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Careers Policy and Strategy

Aylsham High School is committed to providing all students with high quality Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) regarding education pathways, apprenticeships and longer-term career plans.

We aim to help students make informed decisions at key times in their education, for example, with option choices in Year 8, 9 and 10, and when confirming post 16 plans in Year 11 as they plan for college or employment through an apprenticeship.  The CEIAG programme is interwoven with the school's business and enterprise activity, through which we have established partnerships with the local business community.

We support our students in making well-informed decisions by providing access to differentiated impartial and independent information and guidance about the range of options (including academic, vocational, apprenticeships) that are most likely to help them to achieve their ambitions. We believe that giving students the best careers education and guidance is vital to improving their motivation to learn and help them to achieve.

Our careers programme aims to:

  • provide good quality independent careers advice to students which inspires students and motivates them to fulfil their potential;
  • provide personal advice and guidance which is in the best interests of, and meets the needs of, all students;
  • be based on the Gatsby Benchmarks for Good Careers Guidance;
  • contribute to the raising of student achievement by encouraging students to develop high aspirations and consider a broad and ambitious range of careers;
  • provide opportunities to work in partnership with employers, training providers, local colleges and others;
  • provide opportunities to inspire students through real-life contact with the world of work;
  • develop enterprise and employability skills including skills for self-employment;
  • support inclusion, challenge stereotyping and promote equality of opportunity;
  • encourage students to see career development as a life-long process;
  • develop students’ skills and knowledge of careers including career management skills and knowledge of the local labour market (LMI);
  • ensure students are aware of the full range of academic and technical routes available at each transition point so that students have the necessary knowledge to make successful transitions;
  • provide opportunities for meaningful encounters with employees, employers, further and higher education and experience of workplaces;
  • support social mobility by improving opportunities for all students, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds and those with special educational needs and disabilities.

Our full careers activity programme and careers procedure (policy) are attached below.