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Careers Guidance

OADV Careers Guidance

At Oasis Academy Don Valley, we believe that careers education is not only the key to the future success of our students, but has the power to be truly transformational in their lives.  To ensure that our careers education programme has the impact desired by the Academy it is fully integrated into our curriculum.  This means that skills for work readiness are delivered through all curriculum areas, from Year 7 onwards.  All members of staff are able to offer advice about the relevance of their subject specialisms in terms of jobs and careers pathways, in addition to being trained in the options available for Post-16 Education, from T Levels to A Levels and Apprenticeships. The real life applications of in-class knowledge and skills are made obvious to our students, reflecting our belief that skills for the world of work need to sit at the centre of a robust careers education programme.  

Students will benefit from a carefully tailored program that meets their careers and guidance needs from Year 7 through to Year 11. To help us do this we will link our careers guidance to the Gatsby Benchmarks which have been explicitly referenced throughout the DfE’s Careers Strategy (December 2017) and the new Statuary Guidance for careers (January 2018).

These 8 benchmarks are outlined below.

1. A stable careers programme
2. Learning from career and labour market information
3. Addressing the needs of each student
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

Through Advisory Time and the Academy’s Cultural and Character programme core skills for employability including, problem solving, personal organisation and communication are delivered.  Throughout their time at the Academy all students will have be given the opportunity to attend visits to different University’s, attend careers events and workshops before opting for GCSEs. Through the Enterprise Advisor Network we will work to bridge the gap between the worlds of work and education, working in partnership with local employers and businesses to enrich the curriculum and careers provision. In addition to this there will be access to Careers Fairs, Employer Engagement Events and a comprehensive calendar of visits from representatives of business and industry.

All young people are required by law to continue in education or training until they are 18 and we are committed to ensuring that they are able to progress to the most appropriate post 16 option, which might be at a sixth form or FE college, apprenticeship or traineeship. To this end we will work closely with local providers to ensure that students are directed towards the most relevant qualification for their skills and aspirations.  Every student will receive individual careers interviews and guidance, in addition to support writing CVs and Personal Statements. Opportunities to work with employers and under-take work related learning will be made available to pupils, and all will receive support and guidance in applying for post-16 courses, including apprenticeships. · Additional support for students with special educational needs and disabilities or who may face barriers to making progress post 16 will be provided.

Provision will be reviewed -termly as our Careers Provision is established. Review dates for 2019 will be as follows: 

·         Wednesday 10th July

·         Wednesday 11th September

Please click here to read: OCL Careers Guidance Policy

Oasis Academy Don Valley’s Provider Access Policy

Introduction

This policy statement sets out the Academy’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to students at the Academy for the purpose of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the Academy’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.

Student entitlement – all students in years 7-11 are entitled:

·         To find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships 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.

Management of provider access requests a provider wishing to request access should contact Miss Zoe Horsfall, Secondary Pastoral Manager and Careers Leader.

Telephone: 0114 2200 400

Email: Zoe.horsfall@oasisdonvalley.org 

Opportunities for access to a number of events, integrated into the Academy careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come into the Academy to speak to pupils and/or their parents/carers when any events take place.

 

 

Year 7

 

Careers Information and Guidance (CIAG)

Culture and Character curriculum delivery; Employability Skills – e.g. Organisation, problem solving and communication

Higher Education Progression Partnership (HEPP)

Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC)

My Big Challenge

Who am I aiming to be – reflections and future goals assemblies, supported through PSHE curriculum

Oasis Academy Don Valley Entitlement

Year 8

 

Culture and Character curriculum delivery; Employability Skills – e.g. working in a team and leading a team

Higher Education Progression Partnership (HEPP)

Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC)

Contextual links throughout Subject Curriculum

 ‘Who am I aiming to be’ reflections and future goals assemblies, supported through PSHE curriculum

Oasis Academy Don Valley Entitlement

 

 

 

 

 

Year 9

 

 

 

 

 

 

Careers and Enterprise Workshops

Culture and Character curriculum delivery; Employability Skills – e.g. resilience and initiative

Higher Education Progression Partnership (HEPP)

Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC)

Contextual links throughout Subject Curriculum

‘Who am I aiming to be’ reflections and future goals assemblies, supported through PSHE curriculum

Oasis Academy Don Valley Entitlement

Visiting speaker assemblies – post 16 providers

Visiting speakers assemblies - possibly careers

Options Assemblies and Options Evening

Interview with impartial careers advisor during the option period

Interviews with member of the Academy leadership team during the options process

Careers Fair

Mock interviews

 

 

 

Year 10

 

 

 

 

Culture and Character curriculum delivery; Employability Skills – e.g. communication and responsibility

Higher Education Progression Partnership (HEPP)

Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC)

Contextual links throughout Subject Curriculum

Who am I aiming to be’ reflections and future goals assemblies, supported through PSHE curriculum

Oasis Academy Don Valley Entitlement

Careers Fair

Future Goals Assemblies

Mock Interviews

Work Experience

 

 

 

Year 11

 

 

 

 

 

 

Culture and Character curriculum delivery; Employability Skills – e.g. Charting the course

Higher Education Progression Partnership (HEPP)

Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC)

Contextual links throughout Subject Curriculum

Oasis Academy Don Valley Entitlement

Interview with impartial Careers Advisor

CV and College applications workshops

Post 16 Provider Assemblies

Access to College and University Open/taster days

Bespoke support for students wishing to access Apprenticeships