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17th October 2012

Dear Parent / Carer,

CEIAG Options Process

I am writing to you to take this opportunity to give you an overview of the Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance programme (CEIAG) which Year 9 students will start after half term, to support them in making their options choices. In order to provide support in CEIAG with regards to options, all students in Year 9 will attend a guidance interview between November and January. This will help them explore their strengths and discuss initial ideas for possible option choices at Key Stage 4. These initial interviews will be brief (10-15 minutes), but longer interviews can be arranged subsequently if there are any particular concerns or needs which may require more detailed discussion/support. During citizenship lessons between half term and Christmas, students will have a Careers Education session in the library when they will be introduced to our Careers Adviser, Krystyna Tipple, and find out about the Connexions Service. The information booklet ‘Directions’ will be distributed during these sessions, which supports students in looking at their strengths, and assists in decision-making skills. Your child will be introduced to online software KUDOS, Careerscape and Launchpad during citizenship to further explore ideas for future career pathways. On 31st January, you will be invited to attend an Options Fair during which the process of selecting option subjects will be outlined and there will be an opportunity to discuss specific courses with subject leaders. If students are still unsure at this stage, then further one to one guidance will be available. We hope that by explaining the process, we will be able to work more effectively in partnership to support your child through this transition. If you have any further questions at this stage, please do not hesitate to contact me at school, or Krystyna Tipple (Careers Adviser) on extension 7314.

Yours sincerely

Heather Rogers Deputy Headteacher


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