Careers- related learning Covid-19 response
At SWRA the intended operational plan for CEIAG provision has had to be amended due to COVID-19 restrictions this academic year. Some of the scheduled events are ‘to be confirmed’ largely due to logistical arrangements which still need to be decided in light of covid-19 restrictions. This also means provision may be subject to amendment in order to respond to changing requirements. Plans are being adapted and all avenues are being explored including online activities. We remain committed to providing Sir William Robertson Academy students with quality CEIAG provision, even if we need to be more flexible in its delivery.
“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” (Abraham Lincoln)
Careers Mark Certificate (Click to View) – recognising that SWRA has publicly committed to work towards meeting the Quality in Careers Standard incorporating the Gatsby Benchmarks.
CEIAG stands for Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance. All of these elements are covered throughout our student’s time at SWRA, whether they are with us for five years or seven years.
Throughout their time at SWRA, our students are encouraged to develop and build a deeper understanding of themselves in order that they are better equipped to make sound future choices. This is carried out through the CEIA elements and the Good Career Guidance reaching the Gatsby Benchmarks. Students are supported with developing their skills, qualities and wider knowledge, and also to build upon their strengths. Lessons are designed to allow our students to look and move forwards.
All of our students are entitled to access Careers Guidance. This enables them to discuss their capabilities and ideas in order to be able to research further and then produce a plan that will allow them to maximise their own potential and achieve carefully planned goals.
Careers Education in Years 7 – 11 is delivered through our very comprehensive PSD programme through Wow Days, and has dedicated lessons within the Sixth Form.
The framework throughout the Careers Programme is based on Gatsby Benchmarks:
Self-development through careers and work related education
Finding out about careers and the world of work
Developing skills for Career Wellbeing and employability
We have a Careers Section within our school library which holds a range of career information, college and university prospectus’ and access to internet and KUDOS, which is purchased for the use of our students. The library is available each break and lunchtime and also during some of the careers lessons.
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” (Thomas A. Edison)
Careers Education and Guidance Entitlement statements
In Year 7 all students will be given the opportunity to:
- Develop deeper self-understanding and how they fit into the world with others
- Understand the impact that they have on the world around them
- Begin to analyse their own strengths and preferences
- Begin to understand that not all work is traditional
- Understand that risk is an option
- Understand that goals and dreams can be aimed for and often achieved
In Year 8 all students will be given the opportunity to:
- Understand themselves more and the impact of the choices they make
- Understand how the choices they make can have an impact upon others
- Begin thinking about realistic life choices and options
- Discover how entrepreneurs can be opportunists who spot a need and then devise a way to fill it. Sometimes it is successful, and sometimes it isn’t.
- Attend Options Evening
- Take part in Industry Day
In Year 9 all students will be given the opportunity to:
- Identify their own strengths and weaknesses
- Identify their own preferred learning styles
- Investigate learning opportunities independently
- Understand the range of options at school and how these follow on into the future
- Attend Options Evening and take part in Industry Day
- Understand progression routes
- Understand personal development
- Understand the nature of stereotyping and begin to look at how to challenge it
In Year 10 all students will be given the opportunity to:
- Make realistic and informed decisions
- Look deeper into learning and work options that are not associated with school
- Review their current ambitions and goals and begin to link them with their own future options
- Interpret information and identify bias
- Challenge stereotypical views
- Begin to understand local and national labour markets and the current trends
- Understand the value of Further and Higher Education
- Understand the Health and Safety considerations of businesses
- Take part in Work Experience
- Development of their self awareness, employability and transferable skills
In Year 11 all students will be given the opportunity to:
- Understand skills and qualifications needed for particular pathways
- Review the impact of decisions on future well being
- Understand the range of post-16 options available within and beyond school
- Recognise barriers to learning and work and the ways to overcome them
- Learn how to complete job applications and know how to prepare for interviews
- Receive support with Transitions even when they are non-traditional opportunities
- Learn about the various forms of financial support available
In Sixth Form all students will be given the opportunity to:
- Manage their own career development by reviewing and adapting their learning and career plans
- Continue to understand the value of Further and Higher Education
- Discover the support networks available to them in order to help them succeed
- Discover all of the employment and educational pathways open to them post-18
- Investigate a University based pathway and the application process involved
- Take part in a week of Post-16 Work Experience
- Begin to take sole responsibility for their own future pathways