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Careers Programme

Students at Shenley Academy have the opportunity to be a part of a range of CEIAG related experiences. These experiences better prepare our students for ‘Life after Shenley’.

Last academic year, there were more visits, opportunities and interventions than ever before including; NEC Skills Show, Year 10 work experience, MyTutor (maths and English), university visits, careers fair, Kudos launch, Mosaic Enterprise Challenge, Professional Services Week business walks, Bear Grylls Adventure Centre, one to one mock interviews, Forward Thinking Programme, Speakers Trust Speak Out event, Work Ready event, Big Bang show, coaching and mentoring sessions, motivational speakers, Cultural Capital trip to London, STEM university visits, computing and engineering workshops and many more. We continue to plan for similar and additional opportunities for the upcoming academic year and these will be reflected in our policy once confirmed.

Quality in Careers Standard

We are working towards the Quality in Careers Standard which is the single national quality award for careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) in schools, colleges and work-based learning.
All state-funded secondary schools are “strongly recommended” by the Department for Education in its Statutory Guidance to work towards, achieve, and maintain this national Standard as part of its ‘careers strategy’. The Standard is fully aligned with the Gatsby Benchmarks for “Good Career Guidance” and complies with the DfE’s Statutory Guidance.

Careers Bulletin February 2021 

Parents guide to National Careers Week – February 2021

Aim Higher letter 26 February 2021

Careers bulletin – JANUARY 2021

Careers letter to year 11

careers LETTER TO YEAR 10

Programme for 2020-21

 Autumn TermSpring TermSummer Term
Year 7Careers and raising aspiration as part of transition programme.
Key Stage 3 Personal Development Form Tutor Careers Programme.Key Stage 3 Personal Development Form Tutor Careers Programme.Key Stage 3 Personal Development Form Tutor Careers Programme.
Assemblies from a range of external speakers.Assemblies from a range of external speakers.Assemblies from a range of external speakers.
Year 8Key Stage 3 Personal Development Form Tutor Careers Programme.Key Stage 3 Personal Development Form Tutor Careers Programme.Key Stage 3 Personal Development Form Tutor Careers Programme
Assemblies from a range of external speakers.Assemblies from a range of external speakers.Assemblies from a range of external speakers.
Kudos launch assembliesKudos small group sessions led by an independent careers advisor.Careers Fair.
Forward Thinking Programme launch at BCU (selected students).Aspire to Aston University assembly and selected students for yearly campus visits.
Year 9Key Stage 3 Shenley Horizons Form Tutor Careers Programme.Key Stage 3 Shenley Horizons Form Tutor Careers Programme.Key Stage 3 Shenley Horizons Form Tutor Careers Programme.
Assemblies from a range of external speakers.Assemblies from a range of external speakers.Assemblies from a range of external speakers.
World Skills Show (NEC) for selected students.Forward Thinking Programme BCU visit (selected students).Careers Fair.
Forward Thinking Programme BCU visit (selected students).Aspire to Aston University assembly and selected students for yearly campus visits.Professional Services Week Business Walks (selected students).
Year 10Key Stage 4 Personal Development Form Tutor Careers Programme.Key Stage 4 Personal Development Form Tutor Careers Programme.Key Stage 4 Personal Development Form Tutor Careers Programme.
Assemblies from a range of external speakers.Assemblies from a range of external speakers.Assemblies from a range of external speakers.
Afternoon Tea Visit and Networking Development for selected students at KPMG Birmingham.1:1 interview practice with volunteers from Business Partners KPMG.SEND student visit to Halesowen College.
Work experience preparation assemblies.Work experienceCareers Fair.
World Skills Show (NEC) for selected students.Professional Services Week Business Walks (selected students).
Year 111:1 careers interviews with an independent careers advisor.1:1 careers interviews with an independent careers advisor.1:1 careers interviews with an independent careers advisor.
Post-16 assemblies with external providers and independent careers advisor.Post-16 assemblies with external providers and independent careers advisor.Post-16 assemblies with external providers and independent careers advisor.
Post-16 evening with representation from sixth form providers, colleges, apprenticeship teams and universities.Forward Thinking Programme BCU visit (selected students).Careers Fair.
Visit to Birmingham City University for campus experience day (NCOP).Aspire to Aston University assembly and selected students for yearly campus visits.

*Each aspect will be reviewed in line with COVID 19 and appropriate risk assessments. This may mean some adjustments to the programme. The policy and programme will be reviewed and updated/amended regularly following consultations with our partnerships and any possible changes to government guidelines.

 

In order to facilitate such an enriched CEIAG programme that meets the criteria of the Gatbsy Benchmarks, we have the support of a number of committed partnerships within the city:

 

Gurjit Matto – Independent Careers Advisor

The Careers Education Programme at Shenley Academy is complemented by one-to-one careers advice and guidance from Gurjit Matto, Independent Careers Adviser. Pupils in Years 8 – 11 have access to impartial one-to-one advice from Gurjit every Friday. This can be facilitated through appointments or lunch time drop in for quick careers queries. Gurjit’s experience in this field means that students have the opportunity to explore a range of possible future pathways, including both college, apprenticeships and higher level apprenticeships. If requested, Gurjit will also engage with parents and carers to best support the child in their next steps.

Further to independent careers advice appointments, Gurjit also supports the Academy in a wider capacity with events such as Kudos (year 8), supporting at year 9 options evenings, parents evenings, and providing opportunities for providers of technical education and apprenticeship teams to access students in year 8-11.

 

Impact and Review

The CEIAG team at Shenley Academy (listed below) are committed to continuing to maintain and develop a high quality of CEIAG provision. This is monitored via regular impact reports that includes student feedback. The next review date is September 2021. The most recent Ofsted report stated that “careers education and guidance is a strength. Pupils benefit from a range of opportunities to inform them of their possible career choices. This prepares them well for their future choices”.

Liz Stevenson: Careers Leader

Elizabeth.Stevenson@E-ACT.org.uk

Telephone: 0121 464 5191

 

Reece Jacobs: SEND Careers Lead

Reece.Jacobs@E-ACT.org.uk

 

Georgia Dudley: AimHigher Plus Coordinator

Georgia.Dudley@E-ACT.org.uk

 

Daniel Thacker-Smith: Assistant Headteacher

Daniel.Thacker-Smith@E-ACT.org.uk

 

Provider Access Policy

Links to useful websites:

https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/

https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship

https://www.springpod.co.uk/

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