Quality in Careers Standard Award
The Quality Award in Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) is designed to accredit good practice and encourage development in schools and colleges. The Award is supported by a partnership of Prospects, local authorities, schools and colleges.
The standards are regularly reviewed and updated to reflect local and national developments. If a school or college is accredited with this award, it can feel confident it is meeting national requirements and good practice guidelines.
Quality awards lead to better careers and guidance programmes because they help institutions continuously improve their careers work. Working towards a quality award gives CEIAG a higher profile and increases the involvement of senior managers and Governors.
Holding a nationally validated CEIAG award demonstrates to those outside the institution (for example OfSTED / Education and Training Inspectorate) that a high standard has been reached.
In England, the Government recommends that all schools should work towards a quality award for careers education, information, advice and guidance as an effective means of carrying out a self-review and evaluation of the school’s programme.
The Quality Award in CEIAG (Prospects) meets the requirements fully for the national validation by the Quality in Careers Standard (QiCS).
When inspecting personal development and welfare, inspectors will make judgements about whether a school is providing: high quality, impartial careers guidance (that) helps pupils to make informed choices about which courses suit their academic needs and aspirations. They are prepared for the next stage of their education, employment, self-employment or training.
When inspecting outcomes for pupils, inspectors will judge provision to be outstanding when: compared with the national average for all pupils, higher proportions of pupils and of disadvantaged pupils, progress on to a range of higher and further education establishments, apprenticeships, employment or training. These destinations strongly support their career plans.
When inspecting the effectiveness of the 16 to 19 study programmes, inspectors are guided to judge as outstanding when; high-quality impartial careers guidance ensures that learners follow study programmes that build on their prior attainment and enable them to develop clear, ambitious and realistic plans for their future. Learners understand the options available and are informed about local and national skills needs.
When inspecting; further education colleges, sixth-form colleges and independent specialist colleges, independent learning providers, community learning and skills providers (including local authorities), specialist designated institutions and not-for-profit organisations, employers, higher education institutions where they provide further education, prime contractors for the National Careers Service, 16 to 19 academies and free schools – Ofsted inspectors will consider the effectiveness of the careers offer under:
Effectiveness of leadership and management
Personal development, behaviour and welfare of learners
Outcomes for learners
The 16 to 19 study programmes
Learners with high needs
Full-time provision for 14 to 16 year olds
“The Quality Award Accreditation Board met on the 18th July and unanimously agreed that Braybrook & Midpoint should receive the national Quality in Careers Standard, which recognizes the high standard of your careers provision.
A particular strength was noted by the assessment process in terms of CEIAG being supported by your senior management team who recognize CEIAG as integral for the success of your pupils.
The Prospects’ award meets the exacting validation criteria of the national Quality in Careers Standard. This award stands for 3 years until July 2021”.