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Year 13 Destinations 2021

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Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) is part of the tutorial curriculum for our KS5 students. The CEIAG KS5 programme at Plume College aims to inspire students to make informed and appropriate choices and plans for their future course choices, for Further and Higher Education, and ultimately for their careers.


We provide opportunities for a range of education and training providers to speak to our students to inform them about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships, and we also promote and have access to a range of education and training providers to best suit their needs and aspirations. This was particularly evident during National Careers Week (1-6 March 2021) where we hosted a week of virtual talks from a variety of future employer and training providers including but not limited to; STEM ambassadors; Universities; apprenticeship providers; Essex Police; and The Army.


When feasible, all students are encouraged to undertake work shadowing experience placements in Year 12. Work, laboratory and other experience is now increasingly used as a criterion for entry both to vocational and other degree courses at university, and also for other courses, scholarships and applications (whether job, apprenticeship, Armed Forces or other). We plan to reinstate a full work shadowing experience week for Year 12 in the 2021-2022 academic year.


To ensure that all Year 13 students are supported with making informed decisions on their post-18 destinations, targeted support is provided in the summer term of year 12. During this time, a structured tutorial programme is delivered detailing all post-18 options. Student surveys are also used to identify any students that need additional support. These students then receive a careers appointment with our independent and impartial careers advisors, Directions. We encourage all our students, at the appropriate time, to book a careers appointment.


In 2021, 44% (56.4% in 2020) of students went on to HE courses with the vast majority gaining a place at their first choice university and 22.5% [3% in 2020] attending Russell Group Universities. Many students opted to study locally, 15% (31% in 2020) of our students chose to study at University of Essex and a further 7.5 (15% in 2020) opted to study at ARU.


In 2021, 12% (8.3% in 2020) moved onto Training /Apprenticeships and 33% (23.1% in 2020) into Employment. In 2021, 0% [5.5% in 2020] of students were potential NEET which was significantly below the Essex average of 4.6%. There has, however, been a noticeable increase in the number of students 8.8% (1.8% in 2020) taking gap years in 2021.