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Hampstead School

Whole School

Hampstead School is committed to providing a comprehensive careers and work related programme throughout the school.

To deliver our aims we continue to develop a curriculum that embeds careers education information advice and guidance (CEIAG) whilst enriching students' lives with opportunities that reach beyond the classroom and into the wider global community.

In recognition of this the school was granted the national award of Investors in Careers in July 2015.

Careers Education and Inspiration Aims

  • To enable all students to develop the self-knowledge and skills that they need to take charge of their personal and career development
  • To be an integral part of the school curriculum
  • To contribute to wider school action to raise aspirations, improve motivation, develop key and other employability skills and illustrate the relevance of subject studies in future life
  • To promote equal opportunities and to challenge stereotypical thinking and attitudes
  • To help students overcome any overt and hidden barriers to progress that they may encounter
  • To enable students to understand that a career is a personal journey that includes learning, work and career breaks (both planned and unplanned), and that all career decisions involve making choices about learning and lifestyles
  • To ensure that students receive appropriate independent and impartial information and guidance, especially at key decision and transition points

Careers Education and Inspiration at Hampstead is closely aligned to the Association of Careers Education and Guidance (ACEG) Framework

The framework is constructed around three main areas of career and work-related learning:

1.     Self-development through careers and work-related education

Participation in career and work-related learning activities gives students valuable opportunities to discover more about themselves: who they are, how they are changing and who they could possibly become. They can also discover what inspires them, how they can be successful and what they can contribute. Well-chosen and well-designed activities enable students to become more motivated and to take greater responsibility for their own learning, development and wellbeing.

2.     Finding out about careers and the world of work

Self-examination and exploration of careers and the world of work are two sides of the same coin. Looking inwards and looking outwards are central to the matching process when students weigh up where they could fit in, what the world of work has to offer them and what they have to offer in return. Looking outwards encompasses understanding careers and career progression, gaining useful insights into work and working life, understanding business and industry, knowing about the rights and responsibilities of workers and investigating opportunities.

3.     Developing skills for career wellbeing and employability

Students need to acquire and develop a range of skills to manage their own careers and to prepare themselves for employment and/or self-employment. They must, for example, know how to access and make use sources of information and advice, be able to make plans and decisions and know how to follow them through. Students also need to be able to acquire and demonstrate the skills which will add value to an employer’s business (or their own business if they are self-employed) while at the same time enabling them to release their own potential and to achieve satisfaction and success in their working lives. Knowing when and how to invest in their own learning throughout their lives can help them achieve their goals.