CAREER GUIDANCE AND INSPIRATION POLICY AND OPERATIONAL PLAN

2018 - 2019

Key Priorities, Outcomes & Actions

Commitment

The Oakwood Academy is committed to providing all students in Years 7-11 with a programme of careers activities and supporting activity. The programme has been developed in line with the eight Gatsby benchmarks for ensuring best practice and to meet the requirements of the Department for Education’s statutory guidance 2018.

The Oakwood Academy believes that:

  • Every student should have high quality, independent careers guidance to encourage them to be aspirational and well informed when making educational and career decisions. 
  • All students should participate in a range of activities to develop a variety of employability skills, preparing them for a working life which is in the best interest of the student, being enjoyable and providing economic well-being.  

Gatsby Career Benchmarks

The career programme is used to develop and improve the programme of career education and guidance offered to our students. The Gatsby Career Benchmarks identify good practice and define the essentials of good career guidance providing a robust and realistic framework for developing a career programme that is first class.

The 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. Experience of work places

7. Encounters with further and higher education

8. Personal guidance

All students at The Oakwood Academy should:

  • Expect information, advice and guidance as an entitlement and know where to access up to date information about work, training and educational opportunities.
  • Be given the opportunity to experience work related learning including a period of work experience (Yr 10).
  • Experience a range of career related activities including careers workshops, employer talks, career fairs, motivational speakers, college and university visits.

Career Guidance

Academies have a duty to secure access to independent and impartial (no bias towards a particular education or work option) careers guidance for student’s years 8-11 (Education Act 1997, 2011 & Careers Guidance & Inspiration in Schools March 2015 Statutory Guidance). The Academy’s duty to secure independent career guidance for all year 8-11 pupils is intended to expand advice and guidance for young people so they are inspired and motivated to fulfil their potential, develop high aspirations and consider a broad and ambitious range of careers.

Key priorities:

  • Provide independent & impartial careers advice, prevent stereotyping and promote the best interest of the student to whom it is given.
  • Ensure adequate support for students with SEN or disabilities.
  • Work with Local Authority to identify those ‘at risk’ of not participating post-16 in education or training and the services to support them.
  • Work with education and training providers to provide information on the range of available education options including apprenticeships.
  • Inspire and motivate students to fulfil their potential and develop employability skills.
  • Provide direct students access to the National Careers Service, launched by the Government in April 2012, giving job market information and job profiles and other online career guidance sites.
  • Provide access to online impartial careers and further and higher education resources.
  • Inspire students through real life experiences/real life contact with work.
  • Provide entrepreneurial challenges to develop employability skills and self-employment opportunities.
  • Encourage students to study STEM subjects.
  • Develop employer-academy links with the help of the Futures Enterprise Co-ordinator to address career aspirations and link what is done in class to the outside world.

Outcomes:

  • Ensure all students are well informed when making subject and career decisions
  • Reduce the amount of NEETs
  • All students to have a clear sense of achievable direction about future education, training options and goals
  • All students to understand that if English and maths not secured at grade 4, then this will be a continued subject for study at post 16
  • All students understand the importance of STEM subjects
  • All students are aware of out of school opportunities (e.g. National Citizen Service, voluntary activities).
  • All students have a portfolio record of all extra-curricular and enterprise related activities that a student has taken part in.
  • All students are aware of any post 16 funding available to them (16- 19 Bursary Fund)
  • All students to have interacted with employers and understand the skills employers are looking for.
  • All students to have developed some, if not all, of the key skills needed to progress in to employment and further and higher education.

 

Actions –

What will the action be? When will/was it done?

Led by

Monitored by

Gatsby Benchmark

Identify critical cohorts to ensure students with SEN and/or disabilities receive additional personalised external (Futures) and internal support.

MST

AWY

1,3

1:1  career meetings with Ms Stokes with referrals to Futures for those identified as Priority one students and at risk of being NEET

MST

AWY

3,8

Year 10 and Year 11  Career guidance 1:1

MST

AWY

2,3,4,8

Year 10 SLT Aspiration interviews

SLT

SLT

3,8

Update webpage with careers information and links to additional support including the National Careers Service

MST/JHU

AWY

2,3,4,

Assembly – National Citizenship Service

AWY

AWY

3,5,7

All Years - National Careers Week – Careers and Aspirational Talks delivered by visiting professionals

MST

AWY

2,5,7

Representation by post 16 providers & Career Advisor at all KS4 parent evenings/events

MST

AWY

2,3,4,5,7,8

RHT - Careers Network Meetings – to share good practice

CBL

 

1

Year 9 IntoUniversity – Visit to University of Nottingham

MST

AWY

2,3,4,7,8

Year 8 Option Assemblies  [Feb 2018] & Option booklet / pathways

SLT

SLT

3,4,8

Year 8 Option evening / Aspiration meetings with SLT

SLT

SLT

2,3

Year 9 Careers in the Curriculum week – linking each subjects to careers, Employer talks every day

MST

AWY

1,2,3,4,5

Years 7, 10 & 11 aspiration/pathways assemblies with Nottingham Trent University and DANCOP

MST

AWY

2,7

Off timetable pathways day year with RH 6th form Years 10 & 11

HLA

AWY

1,7

Y10 IntoUniversity Business In Focus Day

MST

AWY

2,3,4,5,6,8

 

 

Update Year 11 tracker to identify risk of NEET (2018/19)

MST

AWY

1,3

University visits Y8, Y9 & Y10 to experience university & raise aspirations - Raising the grade

MST/EMU/DSA

AWY

2,3,4,7,8

Year 10 & Year 11 6th Form Assembly

HLA

SLT

4,7

Secure work experience placements for all year 10 students to gain real life work experience and develop employability skills in an area of interest and in support of their studies.

MST

AWY

4,5,6

Assemblies – 6th Form/colleges/apprenticeships/ Speakers from business -  insight into work and career pathways

MST

AWY

2,3,4,5,7,8

Questionnaires  Year 11 – My Future & feedback

MST

AWY

1,3

Compass Tracker as an evaluation tool

MST

AWY

 

 

Year 7 & 8

  • Tutor provides advice to students on an individual basis against achievement
  • Work awareness assembly, career planning booklet
  • Online/website link to career guidance and further information.
  • Visiting speakers – Subject careers talks
  • Options evening
  • University of Nottingham visit
  • Employability lessons delivered through Tutor, Assembly, Maths, English and RE lessons

Year 9

  • Tutors provides advice to students on an individual basis against achievement
  • Careers In The Curriculum Week, to include careers talks from visiting professionals and all lessons having a link to careers
  • Guest speaker assemblies
  • Online/website link to career guidance and further information
  • Visiting speakers – Subject careers talks
  • IntoUniversity aspiration project
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award.
  • Tutors to provide advice to students on an individual basis against achievement
  • Students are given guidance by teachers about the links between curriculum learning and real life work
  • Targeted one to one impartial careers interview
  • Online/website link to career guidance and further information
  • Whole year Work experience week
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • 6th Form and college visits
  • Off time table days
  • IntoUniversity aspiration project
  • Visiting speakers – Subject careers talks

Year 10

  • Tutors to provide advice to students on an individual basis against achievement
  • Students are given guidance by teachers about the links between curriculum learning and real life work
  • Targeted one to one impartial careers interview
  • Online/website link to career guidance and further information
  • Whole year Work experience week
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • 6th Form and college visits
  • Off time table days
  • IntoUniversity aspiration project
  • Visiting speakers – Subject careers talks

Year 11

  • Tutor mentor students on an individual basis against achievement
  • Online/website link to career guidance and further information
  • Face to face career guidance interview to provide independent & impartial careers advice and promote the best interest of the student
  • Apprenticeship information and workshop
  • Visiting representatives from business and industry to inform students of careers and career routes
  • Visiting speaker from National Citizenship Service 
  • 6th Form and University visits
  • IntoUniversity aspiration project

Monitoring and Evaluation

Monitoring of the activities and the guidance taking place will include observations by SLT and feedback from students and those engaged in activities (e.g. parents, colleges, and employers).  Outcomes will be reported to Governors on an annual basis.

Impact will be measured by:

  1. Attainment and destination of students – closing the gap between young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and others.
  2. NEET figures.
  3. Questionnaires – trend analysis
  4. Student evaluation forms
  5. Focus groups

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