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Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance

Lansdown Park Academy supports students to re-engage in education and make progress towards their learning and employment goals. We recognise that an effective Career Education and Guidance (CEG) programme is vital to raising the aspirations of students and enabling them to make realistic and informed choices about their future employment options.

 

What is Careers Education and Guidance?

The aim of CEG is to enable students to find out about the world of work, develop key employability skills and ensure that they take responsibility for planning their own career pathway. CEG at Lansdown Park Academy takes place within PSHE and other core lessons, as well as through external visits and guest speakers. KS4 students will also receive 1:1, independent guidance. Your child will learn how to research different jobs, make decisions and find out what opportunities are open to them once they leave school. They will also be supported in applying for their post 16 choices, whether college placements or apprenticeships. Finally, your child will be offered an enhanced transition package to ensure that their move into further education or training is a successful one.

The importance of careers education and guidance has never been greater due to significant and ongoing changes in education, training and employment opportunities!

Aims

Lansdown Park Academy aims to achieve all eight Benchmarks recommended by the Gatsby Foundation:

  • A stable careers plan
  • Learning from careers and labour market information
  • Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Encounters with employers and employees
  • Experiences of workplaces
  • Encounters with further and higher education
  • Personal guidance

Resources

Students have access to a wide range of resources. A dedicated Careers Information Area provides a comprehensive and up-to-date selection of books, magazines, college and university prospectuses as well as current apprenticeship vacancies. Students have access to a number of online careers resources via the school’s website:

https://careerpilot.org.uk

https://fledglink.com

https://www.lmiforall.org.uk

https://www.apprenticeships.gov.uk

https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk

https://icould.com

https://www.ucas.com

https://careerpilot.org.uk/adviser-zone/lmi-in-a-box

 

Employer Encounters and our Alumini

Lansdown Park Academy has built sound relationships in our local community with students volunteering for Bathscape, Gracewell Care Home and Bath City Farm. We have also booked employees from Airbus, Riverside Recruitment and Mulberry amongst others to come in during the next academic year. 

Lansdown Park Academy believes in having an engaged alumni and supporter community, to encourage the next generation. What would you tell your 14 year old self?

 

Key stage 3

 

PSHE Curriculum that uses STEPs (Skills To Ensure Progression) course including:

Celebrating achievements, understanding the self, my skills and qualities and what influences me, skills for life including assertiveness, what is work, resources available to me, changes in the world of work, looking ahead and considering what you want from work, job families, myth busting around careers. Students also receive support in class around making decisions and where to get help with careers.

Work shadowing opportunities

Options information session

Careers interventions appointments available

Year 10

PSHE Curriculum that uses STEPs (Skills To Ensure Progression) course including:

Information about the world of work and what employers want, employer rights and the law including the law on discrimination, preparation for and reflection on work experience, post 16 options.

The PSHE curriculum also allows students to gain accreditation for the ASDAN Careers and work experience short course which can give them credits towards the AOPE or COPE qualification.

College Taster Days

Health and Safety / Prep for Work Experience

Work Experience

Year 11

PSHE Curriculum that uses STEPs (Skills To Ensure Progression) course including:

Personality quizzes to build a skills profile which helps students to understand their strengths and address their weaknesses; information about qualifications, post 16 options, developing your sales pitch, application forms and mock interviews.

Students who did not complete the ASDAN qualification in Careers and Work experience in year 10 have another opportunity to do so in year 11.

1:1 and group careers Interviews

College Taster Days

College application support

Apprenticeship support and application

All students are encouraged to boost their CVs with short courses such as St John’s Ambulance First Aid Certificate and accredited Food Hygiene and Health and Safety in the Workplace. We also encourage students to complete the Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award (https://idea.org.uk ), known as iDEA. This is an international programme that helps students develop digital, enterprise and employability skills for free. Through a series of online challenges, students can win career-enhancing badges, unlock new opportunities and, ultimately, gain industry-recognised Awards that help them stand out from the crowd. It has been compared to a digital Duke of Edinburg Award.

 

Lansdown Park Academy collaborates with The Skills Builder Partnership (https://www.skillsbuilder.org/) This means that students have access to resources that meet the national standard for teaching essential skills. It breaks each skill into steps, supporting progress for students of all ages and abilities - including those with special educational needs.

Lansdown Park Academy also runs a Smart School Council (https://home.smartschoolcouncils.org.uk ) which helps every student to use their voice, develop their skills and improve their own school community.

Smart School Councils have three core elements - a Communication Team, Class Meetings and Action Teams. This involves every pupil in decision-making, social action and developing key skills for their future careers and life.

Inclusive Career Provision for students with special educational needs

If your child has special educational needs (SEN), it becomes even more important to get the right information and high-quality advice on all possible career options.  If your child has an education health care plan, then at the annual review meetings a transition plan will be drawn up. This transition plan will be reviewed and updated at each future meeting.  The plan enables you, your child and relevant professionals to share information and decide what action needs to be taken to ensure that your child receives any necessary specialist help or support once they have left school.

All Lansdown Park Academy students engage in a wide range of activities within their PSHE careers education. In addition, we also work with a range of Higher Education Institutions including Bath Spa University to offer other targeted interventions such as visits to university campuses to enable our most able students to make informed choices about their future pathways and fulfil their potential.

Measuring Impact

The School will assess the impact of its careers programmes on students by completing an annual student survey and analysing destinations data in line with activities that they have taken part in at school.  In addition, the views of students and parents will be surveyed after key events e.g. Careers Information Events, Employer Encounters, Site Visits, College Taster Days, Apprenticeship Fairs and Work Experience.

Careers Team

Mrs K Truscott– Careers Lead

Mrs Jo Newman - Independent Careers Advisor (New Mango)

Louise Stone - Independent Careers Advisor (Youth Connect)

Our careers team can be contacted by emailing kate.truscott@lansdown.learnmat.uk or calling 01225 430009

Review July 2021