Birchfield Independent Girls School’s Careers leader, Miss Adam, is responsible for delivery and developing the Careers Education programme. A variety of Careers activities are organised including: work experience, post 16 assembly talks for the year 11 students, and with an ‘open door’ policy students have an opportunity to ‘drop-in’ for advice and guidance.
Careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) is an essential part of the support we offer to students at BIGS. The stable programme looks to prepare the students with opportunities, responsibilities and experiences to transaction from their formal education to the next stage of their lives: the world of work.
The prosperous and encouraging CEIAG programme is an integral part of the whole school. From formal tutor careers education, to advice, information and guidance provided in careers meetings, alongside other opportunities linked into the academic curriculum of the school, external speakers, and educational visits to local sixth forms and universities. We, at BIGS, understand that all of the school staff have a responsibility in making the careers education successful for the students. Thus, staff are up-to-date with opportunities relating with their subjects, are ready to inspire the students to explore around the topic and are happy to provide feedback.
In addition to the CEIAG programme, we aim to provide students with opportunities to experience the ‘world of work’ through work experience and to develop their employability skills and enterprise skills from year 7 to year 11. This will be achieved through dedicated form time lessons where students will have the chance to draw connections between academic achievements and future progression. Alongside this, students will have the time to participate in extra-curricular activities inside and outside of school, such as taking part in masterclasses at the local universities or designing a good CV.
Finally, we will continue to expand the various resources, including the school website, which will benefit and support students and parents/carers in investigating and devising the future of their child. We will also work closely with other organisations including: the local authority, further and higher education institutes, apprenticeship providers and employers to offer advice and support to all of our students, so that they can make a successful and pleasant transition from BIGS to having a flourishing and fruitful life in the future.
At BIGS we openly welcome providers from HE and Apprenticeships along with employers to visit our school, and to talk to our students about the opportunities they have. Any organisations wanting to visit the school should contact Miss Adam, careers leader, on firstname.lastname@example.org.