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Careers Programme

Greig City Academy School Careers Programme

Careers Leader Details:

Careers Leader & Work Related Learning (WRL) Head of Faculty: Mrs M Arhagba - marhagba@greigcityacademy.co.uk

Overview of whole school WRL activities & programmes; Work Experience, Careers & Enterprise

Advisor Details:

Work Related Learning (WRL) Advisor: Mrs P Smith - psmith@greigcityacademy.co.uk

Special responsibility for delivery to key stage 3, 4 & 5, and additional target provision for SEND, Learning Plus & EAL

Introduction

The annual careers programme supports Greig City Academy in the design, implementation, and strategy for careers guidance. The plan will enable us to understand and manage the connections between inputs, processes, and outcomes, monitor and review our performance, meet statutory requirements and expectations, prepare for an Ofsted inspection, and compare our performance against similar schools.

The annual careers plan is a tool for planning the deployment of resources and reviewing the return on investment. It is also a way of ensuring that students, parents, and other stakeholders feel confident that the school is fulfilling its statutory duty.

In the light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the careers programme has adapted to reflect the changes necessary to deliver activities that have relevance, impact and meaning to our students.

This plan is designed to promote and support young people in their choices about the next stages of their education, employment and training and finally attain the qualifications so that they can progress to the next stage of their education into courses that lead to higher level qualifications and into jobs that meet local and national needs.

Greig City Academy’s Careers Leader with the Senior Leadership team and the Careers Governor will successfully plan and manage learning programmes, the curriculum, and careers advice so that all our pupils get a good start and are well prepared for the next stage in their education, training, or employment.

                                                                                                                                          

Purpose and Aims

Rationale:

*Greig City Academy is an inclusive Church of England school, open to all. The school welcomes students and staff from many diverse backgrounds and faith traditions. The school ethos promotes the central Christian values of caring for one another and working together for the good of all.

We commit the school to support all students to realise their full potential so that they leave the school with the qualifications, skills, and attributes they need to lead fulfilled and rewarding lives. We fully endorse the school’s relentless focus on:

  • High academic and personal achievement
  • Positive attitudes towards learning
  • Exemplary behaviour 

*from Greig City Academy’s Vision and Values Statement

Our careers programme encompasses these three points; we want our students to achieve and aspire in school and in the future. We want them to aspire to be the best that they can be. We want them to enjoy and have fun exploring their career options.

All young people need a planned programme of activities to help them make informed choices and plan for their future. Schools have a duty to give students (in years 7 -13) access to impartial careers education, information advice and guidance and at Greig City Academy we recognise the need to prepare students for the opportunities, responsibilities, and experiences of adult life.

The Gatsby Benchmarks

These benchmarks are based on international research and helped identify best practice and guidance for education establishments for them to deliver high quality careers guidance to young people across England. These benchmarks have also formally been adopted by OFSTED and will now form part of their school inspection process. The Careers Leader is responsible for leading this work in the school.

The Eight Gatsby Benchmarks of Good Careers Guidance are:

1) A stable careers programme                                                     

2) Learning from careers and labour market information

3) Addressing the needs of each pupil                                         4) Linking curriculum learning to careers
5) Encounters with employers and employees                           6) Experience of workplaces
7) Encounters with further higher education                            8) Personal guidance

Aims:

Achievement – students will take part in a variety of Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) activities that will support them in the future.

Learning – Students will learn about careers options and the opportunities available to them. They will be encouraged to participate in enrichment activities including volunteering, work experience, careers talk. These opportunities will allow students to observe and practice the skills they will need to be successful beyond school. To help students develop a positive self-image and foster aspirations for the future free from stereotypical expectations.

Delivery: The world of work is ever changing, and it is important that our CEIAG reflects this. As a school we will evaluate our approaches to CEIAG programmes to ensure that it is always relevant and engaging for students.

Entitlement: All students will have the opportunity to engage in a range of careers related activities which have been designed to develop greater self-awareness.

Differentiated: To ensure progression through activities from years 7 -13 are appropriate to the students’ stages of career learning, planning and development. Care is taken to meet the needs of Looked after children, SEND and EAL students and to offer tailored help to support their transition.

Monitoring & Evaluation:

  • Impact scores are generated via questionnaires to identify ways to further improve our provision. Questionnaires assist in refining specific elements of our careers provision, for example, the meaningfulness of an activity from the perspective of students and teaching staff.
  • Written feedback is gathered from employees/employers to assess the success of an experience from their perspective. This ensures we can continue to tailor our careers programme, to ensure we provide quality experiences for both students and employees/employers.

We use The Careers and Enterprise Compass toolkit to help evaluate our careers activity against the eight Gatsby Benchmarks.

Careers plan review date: January 2021

  • The careers programme will be displayed on the school website for all stakeholders to review.
  • If teachers, parents, students, employers, or providers would like to contribute to the programme or for further information, kindly contact the school’s careers team using the contact details listed above.
  • At the end of this document is a glossary which provides further details of the programmes detailed here.

Please download the full programme using the link in the left-hand column.

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