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Careers Leader Cluster Meeting 16th and 17th June 2021

Below is the agenda and notes taken from the two events that took place at 4pm on Wednesday 16th June and Thursday 17th June.

Agenda

16:00 – 16:10 A Celebration of achievements – Carrie

16:10 – 16:20 Icebreaker – what’s the thing you’re most pleased about from this year?

‘I’m good at…’

‘I’m amazing at…’

‘I can do this…’

https://www.startnowcornwall.org.uk/back-to-school/transition-mission/

16:20 – 16:25 The Careers Hub team share their own review process

16:25 – 16:35 What would your review be of how the year has been for your careers programme?

16:35 – 16:55  SWOT Analysis – Breakout Room Discussion

16:55 – 17:05  Feedback to main room

17:05 – 17:15  How to do a current state analysis and set objectives

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Thanks to everyone who was able to come to a cluster meeting last week. For reflection, and for those not able to attend below is a summary of the discussion.

Congratulations

We said huge well done to all of you for getting through an extraordinary year. Sometimes our success is in surviving 😊 but you have achieved much more than simple survival. You’ve reflected, reviewed, adapted, collaborated, strengthened leadership capacity and made plans for the future. We are incredibly grateful to our Career Leaders; you’ve retained a strong focus on careers despite the huge demands and challenges the year has brought. In the meeting, we took time to reflect on and celebrate our successes and we’d encourage you to have a conversation with your Enterprise Adviser to reflect on the things that you have learnt and achieved this year.

Celebrate

Time was spent reflecting on our achievements despite the challenges and recognising, celebrating, and sharing our talents; of which there are many!

We shared what we are good at, amazing at, and what we can do! We thought this might be a really nice, positive activity to run with your students?

Taken from one of these Y6 Transition Mission resources from Start Now  https://www.startnowcornwall.org.uk/back-to-school/transition-mission/

Review

As a hub, we have had to reflect on our own work, our strategy and priorities, and plan for what we want to achieve in the next three years. And to do this we’re using the exact same process that schools go through when reviewing or creating a strategic careers programme.

Our starting point was with a current state analysis – a review of what’s happening now in our own work and the context in which we are operating.

There a number of things that can help us form this review or analysis of careers provision at school or college;

  • Completing the Compass Tool
  • Analysing your destinations data
  • Local context: LMI, growth sectors, FE/HE provision, etc.
  • Reviewing vulnerable cohorts and any ‘gaps’ in outcomes
  • Carrying out a SWOT analysis (looking at its existing Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats)
The last one of these, the SWOT, we did together in the meeting. Feedback from all those present found it a really interesting and useful exercise, and an outline of some of the comments is below.

Strength of Careers Provision SWOT

Consider:
  • Time/Resource of Careers Leader, Role of EA/Link Governor, Parental Engagement, SLT Buy-in, Staff CPD, Whole School Responsibility for Careers, Impact Measurement, Evaluation
  • Benchmark progress: LMI, Tracking at Student Level, Careers within Subject Areas, Employer Engagement, Experiences of the World of Work, Encounters with FE/HE, 1:1 guidance

Strengths

  • Networking and community Links, Relationship Management
  • Large bank of employer contacts
  • SLT backing
  • Diversity of sectors represented
  • Progressive programme
  • Trust within the team
  • Career promise offered to students
  • Quantity and scale of good work
  • Parental engagement
  • Embedded in PSHE
  • Unifrog in Yrs 7 – 11
  • We are invested and care about what we do
  • Clear strategic Plan  that includes feedback from staff, students, parents & employers

Weaknesses

  • Lack of opportunity to build relationships
  • No whole school approach
  • Time
  • Little support from wider school team
  • Loss of enthusiasm
  • Reduction in PHSE time
  • Tech and digital capacity
  • New Team – Still learning
  • Uncertainly and Covid Cancellations

Opportunities

  • To develop a strategic plan to help make case for change
  • Digital skills
  • Good career opportunities
  • Green skills
  • Embed programme under character ed.
  • Enterprise Advisor(s)
  • Careerpilot across the school
  • Governor support
  • Work experience
  • Alumni
  • Online engagement
  • Different levels of support i.e. within MAT

Threats

  • New MAT and restructuring
  • Lack of work experience
  • Covid impact
  • Austerity
  • Sudden labour market changes
  • Online working leaving behind most at-risk students
Round up

Creating a strategic careers plan, that includes a current state analysis, a vision (aligned to the overall school vision), a key set of objectives and an action plan to achieve those objectives means a number of important things;

  1. When we need support from our SLT, we have a clear and evidenced plan to reinforce our argument/request – going to a meeting without this is like going to a bank manager for a business loan with no business plan.
  2. When we are deciding on what and when to include events/activities in our careers programmes, we can really easily assess whether any particular activity meets our needs if it is aligned with our objectives.
  3. When we are planning an individual activity, we need to have a clear idea of what our outcomes are – we have to ask ourselves, ‘what do we want our students to know, understand or be able to do as a result of this, has the activity achieved what you set out to do?’ . The outcomes will shape your method of evaluation.
  4. When we are inviting external contributors into school, like employers, it’s really important that they have a clear idea of our objectives, for the activity and for the careers programme as a whole, so that they can align themselves and their messages to that.

The following resources might be useful.

http://www.forum-talent-potential.org/wp-content/uploads/getting-started.pdf 

https://www.thecdi.net/Supporting-case-studies

Conclusion

Hopefully, this has helped you to consider your own review for your careers strategy. You are very busy people but planning is really key to your success as it will support you to communicate the strategy in a clear way, it will encourage the whole school to be active and involved, and it will help you to keep on track.

Use the templates to guide you and break it down into manageable chunks. The strategy template below has been updated with the new CDI Learning Aims. There is also a master spreadsheet that you can use to update your plans yearly. We are yet to provide a commentary about this document but it is on the list of things to do and also to be added to our Benchmark 1 page.
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Thank you so much for all your hard work and tenacity this year. Seeing you all on-screen this year, still showing up, still trying to make a difference in the lives of the young people you work with drives us harder to do the right thing, to raise the careers agenda in Cornwall with urgency, evidence and impact, and after a well-deserved break, we can’t wait to see you again next year.

From,

Carrie, Frankie, Lucy, and Ruth