Careers

We want all our students to be everything they can be, and all that they are meant to be. Our careers education and guidance supports young people in the choices that they make within and beyond school to facilitate this aim. We aim for them to become self aware, resilient and reflective in order that they are prepared for the 21st century world of work.

Contact Information

The designated school’s Careers Leader for The Blue Coat School is Miss Coleman, Director of Learning. If you are a parent, pupil or employer and would like further information on our Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG), she can be contacted by telephone 0161 624 1484 or by email scoleman@blue-coat.org

Summary and aims of our careers programme

Careers Education, Information and Guidance programmes make a major contribution in preparing young people for different opportunities, experiences and responsibilities of life. Through an effective Careers curriculum, working alongside advisors, external agencies and careers exhibitions, the aim is to ensure that all young people have the knowledge they need to make informed choices about their future. The Blue Coat School is committed to providing a well-planned and resourced programme of CEIAG that endeavours to conform to the current Gatsby Benchmarks outlining ‘best practice’ in Careers Education, Information and Guidance. Parents and pupils can view our curriculum overview for Year 7-11 to see how we achieve the Gatsby benchmarks see Appendix A in the policy.

The Blue Coat school works in partnership with Positive Steps which ensures that all students receive the personal guidance they should be getting. As well as this, through the CEIAG curriculum from Year 7-11 all students have access to libraries of videos and careers profiles which provide a strong base for them to prepare for guidance meetings with the career’s advisor. The Blue Coat School have strong links with external agencies such as The Careers and Enterprise Company and other local college and training providers which ensure our young people make the right choices for them at post 16. The careers programme is continually assessed and monitored in line with whole-school quality assurance procedures, to ensure that it is meeting the statutory requirements for Careers education and guidance.

Pupils at The Blue Coat school will find out about potential future careers, have an awareness of labour market information and changes that are taking place on a local, national and international level in relation to employment opportunities. We make students aware, through form time, wellbeing, assemblies and career-related activities and events, to the range of routes available to them, including reference to apprenticeships and other post 16 options.

Implementation

The Careers leader working alongside the Careers Advisor will lead and quality assure the provision of CEIAG across the college and liaise with the relevant outside agencies and work with Curriculum leaders to ensure aspects of their curriculum give an insight into real-world career paths. From Year 8 pupils receive guidance from the Careers Advisor, starting with support around option choices for GCSE. Some students, including those with special educational needs or in care may also have an appointment and additional support from the Careers Advisor in school. From Year 10 through to Year 11, all pupils have careers appointments to map out their post 16 routes. This, alongside events such as ‘Futures Exhibition Careers Fair’ in school which gives direct access to employers, guest speakers, ‘taster’ open day events with local colleges and other partnership offers.

Partnerships

The Blue Coat School has strong partnerships with a variety of organisations to support the implementation of CEIAG. These include:

  • Positive Steps
  • The Careers and Enterprise Company
  • Local Colleges
  • Young Enterprise
  • Mahdlo
  • Former students ‘Alumni Network’
  • Training Providers
  • Universities including The University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University.

Impact of Provision

The Blue Coat School has a strong record of success with it’s CEIAG and has a measurable impact on pupil outcomes, demonstrated by consistently outstanding ‘destination’ data, which are required to monitor as part of our CEIAG policy. The most recent figures are as follows:

The Blue Coat School strives to raise the aspirations of students and encourage them to be ‘everything they are meant to be’. Progress 8 is the main accountability measure for schools. A score of 0 is in line with national average. A score of +0.5 indicates that students are making ‘outstanding progress’. The table below shows The Blue Coat School’s progress scores from the last 3 years.

The curriculum for Personal, Social and Health & Careers Education is taught through Wellbeing by form tutors. All students Year 7-13 study Wellbeing for one period per fortnight on Q Monday P5 .

The school’s next review of the information published on this page will be September 2020.