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Source of School Leaver Careers and Course Information

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CEIAG Statement
A young person's career is their pathway through learning and work. All young people need a planned programme of activities to help them make decisions and plan their careers, both in school and after they leave. The aim is for each student to manage their careers, sustain employability and achieve economic well-being in order to make a positive contribution to our community and society.

Venerable Bede School is committed to providing a planned and impartial programme of careers education, information and guidance incorporated within the Personal Development programme for all students in Years 7-11 in partnership with Connexions Sunderland.

We have a designated Level6 qualified matrix accredited Personal Adviser assigned to our school. His name is Mark Rowlands and he can be contacted via school, by leaving a message with school reception. Mark predominately works with Year 11 students ensuring that they have a suitable post 16 progression learning opportunity. Other year groups are informed when Mark would be available for any general advice and this is delivered via a drop-in at a set times in the academic year.

The Department for Education sets out the statutory duties that schools must discharge in relation to Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance. In addition to the planned programme of careers education that is delivered in school through our PD programme, Venerable Bede also meets its statutory duty in ensuring that the independent guidance provided
• Is presented in an impartial manner
• Includes information on the range of education or training options, including apprenticeships and other vocational pathways
• Will promote the best interests of the students to whom it is given

Venerable Bede Academy is currently pursuing the Inspiring IAG quality award in our efforts to follow best practice and the Inspiring IAG Code of Practice underpins our careers provision in school.

Code of Practice:
The aim of the award is to:
• Ensure young people get the support they need to make well informed, realistic decisions about their future through careers education, information, advice and guidance.
• Have appropriate, up to date, accurate and impartial information and resources that all young people can access regardless of race, gender, religion, ability, disability, social background or sexual orientation.
• Ensure the organisational policies relating to careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) are up to date regularly reviewed and reflect this code of practice.
• Empower young people by informing them of how they can access CEIAG to help them plan their future and make well informed, realistic decisions.
• Offer all young people access to impartial and independent careers guidance by a qualified guidance professional, at a time and place that suits their needs.
• Ensure that all staff working with young people are offered and access ongoing training about qualifications/progression pathways and other relevant subjects.
• Work in partnership, where appropriate, with opportunity providers including employers, FE and training providers, and youth support services.
• Working with parents/carers to offer them information, advice and guidance to help them, help their son/daughter.
• Involve young people in the design, delivery and evaluation of CEIAG programmes.
• Promote equality of opportunity, celebrating diversity, challenging stereotypes and raising aspirations.

Mr. Paul Young is the Leading Teacher for Careers Education and Guidance and can be contacted on extension 1121.

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All students from Years 9 to 11 should have a KUDOS account which they created in school. It is accessible from anywhere with their own log-in details and can be updated frequently. (Opens in new tab/window) (Opens in new tab/window) (Opens in new tab/window) (Opens in new tab/window) (Opens in new tab/window)