Statement of entitlement
"In a complex and changing world all young people need access to good quality, comprehensive and impartial Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG).They need good IAG to help them make the right learning and career choices so that they can succeed in work, and they need it to help them find answers to the questions and issues that can arise in their personal lives. For individuals good quality IAG can make the difference between happiness and misery: between success and failure."
Minister, Department for Children, Schools and Families
Astor College for the Arts is therefore committed to providing impartial education, advice and guidance to all students within the college.
- To help students investigate opportunities in learning and careers work allows students to become aware of the range of career opportunities available. Students investigate specific jobs and job families and are given impartial information to explore opportunities in continuing academic and vocational education and training.
- In order to make appropriate career decisions, individuals need to understand themselves and the influences on them and to develop their employability and key skills. Careers Education and aims to help students to become fully aware of their aptitudes, strengths, difficulties, personality, attitudes and preferences. Through the programme young people are encouraged to set personal goals and objectives. They are also encouraged to raise their aspirations and consider all possibilities.
- Self development and career exploration will assist students to implement and adjust their career plans and to manage change and transition. Careers Education and Guidance aims to help students to make good decisions at important transitional points in their college career and beyond. Particular attention is paid to KS3 and KS4 option choices, 16+ choices and 18+ choices. Help and guidance is also available in Year 7 for students who need it to adjust to the demands of a new school and way of working; or to help year 10/11 students to cope with the demands of GCSE. 6th Form students are encouraged to take control of their own learning and plans for the future, with the support of a wide range of resources and tutorial/teaching staff. At Astor, we recognise that the changing world of work means that a student’s career could contain many job changes. The Careers Education and Guidance Programme aims to equip young people to manage their careers effectively, seeking out training and further education so as to reach their full potential
- Careers Education is delivered as part of the PSHE programme for Years 7-11 using the National Framework. Discrete careers units are delivered to students in these years by a small team of dedicated staff. It is recognised that careers is also integrated within much of the rest of the PSHE and citizenship programme and indeed across the whole college curriculum.
- The College has a very extensive programme for Careers Guidance Interviews. All students from Year 9 onwards receive an individual, paired or group guidance session with a Careers specialist from the Connexions Kent and Medway Service. The type of interview is determined by the level of need of the student as determined by the Director of School but students may request an individual interview if they so wish.
- Work related learning in a variety of forms is an entitlement for all students. By working with local providers and other outside agencies Astor College for the Arts will provide all students with the opportunity to experience the world of work. This will take the form of work experience, where available and appropriate, work related and enterprise activity days and a week of work related and business experiences.
Informed Choices booklet (PDF 3MB)
Your Place at University (PDF 2.6MB)