Graham Stuart MP has congratulated Hornsea School and Language College after it was awarded the Humber Gold Standard for Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) by the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership.
The Gold Standard, developed by the Humber LEP for 11-19 schools, academies and colleges in the area, recognises that an education provider is meeting a range of key national benchmarks to provide high quality careers advice to young people.
Graham, who spoke at the launch event for the Gold Standard in October 2014 and who chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group on Careers Information, Advice and Guidance, visited the school to offer his congratulations in person on obtaining the award.
Speaking after his visit, Graham said,
“Hornsea School has done a tremendous job obtaining the Gold Standard and all the staff and careers professionals involved deserve great credit for their hard work. The Gold Standard is exacting and reflects that a school or college is delivering high quality careers information and inspiration for its pupils.
“With the economy growing ever more complex, young people need to have an informed understanding of where job opportunities are to be found, how much they pay, and the qualifications they need in order to realise their ambitions. Too often schools fail to take this issue seriously enough and by doing so they let their students down. I’m a big supporter of the Humber LEP’s campaign to drive improvement and hope other schools in Hull and the East Riding will aim high and follow Hornsea’s lead.”
Steve Lawrence, Headteacher at Hornsea School and Language College, said,
“We are delighted to have achieved the Humber Gold Standard Award for Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) and therefore recognised for the quality and high standard of work that we do at HSLC to raise aspirations and support our students to make important choices for their future. This award also exemplifies the findings of our recent Ofsted inspection that stated Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare are a strength of our school.
“Destination data reported by the Government is strong for our school and we are extremely proud that we have very few students who are recorded as NEET (Not in Employment, Education and Training). CEIAG is an area of work that we take very seriously at HSLC and the process of working towards this award has been rigorous and allowed us to self-evaluate and audit our work which has highlighted areas that we can develop further. In a rapidly changing world we work tirelessly to ensure that our students have the knowledge and the skills to help them not only make the right career choices but to be successful in the world of work.”
Notes for Editors
1. In the attached photograph are from left to right: Graham Stuart MP, Peter Harrison (Humber LEP), Suzanne Mason (Hornsea School & Language College CEIAG Coordinator), Steve Lawrence (Headteacher), Sally Richardson (Careers Advisor 6th Form), Jackie Hamling (Assistant Head), Hollie McPhee (Careers Advisor).
2. Full details on the Gold Standard can be found at http://www.humberlep.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Gold-Standard-Summary-January-2016.pdf .
3. Graham has championed raising standards in careers information, advice and guidance for young people since the Education Select Committee investigated the subject under his chairmanship in 2012-13: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201213/cmselect/cmeduc/632/63202.htm
4. In April 2016 Graham wrote to the Education Secretary with business groups including the Federation of Small Businesses and the British Chambers of Commerce calling for changes to the statutory guidance for schools on careers education to incentivise headteachers to take the issue more seriously: http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/business-groups-and-yorkshire-mp-call-for-better-careers-advice-1-7876886