Welcome to the Careers Information page. We recognise the importance of careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) and ensure that throughout the year, students have opportunities to engage positively with their futures, both in terms of increasing expectations and exploring the best routes into the careers that interest them. In line with the Department for Education guidance, we have a coordinated programme of careers support designed around the Gatsby Benchmarks and CDI Framework to offer a coherent programme embedded within school structures. Our Careers Policy, Student Entitlements and access policy can be viewed using the relevant links on this page.
Evaluation of our programme is demonstrated through the school's accreditation of the prestigious 'Quality in Careers Standard' which is reviewed every 3 years. This complements our comprehensive programme of Careers Education, information, advice and guidance from Year 7 to Year 13. The Government (through the Department for Education) has issued statutory guidance which strongly recommends all Schools to achieve the Quality in Careers Standard as the national CEIAG quality award.
The programme is reviewed internally by the Careers Leader annually, after gaining feedback from students, staff, parents, external providers and governors and is reviewed by an independent external careers provider once every three years.
Please see information here for ‘Careers Programme’
We value input from parent/carers, businesses or former students so if you are able to contribute to our careers programme please email the school at; email@example.com
If any student requires additional careers support at any stage including post-16 options please contact Mrs Kellie Smith on the above email.
Annually during National Careers Week in March we host a Careers Forum for the whole school and parents/guardians to attend. The event includes visiting speakers from various career sectors. Visiting exhibitors include universities (including Oxbridge and Russell Group), companies, apprenticeship providers and further education colleges.
Careers Resources and Links
The National Careers Service website https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk offers information and professional impartial advice about education, training and work for all ages. For information regarding university courses www.ucas.com. Students have access to www.icould.com which is a small, dynamic charity, providing career inspiration and information for young people. It shows what is possible in work and offer different ways to think about careers through free access to over 1000 personal video stories, detailed job information, plus practical tips, insight and advice.
The careers library contains a varied range of books, leaflets and prospectuses about further and higher education.
As part of the careers guidance and education programme we deliver at Blackfen School for Girls your child has access to New Kudos, the latest program from CASCAID.
New Kudos is accessible online and we are encouraging the use of it at home to involve parents with the important decisions your child has to make about their future options.
New Kudos will help your child to assess their interests and skills, as well as letting them explore and research different education and career options, enabling them to make informed decisions about their future.
To access the program please visit www.cascaid.co.uk/newkudos and click on the log in button, your child can then log in using the access details given to them by Mrs Smith.
Username: student email address
Password: students should know this but if they have forgotten if they go to the website via the link above and click 'Forgotten your details?', students just enter their email address and they will be a emailed a link to change their password.
All CASCAID programs come with a comprehensive range of support materials including the Parents’/Carers’ Guide to Careers Education & Guidance. This Guide will help you understand the options available to your child at each transition stage.
To view the Parents’ Guide please visit www.cascaid.co.uk/support
The Guide will be available to download under the Product Support Resources section.