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Careers programme

Introduction

This policy statement sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to pupils at the school for the purpose of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.

Rationale 

Careers education and guidance programmes make a major contribution to preparing young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. A planned progressive programme of activities supports them in choosing pathways that suit their interests and abilities and help them to follow a career path and sustain employability throughout their working lives.

Commitment

Hethersett Academy is committed to providing our pupils with a programme of careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) for all pupils in Years 7-11

Aims

Hethersett Academy’s careers education, information and guidance policy has the following aims:

  • To provide impartial and independent advice for all pupils
  • To prevent pupils leaving and becoming NEET
  • To contribute to strategies for raising achievement, especially by increasing motivation
  • To support inclusion, challenge stereotyping and promote equality of opportunity
  • To encourage participation in continued learning including higher education, further education and apprenticeships
  • To develop enterprise and employment skills
  • To reduce drop out from and course switching in education and training
  • To contribute to the economic prosperity of individuals and communities
  • To meet the needs of all our pupils through appropriate differentiation
  • To focus pupils on their future aspirations
  • To involve parents and carers
  • To support the raising of the participation age and assist with positive destinations for all pupils post 16, 17 and 18

Pupil entitlement

All pupils in years 8-13 are entitled:

  • to find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships 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 events, assemblies and group discussions and taster events;
  • to understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.

Links with other policies

It supports and is underpinned by key school policies including those for teaching and learning, assessment, recording and reporting achievement, citizenship, PSHE, equal opportunities and diversity, health and safety, and special needs

Implementation of careers education

Careers education is delivered during Tutor Time by form tutors and in assemblies by SLT and appointed staff and guests at appropriate points throughout the academic year. 
Additionally, all Year 11 pupils have two face-to-face careers interviews with a Level 6 qualified careers advisor to assist with post-16 transition and applications.

Monitoring

Our careers programme is monitored regularly through termly evaluations of students' views and knowledge gained through the careers lessons. We are then able to identify gaps in the provision and rectify this in the next cycle of the programme. We also use the Help You Choose website to track and monitor Year 11 post-16 applications. 

Equality and diversity

Careers education is provided to all pupils and provision is made to allow all pupils to access the curriculum. Pupils are encouraged to follow career paths that suit their interests, skills and strengths with the absence of stereotypes. All pupils are provided with the same opportunities and diversity is celebrated.

Management of provider access requests

Procedure

A provider wishing to request access should contact Anna Twaite, assistant principal.

Telephone 01603 810924 Email: annatwaite@inspirationtrust.org

Opportunities for access

A number of events, integrated into the school careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to pupils and/or their parents/carers:

Year group

Provision

Year 7

  • Form time sessions on skills and employability skills

Year 8

  • Options evening
  • Options parents evening
  • Option assembly
  • A series of careers lessons deliver by an independent careers advisor

Year 9

  • A series of careers lessons deliver by an independent careers advisor
  • Assemblies
  • Lunch time careers talks from local businesses

Year 10

  • A series of careers lessons deliver by an independent careers advisor
  • Work experience
  • Access and support with I can be a….. in form time 
  • Assemblies
  • Lunch time careers talks from local businesses

Year 11

  • Two careers interviews with an independent careers advisor
  • 14 week careers programme
  • Access to Kudos careers matching programme and training in Help you choose
  • Pathways 16+ careers evening
  • Assemblies – including local colleges and 6th form providers
  • Lunch time careers talks from local businesses

Links with employers

We are always looking for facilitators from industry who can attend our events, provide careers talks, and work with students on activities based around their industry and different careers paths. If you are a business wanting to create links with schools and work with young people, then we’d love to hear from you. For more information contact Ms Twaite on: annatwaite@inspirationtrust.org

This information will be reviewed in September 2019.