Kirk Balk Academy is working towards the Quality in Careers Standard.
This is awarded by Inspiring IAGwhich is a Licensed Awarding Body for the national standard.
Stage 1 - expected completion date December 2018
Stage 2 - expected completion date December 2019
Stage 3 - expected completion date December 2020
The aim of the award is to:
- Ensure young people get the support they need to make well informed, realistic decisions about their future through careers education, information, advice and guidance.
- Have appropriate, up to date, accurate and impartial information and resources that all young people can access regardless of race, gender, religion, ability, disability, social background or sexual orientation.
- Ensure the organisational policies relating to careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) are up to date and regularly reviewed and reflect this code of practice.
- Empower young people by informing them of how they can access CEIAG to help them plan their future and make well informed, realistic decisions.
- Provide young people from year 8 onwards access to impartial professionally qualified careers guidance and ensure formal regular assessment arrangements are carried out of the guidance practitioner, by appropriately qualified senior staff to determine ongoing competency.
- Offer all young people access to impartial and independent careers guidance, at a time and place that suits their needs.
- Ensure that all staff working with young people are offered and access ongoing training about qualifications/progression pathways and other relevant subjects and that there is a formal system in place to ensure the competency of all staff in delivering CEIAG.
- Work in partnership, where appropriate, with opportunity providers including employers, FE and training providers, and youth support services.
- Working with parents/carers to offer them information, advice and guidance to help them, help their son/daughter.
- Involve young people in the design, delivery and evaluation of CEIAG programmes.
- Promote equality of opportunity, celebrating diversity, challenging stereotypes and raising aspirations.
 "Professionally qualified" means an approved Career Development Institute (CDI) advice and guidance qualification at level 6 or above
 "Appropriately qualified" in this context means careers advice and guidance qualified
" Independent" means external to the organisation
 "Career guidance" as defined by the DfE. "Careers Inspiration in Schools" March 2015