Careers (CEIAG) at Calderstones School
Calderstones School is committed to providing a comprehensive and fully inclusive careers education for all of our pupils from year 7 to 13 with a view to inspire our pupils to develop an understanding of the different career pathways and opportunities open to them.
In recognition of our commitment to CEIAG we were one of the first schools in the Northwest to be awarded the Careers Connect Award for Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance.
Careers Education, Information Advice and Guidance is regarded as an integral part of the holistic development of students at Calderstones School. Calderstones believe in educating individual pupils of all abilities, each to a maximum of his/her potential, so that every student can enjoy a high quality of life and contribute responsibly and fully to the life of the community. Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance is embedded throughout the school and all staff see it as their responsibility to deliver sessions to motivate and inspire learners.
Throughout the last couple of academic years, our pupils have been involved in:
- Information advice and guidance assemblies and weekly registration activities delivered by form tutors, our in-house careers mentor and an independent careers advisor.
- We have welcomed contribution from the City of Liverpool College, Jamie Carragher Sports and Learning Academy, Young Peoples Opportunity Programme and SALT (Sport and Leisure Training) in order to meet the needs of all of our students.
- We have created a lower school and sixth form Careers Wall to post up to date information, opportunities and apprenticeships. We have a careers library and our website has been populated with an extensive range of up to date and relevant links.
- Inspiring Your Future Day - 40+ organisations provided careers guidance. There was a real buzz throughout this careers fayre/market place.
- DWF, Hill Dickinson and Weightman’s LLP worked with potential law students.
- Two students were given the opportunity to visit Bibby Offshore, Aberdeen. Scottish Power and United Utilities offered work place visits and apprenticeship advice. Business workshops, site visits and mock interviews were provided by Royal Sun Alliance. Laing O'Rourke Construction gave potential engineering students the opportunity to visit the new Alder Hey Building.
- UCAS Futures week - a number of lecturers from Bradford University, LJMU (Future Smart), Hope University, Edge Hill University and Manchester Metropolitan University promoted their courses and subsequent career opportunities. Past students returned to discuss their experience of post 16 opportunities. Time management, financial management and stress busting workshops were also provided.
- A senior partner of Inflexion Private Equity and a Consultant Paediatrician from Alder Hey Hospital gave their time to offer personal advice and guidance.
Y11 & 12 students attended the BMA conference this year at Liverpool Conference Centre
- We offer financial support to enable students to attend Medlink conferences and Cambridge University's Villiers Park residential courses. We proactively promote Nuffield Research Placements.
- Involvement in subject masterclasses at Liverpool University and subject shadowing at LJMU.
- We support and promote student applications to work with Social Mobility Foundation Scheme and have an active involvement in the Liverpool University's Scholars Scheme
- Visit to Oxford University for most able students. Involved in the coordinate Cambridge HE+ scheme across the city for our most-able students
Through work with National Citizenship Service, students have developed their transferrable skills and improved their CV and interview techniques
- Business in the Community – currently agreeing a 3-year programme- in the process of conducting a needs analysis.
- Visit to the UCFB Turf Moor Site to promote sports/business based courses at their university.
- TTE engineering - employability programme delivered in school (pupils have enrolled on engineering apprenticeships directly from this programme)
Extensive participation in the International Festival of Business activities including the Employability day at Aintree Racecourse
- New Horizon Programme working with a discreet group of year 10 and 11 students on a 6-week employability programme
- Ambition Programme (Employability Solutions) a local training group working with year 11 pupils regarding career choices and employability
- ‘Jobs for the Future’ with Merseytravel and Peel Holdings as part of the school’s forum.
- Staff, parents, governors and alumni provide an extensive programme of employability interviews for Year 10 pupils.
- Our 6th form students won the inaugural Peel Holdings Enterprise competition as part of the Liverpool’s International Business Festival