Curriculum Information

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)

We provide our students with a full Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) programme to ensure that our students are ready and prepared for their next steps.  Various experiences, opportunities and information is coordinated to help students make informed choices for future study and work.

At Kirkbie Kendal School, we believe the best CEIAG is through a whole school commitment involving input from all school staff, our students, parent/carers, the business community and employers, and a range of education providers – Colleges, Universities and training institutions.

We link our programme to the Department for Education Gatsby Benchmarks and review and update our provision through feedback, evaluation and the ‘Compass Audit.’

Mrs Hazel Pinder is the CEIAG administrator and Assistant Lead of CEIAG at Kirkbie Kendal School and is a first point of contact at school. Mrs Pinder is available on 01539 727422 every day.  Ms Jen Donald leads on CEIAG. Please contact one of us if you would like further information about CEIAG by using the ‘Contact Us’ form on the website.

Whole School Overview of CEIAG

We also have an Independent Careers Adviser, Fiona Herrema, who has one to one careers interviews for all our Year 11 students. Fiona provides advice and guidance on transition and progression to ensure students have confirmed destinations when they leave school. Fiona also meets many Sixth Form students who are either referred to her or who choose to have an appointment.  Students from any Year group are welcome to drop in at break or lunch with any queries about Colleges, apprenticeships, Universities or careers in general.

We have a dedicated section of the Library for Careers.  There are prospectuses from all the local Colleges and training providers, along with a large selection of University brochures on display.  There is also a selection of books about various different careers and pathways including apprenticeships.

All students in Years 9, 10 and 11 have an appointment with a senior member of staff, their Head of Year or Form Tutor to discuss their future career plans and their options moving into GCSE or Further Education.

Our annual Careers Fair is attended by both local and national employers, as well as Colleges, Universities and volunteer organisations. Year 9, 11, 12 and 13 students all attend the Careers Fair.

We have a schedule of employer talks throughout the year that Year 10 –13 students can attend.

Inspira also meet all CLA students and EHCP Year 11 students.

Below is an example of a student’s CEIAG provision through the school.  This is not an exhaustive list.

Career Programme: Year 7

  • Assembly time is used for students to meet inspirational business people who talk about their journeys.
  • All students have access to impartial careers advice and guidance and 1:1 careers coaching to support them for their GCSE preferences.
  • All students and parents have access to the KKS Career Padlet, which is accessed through the school website.

Career Programme: Year 8

  • All students have access to impartial careers advice and guidance and 1:1 careers coaching.
  • All students follow a Scheme of Work called ‘The Real Game’ in Life Skills. This allows discussion about various careers, qualifications needed, pathways, salaries and progression routes.
  • Assemblies are used for inspirational speakers.
  • All students and parents have access to the KKS Career Padlet, which is accessed through the school website.

Career Programme: Year 9

  • All students attend the careers fair at KKS where they can meet employers, universities and colleges.
  • All students have access to impartial careers advice and guidance and 1:1 careers coaching to support them for their GCSE preferences.
  • All students attend the GCSE Open Evening at school to speak to subject staff with their parents.
  • All students have a meeting, with a senior member of staff to discuss their possible future career and their GCSE choices.
  • All students attend the Careers Fair in school.
  • All students register for the Start Profile website, which offers an online careers platform.
  • All students complete a Scheme of Work on Careers during form time. This look at post 16 options as well as students looking at their current interests and skills using the START platform. They will then research a career they are interested in and present this to their peers.
  • All students and parents have access to the KKS Career Padlet that is accessed through the school website.

Career Programme: Year 10

  • All students have access to impartial careers advice and guidance and 1:1 careers coaching.
  • All students have a meeting, with a senior member of staff to discuss their possible future career and future choices post 16.
  • All students learn about managing money, payslips and saving in their Life Skills lessons.
  • All students have mock interview with employers who provide feedback about their interview.
  • All students take part in a ‘World of Work’ day where they have access to a variety of education providers and employers and participate in talks and workshops.
  • All students are encouraged to participate in employer talks.
  • All students and parents have access to the KKS Career Padlet that is accessed through the school website.

Career Programme: Year 11

  • All students attend the Careers Fair at KKS where they can meet employers, Universities and Colleges.
  • All students are encouraged to participate in employer talks.
  • All students have a 1:1 interview with an impartial careers adviser, Fiona Herrema, where an action plan is written and if agreed, shared with the Head of Year, Form Tutor and parents.
  • Groups of students attend a College Open Day in school time.
  • Open Evening events for College providers are shared via Form Tutors, parents and the KKS Careers Padlet.
  • Students interested in attending Sixth Form attend our Open Evening, where we also have an impartial careers advisor and NCS.
  • NCS (National Citizens Service) assemblies.
  • All EHCP and CLA students meet Inspira as well as any student identified as a possible NEET.
  • Apprenticeships assembly led by Inspira.
  • All students take part in form time activities focussing on their post 16 options.

Students are well-prepared for the next stage of their education, training or employment with training. The Inspira 2019-2020 figures show 98.6% of students were in sustained education, employment or training (area average 97.1%). The figures for 2020-2021 were 98.3% of students in education, training or employment with training (area average 98.6%).

Career Pathway Programme: Sixth Form

  • All students are invited to attend the Careers Fair at KKS where they can meet employers, Universities and Colleges.
  • All students are encouraged to participate in employer talks regularly held in school.
  • All students have the opportunity to have a 1:1 interview with an impartial careers adviser, Fiona Herrema, where an action plan is written and, if agreed, shared with the Head of Year, Form Tutor and parents.
  • NCS (National Citizens Service) assemblies.
  • All students interviewed with the Head of Sixth Form about possible career paths and FE/Apprenticeship ideas.
  • All students supported through the UCAS process with a launch event led by Newcastle University.
  • All students are supported writing their personal statement through Newcastle University, Form Tutor and Head of Sixth Form.
  • A whole cohort student finance talk is held for both students and parents.
  • Students are encouraged and given the opportunity to attend a local HE day.
  • Open days are advertised through Form Tutors, noticeboards, Google Classroom and the Careers Padlet.
  • Cambridge, Newcastle, and University of Cumbria Universities as well as a Scottish University speak to the whole cohort about University life and the application processes.
  • Apprenticeship opportunities are advertised through Form Tutors and parents/carers are emailed with details of apprenticeships. The KKS Careers Padlet also has a designated apprenticeship section.
  • Large firms such as Siemens, BAE and United Utilities come to KKS to talk about levels of apprenticeships. Application processes are also explained.
  • Individual meetings with all the Armed Forces are arranged for both students and parents.
  • Every other week Sixth Form Enrichment lessons have employers come in to talk as well as Gap Year organisations such as Camp America, voluntary organisations and former students talking about their pathways.
  • Students are encouraged to complete work experience and other voluntary work in their study periods.
  • Summer schools are encouraged.  For example, medical summer schools.  Details are also emailed out and staff support by providing references.
  • Our Careers Library is accessible to all students and has University prospectuses, information about UCAS applications and careers in general.
  • All students and parents have access to the KKS Career Padlet, which is accessed through the school website.