The Careers Education and IAG programme includes careers education lessons, information (in assemblies, special events and learning centre research activities), careers advice sessions (individual advisor interviews and) and guidance activities (individual personal learning planning and employer careers mentoring in Years 10 and 11).
Careers lessons are taught in discrete modules as part of the PSHE programme. The Personal Learning Planning (PLP) programme for Years 7-13 includes guidance activities to develop broader personal skills focused on motivation and employability as well as information and advice. Other events take place throughout the year including the 3-day Creative Action Service (CAS) week, science week, enterprise days, assemblies, visits to post 16 providers and local employer events. Work-related learning and direct work experience is promoted and undertaken wherever and whenever possible.
- We ensure that all pupils are provided with independent careers guidance from year 8 to year 13.
- We ensure that there is an opportunity for a range of education and training providers to access all pupils in year 8 to year 13 for the purpose of informing them about approved technical education qualifications or apprenticeships.
- We ensure that this policy statement setting out our arrangements for provider access is followed.
- We ensure that we are following the School Information (England) Regulations of 2008 that requires schools to publish information about the school's careers programme. This information relates to the delivery of careers guidance to year 8 to 13 pupils in accordance with Section 42A of the Education Act 1997.
Provider Access Policy Statement
Parkside Community College (To include The Department of Education, July 2021: “Baker Clause” and the Provider Access Legislation, January 2023)
High quality careers education and guidance in school or college is critical to young people’s futures. It helps to prepare them for the workplace by providing a clear understanding of the world of work including the routes to jobs and careers that they might find engaging and rewarding. It supports them to acquire the self-development and career management skills they need to achieve positive employment destinations. This helps students to choose their pathways, improve their life opportunities and contribute to a productive and successful economy.
As the number of apprenticeships rises every year, it becomes increasingly important that all young people have a full understanding of all the options available to them post-16 and post-18 including wider technical education options such as T-Levels and Higher Technical Qualifications.
Parkside Community College is committed to ensuring there is an opportunity for a range of education and training providers to access students, for the purpose of informing them about approved technical education qualifications and apprenticeships. Parkside Community College is fully aware of the responsibility to set students on the path that will secure the best outcome which will enable them to progress in education and work and give employers the highly skilled people they need. That means acting impartially, in line with the statutory duty, and not showing bias towards any route, be that academic or technical.
Parkside Community College endeavours to ensure that all students are aware of all routes to higher skills and can access information on technical options and apprenticeships (The Department of Education, July 2021: “Baker Clause”: supporting students to understand the full range of education and training options, and the Provider Access Legislation, January 2023).
For full statement, please see attachment at the bottom of this page.
The Department for Education’s (DfE) Statutory guidance for governing bodies, school leaders and school staff sets out the expectations of schools which includes: