Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance
The overall objective of the CEIAG provision in St Paul’s College is to enable learners to become effective career decision makers, empowered to manage their own career development successfully, confidently and with due respect and care for their own needs, those of others and their wider communities.
Careers Education plays an important role in contributing to the high levels of pupil achievement in St. Paul’s College, Kilrea. The taught programme helps to give pupils a clear focus on career decisions which have been made in the future, and the guidance interviews conducted in Year 10 and Year 12, help to guide pupils and their Parents in their choices and also act as a tool to motivate and encourage pupils to achieve their goals.
In a recent ETI inspection, the Careers provision was described as follows:
“The pupils are prepared effectively to make well-informed career choices and to use their research skills to locate, select and evaluate careers information relevant to their needs through the careers education, information advice and guidance curriculum. Through good links with outside agencies and local employers a wide range of events has been organised for the pupils, including a STEM day and careers convention. The pupils have a good understanding of the world of work and of the education, training and employment opportunities that are available locally and regionally.”
At Key stage 4 students have timetabled Careers lessons, which incorporate the following five components: Careers Education, Careers Information, Careers Advice and Guidance, Work-related Learning and Development of Employability Skills. By using these five components the Careers Department in St. Paul’s College strives to provide a coherent, relevant and appropriate range of experiences, focused on the personal needs and aspirations of all pupils within the school.
The Careers curriculum in St. Paul’s College is enriched by the following activities:
• Work experience programme
• Careers convention
• Application form preparation workshops
• Interview skills day
• Individualised Guidance interviews
Useful KS4 weblinks for Post 16:
Careers Service NI
University of Ulster
Queen’s University, Belfast
Northern Regional College
North West Regional College
College of Agrculture, Food and Rural Enterprise
Helping your child with their Career Plans
All pupils at KS3 have careers delivered through the Learning for Life and Work class, by their Form Teacher in a well structured Employability programme.
In Year 10 pupils are prepared for their GCSE option choices with appropriate support, advice and guidance through a transition programme, which includes a comprehensive information booklet, information evening, individual guidance interview and transition reviews for SEN pupils.
Useful KS3 Weblinks for choosing GCSE's:
Detailed Information of GCSE subjects
Video clips in a range of careers
Helping your child with their GCSE choices