Careers

Gatsby Benchmarks
Weavers Academy’s careers programme supports the achievement of the eight Gatsby benchmarks. We are dedicated to implementing these benchmarks in our school:

Benchmark 1: A Stable Careers Programme
Every school and college should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by Students, parents, teachers, governors and employers.

Benchmark 2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information
Every Student and their parents should have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. They will need the support of an informed adviser to make the best use of available information

Benchmark 3: Addressing the Needs of Each Student
Students have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each Student. A school’s careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.

Benchmark 4: Linking Curriculum Learning to Careers
All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of careers paths.

Benchmark 5: Encounters with Employers and Employees
Every Student should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes.

Benchmark 6: Experiences of Workplaces
Every Student should have first-hand experience of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing, and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks.

Benchmark 7: Encounters with Further and Higher Education
All Students should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace.

Benchmark 8: Personal Guidance
Every Student should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a careers adviser, who could be internal (a member of school staff) or external, provided they are trained to an appropriate level. These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made. They should be expected for all Students but should be timed to meet their individual needs

Careers Education and Guidance is introduced from Year 7. At Weavers Academy, we are committed to providing outstanding CEIAG for all. Ensuring that each student is offered the tools to consider and recognise their personal skills and qualities and the career options available to them underpins the whole careers education programme at the school. The school uses Unifrog as a too to both record all students’ journeys through their careers education as well as as a tool to help inform and guide their choices.

School Aim
To enable students to increase their knowledge, develop understanding and skills relevant to life in a rapidly changing world. Preparation is key as well as developing in all students a clear understanding of how their learning of knowledge and skills in the classroom links to, and prepares them for, the world of work.

Policy Statement
Careers Education and Guidance at Weavers Academy is an integral part of the preparation of all students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life in modern society. All CEIAG is unbiased and impartial with the student at the forefront.

Aims of CEIAG at Weavers Academy
a) Self Development – Our students will be able to understand their own strengths and areas for development and be aware of the influences around them that affect these.

b) Career Exploration – Our students will have the tools to know how and where to investigate, seek out and acquire, educational and work opportunities.

c) Career Management – Our students will be able to make and adjust plans to manage change and transition.

Learning Outcomes
a) Self Development – students will be able to:
• Recognise and assess their achievements, qualities and skills
• To present this information in an appropriate format to facilitate further opportunities
• To reflect on the above and use this knowledge for personal development and further progression
• To set their own ambitious and achievable career targets
• To recognise and deal with influences on their own attitudes, values and behavior in relation to work

b) Career Exploration – students will be able to:
• Access and use a variety of sources for careers information
• Identify and understand employment trends
• Use work experience to improve their chances of future employment and develop a clearer understanding of their talents and goals.
• Understand the nature of work and people’s attitudes to it

c) Career Management – students will be able to:
• Identify, understand and utilise the sources of help and support in making informed career choices
• Identify, understand and utilise decision making techniques
• Be familiar and confident in completing job/college applications, recognise and appreciate the importance of interviews, and the need to be prepared for them to give them the greatest chances of success.
• Understand and recognise rights and responsibilities they have in the workplace

Careers Education and Guidance
Careers Education helps individuals to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding required to make appropriate and ambitious choices, manage transitions in learning and move successfully in to the world of work. Careers Education takes place within the classrooms; during tutorial lessons, whole school assemblies, careers talks, World of Work and additional curriculum days (for each year group). Teachers at Weavers are expected to link the learning that takes place within their subjects to the key careers competencies to enable them to understand the relevance of the learning that takes place to the world of work.

Careers Guidance is a means of enabling individuals to apply the skills, knowledge and understanding they have learned to make appropriate decisions about learning and moving in to work. It should be impartial, client centered and confidential. Careers Guidance mainly takes place through individual support.

Staffing 2019 – 2020
Magnus Wallace – Lead for The Ambition Curriculum (incorporating careers, SMSC, Rewards and Student Leadership) – Vice Principal

Emma Huett – Assistant Principal: Careers & SMSC/PSHE

Matthew Higgins – Achievement & Raising Standards – Year 11. Assistant Principal

Claire Sexsmith – Head of Sixth Form

Nisha Pandya – Careers support – 6th Form

Cheryl McCarthy – Careers Advisor (Level 6 CEIAG) lifejigsaw@outlook.com cheryl.mccarthy@weaversacademy.org

All staff are involved in and responsible for, preparing students for personal and working life, both as a young person and as an adult. All form tutors play an active role in CEIAG through the Uni-Frog on-line careers platform, World of Work additional curriculum days and being familiar with up to date Post 16 & Post 18 knowledge through the staff careers handbook guide. Whilst some of the provision is ‘year or Key Stage specific’, students are not restricted from participation in events (careers talks) and a good deal of provision is open to all students regardless of age or key stage.

Useful Links Connected to the Academy’s Programme

www.skillsbuilder.org

www.unifrog.org

www.ucas.com

Careers Information Advice and guidance

We employ the services of Cheryl McCarthy through ‘LifeJigsaw’, a local independent careers service. Cheryl has been working with Weavers for a number of years, both through her careers work and her STEM Ambassador role. Feedback from staff, students and local business volunteers has been very positive and through this sevice, we feel we are giving our students the tools to support themselves with their potential career and Post 16 options.

All students at Weavers, are able to request a careers meeting once they are in Year 10. Our main focus in the Autumn term will be in our Year 11 students who are considering their POST 16 options. Students in other year groups are able to request appointments if necessary, or teachers can refer students if they feel it could be of benefit to the student concerned.

Cheryl can be contacted via school reception on 01933 222830 or direct – cheryl.mccarthy@weaversacademy.org.uk

Provider Access Statement

This statement sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of further education providers to pupils at the school for 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 and the CEIAG Statutory Guidance 2018 Baker Clause.

School Provision

Our school provides a variety of opportunities for students to access a range of different career support, both internally and externally through a range of different opportunities.

We welcome support from the wider community and are always open for new opportunities for our students. A provider wishing to access the school would need to contact our Vice Principal, Mr Magnus Wallace Magnus.Wallace@weaversacademy.org.uk in the first instance. All visitors will be made aware of our safeguarding policy prior to their visit.

Once visits have been agreed, the visitor will be allocated a contact for the day/session, provide appropriate rooming, facilities and equipment as agreed.

Providers will be encouraged to leave any literature, resources or prospectuses in the school careers area, which will then be available to the students at all times.

At Weavers we actively encourage engagement with employers and providers. If you are interested in supporting our careers programme by visiting the school and sharing information and guidance please contact the Academy at enquiries@weaversacademy.org.uk

Labour Market Information