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Careers Strategy

Rationale

The world of work and employment is changing rapidly. Young people face a bewildering range of career opportunities and an equally confusing amount of careers information. Given this environment, it is vital that our students have access to accurate, impartial and objective advice and guidance to inform choices about their future. The school must be able to help all individual students, irrespective of ability, to make informed decisions at all stages of their experience and development.

At Shoreham Academy Careers Guidance aims to:

Empower young people to plan and manage their futures

• Respond to the needs of the learner

• Provide comprehensive information and advice

• Raise aspirations

• Actively promote equality of opportunity and challenges of stereotypes

• Help young people progress

The Aims and Objectives of the Shoreham Academy Careers Programme are to enable students to:

• Investigate and implement career/post-school opportunities

• Develop the skills, knowledge and attitude to make well-informed, realistic decisions

• Be able to plan their future choices

• Understand how educational achievements are linked to maximising their potential future choices

At Shoreham Academy our common purpose is to support all students onto the next stage of their lives whether it be university, apprenticeships, training or employment. Key is the development of skills and talents, enabling them to become responsible citizens who achieve personal success and fulfilment in life, whatever their destination (or outcome).

Our strategy is shaped by the Government’s strategy around the Gatsby Benchmarks:

The Gatsby Benchmarks

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

The Shoreham Academy Careers Programme

Year 7 Belonging and Working Together

During Year 7, students are encouraged to build their own sense of identity, including self-esteem and self-confidence, rights and responsibilities, and making their own decisions so that they make the most of their abilities.

Year 8 Self and Society our place in the Wider World

Students in Year 8 continue to develop their sense of identity, including self-esteem and self-confidence, developing their responsibility to make the most of their abilities. They will look at young peoples’ rights and responsibilities in different communities and will begin to identify the role of a citizen. Students will be encouraged to look at the opportunities there are to contribute to a community, preparing them to be an active citizen in their community.

Year 9 Responsible Citizens – Making a Positive Contribution

Year 9 students will reflect on the self-development work carried out in the previous two years, particularly self-worth. They will focus on what is meant by ‘citizenship’. The work of community based, national and international voluntary groups will be examined, preparing students to be active citizens in their communities, playing a full part in the life of the school and wider community.

Year 10 Looking In – Looking Out – Looking Forward

Year 10 continue to develop their own sense of identity, focusing on self-image and self-esteem. They will identify the statutory rights of workers in the UK, reflect on how the workplace has changed in recent years and the effect this has had on workers.

Year 11 The Final Countdown

Students will continue to focus on their own strengths and weaknesses, and how these attributes might impact on their own career aspirations. They will develop personal career-based targets and will develop some understanding of the importance of action planning and self-review. They will learn about categories of work available in the local area and the jobs and skills associated with at least one of those categories. They look at opportunities beyond the local area, investigate current local and regional vacancies, and research local learning and training opportunities.

Year 12/13 Taking Control of Your Future

In Years 12 and 13 (Sixth Form) we focus on developing independence, well-being and competencies so the students can begin to make steps towards an independent life. The PSHE programme nurtures core skills and finds ways to evidence them in preparation for application to university, apprenticeship or employment. Throughout the Sixth Form, students work on a set of competencies essential for success in the wider world: analysis, resilience, team-working, leadership, literacy and numeracy. Students are offered opportunities and support to find ways of meeting them through leadership at Shoreham Academy (Student Leaders, the Student Council, Debating Society, and Peer-Mentoring) as well as beyond through their studies, volunteering, paid work, the National Citizen Programme, community involvement and Sport’s Leadership.

Key Contacts

Careers Strategic Lead - Mrs Janey Hanley janey.hanley@shoreham-academy.org

6th Form Assistant / KS5 Careers Advisor - Miss Stephanie Crespin Stephanie.Crespin@shoreham-academy.org 

Careers Advisor/6th Form WEX Coordinator - Miss Zoe Grice zgrice@shoreham-academy.org

     

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