Kate AllanEast Of England

Job Title: Raising Aspirations (CEIAG) Coordinator

I am the Raising Aspirations (CEIAG) Coordinator for The Priory School, a non-selective, mixed secondary school in Hitchin, Hertfordshire.

Over the past two years the school has overhauled and re-launched its careers provision to deliver a more streamlined, accessible and relevant service to our students. We now have a programme in place which is inter-linked across all school years and is mapped to Ofsted guidelines.

Our role is to equip students with the skills and knowledge that they need to make informed decisions at key points in their school lives, and ultimately to prepare them for the world of work. Our aim is to enable all students to achieve their full potential.

The department name reflects the fact that we encompass much more than “careers” in our work. Raising Aspirations (CEIAG) is the umbrella for all careers-related activity in school, including a Raising Aspirations Week and Evening for Students, Parents and Carers for every school year; coordinating impartial advice and guidance; employability and personal skills development lessons and workshops; trips to conferences, universities, companies and careers events; enterprise days; STEM careers awareness; support for post-14, post-16 and post-18 transitions; applications for Sixth Form, college, university, apprenticeships and work; business mentoring, alumni development and work experience. I also work with teaching and pastoral staff on targeted work with students – including HA and SEN – and run a number of cross-departmental projects, including a Prince’s Trust XL Club; a support programme for KS4 students who wish to do work experience in the holidays; the Year 11 Raising Aspirations Ambassadors scheme and the Willmott Dixon Business Partnership.

This year I set up a blog to communicate better and smarter with our student population and other stakeholders, including parents and carers, and the business community. You can learn more about us and our programme at: www.tps-raising-aspirations.com