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Barnes Wallis Academy

At Barnes Wallis Academy we aim to provide each and every one of our students with the guidance and support they need to excel.

Careers Guidance & Post 16

Our academy will support and inspire our pupils through the provision of an engaging and aspirational programme of study, allowing all to explore varying career paths through the use of labour market information and online programmes.

Working with varying organisations such as local colleges, universities, apprenticeship providers and employers our pupils will be able to appreciate what it is like to experience life in the workplace. Through continued guidance and impartial advice we would wish to inspire and motivate our pupils, to enable all to make informed and aspirational decisions about future choices.

Aims

  • To raise students’ aspirations and to make informed realistic decisions at key transition points in learning and work.
  • To provide quality independent and impartial careers advice to students which inspires them and motivates them to fulfil their potential.
  • To develop enterprise and employability skills including skills for self-employment.
  • To provide opportunities to work in partnership with employers, training providers, local colleges and others to provide opportunities to inspire students through real-life contact with the world of work.
  • To support inclusion, challenge stereotyping and promote equality of opportunity.
  • To support students to see learning and careers development as a life-long process.

Delivery

Careers Education is delivered through Personal, Social and Health Educational (PSHE) and can be found in other subject areas.  Decisions about learning and work relate to many of the themes explored within PSHE and Citizenship and so are closely related, it follows that all teachers contribute to Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance in some capacity. 

Our Careers Coordinator in school is Mr Thomas who facilitates a programme of events and monitors the delivery of the Academy Careers Plan at Barnes Wallis Academy.

You are welcome to contact  Mr. Thomas with any queries or questions you may have.

01526342379    RThomas@barneswallisacademy.co.uk 

Summary of Pupil Careers Experiences

Year 7 

  • Through Academy “Drop Down Days” and PSHE sessions pupils begin to question and reflect upon concepts relating to careers and aspirations such as “Who am I?” - Identifying skills and strengths and “What do my family do for a living?” -  gain an understanding of what people do in relation to the world of work.
  • Pupils meet with guest speakers from different industries and consider the importance of lifelong learning and how school subjects relate to different career paths.

Year 8 

  • Through the KUDOS Careers programme pupils are given the opportunity to reflect upon the concept of careers and to begin to consider their own career goals and aspirations, allowing pupils to access relevant information which can inform decisions relating to careers and relevant subject choices.
  • PSHE sessions reflect upon the changing world of work and reflect upon the importance of life long learning.
  • Guest speakers from local community and varying industries to discuss the world of work.
  • STEM focused workshops to reflect upon the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths within industries such as defense and the N.H.S.

Year 9

  • Through the KUDOS Careers programme pupils consider career development as well as employability skills such as interview techniques and the concept of a CV and how to go about creating one.
  • PSHE sessions allow pupils to reflect upon GCSE option choices and how these choices can be linked with career pathways.
  • Guest speakers from local community and varying industries to discuss the world of work.
  • STEM focused workshops to reflect upon the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths within industries such as defense and the N.H.S. 

Year 10

  • Continued access to KUDOS Careers programme allowing pupils to reflect upon higher education and the opportunities gained from studying abroad.
  • Visits to post 16 education providers. Planning the next steps after Year 11
  • STEM focused workshops to reflect upon the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths within industries such as defense and the N.H.S. sessions from guest speakers regarding revision techniques.

Year 11

  • All Year 11 pupils will have a 1:1 meeting with an external careers advisor; some pupils will have more than one session depending on the need of the individual. Pupils review action plan and discuss next steps.
  • Continued access to KUDOS Careers programme, ensuring that all have an updated CV.
  • Opportunity to meet with careers coordinator during parents evening.
  • Post 16 applications are made during autumn term.
  • A “Careers Week” gives the pupils the opportunity to receive further advice and support from visiting college, apprenticeship and other post 16 representatives, discussions concerning interview techniques and guidance with regard to economic understanding.

Information for Students

Unsure of which career path suits you?

Don’t worry if your unsure which career path to explore or which college course suits you? Some people know from an early age what they want to do but many of us do not. In fact, many people don’t figure out what they want to do until well into their twenties, or sometimes even later.

The main thing is don’t let that stop you from exploring the world of work and investigating those careers that interest you. Not having a set career plan gives you the freedom to explore different career options.

So how can you start considering your different career options? Talk to your parents, teachers and Careers advisor about the best option for you. Another option is to visit the schools careers programme “KUDOS”  and have a go on a couple of career tests, where your skills, personality and interests will be matched alongside different industry sectors where you will then be able to research occupation profiles.

The main thing is to take a positive step forward and even if you’ve figured out what it is you want to do, think about where you want to be in five years’ time and where that career path/job might lead. Always aim high!

Remember:

Get advice, talk to those people who know you well, talk to your parents, teachers and Careers advisor.

Research, use the school careers programme “KUDOS” and other web sites to explore those options that appeal to you.

Be reflective and honest with yourself, think about the kind of learner that you are and the best work environment that suits you and your personality.

Have a plan “B”, always think about other options/careers paths as you may change your mind in the future.

Be aspirational, always do your best and work towards getting those best results from your time at school in order to make that next step to your future.

Information for Parents/Carers

Barnes Wallis Academy is committed to helping students make informed decisions at key times in their education, for example option choices in Year 9 and post 16 plans in Year 11. In addition to dedicated careers input for all year groups.

We are committed to helping students fulfill their potential through an environment which responds to the needs of the individual and stimulates and challenges each pupil in preparation for adult and working life.

Employer Links

To support our delivery of careers, the Academy has links with a number of educational institutions, training providers and employers who contribute to our careers programme through:

  • raising aspirations and increasing motivation – helping young people identify educational and occupational goals
  • demonstrating the relevance of the knowledge and skills learnt in subjects to future opportunities in learning and working
  • demonstrating the links between living, learning and earning

If you feel you could support the academy with our careers programme please do get in contact.

  • Below are a few examples of how you could support our careers programme:
  • Mock interview day with year 10 in the summer term
  • Supporting work regarding the importance of a CV
  • Providing talks about your industry/sector
  • Allowing a group of learners to visit your place of work

Useful websites to support 1-1 discussions with students

www.ucas.com - Higher Education Information and University Applications

www.prospectusfinder.co.uk - Easily find the website for any University or College

www.icloud.com - Supports student careers research and planning

www.careersbox.co.uk - Careers Films on the Webnationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk Info, Advice and Guidence on Learning, Training and Work

www.whatuni.com - Helps Students find Universities and Courses

www.careersworld.co.uk - Careers Advice and Searching

www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship - Apply for and Find Apprenticeships

www.successatschool.org - Explore Careers and Jobs

www.ucasprogress.com - Post GCSE Education and Training Advice

www.worldorwork.com - Helps Students find their Career Options

Post 16 Pathways and Progression

Young people have the following choices at the end of year 11:

  • Full time study at a college, sixth form or training provider
  • Full time work or volunteering combined with part time education of training
  • An apprenticeship
  • A traineeship

As part of our careers programme, year 11 students are provided with a one to one guidance interview with a qualified careers advisor. 

How we measure our Careers programme

Barnes Wallis Academy measures and assesses its career programme against the Gatsby Career Benchmarks. We use Compass – the careers benchmark tool as outlined in the Gatsby benchmarks as a means to measure and to improve our CEIAG provision.

The impact of our Careers programme is assessed through pupil voice and feedback from school stakeholders. The careers curriculum continues to be  developed so that careers education is an integral part of the whole school curriculum.

The eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance

1. Stable careers programme
2. Learning from career and labour market information
3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
5. Encounters with employers and employees
6. Experiences of workplaces
7. Encounters with further and higher education
8. Personal guidance

Date of Careers Review:  September 2019
Date of Next Review: September 2020