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.
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.
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.
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 Cathy O’Neill) from the Careers Service NI, who interviews all Year 11 and 12 pupils. Parents may also choose to be present at these interviews.