What is the aim of our Careers & Pathways offer?

What is the aim of our Careers & Pathways offer?

The intent 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

How are we implementing the programme in each year group?

How are we implementing the programme in each year group?

We have a structured, stable careers programme to meet the needs of every child. The curriculum in each year group is set out as follows:

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 (University Trip/virtual visit 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 (University Trip)

Pupils attend a virtual tour of a university where they learn about university life and 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 University Trip/virtual 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 (University Trip/virtual visit)

Visiting/virtual tour 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

HT3/4 (GCSE Options Process)

Employability and subject choice. How does subject choice now, after GCSEs and in the future affect my employability? Pupils learn about writing a cover letter & interview skills on pillar day.

Pupils write their own cover letter when applying for options and have a one-to-one interview with a senior member of staff to put their choices forward.

Benchmark 2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information

HT5 (Oxford University trip opportunity 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

Year 10

When will it happen?

Objective

Link to Gatsby Benchmarks

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

HT1 (Pillar Day)

Psychometric testing  - which industries and areas of work suit me best?

Benchmark 3 – Addressing the needs of every student

HT3 (Bath University trip preparation)

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

Benchmark 7 – Encounters with Further and Higher Education

HT3 (Bath University Trip)

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

Benchmark 7 – Encounters with Further and Higher Education

HT3 (Cambridge University Preparation)

University opportunities for top scientists – where can science at university take me?

Selected pupils take part in trip

Benchmark 7 – Encounters with Further and Higher Education

HT4 (Work Experience)

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

Benchmark 6 – Experiences of the Workplace

HT 6 (Work Experience preparation)

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

Pupils will reflect on the experience and share their learning back at school and consider how this informs their post 16 choices

Benchmark 6 – Experiences of the Workplace

Benchmark 5 – Encounters with Employers and Employees

HT6 (Year 10-11 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

 

Year 11 (Draft)

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

HT 1

We will ensure every pupil has an individual careers interview to gain personal guidance on their choices for the next Key Stage

Benchmark 8: Personal guidance

HT 1 (Post-16 Choices Pillar Day)

What are the options post-16?

Completing an exceptional Sixth Form, apprenticeship, college application form

Preparing for interview

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

 

How is our Careers & Pathways programme integrated into the curriculum?

How is our Careers & Pathways programme integrated into the curriculum?

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 Experience is planned to take place at the end of Year 10
    • Year 12 careers networking will take place, following models of best practice in our network of schools
    • A range of opportunities across other year groups to learn about the workplace, including through First Give Social Action & other community links

What opportunities are there for pupils to delve into careers?

What opportunities are there for pupils to delve into careers?

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 France as part of a residential (Y7-9)
  • Workplace Skills workshops and competitions e.g. Using money wisely skills (Y7 & Y8) & Interview skills (Y9)
  • Enrichment – focussed on specific subject areas / career paths including coding, theatre design, baking… to name a few

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.

How do we know we are having an impact?

How do we know we are having an impact?

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

  • Pupil voice & reflections – we place a lot of emphasis on pupil voice, listening to how they feel our school Values and Character programme, pillar days and careers offer are supporting their personal development. Surveys and focus groups help us to gain insight on what pupils find useful and what we can improve (e.g. further requests for in-person university trips post pandemic). In addition, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.