Intent

The aim of our Careers Programme is to ensure that all our pupils are prepared for life after Ark Pioneer Academy, for university and for the world of work. In particular, we want to ensure that our pupils develop the skills and knowledge needed for the changing job market. To do this, we offer our pupils a range of opportunities to engage with employers, further education and higher education providers through their time at the Academy.

Our aim is to meet all the Gatsby Benchmarks for every child. This ensures that we are preparing our pupils as well as we possibly can for life beyond school. To meet these Gatsby Benchmarks, our Careers Programme strategic objectives for this year are:

  • To track pupil by pupil the careers curriculum, visits, trips and individual experiences supporting the Careers Programme
  • To facilitate pupils to actively reflect on each experience they have through the use of post trip and activity reflections
  • To ensure pupils know about the changing job market and the world of work and how this relates to their academic subjects in preparation for choosing GCSE subjects

 

Implementation

Curriculum in each year group

Year 7

When will it happen?

Objective

Link to Gatsby Benchmarks

HT1 (Values and Character)

Understanding the importance of education

Benchmark 3 – Addressing the needs of every student

HT2 (Values and Character)

Understand your own personal strengths and weaknesses

Benchmark 3 – Addressing the needs of every student

HT 1-6 (Careers Speakers)

Careers Carousel- hear from 6 different speakers about their careers and reflect on these, ensuring STEM careers

Benchmark 5 – Encounters with Employers and Employees

HT3 (Careers Pillar Day)

Understand how different jobs require different skills and knowledge

Benchmark 2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information

HT3 (Careers Pillar Day)

What makes for a dream job?

Benchmark 2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information

HT3 (Careers Pillar Day)

Be able to understand the range of graduate jobs in a brief way i.e. being able to name 10-20 graduate jobs

Benchmark 2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information

HT3 (Cambridge University Trip Preparation)

Why do I want to go to university? What are the reasons people want to go to university?

Benchmark 7 – Encounters with Further and Higher Education

HT3 (Cambridge University Trip)

Pupils attend a day visit to University of Warwick where they learn about university life, meet current undergraduates and learn about the collegiate university system.

Benchmark 7 – Encounters with Further and Higher Education

 

Year 8

When will it happen?

Objective

Link to Gatsby Benchmarks

HT1 (Values and Character)

Can one person make a difference? How to have a real positive impact in any job

Benchmark 2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information

HT2 (Values and Character)

What types of job are high-impact? How to choose which world problem to focus on.

Benchmark 2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information

HT1-6 (Careers Speakers)

Careers Carousel- hear from 6 different speakers about their careers and reflect on these, ensuring STEM careers.

Benchmark 5 – Encounters with Employers and Employees

HT3 (Careers Pillar Day)

Understand the range of graduate jobs in more depth i.e. what does a pharmacist do?

Benchmark 2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information

HT3 (Careers Pillar Day)

Understanding the concept of LMI and how it may affect job choice.

Benchmark 2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information

HT3 (UCL Visit preparation)

How are universities similar and different? Campus v City, subject specialisms, facilities, London vs non-London, super selective, highly selective

Benchmark 7 – Encounters with Further and Higher Education

HT3 (UCL Trip)

Visiting UCL and understanding how student societies work at university

Benchmark 7 – Encounters with Further and Higher Education

HT4 (Values and Character)

Understand key employability skills needed for success in many workplaces and how to develop these i.e. research and presentations from first give charity project

Benchmark 2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information

HT6 (Values and Character)

Understand jobs in terms of advantages and disadvantages and likes and dislikes of jobs

Benchmark 3 – Addressing the needs of every student

HT6 (Values and Character)

Relating your own personal strengths and weaknesses to the skills needed for different jobs

Benchmark 3 – Addressing the needs of every student

HT6 (Values and Character)

An understanding of the different routes at post 16 and beyond to achieving your goal (Apprenticeships/Degree apprenticeships/BTECs etc.)

Benchmark 2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information

 

Year 9

When will it happen?

Objective

Link to Gatsby Benchmarks

HT1 (Assembly and Reflection Task)

Explain how you have benefited from careers/universities activities and what you have learnt

Benchmark 3 – Addressing the needs of every student

HT1-6 (Careers Speakers)

Careers Carousel- hear from 6 different speakers about their careers and reflect on these, ensuring vocational careers routes

Benchmark 5 – Encounters with Employers and Employees

HT3 (Careers Pillar Day)

Research skills - how do I find out information about careers and universities?

Benchmark 2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information

HT3 (Careers Pillar Day)

Understanding how careers may develop over time and how these relate to companies structures e.g. understanding promotions, sideways moves, changing sectors etc.

Benchmark 2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information

HT3 (Careers Pillar Day)

Write a cover letter when applying for work shadowing to present yourself within a selection process

Benchmark 3 – Addressing the needs of every student

HT3 (GCSE Options Process)

Employability and subject choice. How does subject choice now, after GCSEs and in the future affect my employability? Pupils will discuss these ideas via an interview with a senior member of staff.

Benchmark 2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information

HT4 (Work Shadowing)

Understand health and safety aspects relating to work experience and laws on child employment

Benchmark 6 – Experiences of the Workplace

HT4 (Work Shadowing)

All pupils take part in a one day work shadowing placement, to gain an experience of the world of work

Benchmark 6 – Experiences of the Workplace

HT5 (Oxford University trip preparation)

University courses- what is out there? How do I find out more?

Benchmark 7 – Encounters with Further and Higher Education

HT5 (Oxford University Trip)

Pupils visit the university of Oxford, where they attend subject taster lectures

Benchmark 7 – Encounters with Further and Higher Education

HT6 (Values and Character)

Consider potential technological advances, skills gap and how they might impact their future career opportunities.

Plan how best to prepare themselves for these future careers now

Benchmark 2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information

HT6 (KS4 Transition Session)

Make targets to reflect your aims for your next steps e.g. GCSE grades, Post 16 choices

Benchmark 3 – Addressing the needs of every student

 

Curriculum Routines

Careers education takes place in a variety of contexts within the school. This includes:

  • Year group specific sessions in Values and Character
  • Pillar Days – in Careers Week or in preparation for Work Experience, Interviews etc.
  • Assemblies - we invite a range of employers to speak to pupils about their careers
  • Careers Week Activities - Careers Week happens in late January each year, with a range of activities engaging with employers happening for each year group
  • Through the academic curriculum – all subjects link careers when teaching to ensure pupils understand how the skills they are learning are relevant to the workplace
  • Experiences of the workplace
    • Work Shadowing in Year 9
    • Work Experience in Year 10
    • Year 12 careers networking
    • A range of opportunities across other year groups to visit a workplace

Pupils keep a record of the Careers Programme work within their Character Journal. This allows them to reflect on each experience, to help them achieve their personal goals.

Careers Opportunities

As well as the core curriculum, pupils have the opportunity to take part in a range of activities relating to the world of work in school. These include:

  • Trips associated with a subject e.g. visit to Science Museum to understand about Careers within the STEM fields as part of British Science week, visit to France as part of a residential.
  • Workplace Skills workshops and competitions e.g. Enterprise competition, Unifrog Skills and Enterprise, PWC, MyBnk
  • Enrichment – employers support our extra-curricular provision including in coding

There are also opportunities run outside the school day, which are advertised to pupils through noticeboards and emails and are an independent way for pupils to learn about areas of particular interest to them. 

 

Impact

We measure the success of our University and Careers curriculum in the following ways:

  • Destinations Data – we will monitor destinations data each year, to ensure we understand what our pupils go on to do after Ark Pioneer Academy and whether the Information, Advice and Guidance they received during their time here has had an effect.
  • Pupil Level Tracking – as we track what our pupils do each academic year individually, this allows us to identify groups of pupils who are not receiving as many opportunities for careers and university related experiences. It also allows us to see trends and patterns between attainment data, destinations and the experiences pupils in that year had.
  • Pupil reflections – pupils reflect on their experiences when they visit workplaces or hear from speakers. This allows us to identify which experiences pupils enjoyed and which they didn’t, as well as providing a record for the pupil they can use in future applications.
  • Evaluation of the programme – each year, we have an annual review of the programme with Ark, who assess how many of the Gatsby Benchmarks we are meeting and identify strategic goals for us to work on over the next year.