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Schools and colleges win Quality Awards in West Midlands

04 December 2014

Prospects has granted the Quality Award in Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG), a national standard accreditation which recognises good practice, to several schools and colleges in the West Midlands.

These are the latest colleges to be accredited:

Phoenix Collegiate, in Sandwell, was accredited for the first time. The assessors were impressed by the CEIAG provision, especially employer engagement and parents’ and carers’ involvement in their children’s careers learning.

Ellowes Hall Sports College, in Dudley, was reaccredited, with assessors impressed by the comprehensive, progressive CEIAG programme, the ‘Ello’ virtual learning platform and the joint planning of activities with the independent careers practitioner. Assessors have invited Ellowes Hall to apply for the Gold Standard accreditation.

These schools received Gold Standard — the highest level of accreditation:

Barr Beacon School, in Walsall, has been an award holder since 2007, with improvements being made every year. Assessors were impressed by their vast and expanding range of work-related and careers learning opportunities for all students; the effective use of students’ career aspirations information; their teamwork and the leadership from management.

Kingswinford School, in Dudley, had achieved Gold Standard in 2008, but then their careers adviser retired. However, the new co-ordinator Leyla Palmer impressed the assessors so much that they fast tracked the school to reinstate the Gold Standard.

The Quality Awards are expanding into Yorkshire and the Humber, under a new Board based in Doncaster. For more information about the awards please email Sue Thacker or call 0121 521 2336.

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