Information advice & Guidance
Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) is an essential part of the work we do at Cromwell.
Good careers guidance and advice, including a two-week work placement, are provided for all pupils in Key Stage 4. Ofsted October 2016
Our quality and impartial careers guidance helps pupils to make informed choices about which courses suit their academic needs and aspirations. IAG is central to preparing young people for the next stage in their education and for life in the adult world. Much of the input is led by form tutors as part of the fortnightly personal development (PD) programme but is also delivered through collapsed days, extended assemblies and open evenings.
In Key Stage 3 pupils discuss their aspirations and their skills and qualities as part of the fortnightly PD programme. They are introduced to the careers library and how to use it and have access to this both in lessons and at break and lunchtimes. They all have access to KUDOS (http://www.cascaid.co.uk/newkudos/) and can use this to look into different careers. As part of the options process all Year 9 pupils and their parents are invited to Options Evening to find out about the courses we offer. This is supported by additional assemblies. Furthermore every pupil is interviewed by a member of SLT to discuss the suitability of their option choices. They all write a personal statement reflecting on their skills and attributes and future career plans.
Year 9 also have the opportunity to complete a day of work shadowing.
In Year 10 all pupils complete a two week block of work experience. As part of the preparation for this, pupils are interviewed by colleagues from our business partner MMUK and other local businesses, to develop their interview skills. There are additional taught sessions to help pupils prepare for the world of work, including health and safety, rights and responsibilities and stereotypes. A full debrief enables pupils to reflect on what they have learned from this process.
In Year 11 the focus moves to opportunities post 16. Supporting lessons on choices, courses and future pathways are delivered as part of the PD programme. Visits to local FE colleges are also arranged. Our Post 16 Open Evening provides the opportunity to discuss these options and the offer at Cromwell. Currently 35% of our students decide to continue their education here at Cromwell. Post 16 applications are currently made using the on line UCAS Progress system (https://www.ucasprogress.com/search). All applicants to Cromwell are interviewed to ensure that appropriate course choices and combinations are made, both in terms of their target grades and their future plans. Applications are closely tracked by our IAG Manager and the Head of Year.
At a time when key stage 4 students are seriously thinking about their post 16 choices, these pages should be promoted to them as an important place to start their research.
There are linked videos of students talking about what it is like to study a variety of subjects both academic and vocational.
Most of our post 16 providers have good quality video information that will enable young people to catch a glimpse of what it will be like to study post 16.
This is an ongoing project so will be updated on a regular basis. Youthoria is one of the few one stop shops for local information for our young people and well worth promoting to them .
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For vocational qualifications
At post 16, students are given extensive advice regarding applications to university, apprenticeships and other options post 18. Outreach colleagues from local universities run sessions on how to write personal statements and the College has a subscription to Unifrog (www.unifrog.org.uk) which provides impartial advice regarding universities and apprenticeships. All students are interviewed to discuss their plans post 18 and given appropriate guidance. In the sixth form, tutors act as academic mentors, tracking progress and post 18 applications.
In addition the college organises a careers convention which attracts many local employers as well as some from further afield and some local universities and FE institutions. We also work closely with the Skills Service.
Chris Witham is our level 6 qualified careers advisor. He supports pupils across the college but focuses on year 11 and post 16 students. Drop-in appointments can be made with Mr Witham in the LRC.
There are also university information events around the local area you can attend. Click here to find out where and when these are.