National Careers Leaders Conference 2020

Quality, Sustainability and Professional Practice

Each afternoon of the conference we are running 9 different workshops. Delegates choose one workshop from each column. All workshops will be recorded and made available through the Members' Area of the website.

Day 1                                                       Full workshop and presenter information

Monday 23 November – 1.30

 

Monday 23 November – 2.45

 

Monday 23 November – 4.00

 

1. The Triage Approach to Personal Guidance

 

4. What does tailored careers support mean in practice? The perspective of the National Deaf Children’s Society?

 

7. The ABC of CPD for Career Leaders

 

2. Vision Impairment – Research & Best Practice in CEIAG

 

5. Understanding the revised CDI Framework

 

8. CEIAG – What is that and how do I persuade SLT that it is a high priority

 

3. Creating a culture for change

 

6. How to maximise the impact of career guidance

 

9. Effective approaches to parental engagement: A framework of outcomes for parents

 

Day 2

Tuesday 24 November – 1.30

 

Tuesday 24 November – 2.45

 

Tuesday 24 November – 4.00

 

10. Supporting young people with SEND - SEND projects and resources

 

13. Careers Policy, Programme, Strategy and Development Plan. What are they and how do I prepare them?

 

16. Understanding the adolescent mind

 

11. Supporting Careers into the Curriculum, with a focus on LMI

 

14. Developing a sustainable model for Personal Guidance

 

17. Using Volunteer Mentors to support aspiration and attainment

 

12. The Quality in Careers Standard: how it fits into to the careers landscape

 

15. The Role of The Careers Team in Schools – How to Develop Yours

 

18. Developing a logic model and evaluation framework for your careers programme

 

Day 1 Monday 23 November

1. The Triage Approach to Personal Guidance (John Ambrose, Complete Careers)

Demand for career-related one-to-one support is greater than the supply. Level 6/7 Practitioners are in short supply and there is a limit of how many learners they can support. With no additional funding organisations are making sufficiency judgements of what they can afford and how to manage their resources. This workshop introduces the triage concept to guidance based on effective identification and needs analysis. Outcomes:
1. Identify the Careers Support role, remit and limitations
2. Consider the rationale and scope for multiple Level 6/7 Guidance interventions
3. Identify the support staff role support in information and advice and the consequences of bad advice.

2. Vision Impairment – Research & Best Practice in CEIAG (Gareth Brydon, Thomas Pocklington Trust and Rachel Hewett at Birmingham University )

The workshop will present findings from research conducted by Thomas Pocklington Trust and University of Birmingham in 2020, exploring the CEIAG experiences of children and young people with vision impairment and teaching professionals supporting them in mainstream education settings across England. Participants will gain knowledge of the CEIAG experiences of VI young people in mainstream education settings across England since 2011; understanding of good and bad practice in delivery of CEIAG support to VI young people and increased knowledge of the roles of other professionals with a stake in the delivery of specialist support to VI young people and how to connect with them.

3. Creating a culture for change (Nicki Moore, senior researcher and lecturer in career development at the International Centre for Guidance Studies at the University of Derby)

This workshop will provide delegates with an opportunity to understand and discuss the signs of organisational culture at play in their own school or college and how these impact on the delivery of career development. We will discuss the range of opportunities for influencing that culture so that career development becomes part of the organisations core offer and a responsibility of all staff.

4. What does tailored careers support mean in practice? The perspective of the National Deaf Children’s Society? (Martin McClean, Post-14 Policy and Practice lead at the National Deaf Children’s Society)

We know it is important to tailor careers support to meet an individual’s needs. But what does that mean in practice? Martin McLean from the National Deaf Children’s Society talks about what meaningful careers support looks like for deaf young people. He’ll cover information that is useful to know such as the support that is available to disabled people in the workplace and the reasonable adjustments that employers are required to make. He’ll also go through the learnings from a recent Careers & Company funded project for deaf young people.

5. Understanding the revised CDI Framework (Kath Wright, consultant, trainer and writer specialising in careers and work-related education)

This workshop will look at the proposed changes to the current CDI framework for Careers, Employability and Enterprise. Following extensive desk and field research by Tristram Hooley on behalf of the CDI with all key stakeholders, it is now time to share what the new framework can do to support careers leaders and their students. The intended outcomes of this workshop are to a) consider how the framework can be implemented within your practice of delivering a high-quality careers programme b) establish what resources would be required to support the six areas c) answer your questions d) identify areas for development.

6. How to maximise the impact of personal career guidance (Marie Jobson, Education Manager, Careers & Enterprise Company)

This workshop will help schools and colleges to maximise the impact of personal career guidance.  It will help career leaders to ensure that learners are being prepared for 1:1 personal guidance with a qualified careers adviser, through a progressive careers programme. 

7. The ABC of CPD for Careers Leaders (Claire Nix will deliver this workshop on behalf of Dr Lyn Barham, CDI’s Project Associate [Research]) Obtaining an initial careers leader qualification is a fundamental step; updating and developing your capability is an essential follow-on. This workshop will examine the range of activities and support available for careers leaders to do just that. The primary focus will be the activity and support offered by the CDI itself, but the workshop will range more widely. A customised version of the CDI’s “ABC of CPD” will highlight ideas and opportunities, while an extended version of the document will provide participants with links to a wide range of resources, research and self-help materials. 

8. CEIAG – What is that and how do I persuade SLT and Governors that it is a high priority (Dr. Michelle Stewart is an independent careers consultant and lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University)

This workshop will explore what we mean by the acronym CEIAG – careers education, information, advice and guidance. It will consider each component in turn and how they come together to create an effective career guidance programme. These considerations will include the role of the qualified careers adviser and employer engagement. The outcomes will be: • A deeper understanding of CEIAG and ability to communicate this to SLT; • Better able to explain the value of employer engagement and career professionals; and • Greater confidence in developing effective career guidance programmes.

9. Effective approaches to parental engagement: A framework of outcomes for parents (Lewis Clark is a research assistant at the International Centre for Guidance Studies at the University of Derby)

This workshop will present the outcomes of pan-European research which found that schools were not always sure how to engage effectively with parents so that they could support their child’s career development. This workshop will be used to present a draft outcomes framework for parents which resulted from the research, and to facilitate a discussion about how this could be used in a variety of settings. Participants will receive a copy of the framework to pilot in their own organisation. The workshop will also be used to discuss the research circle methodology used in this project and its usefulness in educational settings.

Day 2 Tuesday 24 November

10. Supporting young people with SEND - SEND projects and resources (Kelly Dillon, Education Manager SEND (inc resources), Careers and Enterprise Company)

Overview of latest CEC SEND projects, resources and how to support all young people with SEND including best practice from across the projects including the national CEC SEND Community of Practice and findings from investment projects in SEND.

11. Supporting Careers into the Curriculum, with a focus on LMI (Sarah Roche, Career Development Manager for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight)

We are supporting CPD in the curriculum by supporting teachers to link careers to their curriculum areas. This has included developing a range of posters with an accompanying lesson plan. These were provided FREE to the schools and we are proposing to show and offer them today. We have also had access to a LMI tool called Career Coach and developed further lesson plans for this, which can be adapted to be used with other LMI sources. We would like to present these resources at the workshop and to offer the links as a FREE resource for teachers to use.

12. The Quality in Careers Standard: how it fits into to the careers landscape, (Kelly Baxendale, on behalf of the Quality in Careers Consortium)

The Quality in Careers Standard was revised a few years ago to fully incorporate the Gatsby Benchmarks. Indeed, elements of the quality award go beyond the benchmarks in terms of depth and breadth. This session will help delegates understand how the award can help providers on their CEIAG journey and how the award is both important and complementary to the Gatsby Benchmarks, the work of the Careers & Enterprise Company, the Careers Strategy and Statutory Guidance. The session will cover: What is award and why is it useful?; How you can get involved and what it entails; How it is mutually beneficial to the agenda and how it supports quality, sustainability, and professional practice.

13. Careers Policy, Programme, Strategy and Development Plan. What are they and how do I prepare them? (John Ambrose is Complete-Careers’ Strategic Director)

This workshop will sift through the national policy language used for careers documentation and help create clarity of meaning to enable you to effectively plan your careers provision evidencing and outlining your intent, implementation and impact. Outcomes:

  1. Understand the different meanings to the following (in the context of career) often associated with ‘A Stable Careers Programme’ – ‘policy’, ‘strategy’, ‘programme’ and ‘development plan’.
  2. Understand what is required for each of these documents to help evidence the intent, implementation and impact of your careers programme   
  3. Review a best practice approach to developing and reviewing a Careers Policy

14. Developing a sustainable model for Personal Guidance (Rachel Green and Andrew Webster, Education Managers at The Careers and Enterprise Company)

An interactive workshop exploring distributed models for personal guidance, building towards a whole institution approach with the value of personal guidance recognised at all levels. You’ll hear from Careers Leaders who have developed and implemented this model as well as having the opportunity to contribute ideas and examples to ensure personal guidance moves to becoming fully embedded within school/colleges.

15. The Role of The Careers Team in Schools – How to Develop Yours, (Janet Colledge, is the real-life name of @CareersDefender and careers education consultant, Outstanding Careers)

This workshop aims to look at various styles of careers team organisation in mainstream schools such as:- Solo Sal/Sol; Dos Amigos Di/Don; Keep it tight Kate/Kev; Everyone in Evelyn/Eddie. Whilst light-hearted, this workshop aims to help you to:

  • Decide which sort of team you need in your school and to
  • Suggest ideas for how to fight (if necessary) for what you need to develop that team and more importantly
  • Plan effective CPD in order to develop a whole school approach to CEIAG.

16. Understanding the adolescent mind, (Dr. Michelle Stewart is an independent careers consultant and lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University)

This workshop will explore the development of the adolescent mind, bringing together the work of psychologists, neuropsychologists, and career theorist, such as Meade, Piaget, Blakemore, Savickas and Krumboltz . It aims to develop our professional practice as career leaders by providing a deeper understanding of how adolescents make career-related decisions and construct their vocational identity. The outcomes will be: • A deeper understanding of how adolescents process and act on information and advice; • Better able to support adolescents in making career-related decisions and constructing their vocational identity and • Greater confidence in developing effective career guidance programmes.

17. Using Volunteer Mentors to support aspiration and attainment, (Shoonagh Hubble, Head of Careers and HE at Barton Peveril College, a 4000 student sixth form college in Eastleigh, Hampshire.)

At Barton Peveril Sixth Form College we have developed a mentoring programme aimed at bright students who come from social or economic disadvantage. This has been an unmitigated success, with students meeting regularly one-to-one or in small groups to develop the higher order thinking skills required by top universities. It has led to our Oxbridge offers going from 3 or 4 a year to over 20, and our Medicine and Veterinary offers seeing corresponding success too. The session would show how we have done it, provide suggestions on how to find mentors and outline a framework for successful delivery of the programme in other settings.

18. Developing a logic model and evaluation framework for your careers programme, (Dr Jill Hanson is a senior researcher at the International Centre for Guidance Studies and is a specialist in the evaluation of school career guidance)

This workshop will introduce the concepts of logic modelling and evaluation frameworks to support Careers Leaders in evaluating their own career programmes and specific activities in order to identify what works and what the impacts are.