College Open Days/Evenings 2018-2019

Information for Year 10 and 11 Students

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CEIAG at PCS

CEAIG stands for Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance.

At PCS we believe that students should be ambitious. All should be equipped to access any path they choose, and strive to achieve this. Our careers education offer is to informing students of the possibilities that lay before them, and to help them make the correct choices and actions that allow them to pursue any path they choose.

At Peacehaven Community School all students are entitled to impartial, high quality and wide-ranging careers education. We are proud to have been renewed our Investors in Careers award in January 2018.

The named careers lead for the school is Gavin Peevers:  g.peevers@pcs.e-sussex.sch.uk

The Careers policy is available here.

Students will receive careers guidance in SPHERE (Social, Personal, Health, Economic and Religious Education) but may also ask for further guidance through the library, tutor or Head of Year.

Parents wishing to have more information should contact Ms Newman & Mrs Carr, theWork Experience Team on: careers@pcs.e-sussex.sch.uk

We invite any organisation wishing to present to our students regarding careers and education to contact: careers@pcs.e-sussex.sch.uk

We regularly review our careers provision and impact, and keep a range of internal tracking including:

• Student Council
• Student feedback on their experience of the careers programme and what they gained from it
• An annual careers survey to all staff
• Staff feedback on careers lessons, mock interviews etc
• Gathering informal feedback from external partners and from parents
• Quality assurance of careers lesson
• Student destination figures post-16

Careers provision will be reviewed annually in January each year.

The eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance

1. A stable careers programme
2. Learning from career and labour market information
3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
5. Encounters with employers and employees
6. Experiences of workplace
7. Encounters with further and higher education
8. Personal guidance

All students will receive careers guidance in a number of ways:
• In careers education during PSHE and Citizenship
• Highlighted career potential and opportunities during subject lessons and
• Careers library in the library and advice from our careers team
• Access to one to one interviews and meetings with the Youth Employability service
• During tutor time
• Through our enterprise advisor

All students are encouraged to have enterprise skills, representing the demand from parents and local employers.

• Through studying for the London Institute for banking and finance in Y9 and Y10
• Opportunities to take part in the ‘tenner challenge’ and other activities from Young Enterprise
• Working at the PCS shop in the Meridian shopping centre
• Charity events run throughout the year
• The PCS summer fair or Winter Fair

For Parents

Guidance is available for both you and your child, we recommend that you encourage students to discuss careers as much as possible, focussing on their personal dreams and ambitions, and how this is supported through the school values.

At PCS we use https://www.startprofile.com/ to help shape our careers education, students will all be registered in PSHE lessons but we welcome any student signing up prior to this, it is a valuable tool to start discussion on careers.

Click here for Parent Guide

Y7

At the end of Y7 students are choosing to apply for the International Baccaluerte pathways, during this process parents and students are asked to consider the aspiration they have, students are interviewed and the range of local, national and global opportunities are discussed. All students consider the aim they have, whether this is technical, academic or in another specialist field.

Y8

In Y8 students are introduced to careers education in PSHE, students will use https://www.startprofile.com/ to access impartial guidance. Students will be taught about the range of opportunities available to help to help guide the options process. Students gain information on what it means to have a career, the difference in skills and qualities and how they can research careers options.

Students in the IB band will receive additional trips to universities and a sharp focus on the role of university education and the knowledge required for the best universities.

Y9

In Y9 students start studying for the LIBF certificate of financial education, we believe this is a qualification that develops young peoples ambition and employability skills. Students will also receive individual lessons on the types of work and in options subjects.

We are proud to take advantage of the East Sussex Opening doors project and many students will receive invites to attend specific events at local employers. In 2017 these trips included

• Rampion wind farm
• Grand Hotel Eastbourne
• Rathffiny wine estate

Y10

All students are invited to take part in work experience at the end of the year, this is supported through an in depth careers unit in PSHE at the start of the year, and tutor times throughout the year building CV’s, personal statements and lessons in how to act in the workplace. Students reflect on these as an extended piece of writing in English at the end of the year.

Y11

Applying for college and further education is the main theme for Y11 with students receiving lessons on personal statement, interviews and interview technique. Students will all apply to a range of options.

In January, we invite local employers to interview each of our Y11 students, this provides impartial feedback to students about suitability for employment and presentation and in some cases has led to offers of employment.

Request for Speakers

If you would like to volunteer to give a career’s talk during a lunch time or tutor time please do get in touch and e-mail craigralston@pcs.e-sussex.sch.uk as we would love to hear from more employers.


Year 11 - Post 16 Choices

Further information, advice and guidance will be available to students through a series of after-school presentations and PSHE lessons. We would also encourage Year 11 students to attend as many college open evenings as possible.

At PCS we also have a well-stocked careers library, if you would like to look at information on specific careers. If you need help accessing any of the websites below or would like to book a careers meeting, please see Ms Newman & Mrs Carr, the Work Experience Team in the Library or contact: careers@pcs.e-sussex.sch.uk
Check out the careers based websites below for help with everything from Apprenticeships to Work Experience.

Write a CV Guide

www.barclayslifeskills.com/key-skills/writing-your-cv

General Educational Information

www.directgov.uk - Finance, volunteering, higher education, employment
www.education.gov.uk - Education updates including English Baccalaureate

National Career websites

www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk - National Careers Service
www.nhscareers.nhs.uk -National Health Service
www.nmc-uk.org - Nursing and Midwifery Council
www.army.mod.uk - Army
www.raf.mod.uk - RAF
www.royalnavy.mod.uk - Navy
www.careersatsea.org - Merchant Navy
www.mod.uk - Ministry of Defence
www.stemnet.org.uk - Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths
www.autocity.org.uk - Careers inform from the automotive industry

Careers Research

www.allaboutschoolleavers.co.uk - Advice and guidance to parents & carers with regards to the options open to students after leaving school
www.careersbox.co.uk - Careers films on the web
http://icould.com - Careers Advice, Choices & Ideas
www.startprofile.com - Prepare students for a rapidly changing world - click here for Parent Guide
www.plotr.co.uk - Discover and explore careers you'll love
www.careersworld.co.uk - Online careers resource
www.connexions360.org.uk - General information for young people
http://getsmaart.com - School Leaver Career and Course Information

A levels

www.russellgroup.ac.uk - Making A level choices
www.a-levels.co.uk - Brief outline of subjects and where they may lead

Apprenticeships

www.apprenticeships.gov.uk - To register and see vacancies
www.apprenticeships-in-sussex.co.uk - To see local Training Providers
www.semta.org.uk - Science, Engineering & Manufacturing Tech
www.southernwater.co.uk/about-us/careers/apprenticeships - Southern Water

Post 16 Destinations

www.ucas.ac.uk - University listing/course search and entry requirements
www.gbmc.ac.uk/brighton - Brighton Metropolitan College (Formerly City College)
www.sussexdowns.ac.uk - Sussex Downs College, Eastbourne and Lewes
www.bhasvic.ac.uk - Brighton
www.varndean.ac.uk - Brighton
www.northbrook.ac.uk/ - Brighton Metropolitan College (Formerly Northbrook College) - Worthing
www.plumpton.ac.uk - Plumpton, Lewes
www.centralsussex.ac.uk - East Grinstead
www.bexhillcollege.ac.uk - Bexhill
https://suttondistrict.co.uk - Sutton, Croydon, Rosehill and Brighton
www.sussexcoast.ac.uk - Hastings
www.ringmeracademy.org - Ringmer
www.uctc.org.uk - Uckfield
www.cife.org.uk - Council for Independent Colleges

Universities

http://www.whatuni.com/- All you need to find the right uni!
www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk - League tables and rankings
www.russellgroup.ac.uk - Represents 20 leading UK universities
www.oxbridgeapplications.com - How to apply and much more

Routes other than university

http://www.notgoingtouni.co.uk/ - the one stop site for apprenticeships,
gap years, distance learning and jobs

Volunteering

www.gapyear.com - Gap year/volunteering

Work experience

www.connexions360.org.uk/education/careers/workexperience/Pages/workexperience.aspx
www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-work-experience-and-internships

Study abroad

www.britishcouncil.org/erasmus.htm
www.prospects.ac.uk/studying_abroad.htm
www.topuniversities.com/studying-abroad
www.fulbright.co.uk

Understanding what employers want

http://beach.brightonandhovejobs.com
http://takeoff.gatwickdiamondjobs.com

Additional Information, Advice and Guidance

Prospectuses and Application Forms

College prospectuses and application forms will be available from the careers area at the back of the library from early October. There will be lots of help on completing applications forms available from PSHEE teachers and mentors over the next few weeks.

Top Tips for parents to help your child succeed:

• Encourage healthy breakfasts
• Ensure your child stays hydrated
• Organisation is crucial!
• Use a notice board / fridge for key dates
• Encourage good sleep patterns (8 hours a night)
• Attend all PCS Year 11 events and College Open Evenings
• Refer to the homework timetable (found on PCS website). Students should be doing some homework every evening,
this is good practise, not only for GCSE’s but for college too

Please make sure that you take full advantage of all the help and support available to you

Remember - Good attendance and punctuality are crucial for a good reference and future success!




Notices

Need Help?

Simply contact the school office via our telephone or email address. During term we aim to respond within 24 hours.

01273 581100
enquiries@pcs.e-sussex.sch.uk