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What is CEIAG?

CEIAG (CAREERS EDUCATION, INFORMATION, ADVICE AND GUIDANCE)

What is CEIAG?

At Bridge we call CEIAG our ‘Progression Programme’.

Our Progression Programme fully supports The Bridge Academy Mission:  to ensure that every student can succeed at a good university or equivalent, thrive in their chosen field and live a great life.

Our Progression Programme is designed to ensure that every student is prepared to move from year to year, Key Stage to Key Stage, to university or a high quality apprenticeship or job.  We aim to raise students' aspirations, broaden horizons and challenge stereotypes.

The Progression Programme enables students to gain the knowledge and develop the skills and behaviours they need to make informed decisions about life after Bridge, and to succeed in a stratified society and a fast-changing world.

Covid-19 has meant that we have not been able to run our usual Progression Programme.

BENEFITING FROM INTERACTIONS WITH BUSINESS VOLUNTEERS AND BRIDGE ALUMNI

An essential part of the Progression Programme is regular contact with people from the business world providing real-life insights into the world of work.

Each year, our students meet business volunteers and former Bridge students who are either in work, doing an apprenticeship or at university.  Between Years 7-13 Bridge students have careers assemblies, employability and enterprise workshops, work placements, curriculum-based activities, and the opportunity to attend career insight evenings and the biennial Progression Fair.  Sixth Formers are offered interview practice.  We also work with a range of incredible partners colleges and universities, including The Brokerage, ELBA, Future First, Hackney Careers Collaborative, Hackney University Extension, Inspire!, Pathways Careers Training and Mentoring, Prospects, Pure Potential, The Skills Builder Partnership, UBS, and Unifrog.

EXPERIENCE OF WORKPLACES

All Bridge students have a work experience placement in Years 10 and 12.

Work experience is an invaluable opportunity for students to learn first-hand about specific professions and careers.  

  • Each year we have 20-30 prestigious work placements at UBS for each cohort.  All students may apply for one of these placements.  40% of our Year 13 leavers have had placements at UBS.
  • Students have the opportunity to find their own placement with the support of our dedicated Work Experience Co-ordinator.
  • Students can also select a placement matched to their requirements from a range of placements sourced by our partner, Inspire!

ENGAGING WITH UNIVERSITIES, COLLEGES, AND UNDERSTANDING DIFFERENT EDUCATIONAL PATHWAYS

Students will visit at least one university before Year 11 and twice in the Sixth Form, as well as hearing about different learning opportunities from sixth form colleges and technical qualification and apprenticeship providers amongst others.

PERSONAL GUIDANCE - ADDRESSING THE NEEDS OF OUR STUDENTS

Our full-time Higher Education and Careers Manager provides individual guidance to all our Sixth Form students.

Our Year 11s and Year 10 students with Special Educational Needs have personal interviews with an expert from Prospects.

Each Year group has its own Progression Programme and there are also tailored activities for students with specific needs including students with SEND.

LINKING CURRICULUM LEARNING TO CAREERS

Our partnership with UBS brings unique opportunities and links with professionals and specialists in a range of fields and 'real-life' insights which enhance the curriculum e.g. A Level Mathematics workshops on how differentiation is used on the trading floor and insights from UBS economists.  IT experts connect classroom learning to how it is used in the workplace; and there is a Geography workshop on tackling climate change by UBS sustainability experts - UBS's 5 Broadgate office won UK Most Sustainable Building of the Year Award 2017.

During Science Week, and at other times during the year, students learn about the relevance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM subjects) to a wide range of careers.  

Our Careers Week is also an opportunity to explore how various subjects link to a range of careers.

MAKING SURE OUR PROGRESSION PROGRAMME IS EXCELLENT

The Progression Programme aims to be outstanding in every Key Stage and, as part of this, we use the feedback from students, parents, teachers and employers to reshape our Programme each year.

We also use the Department for Education's Destinations Measures to ensure we are achieving the best possible destinations for our students, and the Compass online self-evaluation toolkit to see how we are doing against the Gatsby Benchmarks.  Our latest results can be found HERE, these put us in the top 11% of schools as we are fully achieving at least five benchmarks.  The next evaluation will be in Spring 2021.  We are also committed to working towards meeting the Quality in Careers Standard incorporating the Gatsby Benchmarks, having achieved Level 1 in the Investors in Careers Award.

CAREERS LEADER AND OTHER KEY CONTACTS

If you would like to find out more about our Progression Programme, and / or contribute to our Programme, for example by joining one of the Insight into Careers evenings, giving an assembly, hosting a work placement etc., and/or provide some feedback, please contact a member of our Progression Group:

Careers Leader:  Vice Principal, Ms Kelly Harris
kelly.harris@bridgeacademy.hackney.sch.uk
T:  020 7749 5240
Higher Education and Careers Manager:  diana.mensah@bridgeacademy.hackney.sch.uk
Bridge - UBS Partnership Director:  bea.malleson@bridgeacademy.hackney.sch.uk
Progression Governor:  nav.khinda@ubs.com 

SEE CEIAG POLICY AND THE BRIDGE ACADEMY PROVIDER ACCESS POLICY

Principal:
Mr Chris Brown

Vice Principals:
Kelly Harris (KS3)
Paddy Cassidy (KS4)
Alison Underwood (Sixth Form)
Jennifer Evans

Finance &
Resources Director:

Ken Robb