Employers in the Workplace Subject Leaders: Mrs Colclough
At St Gregory’s we believe children should be provided with access to high quality career-related experiences both in and out of the workplace. Effective careers support can help to prepare young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life; it can help them to make decisions and mange transitions as learners and workers. It is vital that we support and develop children’s knowledge and skills that are needed to make informed choices for their future. As a result, the careers programme has a whole school remit designed to complement the rest of the school curriculum.
We recognise that children in Primary school need to be given an insight into and awareness of career opportunities, but most importantly career pathways, in order for them to make informed decisions about subject choices at high school and their options for further education. Stoke –on-Trent is one of only 12 Opportunity Areas in the country where funding is being assigned to address the issue of social mobility. As a school within an Opportunity Area (OA), we have a responsibility to raise aspirations and broaden the horizons of the children in our care.
St Gregory’s school is committed to providing its pupils with a varied programme of careers education and guidance activities, to enable them to make informed decisions and choices at their key transitions. We believe that exposing pupils to opportunities to engage with employers, local businesses and careers-related skills will support this aim. As a school we can support our pupils to gain first-hand understanding of the world of work from the earliest years. Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) is key to preparing our pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experience of life, and enabling them to make successful transitions.
This means that we will be delivering a high quality education that will assist children with decision making, will raise aspirations and will give children the opportunity to gain experience within the world of work by meeting a range of employers, visiting various places of work, in addition to completing projects both at school and within the wider community. This programme will be delivered to all children, from as young as those in Early Years all the way through to Year Six through both the Skills Builder Partnership Programme and funding for employer engagement visits and activities through the Opportunity Area. We will be working on gaining a Quality Award that assesses our career work against the national best practice framework Gatsby Benchmark.
National Careers Week 1st - 6th March