Careers Guidance

Information Advice and Guidance

Eden School works closely with New Directions, employers, colleges, apprenticeship and training providers and Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council to ensure that students are fully prepared for life after secondary school.  The school benefits from having a fully qualified Level 6 Careers Guidance Officer on staff who is able to offer impartial advice and guidance. The adviser also regularly attends the regions CEIAG meetings.

Work starts with pupils as early as Key Stage 2 to ensure that pupils are considering their futures from an early age.  Recent inputs with Key Stage 2 have included a STEM session and a drone and robotics session from BAE Systems and the Royal Air Force.

During Key Stage 3 pupils are given the opportunity to meet with the schools Careers Adviser, explore their ideas and focus on skills that may be required from them in the future.  All Year 9 pupils and their parents/guardians will also get the opportunity to meet with the schools assigned New Directions adviser in line with their EHCP and Transition review.

In Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11) a variety of different colleges and training providers will be invited to visit the school and students will receive advice on applying for college, modern apprenticeships, employment and training.  The pupils will also attend the BwD Careers Fair at Blackburn Cathedral and the HIVE Skills Showcase. Taster days during Year 10 are also sometimes available at local colleges for students who would like to participate and these are supported by Eden Staff to enable students to build up their confidence and begin the transition process.  Support is provided throughout Year 11 and the school Careers adviser is committed to supporting the Year 11’s with their applications for their next steps. To enable preparation for those who are considering College or Training they are supported to make early applications during the Autumn term. This has enabled students to know, often before Christmas, the requirements for them to get into college, apprenticeships or training.  It has also enabled some students to get regular transition days at the colleges in preparation for what will be the next big step for our students.

Work Experience is offered on an Individual basis to students from Year 9 and can be offered as a one-off or built in as part of their regular timetable.  The school is also able to offer a range of vocational provisions as part of students timetables through its sister schools, The Heights and Coal Clough Academy.

In line with the Statutory Guidance published on the 5th January 2018 a “Careers Policy” is now available for download from our Policies Page.

Students can access PLOTR, this is a free online career advice, discovery and exploration resource.  Students can complete quizzes, games and watch video links to explore a range of different careers.

PLOTR  www.plotr.co.uk/

In addition students and parents can visit the ‘National Careers Service’ website or use the helpline to access independent IAG

National Careers Service https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/  or call 0800 100 900.

New Directions Blackburn with Darwen newdirections@blackburn.gov.uk or 01254 666424

Apprenticeships www.getingofar.gov.uk/

Careers Box www.careersbox.co.uk

Tomorrow’s Engineers www.tomorrowsengineers.org.uk

Step into the NHS www.stepintothenhs.nhs.uk

Going to University http://search.ucas.com/

Local Labour Market Information can be found on the link below

http://www.lancashireskillshub.co.uk

Provider Access Policy Statement

This policy sets out the schools arrangements for managing the access of providers to pupils at the school for the purpose of giving them information about the providers education or training offer. This complies with the schools legal obligations under section 42B of the Education Act 1997.

Procedure

A provider wishing to request access should contact:

Emma Frith, Careers Lead

School Phone Number: 01254 790241

Email: emma.frith@edenschool.org.uk

A number of events, integrated into the school Careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to pupils and/or their parents/carers.

Providers are welcomed and encouraged to contact the school to make arrangements to come in and give talks and/or presentations to the pupils.