CAREERS EDUCATION, INFORMATION, ADVICE AND GUIDANCE (CEIAG) @ HAYDON BRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL

Ready, Set, World.

CEIAG at Haydon Bridge High School (HBHS) aims to give all our students from Year 7 through to Year 13 the confidence, skills and guidance to excel in an ever changing and competitive world.

The opportunities out there are endless, and we aim to support and engage every individual student to understand and develop their own future pathway to achieve their aspirations.

Our students go on to careers in many fields, and the future will bring jobs that may not exist now. This dedicated careers section on our website has lots of information below.

Our Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) aims to:

  • Ensure each and every child leaves HBHS having experienced at least 5 meaningful encounters with employers during their time at HBHS.
  • Develop students self-awareness, encourage career exploration and develop students’ employability skills.
  • Provide students with opportunities for “real life learning” and as an integral part of the school curriculum.
  • Provide effective CEIAG that strengthens student motivation and aspiration, broadens horizons and supports and encourages attainment in their learning.
  • Embed a culture of independent and impartial careers guidance throughout key points of a student’s academic career; transition, GCSE and post-16 options.
  • Challenge stereotyping and promote equality and diversity.
  • Build a network of employers who work with the school regularly to support students in their CEIAG work.

CEIAG at HBHS has four elements:

  1. Careers Education : Planned programmes in the curriculum giving students knowledge and skills to help them to plan / manage their own career.
  2. Career Information : Including options, skills, occupations, labour market information (LMI), pathways and progression routes.
  3. Careers Advice and Guidance : Independent and impartial careers advice and guidance provided by a L6 qualified careers advisor, Y8-11 careers meetings with HBHS Senior Leaders and careers telephone appointments facilitated by the school with the National Careers
    Service.
  4. Work Related Learning : Experiences within and outside the curriculum to help students learn about economic well-being, careers and enterprise.

National Careers Week and Careers Fairs

We hold a Careers Week each year during National Careers Week. This offers students an opportunity to showcase a range of real careers. It’s an opportunity to hear guest speakers from a variety of professions, visiting school to speak with all pupils. Lessons also feature a special focus on careers in their subject area.

We also take part annually with the Tynedale Careers fair event held in the autumn term, with Year 11 students having the opportunity to visit and speak with local employers about their companies, opportunities and apprenticeships. Alongside this we also hold a careers fair internally in the school hall during the Summer term with Year 7, 8, 9 and 10 students having the opportunity to visit and ignite their future career aspirations.

Aspire to inspire

Nothing beats real life experience. We bring in a wealth of guest professionals, and we are gradually growing our alumni network, to share their careers stories and advice with our students, giving them an insight into the many future paths they may follow. Please do check out the Alumni section below to read more about our students achievements after leaving HBHS. We also love to hear from our former students, so keep in touch by contacting our Careers Leader Mr Jamie Robinson at the school – his email address is RobinsonJ@hbhs.co.uk


Parents and Carers

A key part of the careers process for our students is the support from their parents and carers. You obviously play an important role in helping your child find their way in the future. As adults, we tend to know our own career areas well, but it’s normal to feel ill-equipped to offer advice on all the wide variety of options out there, and things like university entry requirements have moved on since our own sixth form days. A little research can enable you to support and encourage your child to find the path that suits them.

So where do students and parents begin? The information on this page, including the useful websites linked below is a good start.

Don’t forget to also speak with your friends and family – maybe someone you know has experience of the industry you are researching?

Do also look to attend our careers information presentations during options evening and please speak with our subject staff about careers opportunities during parents’ evenings too.

Our Careers Curriculum

We ensure that Haydon Bridge High School students have a bright future ahead of them and the confidence and aspiration to go for it. We have developed a broad and varied careers curriculum for students across all year groups. The aim is to create an atmosphere of awareness on career options from Year 7 forward, with an increasing focus on paths and further outcomes as our students enter their final year at the School.

Our faculties create countless chances to explore careers relating to their subjects. From enterprise competitions, links to subject content and context to trips to universities and external visits there’s all sorts of opportunities for our students to find out more about different careers. In the PSHE curriculum students look at certain aspects linked with the careers guidelines. We also use career focused Assemblies and Tutor Time to deliver careers learning.

Below is an outline of our careers work, and examples of the typical programme offered during each academic year at Haydon Bridge High School. Events vary from year to year, and students will be informed of specific dates and upcoming events relevant to them.

Year Group CEIAG outline

YEAR 7 –
– PSHE lessons focused on the following;
● Education & why it’s important for your career
● Preparation for the univenture day
● Revision skills for success
– 1 half term of morning tutor time looking at careers via presentations, quizzes and BBC Bitesize careers articles and videos
– Univenture visit to University campus
– NHS Career choices assembly
– 1 Career assembly each school term
● Autumn: What type of jobs are out there and what is a career?
● Spring: Researching jobs and careers
● Summer: How my current effort and attitude to learning can affect my career choice
– Attending the summer jobs fair in the school hall
– Careers linked to subjects curriculum lesson content
– Visits from external public and private sector guests (Police / Fire service etc.).

YEAR 8 –
– PSHE lessons focused on the following;
● Making a difference in your career
● Revision skills for success
– 1 half term of morning tutor time looking at careers via presentations, quizzes and BBC Bitesize careers articles and videos
– Visit to University campus
– NHS Career choices assembly
– 1 Career assembly each school term
● Autumn: Deciding my career path?
● Spring: My subject options and my career
● Summer: How my current effort and attitude to learning can affect my career choice 2
– Attending the summer jobs fair in the school hall
– Careers linked to subjects curriculum lesson content
– Visits from external public and private sector guests (Police / Fire service etc.).

YEAR 9 –
– PSHE lessons focused on the following;
● My Career choice
– 1 half term of morning tutor time looking at careers via presentations, quizzes and BBC Bitesize careers articles and videos
– Visit to University / College campus
– Internal college visits (Northumberland College)
– 1 Career assembly each school term
● Autumn: What is LMI?
● Spring: My subject options and my career
● Summer: What skills do I need to get the job and career I want?
– Options drop down taster day career sessions
● My personality and suitable careers
● North East and National LMI
– Attending the summer jobs fair in the school hall
– Careers linked to subjects curriculum lesson content
– Visits from external public and private sector guests (Police / Fire service etc.).
– Internal visit from the national Apprenticeships team
– 121 options & careers meeting with a member of the schools Senior Leadership Team

YEAR 10 –
– PSHE lessons focused on the following;
● Looking at equality in the workplace
● How social media use can affect career choices
● You and your lifestyle – how personal choices can affect work
– 1 half term of morning tutor time looking at careers via presentations, quizzes and BBC Bitesize careers articles and videos
– Visit to University / College campus
– Internal college visits (Northumberland College)
– 1 Career assembly each school term
● Autumn: What is LMI?
● Spring: My subject options and my career
● Summer: What skills do I need to get the job and career I want?
– Options drop down taster day career sessions
● My personality and suitable careers
● North East and National LMI
– Interview skills workshop with Capita recruitment
– C.V. writing skills workshop with Capita recruitment
– Attending the summer jobs fair in the school hall
– Careers linked to subjects curriculum lesson content
– Visits from external public and private sector guests (Police / Fire service etc.).
– Internal visit from the national Apprenticeships team
– 121 options & careers meeting with a member of the schools Senior Leadership Team

YEAR 11 –
PSHE lessons focused on the following;
● Local employers Labour Market Information (LMI)
● What happens if you are out of work – employment resilience
● Writing a CV / interview skills / how to apply for a job
– 2 Career assembly each school term
● Autumn: Where can I find out about what I need for my career?
● Spring: Interview and application skills for success
Options drop down taster day career sessions
● My personality and suitable careers
● North East and National LMI
– Interview skills workshop with Capita recruitment
– C.V. writing skills workshop with Capita recruitment
– Attending the local Tynedale Jobs fair at the Wentworth Leisure centre
– Careers linked to subjects curriculum lesson content
– Visits from external public and private sector guests (Police / Fire service etc.).
– Internal visit from the national Apprenticeships team
– 121 careers & options meeting with a member of the schools Senior Leadership Team
– Telephone appointment with the National Careers Service
– 121 careers face to face advice and guidance from the Local Authority careers adviser (SEND students only)

The Careers team

We have a whole school approach to Careers at Haydon Bridge High School, with every member of staff helping to deliver quality and impartial CEIAG, allowing students to access the necessary information to help them make informed decisions about their future.

Careers Leader: Mr Jamie Robinson

All Teaching Staff & Form Tutors

Encourage students to think positively about their career prospects. Link subject areas to different work opportunities, jobs and careers (during curriculum and tutor time). Help develop students employability skills within lessons. Promote progression routes within the subject areas. Help prepare students for the world of work. Develop external links whenever possible.

Director of 6th Form, Year Leaders & Pastoral Team

Monitoring Careers Education during tutor time, support of work experience and other work-related learning programmes and liaise with Careers staff with regards to specific needs of individual students (and liaise with parents).

Director of 6th Form: Mr Ian Radley
Year 7 & 8 Year Leader: Mrs Gillian Forrester
Year 9 & 10 Year Leader: Mrs Elizabeth Robson
Year 11 & 12 Year Leader: Mrs Judith Kennedy

You can contact any member of the careers team by calling the school or completing a ‘Get in touch’ request:

Get in touch

Drop down targeted career taster days or events

Our ‘drop down targeted career taster days’ are when year groups, key stages or even the entire school undertake special activities. The advantages to this approach include;

  • Promoting variety – to develop student career awareness, broaden their horizon & provide ‘real life learning’.
  • Fun activities- to encourage career exploration and strengthen student career motivation and aspirations.
  • Linking to external industry and professions – to ensure meaningful encounters with employers take place.
  • Focusing of specific workplace skills – to develop students employability skills.

Drop down events also allow us to revisit, target or further support students who are not yet clear on their career journey.

Each ‘ drop down day’ addresses specific objectives, with many of these linked to careers. These include: Year 9, 10, 11 and 12 options taster days; NHS choices assembly; theatre career productions; Year 10 and 11 Interviews; C.V. writing workshops; University / College visits.

The Gatsby Benchmarks

Our career plan aims to support and achieve the eight Gatsby Benchmarks.

Benchmark 1: A stable careers programme

Every school and college should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is
known and understood by students, parents, teachers, governors and employers.

Benchmark 2: Learning from career and labour market information

Every student and their parents should have access to good quality information about future study options and
labour market opportunities. They will need the support of an informed adviser to make the best use of
available information.

Benchmark 3: Addressing the needs of each student

Students have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to
be tailored to the needs of each student. A school’s careers programme should embed equality and diversity
considerations throughout.

Benchmark 4: Linking curriculum learning to careers

All teachers should l ink curriculum l earning with careers. STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance
of STEM subjects for a wide range of careers paths.

Benchmark 5: Encounters with employers and employees

Every student should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the
skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting
speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes.

Benchmark 6: Experiences of workplaces

Every student should have first-hand experience of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing, and/or
work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks.

Benchmark 7: Encounters with further and higher education

All students should understand the full range of l earning opportunities that are available to them. This includes
both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace.

Benchmark 8: Personal guidance

Every student should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a careers adviser, who could be internal
(a member of school staff) or external, provided they are trained to an appropriate level. These should be
available whenever significant study or career choices are being made. They should be expected for all
students but should be timed to meet their individual needs.

North East and UK Labour Market Information

We believe that it is vitally i mportant that students, parents and staff understand the local labour market in order to help support our young people make informed choices about their careers. Therefore we have included some key information below that focuses on the North East Labour Market.

Key information

The document linked below is a summary of the UK and North East labour market that has been provided by the National Careers Service. This summary gives some key information such as the number of people employed, average incomes, jobs growth and which sectors employ the most people within the North East region.

UK and North East labour market

Strategic Economic Plan – North East Growth Industries

As a school we understand our role in preparing young people for the workforce as well as our role in supporting the North East Strategic Economic plan. The Strategic Economic plan has been put together by the North East Local Enterprise Partnership and highlights some key growth sectors that are of strategic importance to the region. These being Digital, Health and life sciences, Advanced manufacturing and Energy.

Read the North East Strategic Economic Plan.

Careerometer

Try out this clever tool to compare different jobs, their average pay, working hours and whether the number of jobs in the industry is likely to grow or shrink.

The Careerometer was made by LMI for All, an online data portal, developed by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, which brings together existing national sources of high quality labour market information (LMI) that can inform people’s choices about their careers. Read about the data sources it uses .

  • Click in the dotted square and start typing in a job, then choose one of the career options that pops up.
  • Check out the figures it gives and click ‘more info’ for a description of what the job typically involves
  • Try typing another job into the next box and compare them
  • Click ‘clear card’ to clear the information about one job so you can try another.
  • Bear in mind that the information is based on national averages and future projections, and it doesn’t contain every job title out there. Obviously individual jobs and circumstances vary a lot. This offers a useful guide but is only a small part of the information you can use to guide your
    career.

Career Resources for Students, Parents and Carers

Get ideas for your future with free career videos, job information, plus advice on career options and the world of work. The following websites provide career inspiration and information for young people through free access to personal video stories, detailed job information, plus practical tips, insight and advice.

Panjango online

A great free interactive careers resource with an online quiz and a series of career pathways to explore. A range of home activities are currently being created and will be published soon. Click here to find out more.

The National Careers Service

Nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk
The NCS provides information, advice and guidance to help students make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. The service offers confidential and impartial advice and is supported by qualified careers advisers. You can chat with an adviser using webchat (8am to 10pm, 7days a week). Or you can call 0800 100 900 to speak to an adviser (8am to 10pm, 7 days a week). Calls are free from landlines and most mobile numbers.

Careers Box

https://www.careersbox.co.uk/

Careers Box is a free online library of careers related videos, news and information, including information about apprenticeships.

Careers Camel

http://www.careercamel.com/

Careers Camel is a free online library of careers related videos, news and information, including information about apprenticeships.

Bitesize Careers

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/careers

Whether you’re deciding what to study, taking your exams, planning a career, or just curious, Bitesize Careers can help explain the world of work, with advice from people who’ve found the right path for them.

Start Profile

https://www.startprofile.com/

Students can register to get more information on GCSE, post 16 and Post 18 options alongside building their own career profile.

GOV.UK Apprenticeship information

https://www.gov.uk/topic/further-education-skills/apprenticeships

GOV.UK offers guidance on how to apply for an apprenticeship as well as listing current local apprenticeship opportunities.

Apprenticeships Guide Parent’s Pack

A handy PDF document that will give you an excellent idea of the different types of modern apprenticeships that are available.
https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/711088/Parent-Guide-Apprenticeships.pdf

https://amazingapprenticeships.com/app/uploads/2010/01/Parent-Pack-January-2020.pdf

Apprenticeships

https://www.apprenticeships.gov.uk/

https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship

Future Medical Careers

https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/

Make a difference with a career in health. Get all the information you need to take the next step in your career.

https://www.globalpremeds.com/

International Doctor shadowing programme for those interested in joining the medical profession.

Parental Guidance

https://www.parentalguidance.org.uk/

Offers advice and information on all aspects of the process of career choice for young people aged 13 to 25.

Parent Careers Magazine

Parent Careers Magazine

Explore your teenagers options with this helpful parent careers magazine.

Practice Reasoning

https://www.practicereasoningtests.com/psychometric-tests/

https://practicereasoningtests.com/practice-aptitude-tests

https://practicereasoningtests.com/introduction-to-aptitude-tests/

Excellent articles about the various tests and interview tricks employers might use.

Alumni

Hannah Brown’s career video

Meet Hannah, one of our former Alumni who will run you through her career pathway to become a TV producer.

and here’s what some of our other former students went on to complete after graduating from HBHS…

Related stories

The Real Deal Parent and Carer Event – Year 11 Inspired Choices day

40 of our year 11 students had the opportunity to take part in the Inspired Choices day at Newcastle University on Wednesday 2nd October. The full day on-campus helped students to understand how their GCSE and A level qualifications can shape their future plans. Students attended a series of subject taster sessions to experience what it’s like to study at University and the feedback from students about the day was very positive!

Guy Opperman MP’s Tynedale Jobs Fair

A large number of our Year 11 & 13 students attended the Tyndale jobs fair hosted at Wentworth Leisure centre in Hexham on Friday 18th October, an event supported by Northumberland County Council, EGGER and the Department for Work & Pensions.

It was an amazing afternoon with over 50 local employers in attendance, including exhibitors from Construction & Engineering, Law, Finance, the Armed services, Science & Healthcare, Food & Hospitality, Business, Sport & many more!

Students had the opportunity to talk with local businesses, Universities and employers about careers and different educational pathways.

Newcastle Theatre Trip

On Wednesday 17t h October, our GCSE and A Level Drama students went on a trip to the Live Theatre on Newcastle Quayside to watch a production called Trojan Horse; the story of the school scandal in Birmingham in 2014.

The performance was interesting and really challenged the audience’s own viewpoints throughout. Technical aspects of the performance were highly creative with projection, lighting and music and the actors remained on stage and in character for the whole performance.

Students were able to discuss and l earn about other careers in the theatre alongside the acting perspective and now have lots of fresh ideas to bring into their own practical work for their next performance.

We even managed to get a picture with the Millennium Bridge and the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art.

Newcastle University Discovery days

Thirty students from year 9 had the chance to spend a day at Newcastle University on Monday 18th November. They found out for themselves what life at university is like and had the opportunity to look round facilities, and speak with University students and lecturers. We hope that this visit will help them learn about potential future qualifications and careers should they stay on at post 16 at HBHS.

The Newcastle University Sport and Exercise Science team also visited HBHS on Thursday 14th November. They led a series of workshops in school to support Y10/11 learning i n PE and Science alongside helping those students in Year 9 to decide if they wish to study GCSE PE next year.

HBHS students at Scudamore Garage

Nine year 10/11 students attended a session at Scudamore’s Garage last week as part of their Engineering course. They looked at health and safety practices in the workshop and learnt how to correctly and safely jack and support a vehicle, removing the road wheel.

As an extra challenge, the students were timed to remove the road wheel!

Careers Opportunities

Job Opportunities – North East As part of the North East COVID-19 Economic Response Group, The North East Local Enterprise Partnership has developed a temporary sign-posting website to support the promotion of regional employment opportunities.


UK University & Apprenticeship Search are holding a Virtual Fair on Wednesday 11th November 2020 from 12:00-18:00. The event is free, it will feature over 90 universities, colleges and apprenticeship providers, and it’s open to students in Year 13, 12 and 11. Students should register (using their personal email address, not their school one) at https://ukunisearch-north.vfairs.com/.


Newcastle University are holding regular online sessions that you can participate in live. These will be delivered by a team of Outreach Ambassadors, all of which are recent Newcastle University graduates and who will be able to answer your questions about progressing to Higher Education in the current environment. PLEASE NOTE: students should sign up with their personal email address, not their school one. The sign-up form is here: Online Outreach Ambassador Sessions.


Over the coming weeks, the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust will be hosting Unlocking Performance – Bitesize Briefings – a webinar series led by world-class athletes, with a range of topics covering the key attitudes and mindset that drive a world-class team and individual performance.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the sixth form undergraduate campus days at Newcastle University will not be running this summer, however they have put some information online. This Where could your A levels take you? PDF is an excellent resource for Y12 students who are making their Higher Education choices, as well as Y11 students who are deciding on their A level options.


Tyne North Training

We have received an email from Andrew Thorpe at tyne north training. They are an engineering and business administration apprenticeship training provider.

They are planning to recruit school leavers at the end of both Y11 and Y13 for September 2020 starts.

There is a website link below which will offer advice and guidance on the options and helps you to navigate through the application process.

https://www.tynenorthtraining.co.uk

They are currently conducting remote telephone / zoom interviews with students using their expected grades as our initial eligibility criteria.

Careers Policy and Plan

For further information please refer to the full school careers policy and plan below.

Careers Education Advice and Guidance 2019-20.pdf