CEIAG Provision Intent

Engage. Enjoy. Achieve.

All young people need a planned programme of activities both to help them choose appropriate pathways at 14 and 16 to enable them to manage their careers, career progression and sustain employability throughout their lives. At The Heights, Blackburn we aim to provide impartial Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) to support students’ transition, not only to further or higher education, vocational training or employment. We want students to ENGAGE in all activities and encounters, ENJOY their time partaking in activities and ACHIEVE their careers goals. The CEIAG Programme has been developed to engage parents and local employers, both in school and externally, to support our students in becoming employable and aspirational young people in accordance with the recommended Gatsby Benchmarks.

Nurture Primary (KS2) – ‘Explore’ – We believe discussing careers at an early stage allows pupils to develop ambition and future goals. By encouraging our KS2 pupils to explore various career pathways, we can introduce them to various worlds of work. This also encourages students to develop respect for other professions and feel inspired by their roles. This coincides with their thematic curriculum and enrichment as set out by the Nurture Provision.

Years 7 & 8 Nurture – ‘Discover’ – In Nurture, We aim to develop their knowledge and understanding on working roles and rights including gender stereotypes in careers and minority groups within the working world. We broaden their horizons into looking towards the future and continue to encourage ambition and self-confidence. We discuss and provide opportunities for career skills development such as communication, team work, Listening and problem solving skills. We aim to increase awareness of the variety of future job roles including pathways on attaining them such as university, college or apprenticeships. We also facilitate a growing awareness of self-esteem, self-care and physical/mental well being in preparation for the workplace.

Year 9 – ‘Engage’ – In Year 9, We aim to empower our students to make informed decisions about GCSE choices and future post 16 choices. We broaden their horizons into looking towards the future and continue to encourage ambition and self-confidence. Learners will continue to develop their own key skills needed for future employment or study. Learners will be offered a number of opportunities including engagement with employers and Post 16 Providers to help inform future choices. We will support Learners in developing their knowledge of both Academic, Vocational & Technical Pathways, whilst preparing Learners to make appropriate choices for their next steps in choosing their vocational and GCSE pathways, whether that is with us or back in their mainstream school.

Year 10 – ‘Developing Potential’ – At KS4, we ensure careers are embedded throughout the curriculum plans and daily teaching of both vocational areas and core subjects. We provide opportunities to engage and have meaningful encounters with employers. We facilitate students’ opportunities to experience both Foundational Education (college/apprenticeships) and Higher Education (University and beyond). We offer this by arranging enrichment visits to universities, colleges and workplaces. We also encourage growing links with local employers and are working towards developing further links where key employers come into school and discuss their roles and career pathway. Work Experience is offered to all Year 10 learners to help them experience their future Careers choices and help them make an informed decision on their next steps as they transition towards Year 11.

Year 11 – ‘Achieve’ – In Year 11, we ensure students can make informed decisions to transition to their chosen post 16 options whether this is A levels, employment or further training such as apprenticeships. We provide opportunities for Social Action in order for students to contribute to society by completing charity work and work placements with local employers. We encourage and nurture skills such as CV writing, personal statement writing and how to search and apply for their next steps. We arrange assemblies with Foundational Educational and Higher Educational providers and arrange careers events both internally and externally. We complete an individualised plan for progression for each student including additional support for students with diverse learning and social needs. We provide support during interview processes for apprenticeships, colleges or employment. This also includes assisting students needing further inspiration into their future by attending career events, colleges and universities. We also provide additional recovery careers support for students who arrive at our provision later on in the academic year. This is to ensure that every student gains every opportunity for their future whilst at The Heights.

Careers Team

Learners at The Heights have access to impartial Information, Advice and Guidance, from dedicated members of staff who work closely with pupils on a day to day basis, from all levels of school leadership.

The School’s Career Lead is Mr Ross Doohan, who can be contacted either via email or phone.

If you are an employer or post 16 provider wishing to visit school, you can contact Mr Doohan on the email below, we also request any marketing material be sent to the below contact also:

Mr R Doohan
Careers Lead
01254 261655 or 07591 042491

Mr Doohan’s Role is to coordinate and advise the Senior Leadership on all aspects of Careers Education within school, Mr Doohan is also responsible for KS5 Transition and Work Experience. Mr Doohan oversees the coordination and delivery of Information, advice and guidance at The Heights.

Miss H Morris
Assistant Headteacher
& DSL  / Careers SLT Link

Miss Morris’ role is to support the Careers Lead (Mr Doohan) in the Implementation and Intent of the Careers Programme alongside the wider Senior Leadership Team. Mr Doohan & Miss Morris meet on a regular basis to review the impact and implementation of the Careers Provision.

Janet Hope-Holden
New Directions – Careers Advisor

Janet’s role in school is to provide independent and impartial advice and guidance to young people within school, Janet is Level 6 IAG qualified and is a registered Careers Advisor with the CDI. Janet work’s in schools on alternative Tuesday & Wednesday, if you wish to book an appointment, please contact Mr Doohan (Careers Lead)

Support from the Wider School & Community

The Careers Team is supported by the School’s wider Pastoral & SEND Teams.

Mr Doohan works closely with the School’s Personal Development Lead – Mr D Topham

The Schools Careers & Personal Development Governor is Matthew O’Boyle, whose role is support and advice of the impact of the Careers Programme.

The Heights is lucky enough to have the support of a local Enterprise Advisor, Carolann Thompson of Qudos Consultancy Who’s role of Senior Talent Consultant brings a wealth of experience and knowledge as her role of Enterprise Advisor.

The Heights Careers Lead is supported by Inspira Enterprise Coordinator; Abigail Hough.

If you wish to contact the Careers Team regarding any general programme enquiries or wish to support the delivery of the programme, Please contact careers@theheightsfreeschool.org  and a member of the team will contact you.

“The culture and ethos of the school encourages a caring and supportive environment in which learning and good behaviour can flourish.”