The Holmewood School careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) provides students with support and guidance through a structured careers programme that is embedded into the curriculum across all subjects . This includes the delivery of different activities, such as industry workplace visits, Industry delivered workshops, PSHE, STEM week and SMSC Activities. The programme has been developed in consideration of the Gatsby Benchmarks and has the following overarching aims:
To help our young people make decisions about learning and work that is right for them based on an understanding of themselves and their potential capabilities.
To personally develop each of our students to ensure they have the skills and knowledge that will enable them to access and make good use of the information, advice and guidance that is available to them, including the most up to date labour market data.
To provide our young people with the skills necessary for them to effectively manage their careers, search for relevant opportunities and manage the transitions that are associated with the world of work.
We provide multiple opportunities throughout the academic year for students to experience a variety of work environments through a series of workplace visits that aims to help students make well informed career or further education choices that are appropriate to their needs. We offer one to one careers advice and guidance from a highly qualified and Independent Careers Guidance Officer in Year 9, 11 and 13. This affords every student the chance to discuss their work experience and education options. This is also available to students on an adhoc basis if the young person or staff working with the young person feels it would be beneficial at another time. Students have the chance to attend regional and national careers fairs and there is an annual careers fair held at the school where potential employers and further education providers share information with students.
Our in house CCareers and CCollege Liaison Officers work with local businesses and colleges to provide opportunities for work experience and vocational study choices from 14 years of age. This is planned carefully with students, families and staff to ensure aspirations, interests and strengths are matched. The 14+ transition review is a key factor in this decision-making process. Work experience, work related learning and vocational or more academic routes of learning are all considered and options are tailored to suit individual needs. This information feeds into the young person's individual transition plan upon which targets are set to help students make progress towards their career and education aspirations. The plan is reviewed and updated annually until the young person transitions to adulthood.
We always try to match work experience placements to our students needs and interests. We are currently working with Kentish Town City Farm, Bespoke Cleaning, ArtsDepot North Finchley, Care Trade, Ambitious about Autism and NCS. In the past placements have included The House of Commons, Sega, and various local retail outlets.
In addition, we provide a number of internal work experience roles for students from age 14. These include, Assistant to the Head or Deputy; Admin Assistant; Art Assistant; Play Supervisors; Librarian; IT Assistant; and Assistant Caretakers. These roles are advertised periodically within school and students are supported to write an application and attend an interview. Questions are provided in advance so our students can prepare for them at home with support from their family. As well as practical work experience, students are supported in acquiring skills for the world of work. This is in the form of guidance with interview skills and techniques, job searching, filling in application forms, personal presentation and so on. Practice and experience in these skills is also threaded into cross curricular learning. We also invite speakers from institutions such as National Apprenticeship Service who give presentations to staff, students and parents on the many pathways that are available to them.
A few students choose to concentrate on their education rather than practical work experience. They participate in the world of work lessons and are given advice on the college courses that may be suitable for them. We work closely with Barnet and Southgate College, Capel Manor College, Christs College Finchley and a few others outside of the area.
Students in the 6th form are able to apply for paid internships, during school holidays, at Footprints Life Camp, a social enterprise project set up and run by our Assistant Head Teacher, Naj D’Silva. They will be supported to complete application forms and attend an interview. If appointed, the successful candidates will work alongside Footprints Director and team of staff to mentor and teach younger students at the camps run in the school holidays.
We closely monitor the careers and education path of our leavers. In cooperation with local authorities we support them in the process of transition from Holmewood to the adult world. Some of our graduates are currently working for Project Search or Care Trade, others have chosen to continue their education at college or university. There are also students who have decided to concentrate on acquiring more functional life skills.
Our plan for 2019/ 2020 is to embed a system of evaluation and improvement against the Gatsby Benchmark using the Compass Evaluation tool and the views of parents and students. We are currently exploring the possibility of working towards The Quality in Careers Standard.
Gov.uk Apprenticeships: A government website designed to help you find an apprenticeship programme in the UK, including employers who are ‘Disability Confident’.
Access to work: A government website with information that will help you get support in work if you have a disability or a health condition.
Barclays lifeskills: A lifeskills projected developed by Barclays Bank with tools, tips and learning resources to help and support you in your careers development.
Caretrade: An organisation for 18-25 year olds focusing on helping young autistic people into the world of work via a structured two year programme.
I could: An interactive website with real life career videos and information to inspire your career.