Mrs Rebecca Whyles
01302 831582 Ext: 105
We recognise the importance of effective Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) for young people and we expect all our students to develop high aspirations and consider a broad and ambitious range of careers.
We aim to inspire every student through more real-life contacts with the world of work to help them understand where different choices can take them in the future and we wish to ensure that our students are not restricted by circumstances or location from becoming self-confident, well-educated and enterprising individuals.
We work hard across the school in all our lessons and form periods to prevent all forms of stereotyping to ensure that boys and girls from all backgrounds and diversity groups consider the widest possible range of careers including those that are often portrayed as primarily for one or other of the sexes.
We set high expectations, including for the most vulnerable and those with special educational needs and disabilities, so that every student is stretched and acquires the attributes that employer’s value. This will help every young person to realise their potential and so increase economic competitiveness and support social mobility.
We measure our success by our students’ destinations and this will be reflected in higher numbers progressing to apprenticeships, universities – including selective universities, traineeships, and other positive destinations such as employment or a further education college. This will help to close the gap in destinations between young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and others.
As a school, we are committed to carrying out the Department for Education’s Careers Strategy: Making the most of everyone’s skills and talents from December 2017 and the accompanying statutory guidance for schools from January 2018. To do this, we make sure that as a school we make our students aware of all progression opportunities available to them in the future, including Further Education College, Sixth Form, University, Apprenticeships, Employment, Entrepreneurship and Voluntary Work. In addition, we also have a Careers Leader who is responsible for overseeing the school careers programme, which meets the eight Gatsby benchmarks for effective careers guidance and is published on our website for the scrutiny of students, parents/carers, employers, governors and other interested parties.
Information is reviewed annually by governors.
Next review date September 2019.
Careers education and guidance programmes play an integral role in supporting young people in pathways that suit their interests, abilities and individual needs. At Armthorpe Academy we aim to inspire students with our motivational careers programme. A robust careers programme puts school learning into a wider and more relevant context, and helps raise aspirations. This will drive students to take pride in their futures, increase their resilience and thus create an aspirational generation of young adults for our local and wider community.
Our Strategic Objectives
Every individual values themselves as a positive role model for careers and is clear on the academy’s vision for careers.
- Students plan and manage their careers effectively, ensuring progression which is ambitious and aspirational.
- Prepare students for the transition to life beyond secondary school by embedding careers into the curriculum ensuring Local Market Information is shared with students to support them in making informed career choices.
- Developing relationships and experiences with the local community and increase their involvement with the academy.
- Develop characteristics e.g. social skills, communication, innovation, resilience and leadership which support high achieving students in the curriculum and in their future careers.
- Develop skills, attitudes, knowledge and understanding as a foundation for managing lifelong careers and learning.
- Develop characteristics e.g. social skills, communication, innovation, resilience and leadership which support students in the curriculum and in their future careers.
The careers education and guidance programme at Armthorpe Academy seeks to positively support students to acquire the educational, social and employability skills necessary for lifelong success in a diverse and changing world of work.
Students at Armthorpe Academy are entitled to a careers education and guidance programme which:
- is personal to students and always puts students interests first;
- motivates and inspires students to consider all opportunities both within and outside the academy;
- helps students to gain the skills they need to make their career ambitions a reality;
- provides the support students need to be successful;
- helps students access any additional support they might need;
- is delivered by trained and qualified teachers and advisers, with up-to-date knowledge and understanding of career pathways and local labour market information;
- protects and respects students’ personal information and shares it only with their consent.
Together with external careers providers we will support the career development in a number of ways including:
- information and discussion in lessons and assemblies to help students make decisions about their future;
- activities and events such as careers fairs;
- access to career advisers in a variety of ways including individual meetings, drop-in sessions, learning pathway planning and results days;
- careers information and IT based careers programmes;
- information and updates on notice boards and websites.
Students can access careers information in many ways at Armthorpe Academy including:
- attending an interview with Carol James CEIAG level 7, Careers Advisor, these can be booked through Rebecca Whyles-Burrows
- completing a careers questionnaire on Kudos to support aspiration
During academic year 2016-17 transition visits were made to New College for all Y11 to discuss career pathways. An additional transition visit was also made for SEN and vulnerable students to Doncaster College.
As our destinations data shows, these transition events had a clear impact on our students choice of destination thereby ensuring less students as NEET Post 16.