title


St Thomas more School & Sixth Form College Policy for Careers Education and Guidance (CEG)

  1. 2.    Introduction



  • Rationale for CEG



A young person’s career is their pathway through learning and work. All young people need a planned programme of activities to help them make 14 – 19 choices that are right for them and to be able to manage their careers throughout their lives.

  • Commitment





St Thomas More School & Sixth Form college is committed to providing a planned programme of careers education for all students in Years 7 – 13 and information, advice and guidance (IAG) in partnership with the local Prospects Careers Service.


St Thomas More School & Sixth form College has been committed to gaining the Investor in Careers Award for CEG.

  • Development



This policy was developed and is reviewed annually through discussions with teaching staff, the school’s Prospects personal adviser(s), students, parents, governors, advisory staff and other external partners.

  • Links with other Polices



It supports and is underpinned by key school polices including those for teaching and learning, assessment, recording and reporting achievement, citizenship, PSHE, work related learning and enterprise, equal opportunities and diversity, health and safety, gifted and talented and special needs.

  1. 3.    Objectives



  • Student Needs



The careers programme is designed to meet the needs of students at St Thomas More School & Sixth Form college. It is differential and personalised to ensure progression through activities that are appropriate to students’ stages of career learning, planning and development.

  • Entitlement




Students are entitled to careers education and guidance that meets professional standards of practice and is person-centred, impartial and confidential. It will be integrated into students’ experience of the whole curriculum and be based on a partnership with students and their parents or carers. The programme will promote equality of opportunity, inclusion and anti-racism.

  1. 4.    Implementation



  • Management



Ms V Way co-ordinates the careers programme and is responsible to Teresa O'Keefe. The careers co-ordinator is responsible for the work of Prospects personnel.

  • Staffing



All staff contribute to careers education and guidance through their roles as tutors and subject teachers. Specialist sessions are delivered by the Prospects personnel. The careers programme is planned, monitored and evaluated by careers co-ordinator in consultation with Prospects careers advisor who provides specialist careers guidance. Careers information is available in the Careers Room which is maintained by the Prospects team and the Careers Co-ordinator.

  • Curriculum



The careers programme includes careers education sessions, career guidance activities (group work and individual interviews), information and research activities within PD lessons and C lessons.







Work-related learning. Other focused events e.g. Business & Enterprise Day are provided annually for one year group.


  • Assessment and Accreditation



Career learning is assessed using outcomes based on the National Framework and assessment for learning techniques.


  • Partnerships


An annual contract is negotiated between the school and the local Prospects Service which identifies the contributions to the programme that each will make.  Other links are being developed e.g. with local 14 – 19 partners and post 16 providers.


  • Resources


Funding is allocated in the annual budget planning in the context of whole school priorities and particular needs in the CEG area. The career co-ordinator is responsible for the effective deployment of resources. Sources of external funding are actively sought.


  • Staff Development



Staff training needs are identified as part of the contract process with the Prospect Service and in conjunction with the Careers Co-ordinator. Funding is accessed through school funds. The school will endeavour to meet training needs within a reasonable period of time.


  • Monitoring, Review and Evaluation


The contract with Prospects is reviewed termly. The programme is reviewed annually by the Careers Co-ordinator and the Careers Advisor, using the local quality standards for CEG to identify desirable improvements. Evaluations are carried out from time to time


5. Approvals




Principal:                         _________________________________________





Academy Representative

Committee:                             ________________________________________





Careers Co-ordinator:             __________________________________________





Date of approval: September 2016:


Next review: September 2018