We hold the CEIAG Quality in Standards award, and have recently introduced a bespoke learning platform to capture student intentions and aspirations; this data is shared with curriculum areas so that bespoke and targeted enrichment activities can be planned.
Our CEIAG offer is further enhanced by enrichment including work experience in year 10, D of E and engaging with both careers and apprenticeship fairs. Transition from KS4 to 5 is a real strength, and our data for students not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) is significantly better than local and national at 0.57%.
It is a DfE requirement that all schools demonstrate they are meeting the standards fully by the end of 2020, and the academy is fully on track to meet this deadline. The Gatsby benchmarks are:0
- Benchmark 1: A stable careers programme
- Benchmark 2: Learning from labour market information
- Benchmark 3: Addressing the needs of every pupil
- Benchmark 4: Linking curriculum learning to careers
- Benchmark 5: Encounters with employers and employees
- Benchmark 6: Experiences of workplaces
- Benchmark 7: Encounters with further and higher education
- Benchmark 8: Personal guidance
Although work experience is not a compulsory part of the curriculum, we feel that it provides the most incredible opportunity for our students to develop their confidence and communication skills, find out more about the world of work and be in a position to make more informed decisions about their future. Each year in the summer term, all of our year 10 students benefit from carefully selected work experience placements to ensure that they develop the skills needed the “Become the leaders of tomorrow”.
Students are expected to complete a full working week, and complete a reflective journal during their placement. Upon return to the academy students will use our online careers platform to record their development of personal qualities, abilities and achievements.