Careers Education and IAG
Students receive excellent impartial advice, information and careers guidance throughout their time at the school - OFSTED 2014
Throughout their time at Beaumont we aim to help students
- identify their individual strengths and weaknesses,
- be aware of education, training, the world of work and career opportunities,
- be able to make informed choices about the opportunities available at each stage of transition,
- be aware of the community aspects of career development,
- be aware of the flexible nature of career development at the present time.
A programme of Impartial Advice and Guidance (IAG) is developed as students progress through the school, especially from Year 9 onwards as students make decisions about what Key Stage 4 options to take, thereby starting the process of firming up on their areas of interest and possible future education/career paths.
For students in Years 7 to 11 impartial advice and guidance is delivered as part of the PSHCEE / Life Skills programme and as discrete activities on Curriculum Enrichment Days. Outside speakers and contributors are invited whenever appropriate. In Years 12 and 13 careers guidance (including guidance for university entrance) is delivered through the Tutorial programme, and again on certain Curriculum Enrichment Days.
As part of their impartial advice and guidance students will
- go on a one-week work experience placement in the summer term of Year 10,
- be offered guidance in how to fill in application forms, write a C.V, prepare for interviews etc.; and
- have a variety of careers lessons where they will investigate different careers and education routes, learn how to action plan and make informed decisions.
Individual guidance interviews are available for all students in Years 8 to 13 upon request, but in addition, every student in Year 9 and Year 11 has a personal interview with a senior member of staff in order to help them clarify their thoughts about life post 16, and identify the appropriate option(s) to pursue.
We have a well-equipped Careers Library within the main Library, where pupils have access to a wide range of information on courses in further and higher education and employment opportunities, and also to a number of useful software packages to help them investigate and make decisions about the options open to them. The Library has open access throughout the day, and the Library staff and Mr Cross - Assistant Headteacher - are always happy to help with any queries.
Beaumont works closely with Youth Connexions Hertfordshire to provide additional support, and many students benefit from discussing their options with the Youth Connexions Personal Adviser for Beaumont Mrs Claire Blanchard. Mrs Blanchard visits the school on a weekly basis and offers students an impartial and confidential service to help them think about their options both in school and beyond, be it further education at a college, the Sixth Form, higher education or employment.
Students are offered a one to one interview with Mrs Blanchard, the majority being at key transition points e.g. Year 11, 12 or 13, but many students also see her for the first time in Year 8, 9 or 10. As well having as specific appointments, Mrs Blanchard also offers a drop-in facility and is also available to give advice via email. Appointments with or contact details for Mrs Blanchard can be requested from Mrs Rider at the School Reception. Further information about Youth Connexions is available on their website which can be accessed here.
If students want advice during the holidays, Youth Connexions offers drop in afternoons at their office in St Albans, located in Catherine Street. For location and contact details, click here.
All Year 10 students complete a one week Work Experience placement, and some older students also have the opportunity to participate in targeted work experience.
The world of careers and impartial advice and guidance changes rapidly so for the latest information, please visit the Beaumont Careers blog:
The school's Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) policy, which includes details of the curriculum provision, can be downloaded here.
Parents / carers and students may also wish to contact the The National Careers Service
National Careers Service
Information from the NCS website about the Labour Market in Hertfordshire can be found here
Careers telephone advice
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), has launched a telephone careers helpline for students as part of the National Careers Service. Support is available from trained advisers who will talk through issues, offering confidential advice and practical help. Advisers are available from 8am to 10pm, seven days a week, telephone 0800 100 900, or for text messages on 0776 641 3219. There is also a 'chat on-line' facility.
Youth Connexions Hertfordshire offers telephone advice as well. Click here for a copy of their flyer.