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Careers Guidance

At Oasis Academy Leesbrook, we believe that the right kind of careers education is not only the key to future success, but has the power to be truly transformational in the lives of our students.  Because of this, careers education is fully integrated into our curriculum.  This means that skills for work readiness are delivered every day in all curriculum areas, from Year 7 onwards.  All members of staff are able to advise about the relevance of their subject specialisms in terms of jobs and careers pathways, in addition to being trained in the options available for Post-16 Education, from T Levels to A Levels and Apprenticeships.   The real life applications of in-class knowledge and skills are made obvious to our students, reflecting our belief that skills for the world of work need to sit at the centre of a robust careers education.   

Students will benefit from a carefully tailored program that meets their careers and guidance needs from Year 7 through to Year 11. To help us do this we link our careers guidance to the Gatsby Benchmarks which have been explicitly referenced throughout the DfE’s Careers Strategy (December 2017) and the new Statuary Guidance for careers (January 2018). These 8 benchmarks are outlined below. 

Gatsby Benchmarks

1. A Stable Careers Programme

Every school should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by students, parents, teachers and employers.

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 best use of available information.

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.

4. Link Curriculum Learning to Careers

All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. For example, STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths.

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.

6. Experiences of Work Places

Every student should have first-hand experiences of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks.

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.

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.

Please see our CIAG Program below to appreciate how each of these benchmarks is met in Year 7 through 11.

Through Family Time and Character Curriculum, core skills for employability including personal, learning and thinking skills in enterprise, problem solving and communication are delivered.  In KS3 every student will visit a Russell Group University and have a variety of opportunities to attend careers events and workshops before opting for GCSEs. Through the Enterprise Advisor Network we will work to bridge the gap between the worlds of work and education, working in partnership with local employers and businesses to enrich the curriculum and careers provision.   In addition to this there will be access to Careers Fairs, Employer Engagement Events and a comprehensive calendar of visits from representatives of business and industry.

All young people are required by law to continue in education or training until they are 18 and we are committed to ensuring that they are able to progress to the most appropriate post 16 option, which might be at a sixth form or FE college, apprenticeship or traineeship.  To this end we work closely with local providers to ensure that students are directed towards the most relevant qualification for their skills and aspirations.  Every student will receive individual careers interviews and guidance, in addition to support writing CVs and Personal Statements.  Opportunities to work with employers and under-take work related learning will be made available to students, and all will receive support and guidance in applying for post-16 courses, including apprenticeships. Additional support for students with special educational needs and disabilities or who may face barriers to making progress post 16 .

Provision will be reviewed half-termly in the first instance as our Careers Provision is established, and termly thereafter.  Review dates for 2019 are as follows:  Wednesday 5th June,  Wednesday 10th July, Wednesday September 11th, Wednesday 5th December.

Please click here to read our OCL Careers Guidance Policy.

Oasis Academy Leesbrook: Provider Access Policy

This policy statement sets out the Academy’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to students at the school for the purpose of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the Academy’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997. Students= entitlement – all students in years 8-13 are entitled:

• To find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point;

• To hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options events, assemblies and group discussions and taster events;

• To understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.

Management of provider access requests / a provider wishing to request access should contact Mr Schollar, Careers Leader, Telephone: 0161 290 4000, Email: jack.schollar@oasisleesbrook.org 

Opportunities for access to a number of events, integrated into the Academy careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come into the Academy to speak to students and/or their parents/carers when any events take place.

Year Group

CIAG Program

7

Character Curriculum ‘Employability Skills’ – for example Organisation.

PIXL Edge.

Contextual links throughout Subject Curriculum.

Half-term “Who am I aiming to be” reflections and future goals assemblies.

8

Careers and Enterprise Workshops.

Character Curriculum ‘Employability Skills’ – for example working in a team and leading a team.

PIXL Edge.

Contextual links throughout Subject Curriculum.

Half-term “Who am I aiming to be” reflections and future goals assemblies.

9

Character Curriculum ‘Employability Skills’ – for example resilience and initiative.

PIXL Edge.

Contextual links throughout Subject Curriculum.

Half-term “Who am I aiming to be” reflections and future goals assemblies.

In-House Careers Workshop Day with Careers Café

Visiting speaker assemblies – post-16 providers

Visiting speaker assemblies – possible careers

Options Assemblies and Options Evening

Interview with impartial Careers Advisor during the option period

Interview with member of the Leadership Team during the options process

10

Character Curriculum ‘Employability Skills’ – for example communication and responsibility.

PIXL Edge.

Contextual links throughout Subject Curriculum.

Half-term “Who am I aiming to be” reflections and future goals assemblies.

Careers Fair

Future Goals Assemblies

Mock Interviews

Work Experience

11

Character Curriculum ‘Employability Skills’ – for example “charting the Course”

Contextual links throughout Subject Curriculum.

Interview with impartial careers advisor.

CV and College Application Workshops.

Post-16 Provider Assemblies.

Access to College and University Open Days/Taster Days.

Bespoke support for pupils wishing to access Apprenticeships.

College transition days for SEND pupils and those with EHCPs

 

Useful Websites for Careers Information and Advice

Careers Research:

Colleges:

Higher Education:

Apprenticeships

Job search

Volunteering and Work Experience: