Leek High School believes strongly in the importance and the role of Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEAIG). We have a comprehensive careers education and guidance program, which includes detailed preparation for post-16 courses and all work experience placements. Our CEAIG programme includes employer workshops for students and activities including ‘Dragons Den’, career taster days, and our annual careers exhibition (over 25 exhibitors attended in October 2018). Students also have opportunities to attend careers events in Further Education and Higher Education, go on visits to employers and businesses. Some of our key business partners include: Ornua Foods, Belle Engineering and Stoke City.
Mrs Jan Wheat leads CEAIG for the school as part of her role as Director of Business, Careers and Enterprise. Alex Kenneth, our independent careers advisor from Entrust, offers impartial advice and guidance working with Leek High students and their parents/carers from Year 9 right through to Year 13. Additional support is provided for students in Year 9 when they are choosing their Key Stage 4 (GCSE/BTEC) options.
To help parents and carers steer their children through the confusing world of careers choices, take a look at this Parents and Carers eBook. This guide has it all – from university and apprenticeships to work experience and gap years.
The START careers website offers valuable information and guidance on future career pathways: https://www.startprofile.com
The Government’s Careers Strategy and statutory guidance uses the Gatsby Benchmarks to set out a range of requirements that schools and colleges must meet. We have mapped out how each our activities and events can support our students to make informed careers choices and achieve their full potential. An effective careers programme, as outlined in the Gatsby Report must meet the following 8 benchmarks:
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
The COMPASS benchmark tool assesses schools’ progress towards meeting the 8 benchmarks. You can click here to view our current progress.
All students leaving Leek High will be given a wide range of impartial information to make informed post-16 choices about their future. We liaise with local and specialist national colleges, training providers, employers and the voluntary sector to ensure that knowledge is up to date and information can be shared about the needs, demands and the trends within the labour market locally, nationally and globally. All past students of Leek High School and College, are invited to join our Linkdin alumni group. This group has been set up to develop and foster lifelong relationships between the school and its past learners and can be accessed here.
Leek Federation Sixth Form: https://wwc.ttlt.org.uk/sixth-form/
Stoke on Trent College: https://www.stokecoll.ac.uk/
NSCG Newcastle College: https://nscg.ac.uk/
Reaseheath College: www.reaseheath.ac.uk
Jobs Live UK: https://jobsliveuk.com
National Apprenticeships website: https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship
Juniper Training: Virtual Open Day www.junipertraining.co.uk
PM Training: https://www.pmtraining.org.uk/
Careermap apprenticeships and jobs: https://careermap.co.uk/
Entrust Education Services: https://entrust.education/
Careers Education Council (CEC): https://www.careersandenterprise.co.uk/
Click here for a list of useful websites and resources with information on colleges, Post 18 options, apprenticeship, careers and much more.