Quality in Careers Standard awarded by C&K Careers

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C&K Careers is a licensed awarding body for the Quality in Careers Standard.  The Standard showcases and supports the development of outstanding careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG).  The nationally recognised award is one of the highest accolades an organisation can receive for excellence in this area of work.

We have been awarding a Quality Standard for CEIAG for more than 20 years. Over 60% of all mainstream schools in Calderdale and Kirklees hold the standard and have done so continuously for a number of years. We also work with an increasing number of institutions from other areas of the country. 100% of institutions assessed return to us for their reassessments every 3 years.

Why undertake the Quality in Careers Standard?

Holding the Standard demonstrates your institution meets the requirements of legislation and Government guidelines relating to CEIAG (DfE statutory guidance and Ofsted). Statutory guidance strongly recommends all schools work towards the Quality in Careers Standard to support the development of their careers programme. A key aspect of the Standard is the integration of CEIAG into the curriculum and achievement of the Gatsby Benchmarks, demonstrating a holistic approach to CEIAG.  The Standard offers an opportunity for schools to undergo an external evaluation of their careers programme and so is distinct from the Compass self-asArrowssessment. 

How will it benefit your organisation?

• Provide independent, objective evidence for Ofsted inspections

• Ensure an excellent framework for both the delivery and the evaluation of CEIAG.

• Raise the profile of CEIAG at strategic and operational levels.

• Encourage employer engagement, work related learning and employability skills development.

• Demonstrate you fully meet or are making good progress towards meeting the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks of good practice against which our award is mapped.

•  Provide peace of mind for parents knowing that their child's school is investing in their future

Additional benefits of good CEIAG provision include improved attendance, behaviour, achievement and outcomes for learners.

Our dedicated team of experienced assessors will guide you through the assessment process, providing support along the way.  We will audit your CEIAG provision, and support you to develop and enhance your CEIAG offering and ensure it meets statutory guidelines.  Work is easily submitted via a secure online system.

Who do we work with? 

We've assessed a wide range of organisations including secondary schools both with and without sixth forms, academies, multi-academy trusts (who may be eligible for a discount), special schools, sixth form colleges and FE colleges. We've recently introduced a new primary school standard.

We are currently delivering the Quality in Careers Standard awarded by the Humber LEP to up to 50 institutions in the Humber region.  This is funded by the European Social Fund via the InspireMe programme.  Schools and Colleges in the Humber region are able to work towards and be assessed against the Quality in Careers Standard free of charge as part of this ESF funded programme..

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What do our award holders think? 

'We are delighted to have received the award and to be among the first to get the national Quality in Careers Standard.' St Aidan's School Harrogate

‘I would recommend that other institutions go for the Quality Standard. Not only does it raise the profile of CEIAG but points the way (very decidedly) to fully achieving the Gatsby benchmarks. Achieving the Standard tells Ofsted that CEIAG is very strong on a college-wide basis. The structure of the assessment was very clear and the staff involved were unfailingly helpful, positive and supportive. CEIAG is in a very strong place; following the recommendations in the Quality Standard report will put it in an even stronger position and ensure that it continues to develop.’ Greenhead College

'From a personal perspective, I have found the whole process rewarding.  It has taken some work and commitment but the assessment is incredibly thorough and it has been interesting to see what we do well (some things that we didn't even realise!) and what we can improve upon.  The support has been outstanding and the advice given proves that sometimes little tweaks can make a huge difference.  It was genuinely a pleasure to work with you and I do think that made a big difference.' Millthorpe School

‘It has given me the confidence to know I am going in the right direction and will be good for us if Ofsted come in. I cannot fault any of the process – I felt unbelievably supported and comfortable – in fact it was a pleasure to work with the C&K team.’ Scissett Middle School

'It was useful to have an external assessor evaluate our practice and useful to undertake self-assessments.  It highlighted where we had areas for development, during the preparatory time building up to the assessment. Since we achieved the Quality in Careers Standard, we were visited by Ofsted and IAG was one of the Inspectors first lines of enquiry in their short inspection.  As a result of their findings in the short inspection, a full inspection was triggered because Inspectors had identified areas of outstanding practice and as a result of the full inspection, we were awarded an Outstanding Ofsted inspection. Without doubt, the Quality in Careers Standard experience was beneficial and I would recommend it to colleagues in the sector.' Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education

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