Careers Staff Contact Information
Careers Leader- Peter Stead
Email Address- email@example.com
Telephone Number- 0191 2288400 (Ext: 5103)
Gatsby Benchmarks of Good Career Guidance
Excelsior Academy has established itself as a ‘leading edge’ school in the region regarding ‘all-through’ careers provision and is now Hub member of the North East Ambition Local Enterprise Partnership. In order to fulfil our legal duties outlined in the Department for Education (DfE) 2018 Careers Strategy, Excelsior Academy ensures all students have access to independent careers guidance and provides opportunities to a range of providers to inform pupils about technical education qualifications or apprenticeships.
Careers Education at Excelsior Academy has been structured around the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks of Good Career Guidance which are:
- A stable careers programme
- Learning from career and labour market information
- Addressing the needs of each pupil
- Linking curriculum learning to careers
- Encounters with employers and employees
- Experiences of workplaces
- Encounters with further and higher education
- Personal guidance
To ensure we address all of the benchmarks, Careers Education at Excelsior Academy is holistic, balanced and personalised. Our aim is to enthuse students and support them to make informed decisions about their future career pathway. At Excelsior Academy, Careers Education is delivered in a variety of ways across year groups and is embedded into our activities calendar so that all students have numerous opportunities to experience high quality career information, advice and guidance.
Students have access to our careers adviser Fay Laidler, who will support students by giving advice and guidance so that all students have secured destinations once they leave school. Excelsior Academy students can self-refer for a careers interview at any time or they be referred by any staff member or parent.
Excelsior Academy records and monitors the impact and success of its careers programme on a termly basis using the Careers and Enterprise Company Compass Evaluation system. All elements and activities taking place throughout the school are assessed to identify the strengths of the careers programme and make improvements to our provision where needed. The next review of our latest Compass Evaluation will be Friday 5th July 2019.
Excelsior Academy Careers Policy and Plan:
Please click here to access our Careers Policy and Careers Plan which provides an overview of our programme.
Provider Access Statement:
This statement sets out the arrangements Excelsior Academy has for managing the access of providers to students at the school for the purpose of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer.
This policy complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.
Entitlement and Purpose
All pupils in years 7-13 are entitled: To find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeship opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point; To hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options events, assemblies and group discussions and taster events; To understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.
Key events and activities are integrated into the school careers programme which offer providers an opportunity to come into Excelsior Academy to speak to students and/or their parents/carers:
CEAIG Inspiration Day- Friday 17th January 2020.
Year 9 Build My Skills Events.
KS4 and KS5 Work Experience
NECOP HE Ambassador Workshops and Assemblies
KS4 and KS5 visits to local FE colleges and universities
Local FE and apprenticeship provider prospectuses available from the Careers Office
Management of Requests from Providers
All requests should be directed to Peter Stead, Careers Leader. 01912288400 (Ext: 5103), firstname.lastname@example.org
Information Advice and Guidance
This page will highlight some of the most reliable and useful sources which provide impartial advice and guidance every step of the way. However, don’t forget about those close to you parents/siblings/relatives are all great sources of information and advice, as well as your tutor, teachers and the VI Form students.
Skills to Succeed Academy: An online package that unpicks the world of work, employability skills and applying for jobs in the future. Particularity useful for students who have no idea what they would like to do in the future, the programme is broken into short, focused modules or units. Full access details are here.
High quality web-based resources that students and parents should take a look at include:
Unifrog (see also separate tab) is a fantastic resource, that allows students to compare university courses and apprenticeships in the same place. Information is up to date, including the latest employment/destination data. *log in is required to use this system*
https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/Pages/Home.aspx The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. You can create your own lifelong learning account and access a range of useful tools from real-life case studies and careers guides to web and telephone chats with independent, impartial fully-qualified careers advisor.
My Career Springboard is an impartial careers information package, you create an online account that helps you navigate your choices and careers pathway. You get a personalised noticeboard and you can do ‘personality tests’ that matches careers which might best suit your interests and traits.
http://www.ucas.com/progress This website will be launched nationally in September 2014 and is primarily aimed at choices after GCSE. However, it contains a range of resources students will find useful when considering their options such as Careers quizzes.
http://icould.com/ This website has lots of videos you can explore by employment sector or life theme
https://www.startprofile.com/ This is a careers site aimed at 11-24 year olds, with useful content in ‘Career Worlds’
http://www.prospects.ac.uk/ This is a good resource for anyone thinking about university, careers you can reach from your subjects and job hunting trends
http://www.careersbox.co.uk/ This is a free online library of careers related films, news and information
http://www.careers4u.tv/ This site contains videos on lots of different jobs, and students talking about apprenticeships, university and jobs
http://www.getting-in.com/ This site has a comprehensive overview of universities, courses and apprenticeships
The Success at School website also has a useful careers page, looking at roles in different sectors of the economy.
These resources are primarily for pre-16 students, although not exclusively so. Further online resources to support Post 16 students can be accessed here.