Careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEAIG) are key elements of our work with our Sixth Form students. CEIAG covers a range of activities and interventions that help our learners to become more self-reliant and better able to manage their personal and career development, as part of their ongoing learning. It is our aim that our students will be well-prepared and able to make informed decisions regarding the next stages in their lives, allowing them to thrive.
CEIAG in our school has four essential and interlinked principles:
Careers Education – a planned programme in the curriculum that gives students the knowledge and skills for planning and managing their careers
Careers Information – including learning options, skills, occupations, labour market information and progression routes – facilitated by a range of on-line resources, including access to the National Careers Service, university research resources, the apprenticeships portal and a range of research tools
Careers Advice and Guidance – personalised help to identify long-term goals and to plan the steps to attain them – including access to advisers who can provide a careers interview
Work-Related Learning – experiences within and outside of the curriculum that help students learn about economic wellbeing, careers and enterprise
The Sixth Form Moodle Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) has information covering topics including university applications (UCAS), careers, work experience, specialist tests, entrance examinations, gap years, apprenticeships, volunteering and student finance, to name just a few.
We have an extensive programme to support students through the university application (UCAS) process. In Year 12, there is a Careers Morning in January / February and a Futures and Higher Education Day in late June / early July when speakers from competitive universities deliver sessions regarding the application process and give advice on writing Personal Statements. Students attend a university and careers convention in Manchester in February / March and are given the opportunity to visit a university Open Day in June. We also encourage students to visit universities of their own choosing during June and July, as part of their UCAS research.
Oxford, Cambridge and the Pre-Professional Programme
Students who are applying to Oxford or Cambridge or for highly competitive courses such as Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science are given extra support with specialist programmes led by members of the Sixth Form Team. This support includes a visit to Oxford and Cambridge; an Oxbridge Conference hosted by CRGS; a parents’ Oxbridge evening; guest speakers at our CRGS MedSoc as well as a Pre-Professional morning focussing on the application and interview process and the specialist aptitude tests.
Supporting Students in Undertaking Research and Making Decisions
Senior Tutors offer individual guidance and support to students relating to their choice of course and university. Students are directed to many useful resources on the Sixth Form Moodle VLE. Mrs Monica Dickinson (Careers and Higher Education Adviser) is available to support students through the application process and to assist students who are considering apprenticeships / employment. Senior Tutors provide a personalised written reference for every student whether they are applying to university or for apprenticeships / employment.
Form Tutors support students with their Personal Statements and Senior Tutors review them. This process commences in late June /early July and is finalised in the early part of the Autumn term, by which time students should have a clearer idea of the courses they wish to pursue. Students, especially those applying for courses which require early entry, should have a strong draft completed by early September.
"The weekly guidance sessions and excellent careers information and advice ensure that all students are very well prepared for the next stage in their lives when they leave the Sixth Form."
— Dr Andy Swallow (School Inspector 2015)