How we assess impact

How we measure and assess the impact of the careers programme

Castle Mead Academy works closely with the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP). This is an external organisation that supports schools to ensure they are following the Careers guidance and access for education and training providers (publishing.service.gov.uk)

As an education establishment we ensure we use the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks and the Careers Development Institute Framework as a foundation when planning our Careers programme. The effectiveness of our provision is inspected and audited by the Careers and Enterprise Company using the Compass Plus Tool. This tool is used by schools and colleges in England to support the analysis and evaluation of careers activity against the eight benchmarks of best practice.

This ensures the development of our careers strategy is ongoing. Castle Mead Academy is a member of the Careers Hub. Below is the list of published deadlines from the Careers and Enterprise Company for the completion of audits until the end of 2022.

Compass audit deadlines for 2021-2022
Friday 10th December 2021
Friday 31st March 2022
Friday 8th July 2022

In line with the recommendations set out in Gatsby Benchmark 1, we as a school plan to review the published information on an annual basis, inviting feedback from key audiences in our stakeholder evaluation group. Castle Mead Academy will also be holding annual Future Skills Questionnaire with the scholars during their transition years so that the programme has a youth voice.

Why we evaluate

This careers programme is evaluated every year to assess its efficacy and areas for improvement. Key stakeholders (scholars, parents, teachers and employers) provide feedback on their participation in activities via questionnaires, surveys and focus groups throughout the year. We use the evidence collected to inform continuous improvement of the programme.

How we evaluate

Castle Mead Academy have recruited an evaluation stakeholder group, whose purpose it is to provide a well balance view on the quality of the careers offer to scholars. The group is chaired by the school’s Enterprise Adviser. They meet in the summer term to review the evidence collected during the school year and consider their subjective experience and engagement with the programme. The careers leader creates an evidence pack for members of the group in advance of the annual evaluation meeting.

The school careers leader combines their own knowledge, evidence and information with that from the stakeholder group and provides a short report with recommendations to SLT towards the end of the summer term.

What we evaluate

Stakeholder Feedback – We review samples of stakeholder feedback collected using various methods after activities, events and experiences
Implementation – We review what was actually delivered against the programme of planned activity and how well it went.
Impact -We measure key performance indicators linked directly to our vision and desired outcomes for our scholars

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