Careers & Work Experience
Careers education at Rastrick High School is a Year 7 to Year 13 process.
At Key Stage 3, elements of Careers, Information, Advice and Guidance (CIAG) are taught in the tutorial programme, as part of the school’s PSHCE requirements for all year groups in Key Stage 3. Also for Year 9 in the late autumn and early spring terms, there is an option choices information programme for students with their form tutors and an introduction to the careers library. The school produces its own option choice guidance as part of the school’s options process. However, Years 7 and 8 do not miss out on CIAG, with small group work with the school’s independent careers advisor, and for targeted students, the opportunity to visit the school’s careers fair.
At Key Stage 4 there are further elements in the school’s tutorial programme and there is also a traditional CIAG programme with the school careers advisor. There are strong links with the local careers service advisors and a programme is arranged through the Annual Service Level Agreement, including careers fairs and transition events with the school’s own Sixth Form.
At Key Stage 5 individual interviews are available on request with careers advisors. All students undertake Work Experience in Y12 and there is a tailored guidance programme delivered by form tutors. All students participate in the school’s careers fair, and receive detailed advice and guidance regarding UCAS for moving on after Sixth Form. Students also experience visits to local universities and receive talks in assemblies from employers, universities and apprentice providers.
The school currently holds the Local Quality Standard in Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance. Recently the school was audited as part of the normal 3 year review process and subject to a successful outcome would also gain the National Quality in Careers Standard. This is because the local C&K Careers Quality Standard has been awarded overarching national validation by the prestigious Quality in Careers Standard and is now one of only six such local awards to meet all sixteen of the rigorous national validation criteria. These include the leadership and management of CEIAG, the training of staff delivering CEIAG, how inclusive is CEIAG, how the impact of CEIAG is measured, the working arrangements with external agencies, the provision of information, the partnership with the local careers service and the inclusion of parents in the CEIAG process. The audit involves an initial submission by the school followed by a full day visit by the auditor to inspect all school policies and documents pertaining to CEIAG, interviews with all relevant staff, confidential interviews with students and the observation of a careers lesson delivered by the Careers Coordinator.