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Four education institutions achieve Quality Awards

04 January 2016

CEIAG Quality AwardThe Central Quality Award Accreditation Board met on Tuesday (15 December) and accredited four education institutions for their careers provision.

The Quality Award in Careers, Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) from Prospects is designed to accredit good practice and encourage development in schools, academies, colleges, special schools and smaller units. It is one of 12 awards meeting the national validation, the Quality in Careers Standard (QiCS). Quality awards lead to better careers and guidance programmes, increase senior managers’ and governors’ involvement, and demonstrate to outside organisations, including Ofsted, that schools provide high quality CEIAG.

Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy was accredited for the first time. Schools Careers Leader, Debbie Laird, works in close partnership with the academy’s careers adviser, Lee Groucutt, a former Prospects employee, and they will help the Quality Awards team in its revalidation for national QICS status in spring 2016. Pool Hayes Arts and Community School in Walsall, and its coordinator Josie Rivett, was pleased to be reaccredited for three more years.

Two institutions achieved the gold standard – the highest level of accreditation – for the first time. Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College in Birmingham is now the only sixth-form college, and the second in the city, to have achieved gold standard. The college coordinator, Jas Lall, will be involved with QICS reaccreditation next year. Outwood Academy Portland in Worksop is the first institution in the area to achieve gold standard, and is also the centre of excellence in careers for the high-achieving academy chain.

Email the Quality Award team for more information about the CEIAG accreditation for educational establishments.


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