Careers and Guidance Programme

Our aim in Careers and Guidance is to prepare students for further education and employment by:

  • developing skills and talents for employment
  • contributing to raising their achievements and motivation
  • raising their awareness of their current and future life choices
  • enhancing their skills in coping with future transitions
  • enabling their access to Higher Education

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

 Autumn TermSpring TermSummer Term
Y7Start of year careers questionnaire
PSHE lesson focus – Careers and your future
Careers Fair
‘What is my job’ session
‘What is my job’ session
Careers fair
March: National Careers week activities and surveys    
‘What is my job’ session
June/July: Aspirations day – students take part in activities and meet potential employers
Y8Start of year careers survey
‘What is my job’ session
Careers fair
PSHE Focus: My personality and careers. Future options
‘What is my job’ session.
March: National Careers week activities and surveys
‘What is my job’ session.
June/July: Aspirations day – students take part in activities and meet potential employers
Y9Start of year careers survey
‘What is my job’ session
Options Process
Careers fair
‘What is my job’ session.
March: National Careers week activities and surveys
‘What is my job’ session. June/July: Aspirations day – students take part in activities and meet potential employers
Y10Start of year careers survey
PSHE focus: Work life; Opportunity knocks; CV Writing; Financial stability  
March: PSHE lessons and assemblies to prepare year group for work experience week.
March: National Careers week activities and surveys
June/July (TBC) Work Experience (Benchmark 5, 6 and 7) Mix of work and college experience plus careers skills. May-July (TBC) One to one career interviews external provider (Benchmark 8)
June/July: Visits to assemblies from Chichester College and Worthing MET College (Benchmark 7)
June/July: Visit to assemblies from Apprenticeship providers (Benchmark 7)
Y11Start of year careers survey
Post 16 Fair –Oct 8th
Assemblies from colleges and apprenticeship providers
Nov – Post 16 destinations intentions survey
Mr Marsh to assist with applications  
Careers Fair
Assemblies from colleges and apprenticeship providers
Mr Marsh to assist with applications
Jan/Feb: Post 16 decisions survey
Phone/online/in-person advice interviews with Post 16 providers
March: National Careers week activities and surveys  
Final destinations survey

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

  • We are looking to set up a programme of careers education and guidance within tutor time for all years and careers education will also be part of PSHE lessons for all students.
  • Information about future study options and the labour market is available to students at Open Evenings, through enrichment sessions that we hold for students, through assemblies and information sessions with local colleges and apprenticeship providers, and through drop in sessions with our careers lead Mr Marsh.
  • To identify students’ guidance needs, we ask them to complete a survey at the beginning of the academic year which explores their interests and future career path ideas. This information is then collated and shared with specific staff members. This means that we can target particular students for specific events that may be of interest to them and their future career paths.
  • We provide students with opportunities within the academy to have direct contact with employers by hosting drop in talks with visitors from a range of professions and backgrounds. We have invited in parents and local companies and training providers to speak with students about their experiences or their careers.
  • During their time with us,  students will also have the opportunity to attend a variety of careers fairs and events, whether this is off site or at school. These events allow our studentsto meet employers as well as people from colleges and universities.
  • In addition, we are making links with the Chichester College and Chichester University outreach teams in which we will seek to plan a programme of events which are linked with the both establishments.

2. Learning from career and labour market information

  • To identify the needs of our students in regards to careers guidance, all students are entitled to an appointment with an external careers adviser. This happens for all Year 10 students during the second half of the summer term. Most recently, this objective advice has been provided by the student support team at Chichester College.
  • Impartial advice from our external careers advisers can be arranged for any of our Year 8-11 students who are unsure of their future path. 
  • During National Careers Week, all students are made aware of the most up to date and relevant career and labour market information through assemblies and tutor time activities. 
  • Individual students are encouraged to speak with staff in regards to their future aspirations. Staff members then liaise with Directors of Learning and our careers leader, Mr Marsh, to help identify any further guidance and support the academy can give to the pupil.

3. Addressing the needs of each student

  • To address the needs of our students, we are going to be using Compass-plus as a careers and guidance tracker. This will allow us to keep track of their yearly surveys, conversations with pupils, any interactions with external visitors, on-site careers events and extra-curricular visits. 
  • From the information on the tracker, we organise trips, support, interventions and working lunches based on the data that has been returned. 
  • Compass-Plus will also allow each student who leaves us at the end of Year 11 to have a clear record of the experiences they have had relating to careers and post-16 pathways.

4. Linking curriculum learning to careers

  • All department curriculum pathway documents refer to future careers and higher education pathways.
  • Departments have displays that explain potential future careers relating to each subject or notable people in the world who studied that subject.
  • Options information and Options Evenings strongly link subjects and option choices to pupils’ future career plans and Post 16 pathways.
  • Departments are encouraged each year to invite external visitors from careers linking to their subjects to speak with students. This is strong in STEM subjects.

5. Encounters with employers and employees

  • Students at Ormiston Six Villages Academy have many encounters with employers and employees during their five years with us.
  • We provide work/college experience for Year 10 through a working partnership with Chichester College.
  • Students on external extra-curricular visits are told to consider the number of job roles and employment opportunities at the venues or locations that they visit.
  • Students in all year groups benefit from the expertise of external visitors in lessons, in assemblies and on ‘drop-down’ days.
  • All students have the opportunity to visit careers fairs over the course of their five years with us. This has been done in school on occasion but we are investigating the opportunity to attend external events.
  • Compass-Plus will record all of the encounters that students have. This allows us to target studentswho have missed out on encounters and present them with new opportunities. 

6. Experiences of workplaces

  • All Year 10 students participate in work/college experience during May or June. 
  • Currently run in conjunction with Chichester College, this provides them with experiences of a number of job roles, college courses and helps to develop their career path.

7. Encounters with further and higher education

  • Year 11 students have regular (at least once a half term) input from local colleges and apprenticeship providers. This is done through assemblies and meetings with small groups of students. These offer impartial advice on what Post 16 pathways are available.
  • Chichester University host business and enterprise sessions with our students in which they get to work with and ask questions of university tutors and students. 
  • Visits to universities happen every year for our most able students and to raise aspirations for girls in Years 9, 10 and 11.

8. Personal guidance

  • All students have personal guidance interviews in Y10 with external careers advisors.
  • Students can use lunch time drop-ins to speak with our careers leader, Mr Marsh, for information and guidance.
  • At any time of year parents and students from any year group can request an appointment with an independent careers advisor which will be arranged through Mr Marsh. If a follow up appointment is required, that can also be organised.
  • Parents and carers are welcome to attend careers appointments with their sons/daughters and after school appointments are available. 

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:

  • To find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeship opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point.
  • To hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options evenings, assemblies, group discussions and careers fairs.
  • To understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses through the mentor programme, workshops and seminars and via our independent careers adviser.

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