Careers Information and Guidance

In line with statutory guidance for governing bodies, school leaders and staff all Larches High School pupils receive independent Careers Information and Guidance. Appropriate career guidance is essential if pupils are to raise their aspirations and take advantage of opportunities available to them.

The independent careers guidance provided:

  • Is presented in an impartial manner, showing no bias or favouritism towards a particular institution, education or work option
  • Includes information on the range of education or training options, including apprenticeships and technical routes
  • Is guidance that will promote raised expectations and is in the best interest of the pupils to whom it is given

CIAG at Larches High School is a progressive journey which starts when the pupil arrives at school.

The aims of the programme are:

  • To develop positive attitudes in the pupils towards work and progression
  • To develop employability and enterprise skills, such as teamwork and communication
  • To help pupils plan and take control of their future making informed choices at key points of their education
  • To provide pupils with the relevant careers, information advice and guidance that is suitable to their personal needs
  • To provide pupils with a comprehensive understanding of opportunities post 16 including traineeships, apprenticeships and further education

The Good Career Guidance benchmarks were developed in 2013. The Government has subsequently adopted these in the format of the 8 Gatsby Career Benchmarks which Larches High School uses as framework for improving and reviewing careers provision. The Careers Compass assessment tool is completed regularly. 

Larches High School is committed to the 8 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 workplaces
7. Encounters with further and higher education
8. Personal guidance

We have recently joined The Enterprise Advisor Network, who work in partnership with the Department for Work and Pensions and NCS. We have access to many Employers and Providers to ensure our pupils have all the relevant information to make informed post 16 decisions re further education, employment and training.

Annual events at Larches High School will include

  • Year 10 and 11 Careers event attended by local post 16 providers and employers
  • Year 11 mock interviews delivered by The Department for Work and Pensions and the British Army
  • Staff training regarding local apprenticeship opportunities and the Lancashire labour market delivered by The National Careers Services
  • Extended work experience opportunities with local employers
  • 1:1 individual guidance for Year 10 and 11 pupils
  • Employee engagement opportunities through curriculum delivery

Careers Education and Guidance Programme      

All pupils at school have access to independent careers guidance and information about post 16 providers, apprenticeships, training and employment opportunities.

All pupils also have access to employer engagement opportunities both within curriculum areas and additional organised events.

Evaluation and Quality Assurance

Larches High School is committed to regular CPD for all staff as regards Careers Information, Advice and Guidance. The CIAG lead within Larches High School is Mrs C Mitchell, who can be contacted on head@larches.lancs.sch.uk or via the school telephone number.

Meetings are held with the School Enterprise Link Mr D Barry to ensure that our programme meets all the criteria of the Gatsby Benchmarks and Government Statutory Guidance.

Destinations

All pupil destinations are collected and then tracked by Larches High School to ensure our pupils remain engaged and achieve.

Careers website links: