Our vision is to make sure our students know their strengths, skills and qualities and are curious about careers. We want our young people to know how to explore possible options and pathways and make informed choices; to take opportunities and make the best of them.
Our students are confident and positive about their future prospects, have self-belief and are able to promote themselves to others. Ultimately each student should be able to move on to successful and fulfilling lives beyond the Academy.
Measures of success
The 8 Gatsby Benchmarks for Good Careers Guidance
1. A stable careers programme
Our careers programme is cross-curricular and supports the needs of all our students. We have a clear vision and strategy for careers, led by the Careers Leader and team and communicated to staff through specific CPD sessions.
All students from year 7 upwards are given a range of career learning experiences and activities throughout the school year including:
We will evaluate our programme through student feedback, progression and outcomes. We are working towards the Quality in Careers Standard Award and aim to achieve this in 2018/19
2. Learning from career and labour market information
A careers resource centre is being developed within the Academy library; students will have access to a range of careers resources including books, prospectuses, industry specific information, apprenticeships information, flyers and leaflets about careers events. There will be a designated computer for careers information with online resources and programmes such as JED, Amazing Apprenticeships, iCould, SACU, Startcareers.
During World of Work week, PSHE and subject lessons our students take part in activities including researching job sectors and visits to and from employers. We are developing our designated careers section on the Academy website to provide parents with access to careers and labour market information resources and information about options and pathways. We are also hoping to develop a ‘question and answer’ function for parents and students.
Additionally, we are building links with Jobcentre Plus whose schools advisor can support students with information about the local labour market.
3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
Our careers programme helps students to focus on their individual strengths and growth. We use resources and experiences that challenge stereotypes, broaden our students' thinking and raise aspirations. BSL careers vocabulary has been developed and will be shared and available to all staff, students and parents/carers.
We develop and record careers and transition plans in the most accessible and meaningful way for the individual student and keep them up to date. Student destinations after leaving the Academy are tracked, recorded and analysed to inform future planning and development of the careers programme.
Student leavers will be offered the opportunity to join the Academy Alumni and invited back to talk about their successes and achievements. We also have an established relationship with Living Options Devon who can advise students on barriers in the workplace and Access to Work, and we are building links with the National Deaf Childrens Society to develop a strong deaf approach to careers and resources.
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
Opportunities for career learning are built in to our lesson plans and classroom displays contain information about careers related to curriculum subjects. We invite guest speakers from industry in to school to raise students’ awareness of how curriculum learning supports career paths.
Our students also have the opportunity to attend events such as the Big Bang South West to raise awareness of STEM Careers, and opportunities to take part in enterprise projects and activities.
5. Encounters with employers and employees
We have good links with a wide range of local employers and these are increasing all the time. Our students are able to go and visit a variety of workplaces and explore job roles, and we have a good network of deaf role models from a range of industries who visit school to speak to students about their jobs and career paths. In 2018 our students received visits from speakers as diverse as bloggers, events facilitators, a vetinary nurse, and the director of a BSL interpreting, marketing and consultancy service, among others.
6. Experiences of workplaces
Our year 10 and 11 students have opportunities for work experience placements, and work experience is built in to study programmes for all post 16 learners. Years 7, 8 and 9 also have workplace visits as part of World of Work Week.
7. Encounters with further and higher education
Our students have opportunities to visit local Further and Higher Education providers and attend events such as Big Bang South West, Apprenticeships Expo and Careers fairs. Exeter University runs an outreach programme to support student encounters with Higher Education and we will explore this and establish links for our students. Information and resources from FE and HE providers such as prospectuses are made available to students to prompt curiosity and discussion about the range of options they offer. We also explore partnership working with local schools to link-up with FE and HE events.
8. Personal guidance
Our students have daily access to the Careers Leader and team members, and a careers interview with an independent qualified career guidance professional at key transition points and/or on a self-referral basis as needed.
Careers Leader: Matt Jenkins.
Text: 07624 808738