Careers Education, Information, Advice & Guidance (CEIAG) at DGS
See our Careers Blog for all our latest Careers news.
Here at Dartford Grammar School, we passionately believe not only in preparing students academically for their public examinations, but also in helping them develop the skills required for their futures as citizens of the world.
The IB Learner Profile forms the core values of Dartford Grammar School and helps equip our young people with the skills, understanding and self-awareness necessary for success in the workplace. In addition to the development of these key attributes through the academic curriculum and extensive co-curriculum, the CEIAG Programme of Study addresses issues to do with the world of work and affords opportunities to develop the transferable skills required to make the best decisions at the key transition points in students’ education. It is important that all students are fully supported and guided through the process of planning for their futures, and our PSHE, extra- and co-curricular provision reflects this.
Careers support starts in the classroom, with all subject teachers playing an active role advising on career opportunities in their own subjects, and with form tutors delivering careers-related activities through the PSHE programme in form time. Our departmental Careers Champions are enthusiastic in supporting students with targeted advice and opportunities within their specific field.
Furthermore, all students have the opportunity to complete a week’s work experience and to meet an independent careers advisor at least once by the end of Year 11. Our annual programme of Careers events affords students the opportunity to attend special events and enrichment activities, such as lectures from returning alumni, careers-themed seminars, educational visits and trips to places of employment, the Futures forum with past DGS students, and the school’s Careers Fair, held every autumn. The success of this CEIAG programme can be seen in the varied destinations of our student leavers, and in the willingness of our alumni to return to school to share their career journeys to inspire the students of today.
"Pupils, including those in the sixth form, benefit from expert and independent careers guidance, so they can make well-informed decisions about their next steps" (Ofsted, December 2022)
Click here to view the school’s careers policy, including an action plan outlining the school’s progress towards meeting the Gatsby Benchmarks and click here for the Education and Training Provider Access Policy.
If you would like to support our Careers Education provision, please contact Miss Emma Law, Head of Careers.
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Careers education is embedded into our PSHE programme and taught to students from Years 7 to 13. Students will use Unifrog to support their study, equipping them with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the future.
Independent, impartial careers advice and guidance is purchased fromCXK - a Matrix standard organisation. CXK Careers Guidance Advisers are professionally qualified to support and encourage students while they are making decisions about their future. During the confidential and impartial interview students can discuss possible options for further and higher education and explore different career ideas and opportunities.
Currently, small-group appointments are scheduled for all Year 11 students to consolidate the work experience placement and discuss post-16 options. Students in Year 12 and 13 are offered the opportunity to meet with the Careers Guidance Adviser in a 1:1 meeting, and must register their interest with Miss Law.
Supported by a wonderful network of alumni, parents and friends of Dartford Grammar School, we are proud to host a number of successful annual events to support our CEIAG provision. These include an Autumn Term Careers Fair (see here (link to events page) for 2022’s report), an International Womens' Day conference on Equity in the Workplace with a panel of Old Dartfordians, and a series of seminars and workshops throughout the year.
Upcoming Summer Term seminars include the following topics:
- Degree Apprenticeships
- Careers in Media
- Careers in the legal field
- Sustainability in the Real World
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If you would like to support our Careers Education provision, please contact Miss Emma Law, Head of Careers (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Alison Holland, Alumni Officer (email@example.com).
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All DGS students and their parents have a log-in to our one-stop CEIAG platform Unifrog. Here you can research various post-16 and post-18 pathways, find out more information about a variety of careers, and track your skills and academic engagement. There are numerous informative webinars which run throughout the year so it is worth checking back frequently.
Here are some other links which you may find useful:
- https://www.lmiforall.org.uk/careerometer/ : check live Labour Market Information
- London Labour Market Information
- Dartford Labour Market Information
For further subject-specific content, please reach out to one of our departmental Careers Champions. Please direct all general enquiries to Miss Law, Head of Careers.
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Science, Medicine and Engineering
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English, Media and Drama
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The success of our CEAIG provision relies on our network of professional contacts. We offer the following opportunities with the aim of increasing our student’s awareness of career pathways, building transferrable skills for the workplace and offering practical placements:
- Annual Autumn Careers Fair
- Information seminars focused on a particular professional field
- Skills workshops
- Interview practice
- Student Mentoring
- Student Work Experience placement opportunities
‘My practice interviews were invaluable. They provided me with so many useful tips. Thanks to this support, I have an offer to start my Retail Banking Degree Apprenticeship with Barclays in September’ A Year 13 student, 2023
If you would like to support our Careers Education provision, please contact Miss Emma Law, Head of Careers (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Alison Holland, Alumni Network Manager (email@example.com).
DGS Staff can find a plethora of CEIAG resources to support students on the Google Drive. They can also use their Unifrog accounts to access subject-specific careers advice.
Design and Technology: https://cdn.unifrog.org/resources/335/Working_in_Design_and_Technology_UK.pdf
Recent CEIAG Events
Please browse our Careers Blog for all the latest Careers News.
2022 Careers Fair
Wednesday 16th November saw the Becketts Sports Centre once again transformed into a lively and purposeful Careers Fair. We were delighted to welcome over 50 delegates from a range of industries, without whom none of this would have been possible. We are very grateful to those Old Dartfordians, parents and local businesspeople for devoting their afternoon to enriching the careers education of our young people.
The aim of the event was to inspire our young people and to encourage them to broaden their horizons and open their eyes to the plethora of opportunities available to them.
Students from Years 8,9,11 and 12 browsed the fair, interacting with professions from the fields of banking, engineering, law, computing, medicine, public sector services, architecture and science. The enthusiasm in the air was palpable as students found out more about the world of work: from probing questions about the delegates’ day to day roles, to insightful discussions about internships and apprenticeship routes; there were even some hands-on activities: taking doppler ultrasounds on wrists, tracking share prices on the stock market and watching a live stream from space.
‘This careers fair offers a great opportunity to encourage the pupils to look up from their current subjects and focus on where they may lead them in the world ahead’ Parent and local businessman, Nov 2022
2023 International Women’s Day Conference
On Wednesday 8th March, DGS celebrated International Women’s Day by welcoming a panel of Old Dartfordians to discuss their experience in their respective fields, promoting equity in the workplace, and offering vital Careers guidance and inspiration to our young people. Presentations included Equity in a Career, specifically around having a family; Equity in Entrepreneurialism; Bumble - its origins and being part of the team; Equity as a stuntswoman; Equity in the eyes of the Law.
'It was a great pleasure to welcome back a panel of Old Girls to speak on their experiences in the workplace on this global day of awareness. The conference hopefully is the first of IWD events on the theme of that year, giving current students a sighting on real world issues.' The Alumni Team, DGS
Get Involved: Alumni, parents and friends of Dartford Grammar school, if you would like to support our Careers Education provision, please contact Miss Emma Law, Head of Careers.