Careers Programme and Student Entitlement
Our careers leader is:
Mr R. Kirkby – Assistant Principal
Telephone: 01670 798100
At The Blyth Academy we are committed to providing our students with a planned programme of careers education for all students in Year 7 to Year 11, information, advice and guidance that is impartial and confidential (within legal confines) and prepares students for the challenges of adult and working life.
At the Blyth Academy, we want all of our students to be exposed to a wide range of career opportunities from colleges and universities to local businesses and international companies. Our careers programme is about enhancing students’ life chances; in giving them the knowledge, confidence and the cultural capital to allow them to make well-informed career choices.
Our careers programme is not simply a ‘one-off’ interview with a careers advisor. It is a full programme of research and activity, from career of the week to visits to Russell Group universities. The careers programme is tailored to meet the needs of all cohorts (particularly those who are disadvantaged and have additional SEND needs) but it is also bespoke to Blyth and economical needs of South East Northumberland. The initial stages of delivery allow all students to understand and establish the link between the local opportunities and how they can unfold and feed the aspirations of the students in Blyth.
We have a statutory requirement when delivering careers education, to ensure that information about learning options and careers is presented impartially and that advice promotes the best interests of students.
The intended outcome of outstanding, impartial careers education may be summarised as follows:
- Empowers young people to plan and manage their own futures
- Responds to the needs of each learner
- Provides comprehensive information and advice
- Raises aspirations
- Actively promotes equality of opportunity
- Challenges stereotypes
- Helps young people to progress
The Blyth Academy is committed to raising aspirations and maximising the benefits for every student in the development of a whole Trust approach to CEIAG by providing a planned programme of activities both in and outside of the curriculum.
Northern Education Trust is committed to providing:
- A comprehensive Careers Education programme with clear learning outcomes
- Access to independent and impartial guidance for all students
- A partnership approach to CEIAG provision
- Assistance for all students to make a successful transition into further/higher education, employment, or training
- A high quality CEIAG programme validated by the Investors in Careers quality award
We fully endorse the DFE’s ‘Careers strategy: making the most of everyone’s skills and talents’ (December 2017) and the 8 Gatsby benchmarks:
The Gatsby Career Benchmarks: a world-class standard for schools and colleges
- A stable careers programme. Every school and college should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by students, parents, teachers, governors and employers.
- Learning from career and labour market information. Every student, and their parents, should have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. They will need the support of an informed adviser to make best use of available information.
- Addressing the needs of each student. Students have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each student. A school’s careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.
- Linking curriculum learning to careers. All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths.
- Encounters with employers and employees. Every student should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes.
- Experiences of workplaces. Every student should have first-hand experiences of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks.
- Encounters with further and higher education. All students should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace.
- Personal guidance. Every student should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a career adviser, who could be internal (a member of school staff) or external, provided they are trained to an appropriate level. These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made.
Place within the Curriculum and tutor time
There is a planned programme of learning experiences with learning outcomes for Year 7 to Year 13 which enable young people to:
- Develop themselves through career and work-related education
- Learn about careers and the world of work
- Develop career management and employability skills
Provision of external and independent careers guidance
An independent qualified Careers Advisor attends the academy at key times throughout the academic year to provide individual advice and guidance to students. All careers advice and guidance given is person centred, impartial, unbiased and confidential (within legal confines) and meets professional standards of practice. Students are also encouraged to access the National Careers Service via a link on the academy website.
Assessing the impact of our careers programme
Our careers programme is continually reviewed to ensure it continues to meet the needs of our students and the Gatsby Benchmarks. This is by means of:
- Student feedback following career activities
- Provider evaluations
- Annual internal review of the careers programme
- Post 16 destination data
- Local Authority CEIAG Review
Should you require any further information, please contact our Careers Leader Richard Kirby via [email protected] or telephone 01670 798100.
Date of next review
The information published on this page will next be reviewed in November 2019.