Careers

Purpose

Louth Academy is committed to providing students with the skills and attributes needed to make choices about their education and future employment. The Academy's careers information advice and guidance (CIAG) will enable students to make informed decisions which are appropriate to the individual student. The Academy's CIAG will enable students to make well thought out and balanced decisions about education and employment in both the short run and long run.

Students will have access to high quality advice, guidance and information helping them realise their ambitions from teachers, trained careers advisors, employers and other educational providers.

Aims

Louth Academy aims to ensure students are given high quality information and guidance to ensure that students are able to make informed choices about their learning pathways and future employment opportunities beyond their time at one of our Academies.

This CIAG will:

  • Enable students to understand what opportunities are available to them in both education and employment;
  • To enable students to make informed decisions about their chosen learning path ways and employment opportunities both locally and nationally;
  • Empower students in making their own decisions about their learning pathways by: raising aspirations and expectations, promoting equality and challenging stereotypes.

Entitlement Statements

Student Entitlement

Louth Academy will support students to develop their learning and employment decisions by focusing on the Gatsby Benchmarks, these are:

  1. A stable careers programme;
  2. Learning from career and labour market information;
  3. Addressing the needs of each student;
  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.

In order to meet the Gatsby Benchmarks Louth Academy will:

  • Provide opportunities 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;
  • Provide opportunities to hear from a range of local providers and employers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options events, assemblies and group discussions and taster events;
  • Provide opportunities to understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.

Parent/Career entitlement

Louth Academy understands the need for parents and carers to be involved in this process. To facilitate this, parents/carers will:

  • be sent a letter each academic year outlining the careers provision at the Academies;
  • have access to Information on our website about the careers provision;
  • be able to have discussions with MAT staff at parents' evenings about careers and the opportunities available;
  • be encouraged to use the Start Profile website with their child. Parents will also be informed that they can use this site to help guide their own careers.

Delivery of provision – Careers Programme

The Delivery of careers provision at Louth Academy is a holistic approach which aims to match opportunities to the individual student.

Year 7 Launch of the 'Start' profile – Students will look at careers and labour market information. Students will start creating personal careers profiles. Developing self-awareness of their own skills and attributes.Consider what their future aspirations are and set targets about how they are going to reach their goals. Use software to show how their employment aspirations match the local and national labour market. Encounters with employers in all years Careers will be a focus in all curriculum area lessons in all years Review and evaluation of the careers provision
Year 8 Development of the student's 'Start' profile. Focused work on GCSE option choices in lessons. In Citizenship lessons, students complete a unit of work about careers.In Citizenship lessons, students complete a unit of work about enterprise skills.
Year 9 Consolidation of 'Start' profile. Focused encounters with employers and educational institutions based on student's option choices. Future planning work undertaken focussing on; skills, jobs and the labour market, introduction to CV's and letters pf application. Bishop Grosseteste University – First Steps Programme.
Year 10 'Start' profile used to inform future choices.Individual personal guidance encounters with educational institutions. Bishop Grosseteste University – First Steps Programme. Interviews conducted with HR leads from local businesses.Careers topic, CV's and cover letters, interviews and helpful techniques, employee / employer responsibility.
Year 11 'Start' profile used to inform future choices.Individual personal guidance help and advice given about Post 16 choices. Encounters with educational institutions.

In Years 7 to 11 there is an expectation that students will have an experience of a work place during this time.

Place within the Curriculum and Tutorial Support system

All subjects are required to identify, in their schemes of work, when and where careers have been delivered in their lessons. Teachers are expected to deliver lessons with students, in all years, which link to careers and educational opportunities. This information must be recorded by the teacher on the student's 'Start' profile.

Examples of how careers can be delivered in curriculum areas:

  • Employers or educational providers coming into lessons to talk to students.
  • Using the 'Start' website to have discussions about certain job roles linked with the topic being studied.
  • Using the 'Start' website to show videos of employers and employees talking about careers and different industries.
  • Discussions in registration or assemblies.

Monitoring and tracking of young people

Students will be tracked on how they are engaging with the careers provision and Careers Leaders will use this to target students depending upon their needs.

Careers Leaders will use data collected from the 'Start' website and questionnaires to inform Academy staff and senior leaders about careers provision.

Monitoring, review and evaluation

All students will be tracked on the 'Start' website to identify how they are meeting the Gatsby Benchmarks.

A questionnaire will be completed by all students during the academic year. This will show the progress the academies are making in enhancing their careers provision.

The feedback of teachers and parents will be sought to evaluate the success of the careers programme. This feedback will be used to improve the Academies careers programme.

A report and review of the Academy's Gatsby benchmarks should be completed at the end of each term and shared with the senior leadership in the school and the designated governor.

This information should be used by the Academy to identify students who need further intervention.

Management of Provision

Management

  • All governors have been trained on Careers and the Gatsby Benchmarks;
  • Louth Academy has a designated Governor for Careers with a focus on the Academy's provision and to encourage involvement of local business;
  • The CEO of Tollbar Multi-Academy Trust and the MAT team are focused on the provision of careers and it is an agenda item on MAT and Principal meetings
  • There is a designated MAT Officer who oversees the provision of careers
  • The there is a Gatsby board who meets termly which includes
    • MAT Officer
    • A Vice Principal from Louth Academy
    • The Curriculum Leader for Citizenship and Careers
  • The Gatsby Board meet with Grimsby Institute on a termly basis to share bestpractice and employer contacts to enhance the delivery of careers in the local area

Staffing

All teaching staff are required to provide opportunities in their lessons about careers and educational opportunities. All teaching staff are required to register on the 'Start' website and record when they have completed a careers related activity.

Provision of external and Independent careers guidance

This is provided for Louth academy by 'GP Careers Consultants Ltd'. This is an independent service who will also lead lessons at various times during the careers education of students.

Other formal and informal partnerships

Tollbar Multi-Academy Trust has an informal partnership with Grimsby Institute to provide help, support and guidance of post 16 opportunities for students throughout their time at Louth Academy

Information resources

Louth Academy will be using the 'Start' website. 'Start' will help students' to connect with their future career potential, develop their employability and help them to explore future career and study options at school or at home.

Students will have their own account for 'Start' at school, however, it is also accessible anytime on computers and compatible mobile and tablet devices.

Students will personalise their profile on 'Start' with details about their skills, qualities, interests and work preferences. This provides a starting point for them to explore information matched to their personal preferences and interests. As they update their profile, 'Start' will personalise this information, helping them to navigate the thousands of jobs, courses, providers and opportunities available. 'Start' will help students to understand where they are on their journey and what's important as they make their choices at GCSE, post-16 and post-18.

The Start Profile website will enable students

Year 7-8

  • Students explore and establish their suitability to careers and gain an understanding of the KS4 subjects that are important to them
  • Students understand the factors important to making informed decisions including learning style and career aspirations
  • Students build a picture of their career aspirations and subject choices as well as start to evidence understanding of key employability skills

Year 9 - 11

  • Students explore their post-16 options and how their intended choices relate to preferred learning style and future career aspirations
  • Students and parents understand the application process and entry requirements for their intended choices
  • Students capture the experiences and achievements that will help them to stand out on paper and in person

Post-16 Education

  • 'Start' will continue to be available to students once they have left Louth Academy and are undertaking the next stage of their education or employment.

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Louth Academy
Executive Principal

Martin Brown
BA (Hons).

Tollbar MAT
Chief Executive

David J Hampson
OBE, BSc, BA.
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