Thorns Collegiate Academy is committed to providing its students with a varied programme of careers education and guidance activities to equip and enable them to make informed decisions and choices.
The programme of careers education aims to help students develop, identify and add to their employability skills throughout their school life. It also contributes to the Academy’s key values in ensuring excellence and raising aspirations, whilst enabling students to acquire social and vocational skills. Importantly, it seeks to help students understand and be prepared for the ever changing and challenging work environment.
We want our students to:
- Successfully enter Employment, Education or Training (EET) at the appropriate level, after leaving Thorns Collegiate Academy.
- Have knowledge and understanding of current Careers opportunities available to them as an individual.
- Be aware of the current, relevant labour market information.
- Raise aspirations, exploring career option and inviting knowledge of the world of work.
- Develop their Careers Knowledge.
- Receive careers education, information, advice and guidance which meets professional standards of practice and is person-centred, impartial and confidential
- Have an integrated experience and see careers across the curriculum based on a partnership with teachers, students and their parents or carers
- Have careers education that promotes equality of opportunity, inclusion and anti-racism
- Have careers education that complies with the disability and discrimination acts, celebrates diversity and challenges stereotypes including LBGT.
Aims and Objectives
- Providing independent advice and guidance to year 7 to 11 students and access to impartial information regarding options and alternatives available based on the needs of each COHORT; i.e. subject selection, qualification selection, career choices, pathways, etc.
- 100% of students to have had the opportunity of an Options Interview (either with their form tutor, HoY, senior member of staff or Careers Advisor) in year 9
- Targeted support for identified vulnerable pupils in Year 11 to discuss their post 16 options
In practice, the programme will focus on the following:
- Creating awareness regarding the alternatives available in education, training and professionally
- Working towards providing all students with personalised careers support form an impartial careers adviser
- Provision and information of opportunities for work experience, traineeships and job vacancies based on individual interests in the process of promoting the understanding and the experiences of the world of work
- Creating links with employers and organisations for better prospects for students
- The school and the careers department will develop a Careers Library and Resource Centre. As well as a Careers portal for parents and students to access.
The Academy is committed to follow the government’s new Careers Strategy (published January 2018) and aim meet the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks by the end of 2020 as per the guidance. We will use the Compass Audit tool to evaluate our Careers impact and measure our progress against the Gatsby Benchmarks and use Tracker to improve the quality of provision. The Academy has become part of the Black Country Careers Hub and will work alongside The CEC to deliver a high quality careers education for all students.
The Careers Education programme will be designed and organised by Careers Lead. All staff contribute to careers education, information, advice and guidance through their roles as form tutors and subject teachers. Specialist sessions are delivered by external providers and staff with a careers focus during Beliefs and Values sessions and Focus days.
The Careers programme is designed to meet the needs of all the students at Thorns Collegiate Academy. It is differentiated and personalised to ensure progression through activities which are appropriate to each student’s stages of career learning, planning and development.
All guidance is impartial, the Careers Lead is working towards the qualification and impartial careers advisers with a Level 6 qualification from local colleges are used when appropriate. All careers work is overseen by a designated member of the Leadership Team.
Careers education will be delivered during designated focus days when the timetable will collapse across the entire year group and regularly during form time throughout the academic year for each year group.
See focus day and form time mapping attached
Links are being constantly maintained and developed further with:
- Local colleges
- Dudley EBP
- Black Country Consortium
- The Armed Forces
- University of Wolverhampton
- NHS Trust
- Enterprise advisers
Careers Education 2018-2019.
- Careers education to be embedded in the curriculum for personal and social education, practical and vocational skills, learning about themselves, others and the wider community (year 7 to year 11)
- Linking focus days to careers themes with entire days structured around it
- At least 95% of students to have developed a CV and Cover Letter by the end of year 10
- Launch the “Careers & Enterprise” portal
- Uploading resources to be used during form time for each year group
- Developing students’ research skills so that they can make good use of the information they gain
- Involving local businesses and community groups in the career development of the students
- Organising visits to work shops, Careers related shows and conferences for students to raise aspirations and their Careers knowledge and awareness
- Programme of Careers education topics cover:
- Employability skills and preparation for work
- Options at Year 9
- Enterprise activities
- Introducing Higher education
- Progression options post 16
- Further education
- CV preparation and completing application forms