Information, Advice and Guidance

“We are here to help you!”

Young people now have to make more decisions and choices about their lifestyle, education and future careers than any previous generation. Never before has the need for good information, advice and guidance (IAG) been more essential. The Government requires that all young people will need to stay in learning (i.e training or education) until they are 18 by the year 2015. This is known as Raising the Participation Age. Raising the Participation Age does not necessarily mean that young people must stay in school. They must however choose one of the following option:

  • Full time education, such as School Sixth Form, a Further Education or Sixth Form College or a training provider
  • Apprenticeships or other work based learning routes
  • Employment with training

Students can access advice from their teachers, mentors and Year Leaders about a range of matters from problems in lessons to bullying incidents, but support can also be accessed from the following areas:

  • The Pathways Co-ordinator can provide information and support on a range of issues, including Sixth Form Applications, Apprenticeships, Options, Work Experience, Work Related Learning and Enterprise. The Pathways Co-ordinator can be found in the Library on the Heads Lane site.
  • The Youth and Family Support Service provide IAG and generic advisors who work in school to offer impartial information, advice, guidance and support for students aged between 11-19 years. Discussions can cover a wide range of issues, including post 16 options, difficulties in school, relationships, drug/alcohol awareness, housing, bullying, family support, sexual health and money matters.
  • In addition, students can receive impartial careers advice from our specialist Careers Youth Advisor to help them to make important decisions about their future.
  • The school has also purchased a license to run a Job Explorer Database (JED). This may be accessed by students in school or at home through an icon on their FROG home page, and provides an opportunity for individuals to generate and explore a wide range of job ideas.
  • All Year 11 students are supplied with a careers information card detailing useful web sites, including the National Careers Service site.

Appointments to see advisors may be made through Year Leaders or Student Support Managers or the Pathways Coordinator.

The School Nurse is employed by the Health Service and is available to all young people. Appointments with the school nurse may be requested through the Year Leaders or the Senior Student Support Manager. Alternatively the School Nurse may be contacted directly on Tuesday lunchtimes (Heads Lane site) at the health drop-ins. The nurse also attends the Boothferry site on request.