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Careers and Guidance

Our careers advisor, Mrs L. Dales, sees Year 8’s prior to Options Choice for group interviews, they receive advice and guidance in relation to option subjects and future careers. Mrs Dales attends all parents evenings and parents/carers can book an appointment to meet her. There are Careers Drop-In’s every break time in the library (except Weds) for any student at the Academy. Connexions Careers Advisers also come in if students want to see an adviser independent from the Academy. Mrs Dales or Connexions attend review meetings for SEN students and see them for one-to-one careers guidance interviews. As regards careers education, students will cover this in PSHE lessons as stated in the CEIAG Programme (extract below).

The CEIAG Programme 2018/19

Year 7 –  Self Awareness. The focus is on helping students consider why a career is important and understanding how they learn about themselves by identifying strengths and weaknesses. These objectives are met by students completing various activities during three PSHE lessons.


Year 8 –  Option Choice, LMI and STEM careers.
This year the focus is on GCSE Option Choice and how to make effective decisions. Students will learn how to make an informed choice regarding their GCSEs and begin to see the link between GCSEs and their future career. Students will look at sources of labour market information which will help them with the decision making process. Students also explore STEM careers and consider what skills would be required to work in these jobs. These objectives are met by students taking part in various activities during three PSHE lessons. An Options Choice evening is held in March.