In December 2017 the Government published a Careers Strategy which sets out a long term plan to build a world class careers system that will help young people and adults choose a career that is right for them.
(You can read more about that here Goverment Careers Website
To achieve this aim, the strategy sets out that every school and academy providing secondary education should use the Gatsby Charitable Foundation’s Benchmarks to develop and improve their careers provision. ( gatsby.org.uk/education
). Although the Gatsby Benchmarks are not a statutory framework, by adopting them, schools and academies can be confident they are fulfilling their legal duties.
At Ormiston Bushfield Academy we support and value the development of education in Careers, Information, Advice and Guidance for all our students and continue to stand by the ethos of providing the Opportunities to students, developing Belief in one’s self and abilities and encouraging high Aspirations for all individuals. All aspects of the Careers Education Programme, however delivered, helps to better prepare our students for the challenges they will face in the future, both in education and beyond.
Following the Gatsby Benchmarks ensures that all students within the academy have the opportunity for first-hand experiences of the workplace, learn from employees and employers of companies we partner with and develop a deeper understanding of linking curriculum learning with careers to make it relatable. This is done with an approach to embedding inclusion, diversity and equality in all aspects. Alongside this, our Student Entitlement states that students from year 8 – 11 are entitled:-
- To find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point.
- To hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options evenings, assemblies, group discussions and taster events.
- To understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses, including applications for University.
The Academy has a dedicated Careers, Information, Advice and Guidance Coordinator who is on hand to support, advise and guide students across all years in the different transitions they will face. Mrs S Brown can be contacted on 01733 233014
The Futures’ Hub is an area within the Academy which is designed with the Students futures’ in mind. The area comprises of an interview room, a meeting room and a resource room which gives the students access to computers and a range of information and Higher Education and careers related resources. All of the rooms can be used for teaching smaller groups and are equally equipped for conducting guidance meetings or hosting visiting speakers for small group workshops.
Students have access to and are free to drop in to the Futures’ Hub to speak to Mrs Brown any break or lunch time, as well as being able to book scheduled appointments to discuss Careers and Future options in more detail. Parents/ Carers are welcome to also contact Mrs Brown with any queries regarding Careers Information, Advice and Guidance and are also encouraged to attend any formal guidance meetings with their child too.
As an Academy, we are continuously looking to improve our practice, curriculum and delivery and our careers programme is no exception. On-going reflection on all activities within the programme takes place regularly inclusive of student feedback. Where parents/ carers are a part of an event or activity you will also be welcomed and encouraged to give honest, evaluative feedback and to offer suggestions moving forward. This does not replace the annual review of the overall Programme that will take place each Summer term (Apr – July) to allow us time to make any improvements or adjustments in line with any government changes that would have a direct impact on the Careers Education Programme.