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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.

Contacts:

Emma Law (Head of Careers) elaw@dartfordgrammarschool.org.uk

Lewys Attwell (Assistant Head CEIAG) lattwell@dartfordgrammarschool.org.uk

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Recent CEIAG Events

Please browse our Careers Blog for all the latest Careers News. 

2023 Careers Fair

Wednesday 29th November saw the Mick Jagger Centre transformed into a lively and purposeful Careers Fair. We were delighted to welcome over 80 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 business people for devoting their time to enriching the careers education of our young people.  

The event forms a vital part of our Careers Education at Dartford Grammar School, affording students from Years 9-13 the opportunity to network, broaden their horizons, challenge misconceptions and feel inspired about their future prospects. On the day, students interacted with professionals from the fields of banking, engineering, law, computing, medicine, public sector services, architecture, media 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: tracking share prices on the stock market, recording radio jingles and participating in experiment data collection with scientists from the University of Greenwich. 

 ‘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

Dragons' Den 2023

During Summer Creativity Week, our Year 10s entered the Dragons' Den after two days of entrepreneurship workshops. After learning about designing a business plan and how to carry out market research and create a successful advertising campaign, students put their knowledge to the test in designing a product to bring to the den. Creativity, confidence and teamwork were showcased by all, and the H Block was buzzing with productivity across the two days.

Students were assisted by local business people and alumni who offered insight into real-world examples and provided support and redirection when needed. Their ideas were varied and imaginative; our winning group designed a medication-reminder bracelet specifically for children to give them more autonomy over their medical condition. All groups delivered a competent and passionate pitch, but this group really stood out when considering the partnership possibilities for funding and an advertising campaign.

Given the skills on show during the event, we can hope to see many budding DGS entrepreneurs in the coming years!

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.