Careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) forms an integral part of a student’s journey at REACH school.

Our aim is provide students with a wide range of opportunities for them to learn about the world of work, the essential skills and qualifications required and the various pathways available to them. We are committed to providing our students with exceptional support and guidance so they feel confident when entering their post – 16 pathways.

The careers programme at REACH is developed in consideration of the CDI (Career Development Institute) framework and the eight GATSBY benchmarks. The eight GATSBY benchmarks are:

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) Experience of workplaces

7) Encounters with further higher education

8) Personal guidance

As a school we ensure that all students and their parents have access to good quality information about post – 16 pathways and further education opportunities. We understand that students have different guidance needs at different stages and advice and support is tailored to address the needs of each student.

At REACH we prepare students for the next stage of their education/employment journey through:

  • Work related learning
  • Providing comprehensive and unbiased guidance
  • Actively promoting equality and challenging gender stereotypes
  • Providing a positive environment which in turn raises motivation and attainment.
  • Various career focused events including virtual
  • Assemblies and curriculum learning
  • Offering face to face advice and guidance
  • Helping student to apply for courses that are appropriate to their needs and aspirations.

REACH school’s careers programme is reviewed annually; the programmes impact is assessed through feedback from students, parents, teachers and employers. This allows us to continue to provide a sustainable and appropriate careers programme whilst also improving the quality of our provision.

Destination data is tracked and analysed to ensure students move onto a post-16 pathway that is most appropriate for them.

For further information please contact the school on 0121 675 8989 and ask for Anilla Mughal (CEIAG adviser).

Below is an overview of our careers programme and activities. Covid-19 update please note where some events are not possible to attend the CEIAG lead will ensure that there is a virtual event available in place of the face to face encounter.

Year 11

Autumn Term

  • Weekly work placements (satchel as a contingency)
  • ASK Apprenticeship Assembly (virtual or face to face)
  • On-going support with Birmingham Careers Service (virtual or face to face)
  • Application form and Interview workshop for Post-16 (virtual or face to face)
  • Application support for post-16 destinations.

Spring Term

  • Weekly work placements
  • Interview preparations
  • Big Bang STEM Event (virtual)
  • University visit for students (virtual or site visit)
  • Completing work experience qualifications where applicable
  • Workshops on how to use www.ucas.com, www.apprenticeship.org

Summer Term

  • Updating START profiles and finishing of Records Of Achievement folder
  • Pos-16 preparation and support.

Year 10

Autumn Term

  • Confirming work experience placements and begin to work towards a suitable qualification (where deemed suitable).
  • Introduction to START profiles (to set up on-line records of achievement)
  • ASK – Apprenticeship Assembly (virtual or face to face)
  • On-going guidance with Birmingham Careers Service (virtual or face to face)
  • Assemblies with guest speakers (virtual or face to face)
  • Updating START profile

Spring Term

  • Weekly work placements
  • Big Bang Event Virtual (STEM Event)
  • Taster days with local FE colleges (virtual or site visit)
  • Updating START profile

Summer Term

  • Weekly work placements
  • University visit for all students (virtual or site visit)
  • T-level presentation
  • Employability drop in clinic with AM

Year 9

Autumn Term

  • Introduction to START profiles (to set up on-line records of achievement)
  • Assemblies and guest speakers (virtual or face to face)

Spring Term

  • University visit for students (virtual or site visit)
  • STEM event (virtual)
  • Updating START profiles

Summer Term

  • 1-2-1 initial careers interview with Birmingham Careers Service Adviser (virtual or face to face)
  • Work experience taster days
  • Further education taster days (virtual or face to face)
  • Updating START profiles