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Careers programme information

Academy Careers Team: 

  • Gregg Henderson – Associate Assistant Head teacher/Co-ordinator of Passport.

gregg.henderson@pwa.e-act.org.uk

  • Scott Swallow – Associate Assistant Head teacher/Careers Co-ordinator

Scott.Swallow@pwa.e-act.org.uk

  • Judith Skalli- Careers Lead and HEppsy Co-ordinator

Judith.Skalli@pwa.e-act.org.uk

Ethos and Aims of Careers at Parkwood E-Act Academy

At Parkwood E-Act Academy we aim to raise aspirations, challenge stereotypes and encourage students to consider a wide range of careers by encouraging our students to:

  • Think for themselves.
  • Develop the necessary skills to make a successful transition from school and contribute with confidence to an increasingly competitive and technological world.
  • Discover a passion for lifelong learning.
  • Develop a broad understanding of the world of work, and thriving on the many enriching opportunities available in a happy and caring environment.

Aims

Parkwood E-Act Academy aims to:

  • Provide secure, independent and impartial Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance to all students in all Year groups using a combination of internal and external providers.
  • Support and encourage the enhancement of the curriculum by adding vocational relevance and interest of all students.
  • Provide a clear view of the labour market and identify opportunities for all students and how this may impact on future changes.
  • Support students to fulfil their individual potential.
  • Promote the value of aspiring to careers via alternative pathways such as Post-16 College study and employment opportunities, plus apprenticeships at all levels
  • Promote the value of aspiring to and attending University.
  • For further information please see

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/careers-strategy-making-the-most-of-everyones-skills-and-talents

Through careers education and guidance it is hoped that students will be encouraged to make the most of their talents and go on to jobs or courses which suit their needs, strengths and intelligence with the absence of stereotypes.

These aims will allow us to improve our careers provision, ensure that staff link learning to careers and skills plus provide direction and advice on ways that students can prepare themselves for their future occupations.  and meet the Gatsby Benchmarks by 2020.

At Parkwood E-Act Academy, this is what you can expect the careers programme to look like, based around the government’s Gatsby Benchmarks:

Benchmark Activities
1 ·         Virtual IMPACT – university project for pupil and parents/career

·         PSHE lesson

·         Year 9 options evening

2 ·         STEM week Year 7 and Year 8

·         Live calls and tours with local business

·         IMPACT part 1 & 2 – university project for pupil and parents/career

·         PSHE lesson

·         Video interviews during lessons and tutor time

·         Virtual Subject taster days with local universities

·         Year 9 options evening

·         HeppSY interventions

·         Targeted EAL support

·         Careers fair

·         Subject taster days with local college and sixth forms

·         Apprenticeship talks and support from ASK

·         Sheffield progress applications

·         Information videos and booklets for labour market and apprenticeship support on website and social media for parents/carers

3 ·         Careers survey

·         1-1 interview y10

·         PSHE lesson

·         Careers related reading during tutor

·         Virtual Subject taster days with local universities

·         Discover US mentoring

·         1-1 interview for options

·         Study skills sessions

·         Targeted EAL support

·         Brilliant Club – 12 pupils mentored by a PHD student. Completion give pupils the chance to entre university on lower grades

·         Targeted SEND support

·         Subject taster days with local college and sixth forms

·         Apprenticeship talks and support with ASK

·         Sheffield progress applications

·         CV writing workshops

·         Exam result support

4 ·         STEM week Year 7 and Year 8

·         Video interview during lessons and tutor time

·         Careers related reading during tutor

·         Virtual Subject taster days with local universities

·         Discover US mentoring

·         Online Support for options evening, through videos and live talks

·         HeppSY interventions

·         Brilliant Club – 12 pupils mentored by a PHD student. Completion give pupils the chance to entre university on lower grades

·         Virtual subject taster days with local college and sixth forms

·         Virtual apprenticeship talks and support with ASK

·         Sheffield progress applications

·         All staff CPD on careers in curriculum

5 ·         STEM week

·         Mock interviews

·         Motivational speakers

·         Live calls and tours with local business

·         PSHE lesson

·         Video interview during lessons and tutor time

·         Online Support for options evening, through videos and live talks

·         Virtual Work experience

·         Virtual Careers fair

·         Apprenticeship fair

·         Interviews Virtual talks with top tips

6 ·         Live calls and tours with local business

·         Video interview during lessons and tutor time

·         Virtual Work experience

7 ·         Virtual IMPACT – university project for pupil and parents/career

·         Virtual Apprenticeship day

·         Virtual Subject taster days with local universities

·         Discover US mentoring

·         Year 9 options evening

·         Red Brick University talks

·         HeppSY interventions

·         Brilliant Club – 12 pupils mentored by a PHD student. Completion give pupils the chance to entre university on lower grades

·         Careers fair

·         Subject taster days with local college and sixth forms

·         Apprenticeship talks and support with ASK

·         College taster days

8 ·         Discover US mentoring

·         Mock interviews y10

·         1-1 interview for options

·         HeppSY interventions

·         Targeted EAL support

·         Targeted SEND support

·         Apprenticeship talks and support with ASK

·         Sheffield progress applications

·         Exam result support

·         Interviews Virtual talks with top tips

 

We understand the need for students to engage in further education and experiences from Year 7 through to Year 11 in line with the ‘Baker clause’.

Careers Report 2020

Technical Education and Apprenticeships

Year 7-11 will be introduced to providers of technical education and apprenticeships during PSHE lessons and tutor times.

Year 11 students will have the opportunity to discuss this further with their 1:1 careers sessions and have small group sessions with ASK (https://amazingapprenticeships.com/about-ask/).

We work closely with local apprenticeship providers to give our students first-hand experience of what it is like to engage in an apprenticeship.

If you are an apprenticeship provider and would like to work with the school, please contact one of the careers team above.

 

How we measure and assess the impact of the careers programme:

  • Destination measures.
  • Lesson Observations and Learning Walks.
  • Student, parent and staff voice.
  • Feedback from visiting partners after an event
  • External accreditation

 

At Parkwood E-Act Academy we hope that students and parents follow this link to share with what your thought are on the careers programme. (LINK TO A SURVEY)

 

Useful Websites

https://amazingapprenticeships.com/about-ask/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/careers

https://amazingapprenticeships.com/the-parent-perspective-podcast/

https://www.ucas.com/further-education/post-16-finance-and-support/parents-and-carers

https://www.gocompare.com/life-insurance/uk-riskiest-jobs-report/

 

External Providers and Business

If you would like to work with and become part of our extensive careers programme please use the contact details above to introduce yourself. We look forward to meeting you.

 

The CEIAG team at Parkwood E-ACT Academy 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 November 2021.

 

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