Provider Access Policy

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Contents

1.     Introduction

This policy statement sets out Kingsmead School’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to pupils at the school for the purposes of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.

 

2.     Student entitlement

All students in Years 7 to 13 are entitled to:

 

  • to find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point.
  • to hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options events, assemblies and group discussions and taster events.
  • to understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.

 

In line with the updated Provider Access Legislation, from January 2023, all schools must provide a minimum of six encounters for all students with post 16 providers, as above. This is broken down into key phases:

 

Year 7 to 9                   Two encounters for students that are mandatory for all to attend.

Year 10 or 11               Two encounters for students that are mandatory for all to attend.

 

These provider encounters will be scheduled during the main school hours and the provider will be given a reasonable amount of time to, as a minimum:

 

  • share information about both the provider and the approved technical education qualification and apprenticeships that the provider offers.
  • explain what career routes those options could lead to.
  • provide insights into what it might be like to learn or train with that provider (including the opportunity to meet staff and students from the provider).
  • answer questions from all students, including our most vulnerable and those with additional learning needs.

 

Kingsmead School defines an encounter as at least 30 minutes during the school day.

 

As part of our careers programme, we will consider requests from approved training, apprenticeship, technical and vocational education providers, including University Technical Colleges where appropriate, to speak to our students. We will also approach these providers directly when planning and organising key career related events throughout the school year such as school assemblies, webinars within the curriculum, including live events, careers engagement events and parents’ evenings. Meaningful encounters may be planned using the ‘making it meaningful’ checklist

 

The quality and impact of careers provision at Kingsmead School is monitored by our Senior Leadership Team, and the Heart of the South West Careers Hub through Compass+ auditing. Access and opportunity to engage with technical, vocational and training providers will form part of this process.

 

3.     Management of provider access requests

All requests made by providers should be emailed at least 6 weeks in advance of the expected date of the session. In the first instance, requests by providers should be sent to:

 

Name of Careers Leader:                 Abigail Toone

Careers Leader email address:       contact@kingsmead-school.com

Tel No:                                                01984 623483

 

4.     Granting requests and refusal of requests

Once your request has been submitted, our Careers Leader will respond to you within 10 working days. All requests will be given due consideration by the Careers Leader and Senior Leadership Team.

 

Once the request has been granted, we will ask you for a range of information to share with our students and parents before the session. This may be a prospectus, letter, presentation to share with students and parents in advance of your session.

 

This should include:

 

  • Details of the opportunities you offer including technical education, courses and entry requirements.
  • What is learning like with your institution?
  • How do you prepare students for their best next step on successful completion of your course/training?
  • Provide examples of linking courses with careers relating to the labour market and recent positive destinations of students who have completed their learning with you.

 

Requests will be considered against:

 

  • Clashes with other planned activities or visits.
  • Interruption to preparation for public or internal examinations.
  • Availability of school staff, space and resources to host the session.
  • All requests will also be considered in line with the school’s Safeguarding policy. For questions on this policy statement or the wider careers programme please do not hesitate to contact us.
  • Kingsmead School will keep a log of all provider requests for access and the outcomes and record on Compass+ to support the delivery and evaluation of the careers programme.

 

5.     Opportunities for access

Kingsmead School offers provider encounters required by law and a number of additional events, integrated into the school careers programme. We will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to students or their parents or carers.

 

  Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Year 7 STEM Careers event Careers/enterprise as part of PSHCE programme

 

Careers Week activities

 

Careers/options based lunchtime drop in sessions

 

Careers Speed Dating

Year 8 Careers based lunchtime sessions Off timetable careers day

 

Careers/enterprise as part of PSHCE programme

 

Careers Week activities

 

Careers and options based lunchtime sessions

 

‘About Me’ project with local business leaders

Year 9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Subject specific careers visitors

 

Careers/Options based Lunchtime drop in sessions

 

Careers/enterprise as part of PSHCE programme

 

Careers Week activities

 

Careers/options based lunchtime drop in sessions
Year 10 Careers interviews with the Kingsmead Careers Advisor

 

Careers fair for parents and students

 

Off timetable careers day

 

Year 10 Parents Evening with providers access

 

Careers/enterprise as part of PSHCE programme

 

Careers interviews with the Kingsmead Careers Advisor

 

Careers/options based lunchtime drop in sessions

 

Careers Week activities

 

Careers interviews with the Kingsmead Careers Advisor

 

1 week of Work Experience

 

Assemblies from a range of providers

 

Careers/options based lunchtime drop in sessions

Year 11 Careers fair for parents and students

 

Assemblies from a range of providers

 

Careers interviews with the Kingsmead Careers Advisor

 

Careers/enterprise as part of PSHCE programme

 

Careers/options based lunchtime drop in sessions

 

Careers interviews with the Kingsmead Careers Advisor

 

Careers Week activities

 

 

Year 11 Parents Evening with providers access

 

 

 

Please speak to Deputy Headteacher: Provision & Progress to identify the most suitable opportunity for you. The Kingsmead School policy on safeguarding sets out the school’s approach to allowing providers into school as visitors to talk to our students.

 

6.     Premises and facilities

Kingsmead School has a range of facilities available for providers to use in support of our careers programme. This includes a school hall, classrooms, IT rooms, outdoor space and online platforms. The school will also make available access to IT support provider presentations. This will all be discussed and agreed in advance of the visit with the Careers Leader. Meaningful online engagement is also an option and we are open to providers that are able to provide live online engagement with our pupils. Providers are welcome to leave a copy of their prospectus or other relevant course literature with our careers advisor.

 

7.     Destinations of our students

Last year our Year 11 students moved onto a range of providers in the local area after leaving school:

 

  • Sixth Form 43%
  • FE Colleges 38%
  • Apprenticeships 9%

 

These providers included:

 

  • Bridgwater and Taunton College
  • Richard Huish College
  • Exeter College
  • Petroc College

 

8.     Complaints

If a provider has reason to make a complaint in relation to this statement, please email contact@kingsmead-school.com and mark your email for the attention of the Charlie Pierce, Deputy Headteacher. Alternatively, you can contact The Careers & Enterprise Company on provideraccess@careersandenterprise.co.uk or Heart of the South West Careers Hub

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