Careers Education and Guidance is delivered in Citizenship lessons and aims to help students develop the knowledge and skills needed to make successful choices.
Our aim is to enable all our girls to develop the skills, attitudes and gain the knowledge that will help them to make Career and other decisions wisely.
At Feversham we are committed to ensure all students have access to high quality impartial careers advice, and to employers who can help students consider their future options into employment, apprenticeships or further and higher education.
To help us do this we link our careers guidance to the Gatsby Benchmarks which have been explicitly referenced throughout the DfE’s Careers Strategy (December 2017) and the new Statuary Guidance for careers (January 2018). The following 8 benchmarks outlined below:
1. A stable careers programme
2. Learning from career and labour market information
3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
5. Encounters with employers and employees
6. Experiences of workplaces
7. Encounters with further and higher education
8. Personal guidance
At present we meet each of these benchmarks through the following provisions:
Impartial Careers Advice (Benchmark one, two, three and eight). We have a dedicated Careers advisor from Prospects, and we also have an in-house Careers co-ordinator who organises Work Experience and additional Careers activities.
All Year 11 students have at least two meetings with an impartial careers advisor. These meetings are designed to help students identify the best route for them post-16. Students will be given information on colleges, apprenticeships and other Sixth Forms. Students are helped to fill in application forms and given interview preparation. These interviews also focus on career and the steps students need to take in order to get there.
All students have the opportunity to have an interview in Year 12 and 13 as well. Our careers advisor is also present at key events at the school including Parents evenings, Careers Fair and Open Evenings. At these events the careers advisor is able to give advice and guidance to both students and their parents.
Careers Assemblies (Benchmarks one, two, three, four, five and seven). For Years 7 -11 they have a range of Career assemblies led by key providers discussing their job roles in relation to a wide range of career sectors.
In addition Year 9 have a focussed subject themed assembly prior to them making their option choices.
In Sixth Form we regularly have visiting speakers to talk to students about different careers and routes to follow after Year 13 through the Personal Development programme.
We use the Gatsby benchmarks when designing and evaluating our careers programme.
All pupils in Years 7-11 will have access to The Unifrog platform, designed to support pupils in making the most informed decisions about their futures. This has a range of tools that are suitable for all year groups. Each pupil has their own personal account that provides a wide range of information related to their interests and aspirations.
Key features of the platform include:
Exploring Pathways – personality quizzes, career and subject profiles, MOOCs and webinars
Explore what subjects you would be interested in studying and how these choices can lead to different career paths and higher education.
Recording – self-reflection about extracurricular activities and key employability skills
Opportunities – search tools showing live vacancies/courses/placements for apprenticeships, universities (in the UK and abroad), FE, virtual work experience and much more
Applications – tools to help pupils build applications for a range of pathways (e.g., CVs, Personal Statements, Common App Essays)
Pupils access the platform by clicking a link in their welcome email, where they create a password and can begin using the platform. They login to Unifrog using their email address and password and they can do so from any computer, tablet or smartphone.
Labour Market Information
LMI can be everything from overwhelming and confusing in-depth statistics to hearing about a potential employer starting up near where you live. Learning how to use it can help young people to make informed decisions about their future study and career choices. LMI tells you about what is happening in the job market at national, regional and local levels and includes information about jobs and salaries, what skills employers are looking for in different industrial sectors, conditions, communities and future trends.
When considering future career options it’s important to have a good understanding of the employment prospects within that industry, ie. is it a growing or declining sector?
Skillsometer can help you discover what jobs you might like to do in the future. You will be presented with a series of statements. Select the emoji that shows how you feel about each statement. You will be given suggestions of jobs linked to what you most enjoy doing. For further information on the job, and to compare with other jobs, you could then go to the Careerometer.
Widget access: https://www.lmiforall.org.uk/skillsometer/
Careerometer can be used to explore and compare key information about occupations, help you learn about different occupations and identify potential careers.
It provides access to a selection of UK headline data relating to pay, weekly hours of work and future employment prospects for different occupations, as well as description of the occupation.
Simply type in the title of the job you are interested in and the widget provides a series of options from which you can select the most relevant to you. You can then look up another two occupations and compare. You can also select ‘display the UK average’ and compare the information with the occupation you have selected.
Widget access: https://www.lmiforall.org.uk/careerometer/
Y7-13 have either experiences of Workplaces or Higher Education (Benchmark five and seven). Throughout their time at the school students are given the opportunity to go on trips to different universities, including Leeds Beckett University and a range of Russell group universities. In Year 12 and 13 students are encouraged to view universities and have meetings with possible apprenticeship providers.
Work Experience (Benchmark six). All Year 10 students undertake 1 week of work experience. All Year 12 students undertake 2 weeks of work experience. Both sets of Work Experience take place in the Summer term.
We believe that the Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) is a vital part of every student’s education at the Academy. We are currently working towards an Investors in Careers Award incorporating guidelines from the Gatsby benchmarks and the Career Development Institute, Department of Education, Careers and Enterprise Company and Ofsted Recommendations.
Our Careers Programme is mainly delivered through Citizenship lessons in Years 7 – 11 and in PDS in Post 16, but, also has links in the curriculum, the GST programme and through assemblies.
Professional Careers Guidance is provided through Amanda Sugden Rayner, an impartial Careers Advisor available to all students and parents. Amanda visits the school weekly and runs break and lunch time sessions to help students with their choices. She attends Option Evening and Parent Evenings input.
We host an annual Careers Convention with exhibitors from Colleges, Universities, Armed Forces, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Grocery and Business, NHS to name but a few. All girls will have the opportunity to take part in the Careers Convention this year which will be held in school. The date for this event will be confirmed and published here and on our social media platforms.
This year we will be expanding our University Experiences by opening up trips to KS3. Contacts have been made with Bradford, Leeds, Huddersfield and York.
This is some of the feedback we have received from business who attended this years event:
"This is (personally) one of my favourite schools to attend. The girls are so enthusiastic and bubbly, always wanting to know more and improve themselves. They are a credit to your school. Also, me and my colleague were very impressed with the student reps and of course, the tasty snacks on offer at break time!" (NCS - National Citizen Service)
"We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Feversham Academy. Both the staff and students were enthusiastic, polite, and could not do enough to help us. It was a great opportunity for Christeyns UK Ltd to share information on the manufacturing sector, and build awareness of the vast array of careers that are available within the sector. Furthermore, it was encouraging to see so many students asking questions about apprenticeship schemes, and opportunities within local businesses. Thanks for a great morning!!" (Christeyns UK Ltd)
"It was an excellently delivered event with fantastic engagement from the pupils in attendance, from year 7 to 13. Great students with enthusiasm and engagement showing in the encounters.
I liked how the morning was split into year groups with different lengths. It might have been enhanced by the pupils having something from the exhibitors prior to the fair to help them understand what they were looking for." (RICS)
"Very well organised events, extremely helpful and polite ambassadors. Really enjoyed the event." (York St John University)
Year 10 and Year 12 students are involved in a programme of work experience to help prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.
We give each of our Year 10 and Year 12 students a copy of the Work Experience Journal for them to complete during their time on placement. Please click here for a preview of it.
Please click on the links below to download Work Experience documents:
Links with External Services, Agencies and Funding
Other links for this Academic year are with: Kathy Gargan - Business support leader of the Careers and Enterprise Company and Caroline Gaskin from EDT. We will be looking at STEM visits for students
The Government website contains information for students and parents about education and the different qualifications available. It also contains information on funding studies, choosing courses and universities. There is also a section for students with additional needs. Click here to visit the site.
The National Careers Service website provides careers advice and information on a wide range of jobs, training course resources and funding. There is also information to help with job applications and cvs. Click here to visit the website.
Please click the following links, to find out more information about the career you are interested in:
Our online Careers platform: https://www.startprofile.com
Choose a subject you love and see where it might lead: https://www.careerpilot.org.uk
A free website for searching different job profiles and easy to navigate: http://www.prospects.ac.uk
Careers quiz, as well as videos and articles about different careers / industries: https://icould.com/buzz
Includes advice on choosing A’ level subjects, and also, if you scroll to the bottom, you can input three A Level subjects and it then gives university degree and job matches: https://university.which.co.uk/advice/a-level-choices/six-things-you-need-to-know-before-making-your-a-level-choices
BTECs are an increasingly popular alternative to A-levels as a route to university – here’s what you need to know:
A-levels or BTECs – which is the best path for you? A comparison guide to help you decide on the next options you should pursue.
Information and advice on best subject choices for university courses.
Forum, advice, GCSE, A Level, university, jobs, finance, revision
London-based site for apprenticeship and skills training: https://www.skillsforgrowth.org.uk/
Jobs and careers in the health and medical sector: http://www.stepintothenhs.nhs.uk
Quiz that can be used for suggestions of careers you may be interested in within the NHS.
Information about creative careers, including college courses, Open Events and apprenticeships: http://www.creativeskillset.org
National Volunteer website: http://www.do-it.org
Help to build employability skills and win the chance to do work experience: https://barclayslifeskills.com/
Showcases the many career opportunities available in construction and the built environment: https://www.goconstruct.org
Click on this link to download
Success at School is a national careers website for students aged 11-19,
as well as their teachers, careers advisors, parents and other influencers.
Young people can learn about their future career options through no-nonsense
careers advice related to their own experiences.
Click on this link for more information
Please use the details below to contact the school regarding Careers guidance
Contact Name: Mrs S Mohsin
Position: Assistant Principal
Tel: 01274 559500
YBS (Yorkshire Building Society)
Please click here for information on apprenticeships and other positions at YBS