Careers Education at Ellesmere
Careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) is an essential part of the support we offer to students at Ellesmere College. Effective careers support can help to prepare young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life; it can help them to make decisions and manage transitions as learners and workers.
As options for young people become more varied and complex, it is vital that we support them to develop the knowledge and skills they need to make informed choices for their future. As a result, the careers programme has a whole-school remit designed to complement the rest of the school curriculum. We take a person-centred approach to our student outcomes through our EHCP process, where we work with students, parents and carers to set clear and ambitious targets which help to prepare students for their next steps.
During their time at school, all students can expect:
- the support they need to make the right choices for Key Stage 4, after Year 11 and after Year 14
- access to up-to-date and unbiased information on future learning and training, careers and labour market information
- support to develop the self-awareness and career management skills needed for their future
- embedded careers lessons covering options after school, the world of work, the job market and the skills needed for the future
- at least one meaningful encounter with a representative from the world of work each school year; this could be through work experience, Careers Day, assemblies, careers talks (in or outside lessons), projects and visits
- to hear from a range of education and training providers, including colleges and apprenticeship organisations; this could include visits and taster days, as well as assemblies, talks and meetings at school
- the opportunity to relate what they learn in lessons to their life and career beyond school
- the opportunity to talk through their career and educational choices with staff
- access to one-to-one guidance with a trained, impartial careers adviser, by appointment
- the school to keep parents/carers informed of their progress and provide parents/carers with information to support students’ career planning and decision-making. Parents/carers can attend Connexions meetings, by prior arrangement.
- to be asked their views about the Careers provision they have received to ensure that the provision continues to meet the needs of the students.
- to have access to a range of support programmes to support their transition from Ellesmere including independent living and travel training, employability skills, work experience and transition programmes
You can find a copy of our Careers Programme Overview below.
For information about your child’s current programme, please contact their tutor in the first instance.
We have produced the following Careers Progression Framework, which outlines the careers education delivered across the school.
We also have input from Hema Chauhan and Kuldeep Uppal, Connexions SEND Advisers. Connexions works with young people who live in the city, however school pays for an extra time for them to work with county students and attend parents' evenings. They provide impartial guidance and advice, supporting our students to make well-informed, realistic and thought-through decisions.
Hema and Kuldeep can be contacted at:
Connexions, Learning & Inclusion, Social Care and Education
Leicester City Council
0116 454 1770
For more information on Connexions Leicester please visit their website
Our named school careers leader is Ange Smith –
If you would like to find out more about our Careers Provision at one of our sites, please contact the Head of Centre:
- Aylestone Meadows – Simon Coopey –
- The Rowans – Sally Gough –
- Knighton Fields – Liz Richardson
All of the above staff can be contacted via our school reception: 0116 2894242