Careers (CEIAG) at Newtownhamilton High School 
Careers Education, Information, Advice & Guidance (CEIAG) 
 
The new Entitlement Framework Curriculum ensures that young people have a much broader access to a wide range of subject pathways at Key Stage 4 (both general and applied) that will meet their interests, talents and aspirations. Therefore there is a greater responsibility on schools to make sure that young people have the highest quality Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance. 
 
Aims 
CEIAG at Newtownhamilton High School is seen as part of the whole programme of preparing pupils for the choices, changes and transitions affecting their future education, training and life as adult members of society. To this end, Newtownhamilton High School through curricular programmes and other guidance activities promotes the following aims: 
 
Self-Awareness & Development - enable pupils to understand their own personal needs, abilities and interests together with a growing awareness of their particular strengths and limitations in order to choose and implement an appropriate career plan. 
 
Career Exploration - foster opportunity awareness in order to understand the nature of work and occupations, paid and unpaid and how these effect people’s lives and attitudes. 
 
Career Management - enable pupils to develop the qualities and skills to manage transitions, within education, from education to work and in life generally. The development of decision-making skills will enable students to be effective in a variety of adult roles and occupations. 
 
Careers Education 
At Newtownhamilton High School, Careers education is embedded in the curriculum. In Key Stage 3, under the revised curriculum, it is taught mainly through Education for Employability within Learning for Life and Work (LLW). At Key Stage 4 Careers education is a discrete subject (1 period per week), however all pupils in Key Stage 4 also study Education for Employability as a strand of LLW. Additionally all subject teachers have a role to play in helping pupils to make informed and realistic decisions about their future.  
 
Careers Information 
A wide range of up-to-date Careers information (including the latest labour market data) is available to pupils in the recently refurbished Careers foyer (outside Careers classroom and interviewing office). Pupils can also access the relevant websites for information on possible career paths on one of the computer workstations in the Careers classroom. 
 
Careers Advice & Guidance 
Advice and Guidance is organised using a variety of methods. Pupils are interviewed by the Careers teacher and a personal career plan (PCP) is drawn up. There is close liaison with the Careers Adviser (Mrs Shona Dunne) from the Careers Service NI, who interviews all Year 11 and 12 pupils. Parents may also choose to be present at these interviews. 
 
 
 
 
The aim of the Careers Service is “ To deliver an effective, impartial and professional careers service to help people realise their career aspirations, enabling them to contribute positively to their community and to the Northern Ireland economy.” For more information on how they do this click on the www.nidirect.gov.uk/campaigns/careers website. Also click the link for ‘A Guide for Parents - How to help your child with their future career plans.’ 
 
The Careers Adviser also supports subject teachers in providing Year 10 pupils with information regarding GCSE option choices in relation to local trends in the labour market. Southern Regional College (SRC) also provide the more vocational minded pupils with information on the B.Tech and Occupational Studies qualifications that they offer while a Career Planning programme in partnership with Sentinus helps to provide further guidance to all pupils on individual career pathways. For even greater choice and breath, Key Stage 4 courses are also offered as an option at St. Paul’s High School Bessbrook. 
 
Work Experience 
A Work Experience scheme is completed by pupils in Year 11. All pupils are visited by a member of staff during their Work Experience. Placements are arranged to suit the requirements of each individual pupil. 
 
Those pupils participating in the Work Experience scheme do so in order: 
 
to experience interpersonal relations in the workplace. 
to sample different work situations. 
to have the chance of getting steady jobs with particular employers (if vacancies arise) by proving that they are honest, trustworthy, hardworking and all the other things that go to make up good employees. 
to help build up their self-confidence and ICT skills by delivering a powerpoint presentation to their peers on returning to school. 
 
All pupils involved in the work experience programme will study towards the British Safety Council Level 1 Certificate in Health & Safety at Work – this course teaches pupils how to keep themselves safe within the workplace and it should prove to be a useful qualification to include in their CV. It is delivered and examined before pupils go on their work experience. 
 
Interview Skills Day 
All Year 12 pupils participate in an Interview Skills Day which is delivered by the outside career training organisation Sentinus. This event gives pupils the opportunity to prepare for and attend a mock interview that is conducted by leading individuals in the local business and educational community. The aim of this highly popular event is to give pupils experience for performing at real interviews. See gallery for pictures from this event. 
 
Presentations 
Throughout the school year a number of guest speakers are invited into the school with the aim of informing pupils about the courses or career paths that their organisations offer. Examples include Southern Regional College (SRC), College of Agriculture, Food & Rural Enterprise (CAFRE), Army Recruitment Team, etc. 
 
STEM Careers 
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) Careers are promoted at Newtownhamilton High School. At Key Stage 3, a number of STEM events are organised and delivered in collaboration with both St. Paul’s High School Bessbrook and the non-profit educational charity Sentinus (photographs of these programmes are displayed in the main school corridor). An exciting and innovative new website STEMWorks has recently been developed by CCEA and aims to raise awareness of STEM subjects and career pathways to pupils in Key Stage 3. 
 
A wide range of up-to-date information on STEM related post-16 courses and careers is available for pupils during Careers lessons at Key Stage 4 while further advice and guidance can be obtained from the Careers Adviser. 
 
For more information on STEM visit the Sentinus website or alternatively view some photographs of Newtownhamilton High School pupils participating in STEM programmes on the gallery page. 
 
W5 also support the promotion of STEM at Newtownhamilton High School through the STEM Ambassadors programme. More information on this programme and what else W5 has to offer schools can be found on the W5 STEMNET website page. 
 
CEIAG Data Sharing 
 
As part of the school's CEIAG (Careers Education, Information, Advice & Guidance) programme, Newtownhamilton High is required to forward data to the Department for Employment & Learning (DEL) so that it can be used by our Careers Adviser. The data fields to be shared will be the pupil name, address, date of birth, special needs/disability and school attended. 
 
Year 8 parents have already been made aware of this information via our Data Capture Form but recent correspondence by the Department of Education (DENI) states that "it would be prudent if schools, when collecting such personal data, expressly indicated that it would in due course be shared with the Careers Service". 
 
A copy of the Data Sharing Agreement (between Newtownhamilton High and DEL) can be accessed by clicking here. 
 
Any parent with a query on this matter should contact CEIAG Co-ordinator Mr Cousins. 
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