Sue Whittaker is a Careers Education Consultant and an assessor for INVESTOR IN CAREERS. Here she explains how the Big Futures Show can support schools as they work towards the achievement of the quality award
Investor in Careers (IiC) is a nationally recognised quality award which highlights excellence in careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) provision within a school, college of further education and work-based learning provider. Formal assessments against the IiC criteria are carried out by an external assessor at Stages 2, 3 and reassessment and the award lasts for 3 years.
Nearly every secondary school and further education college in East Sussex has achieved Investor in Careers, which compares very well to the national situation. Many have already been reassessed or will shortly be due for reassessment. The most recent IiC assessment criteria for secondary schools are outlined below (further details can be viewed on the IiC website at www.investorincareers.org.uk):
Stage One: Commitment Certificate:
Outcome 1 School demonstrates commitment to careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) and the Investor in Careers Standard.
Stage Two: Intermediate Certificate:
Outcome 2 School has a current CEIAG policy which is consistent with statutory guidance and relevant national frameworks, contributes to whole school aims and recognises the value of impartial careers education, information, advice and guidance.
Outcome 3 CEIAG programme is delivered to all students in the institution.
Outcome 4 CEIAG programme includes finding out about and preparing for the world of work
Outcome 5 The school demonstrates a commitment to meet the statutory duty by ensuring all students from year 8 have access to independent careers guidance.
Stage Three: The Full Award:
Outcome 6 School monitors and records students’ achievements and progress, working with partners, external IAG provider, parents and carers to ensure that all students make informed choices and effective transitions.
Outcome 7 Staff involved with CEIAG are appropriately trained and developed
Outcome 8 CEIAG programme is systematically monitored, reviewed and evaluated to ensure that CEIAG delivered is effective in meeting the needs of all students.
There are a number of ways in which attendance at the Big Futures Show can help schools to
provide evidence for their Investor in Careers assessments or reassessments:
- Attendance at the event indicates that Senior Management and Governors are committed to the delivery of good quality careers education, information, advice and guidance (Outcome 1.1)
- The event supports elements which are included in the CEIAG policy e.g. Staff development, student learning outcomes from the most up-to-date national careers framework (Outcomes 2.1 and 2.3)
- Reinforcement of aspects of the careers education programme (Outcome 3.1)
- Access to up-to-date, accurate and impartial Information, Advice and Guidance about career options (Outcome 3.2)
- Students have access to the impartial presentation of information about all 14-19 pathways and progression routes (Outcome 3.3)
- The opportunity to learn about local, regional and national labour market information (LMI) and trends (Outcome 4.1)
- If former students of a particular school, who are now working, attend the event, existing students are able to see how alumni have progressed through education and into employment (Outcome 4.2)
- The Big Futures Show is a work-related learning event. Schools are required to demonstrate that students take part in a range of work-related and enterprise learning experiences (Outcome 4.3)
- Meeting exhibitors at the event can help students to make effective career decisions and can also challenge them to review ambitions and reappraise their goals (Outcome 4.4)
- Students will have DIRECT contact with employers and work-based learning providers at the event. This is particularly helpful now that Work Experience is no longer a statutory requirement for schools (Outcome 4.5)
- If schools are able to record individual attendance at the event, this will contribute to the monitoring and recording of students’ achievement, progress and career management skills (Outcome 6.1)
- All students are required to produce an Individual Learning Plan or careers action plan, which encourages personal research (Outcome 6.2)
- School teaching staff who attend the event have the opportunity for professional development. This can be to increase their knowledge of careers and employment generally or can help them to see the practical application of their curriculum subject in the workplace (Outcome 7)
- Governors attending the event will increase their own knowledge of employment opportunities and career pathways, which will help them to raise the profile of CEIAG (careers education, information, advice and guidance) in their school (Outcome 7)
- It will be important to evaluate the event to measure the impact it has had on the students (Outcome 8)