Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) at Highlands seeks to raise aspirations and provides students with the knowledge and experience to make informed decisions for their future choices in the work place, higher education or training.
We therefore encourage students to plan early and broadly for their own future and we provide support in considering all available options that match their interests and skills.
We aim to support pupils and parents/carers by providing timely advice and guidance right the way across Years 7-13. This support is further enhanced by Highland’s strong relationships with Careers Advisers, Employers, Training providers, Colleges and Universities.
To achieve this aim, from September 2018, our careers strategy has adopted the Gatsby Benchmarks of Good Careers Guidance framework to develop and improve our careers provision. As a school we are working to have all 8 benchmarks in place by 2020.
The eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance
1. A stable careers programme
2. Learning from career and labour market information
3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
5. Encounters with employers and employees
6. Experiences of workplaces
7. Encounters with further and higher education
8. Personal guidance
CAREER INTERVIEWS are provided in partnership with the Enfield Careers Service which supplements the impartial in-house advice delivered by the Work Related Leaning Manager.
All students seeking advice can visit the Careers Office to make an appointment which is open daily between 8am and 4pm and speak to:
Mrs Laurenzi – Work Related Learning Manager – (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday)
Mrs Brown - Careers Adviser - Enfield Careers Service – (Thursday and Friday)
Students in our Sixth Form are very well supported as they make their applications to University, apply for Higher Level Apprenticeships or other non-University post 18 pathways.
Please refer to the CEIAG Policy document for details of student entitlement and related information about the Careers Programme on our Policies page of the school website.
Additionally, all students have access to a range of external providers to ensure they learn about approved technical qualifications and apprenticeships. Please see our Provider Access Policy document on our Policies page of the school website.
Year 10 students carry out a two-week work experience placement in the summer term. Students are encouraged to find their own placements, but we also have support from the London Borough of Enfield Work Experience Team to secure placements. This is an invaluable opportunity, providing the chance to develop employability skills and sample the world of work.
Year 12 students have work experience for one week in July. We encourage students to find an appropriate placement that will support their future career choices and which will prove useful for both UCAS and apprenticeship applications.