Careers - Our Approach to Careers Education
Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance is embedded into our PSHE programme, the subject curriculum and the culture of education within the Academy. We recognise the important contribution this makes to supporting the successful transition from education to employment.
Visit our Careers - Student Resources page.
Visit our Work Experience page
Careers opportunities are organsied by Mr D Beresford, Assistant Principal in charge of Careers and PSHE in the Academy. Students can find him in the Assistant Principal’s office or around the academy while on duty before school or during break, lunch and/or after school.
You can email Mr Beresford on D.Beresford@harrisdulwichgirls.org.uk or by contacting the Academy directly by emailing Info@harrisdulwichgirls.org.uk or calling 0207 732 2276 ext: 7911. Follow us on Twitter @CareersHgaed
We also benefit from having a careers advisor from the central Harris Federation team who works every Thursday at HGAED. Our advisor Miss Miller Simon meets for one-to-one scheduled meetings each week with Key Stage 4 and 5 students on a rota and the younger years during the spring/summer term. You can email Miss Miller Simon at Liona.Miller-Simon@harrisfederation.org.uk.
- Click HERE to download an overview of our careers delivery plan.
- Our Careers Policy and access for education and training providers documents can be downloaded from the Teaching and Learning page of our website.
Apprenticeships - click HERE to download the parents and carers apprenticeships information pack.
Careersmag - click HERE to see the latest issue of Careersmag for Parents - helping you to help your child.
Unifrog - click HERE to watch a webinar about how you can help your child make the best use of their Unifrog account.
Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)
CEIAG is embedded in areas of the curriculum and involves various internal and external events, experiences and visits.
Our Careers Curriculum from Year 7-11 is delivered in PSHE lessons during coaching time in addition to drop down days, workplace visits and dedicated assemblies throughout the academic year. Each student is provided with a Unifrog account to track their careers education and find/apply for opportunities, resources and advice.
Students take part in a quality work experience where they can get first hand knowledge of the workplace, gain key skills and support their future pathways choices post 16 and 18.
Post-16 students have their own bespoke provision, coordinated by the Sixth Form team and delivered by their coaches. Activities involve work experience, talks, course application support, UCAS support, CV-writing and many other events.
The Academy works with local universities and business partners to ensure wide-ranging provision. This is ensured through our following of the ‘Baker clause’. For further details please see the document Careers - Provider Access Policy (Baker Clause) downloadable from our Teaching and Learning page.
Monitoring evaluation and review
Monitoring the development of CEAIG across the Academy is the responsibility of the Academy Senior Leadership Team and will be co-ordinated by the Careers Lead. The Careers Education and Guidance Improvement Plan will be developed and updated on an annual basis and will drive the work of CEAIG.
The current CEAIG Improvement Plan is available from the Careers Lead. The Careers Lead will be accountable for the effective delivery and progress made in steering through the improvement plans and ensuring that the vision for CEAIG at the Academy is achieved. Feedback on the quality of CEAIG provision will be gathered from a variety of stakeholders including students, employers, staff and parents/carers.
We use Careers and Enterprise company Compass to evaluate our performance against Gatsby Benchmarks and manage, track and report on our school’s careers programme.
The Gatsby Benchmark is a self-evaluation tool to help schools evaluate their careers and enterprise provision. The Gatsby Benchmark are at the heart of CEIAG provision at Harris Girls’ Academy East Dulwich. There are eight benchmarks covering different areas of quality career curriculum.
As one of the key indicators in the Ofsted framework, the collation and effective evaluation of destination data for all of our students is of paramount importance. Students are each given small group and one-to-one interviews with our Careers Advisor to help ensure that they are fully equipped to make these important life choices and the data from these sessions is tracked, checked and support plans with added help are put in place to maintain high expectations for each individual’s future.
We complete one-to-one Year 11 interview to allow students allotted time to discuss their future plans and their potential pathways including subject choices and intended destinations. Harris Careers Central Team and Harris Experience Coordinators also offer support in preparing students for actual interviews for apprenticeship and competitive university courses.
Higher education opportunities
Our Higher Education Opportunities sessions are designed to help students make their final decisions about which pathway they plan to follow and give them invaluable advice about to successfully tackle what is largely considered to be the one of the most difficult transitions in education.
These sessions are delivered during coaching time and assemblies to expose students to a range of pathways. Harris Careers Central team also run Next Step events where students are given subject specific guidance from a wide selection of providers that help them make informed choices.
We partner with King’s College London and St. Anne’s College Oxford offering subject activities and discovery activities throughout the year, for example at Key Stage 3 King’s Scholars and ‘On Your Marks’; at Key Stage 4 Medical Activity Day, Chemistry Outreach resources; Oxford Familiarisation days; and at Key Stage 5 ‘Super Curricular Boosts.’
We are part of the Wider Participation Network at UCL and facilitate student participation on a variety of activities. We also attend activities at other London Universities as opportunities arise, for example engineering lectures at Imperial, the lecture series at Royal Holloway and public lectures at LSE.
As part of the Federation, we also have students in ‘Harris Experience’ (years 9 – 11) and ‘Harris Experience Advanced’ (Post 16). These programmes offer both super-curricular support and cultural enrichment.
STEM careers and studies
We have planned a number of STEM events for years 7-11, with the aim of introducing students to new and exciting careers and studies in STEM subjects. STEM subjects include the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. These subjects present fantastic opportunities for our students to talk to representatives and ambassadors from each of those sectors.
We have partnered with UCL and Kings College London to support students in their university choices and to promote the range of STEM courses offered at university level.
In addition, through our business partnership with KPMG, Years 7 to 10 take will be taking part in a work-ready workshop promoting careers within all elements of STEM subjects. As a school we aim to encourage more students to participate in careers within these traditionally male dominated areas through the opportunities presented as well as afterschool clubs.
Calling all alumnae from Harris Girls’ Academy East Dulwich and Harris Sixth Form Homestall Campus. We are interested in keeping in contact to arrange future events and to celebrate your successes to inspire students. Please stay in touch. Follow us on Twitter @CareersHgaed