Our aim in Careers and Guidance is to prepare students for further education and employment by:
In Year 7, pupils develop their self-awareness and learn to understand their strengths – these sessions are delivered through our PSHE programme.
Our enthusiastic, talented students have the ability to be successful in many different careers. Young peoples’ ideas develop as they grow and it is essential to support and guide students in the regular reviewing of their interests, priorities and potential. The importance of work shadowing and/or work experience throughout a young person’s school and university career cannot be underestimated, especially in the current economic climate and the academy is keen to facilitate as part of the work/college experience week in Year 10 but also in assisting students to find placements in the school holidays.
This is the outline plan for the Careers programme for this academic year. The table that follows it outlines what each event or strategy involves, its impact and links to the Gatsby Benchmarks, staff involved and the expected timeframe. Please be aware that planned events and activities may be subject to change
We believe it is important to regularly self-review the careers programme and the information, advice and guidance that we offer our students. A formal review is undertaken at the end of the academic year by the careers team which takes into account the views of students, parents and other stakeholders. These views are sought throughout the year as events take place and are evaluated. We also review ourselves against the Gatsby Benchmarks at least twice a year.
We measure and evaluate our careers programme via the 8 GATSBY Benchmarks:
1. A stable careers programme
2. Learning from career and labour market information
3. Addressing the needs of each student
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
5. Encounters with employers and employees
6. Experiences of workplaces
7. Encounters with further and higher education
8. Personal guidance
This complies with our legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997 (known as the Baker Clause).
Students in years 8-13 are entitled:
Helpful information for Students, Parents, Teachers, and Employers
OAT Futures: Created by our academy chain, this site is being added to all the time and allows you to investigate a number of careers in the parts of the country that have OAT Academies. https://oatfutures.co.uk/
BBC Bitesize: you can search by job or subject and watch videos about inspiring career and job roles. This site also offers you excellent tips on how to find a job and how to present yourself to a new employer https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/careers
Buzz Quiz: Complete the quiz to find out what your skills and strengths are and what possible future careers lie in store for you! Click on the careers links after you’ve finished the quiz to see useful links and videos about specific jobs you might be interested in https://icould.com/buzz-quiz/
Career Pilot: This link takes you to the front page of the website. From here, you can work through different taks and questions to help you find the course or career for you. Or you can jump right ahead to job searches which tell you what qualifications and skills you will need when leaving school. https://careerpilot.org.uk/
BBC Bitesize: Please see the link set for students for job searches, videos and top tips. This site, however, is aimed specifically at parents to best support their children in making the best choices for future education and careers https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/z32mxbk
Career Pilot: Parent Zone – this page will offer you a set of links helping you across a range of topics from options at age 14, Post 16 choices and what may be available for your child in the local job market once they reach a working age. Highly recommended https://careerpilot.org.uk/parent-zone
National Careers Service: Government website for people of all ages. This is very useful for looking at exploring careers and assessing your skills https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/
BBC Bitesize: click the link to find out how your subject links to careers and future learning https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zhst2sg
Career Pilot: Use this site to find video and resource links for your specific subject https://careerpilot.org.uk/job-sectors/subjects
OAT Futures: Our own Academy Group website for all things career and Post 16 related. Please use this a s a resource with students. It is being added to all the time. Contact the site managers to ask for any extra support or content, or to add anything you think may be useful https://oatfutures.co.uk/
Compass Plus: Use the log-in you will be given to add any extra-curricular activities that have had careers links. This allows us to provide all students with a record of achievement when they apply for their life after OSVA https://auth.careersandenterprise.co.uk/compassplus
The Careers and Enterprise Company: Invaluable advice on how employers can support young people and school leaders, whilst at the same time providing personal development for staff and identifying new talent for the future https://www.careersandenterprise.co.uk/employers/
EBP South – Work Experience: Our work experience partners. All legal, health and safety and suitibilty checks are carried out by EBP South. Their website explains the work experience process that we run and offers support and training for employers and businesses https://www.ebpsouth.co.uk/Pages/Category/what-we-do-for-business
Speakers for Schools – Work Experience advice: This site provides advice and support for employers who are looking to provide work experience placements https://www.speakersforschools.org/experience-2/employers/
Access Arrangements: This is under our provider access policy https://ormistonsixvillagesacademy.co.uk/key-info/careers-guidance/careers-and-guidance-programme
Our next review of the published information is on the 12th of December.