Careers provision at Ark St Alban’s Academy has four central aims:
- All pupils will have an increasingly precise understanding of different careers and the importance of them.
- All pupils will know what is required in terms of the qualifications, skills and knowledge needed for specific pathways at each transition point.
- All parents will feel confident and capable in supporting their children to make well-informed choices about their future at each transition point.
- All pupils will be able to reflect on their own skills and passions with increasing accuracy and they will build their character.
Overall, our pupils will become knowledgeable and confident candidates for prestigious pathways and destinations.
Our Careers Lead
To achieve these aims, our academic curriculum seeks provide pupils with the knowledge, skills and qualifications they will need to access a wider range of further and higher education providers and employers.
This academic curriculum is supplemented by a wide-ranging enrichment offer which allows them to develop their character and university preparatory competencies.
Pupils are explicitly taught about careers and they are provided with careers and pathways guidance through three carefully planned approaches:
An age-appropriate careers curriculum, taught within the ‘Where am I going next?’ strand of our character curriculum.
Individual careers counselling which provides bespoke and supportive actions for each pupil, but also for their parents and their teachers.
Meaningful encounters with employers which allow pupils to revisit, rehearse and reflect on the knowledge and skills that they have gained in relation to careers.
The sequencing and scheduling of the careers curriculum, alongside the careers counselling and encounters with employers is designed to allow pupils build on prior learning and to become increasingly confident learners as they know more and remember more over time.
Almost all pupils go to study at a Good or Outstanding provider at the end of Year 11, and many choose to remain at sixth form at Ark St Alban’s Academy. Similarly, at the end of Year 13, almost all pupils go on to study at university with the number gaining places at prestigious universities and on highly selective courses increasing over time.
The development of our pupils’ employability skills is enhanced by our engagement with the Skills Builder Partnership and through our work with the Careers and Enterprise Company who provide a linked Enterprise Co-ordinator and Enterprise Adviser.
Careers provision at the academy is regularly reviewed using the eight Gatsby Benchmarks:
1. A 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
Schools across the Ark network have added a ninth benchmark against which provision is also regularly reviewed: Super and Extra-curricular enrichment.
Pathways & Enrichment
Under section 42B of the Education Act 1997, schools should include a policy statement on provider access, otherwise known as the Baker Clause.
As part of our commitment to informing our students of the full range of learning and training pathways on offer to them, we are happy to consider requests from training, apprenticeship and vocational education providers to speak to pupils.
We are continuously seeking to build relationships with external partners to enhance our careers provision and to provide opportunities for employers and for further and higher education providers to provide pupils and parents with information about vocational, technical and apprenticeship qualifications and pathways.
Academy staff involved in personal guidance and pastoral support are up to date on their knowledge of these post 16 and post 18 pathways, as a result of a well-planned approach to continuing professional development.
To contact us about careers, pathways & enrichment please email email@example.com.
Further information for employers:
Careers Information for Pupils
Unifrog brings into one place every undergraduate university course, apprenticeship, and college course in the UK, as well as other opportunities, such as School Leaver Programmes, MOOCs and every college at Oxford and Cambridge. This makes it easy for pupils to compare and choose the best university courses, apprenticeships or further education courses for them. They can also explore exciting opportunities further afield by looking at English taught undergraduate programmes available in Europe and the USA. Use your log in for Unifrog to start exploring now!
Careers Information for Parents
In keeping with our commitment to provide pupils with outstanding careers guidance and tailored support when choosing their next step after school, we use Unifrog; an award-winning, online careers platform.
Unifrog brings into one place every undergraduate university course, apprenticeship, and college course in the UK, as well as other opportunities, such as School Leaver Programmes, MOOCs and every college at Oxford and Cambridge. This make it easy for students to compare and choose the best university courses, apprenticeships or further education courses for them. They can also explore exciting opportunities further afield by looking at English taught undergraduate programmes available in Europe and the USA.
Additionally, the platform helps pupils successfully apply for these opportunities by writing their personal statement, applications and CVs and guiding them through the process, allowing teachers to give live feedback.
- Careermag - Parents - Careermap
- Labour Market Information - Birmingham Education Partnership (bep.education)
- Apprenticeship resources for schools, teachers, parents (amazingapprenticeships.com)
- The Parent Perspective Podcast - Amazing Apprenticeships
- Parents & Carers - Aimhigher West Midlands (aimhigherwm.ac.uk)
- Good Career Guidance | Education | Gatsby