Pioneer House High School is committed to providing a planned programme of impartial careers education and information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) for all students as part of the Enterprise, Employability, and Independence Curriculum. Student progress is tracked through carefully structured enterprise outcomes and monitoring of careers related learning.
This curriculum incorporates a wide range of planned activities, each having clear learning outcomes which support the development of skills that are required for the world of work and lifelong learning. At Pioneer House High School careers education, information advice and guidance is both broad and balanced. The focus of this, is on the personal development of each individual pupil, offering fully inclusive opportunities both within school and outside school to develop the necessary skills required to be “work ready” as they leave school.
Our pupils learn by doing, and all our pupils, regardless of ability, have the opportunity to sample a range of realistic career options as part of the work experience opportunities that are made available to them as part of the vocational curriculum. These opportunities are supported by both school staff and other professionals within a range of work contexts in the local community.
Pupil’s learning in this area of the curriculum is enhanced by their participation in enterprise days, college visits, enrichment activities and their involvement in local community projects. All activities aim to inspire, challenge and motivate pupils whilst at the same time promoting equality of opportunity.
As with all learning at Pioneer House High School, the Enterprise, Employability and Independence curriculum is fully differentiated and personalised in order to ensure that all pupils, regardless of ability are able to make progress in this area. This in turn equips them with the tools necessary to make informed decisions in terms of future destinations as they make the transition from school to adulthood. All pupils, along with their parents and carers are fully supported throughout all transition processes which ensures positive and sustainable outcomes for pupils during their time at Pioneer House High School and beyond.
Measuring the Impact of our Careers Programme
The impact of our careers programme at Pioneer House High School is reported in a number of ways.
We report our leavers’ destinations data three times each year to the Local Authority in line with their data capture timelines. This data is also reported to Governors each term.
Our work with students who at risk of becoming NEET is closely monitored by Governors and the Local Authority and regular reports are shared to demonstrate the impact of this work and interventions that we have put in place to support our students to progress on to sustainable destinations.
Our annual Careers and Next Steps event and any employer led workshops are evaluated for impact. The results of these evaluations feed into our action plan to inform our next steps.
Our Careers programme is currently in the process of being formally evaluated as part of our application to become accredited with the Gold Inspiring IAG Award.
Our progress towards our achievement of all 8 of the Gatsby Benchmarks in full, is formally assessed each term using the Compass evaluation tool as part of our partnership working with the Careers and Enterprise Company.
Careers Department Staff:
Donna Taylor – TA4 – Work Experience Co-ordinator
Zoey Jones – TA2 - Responsibility for Work Experience