In Year 11 all students attend a 1:1 careers meeting with Richard Tickell from Job Centre Plus. In Years 12 and 13 all students have a 1:1 careers meeting with a Rob Ballantyne from Future First.
We have also been working with NE1 Ltd since 2016. They offer impartial guidance and the chance to engage with employers from a range of sectors. NE1 Careers Manager, Catherine Tucker has been helping coordinate a range of exciting opportunities for students.
Her details are as follows:
Careers Manager – NE1 Can
Newcastle NE1 Ltd, Suite A8
Milburn House, Dean Street
Newcastle Upon Tyne,
NE1 1 LE
At Thorp Academy we are committed to providing its students with a planned programme of careers education for all students in years 7 to 13, information, advice and guidance that is impartial and confidential (within legal confines) and prepares students for the challenges of adult and working life.
Thorp Academy has a statutory requirement when delivering careers education in its Academies, to ensure that information about learning options and careers is presented impartially and that advice promotes the best interests of students.
The aims of outstanding, impartial careers education may be summarised as follows:
Thorp 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:
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
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
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
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.
The academy has a number of formal and informal partnerships arrangements with post-16 providers, colleges, employers, universities, higher education and training providers.
At points across the school year, a variety of employers and external providers are invited into Thorp Academy to talk about different careers.
During arranged events including ‘Parents Evenings’, ‘Open Evenings’ and ‘Guided Pathway Evenings’, careers information and advice is made available to students, parents and carers. The Learning Resource Centre is stocked with key publications suitable for a range of ages and abilities, with advice on hand from attending staff. Materials are audited annually to ensure information is up-to-date and accurate and relevant to meet with the students’ requirements.
Academies may also organise specific events for parents/carers and students to provide specialist support.
Funding is allocated in the academy to a careers annual budget, maximum use will be made of quality assured resources that have zero cost and currency/longevity of careers materials is taken into consideration when purchasing materials.
The policy recognises the range of partners that support the CEIAG offer within our school. These include:
• Formal arrangements with our external provider of careers guidance and others
• Liaison with post 16 providers and higher education institutions
• Employers and training providers
• Enterprise advisor
• Parents and carers
• Others specific to our academy
The CEIAG Programme is planned and implemented by the nominated member of SLT and involves working closely with the staff, students, parents and the wider community. This area is supported by a nominated link member on the Academy Council, Chris Stevenson.
All staff contribute to CEIAG through their roles as Tutors, Subject Teachers, Curriculum Leaders, and Learning Managers or as a Careers Professional. Staff training is provided on a regular basis and updates are given in briefing or Professional Development sessions.
Staff are provided with guidance sheets, handouts and Guided Pathway booklets. Specific needs are identified in conjunction with the academy CPD co-coordinator and reviewed on an annual basis.
Trust is committed to providing:
Teachers in the academies and qualified career professionals will support students’ career development in a number of ways including:
Parents can access careers support for their child in a variety of ways including:
The careers education and guidance delivery satisfies the requirements of the Academy’s Equal Opportunities Policy. All students, regardless of their race, class, gender, faith or special educational needs, have the same access to our resources, wherever possible.
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The programme and policy will be reviewed and republished in September 2019.