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Careers & Personal Development

Careers & Personal Development...

Careers and Personal Development at Louth Academy is a diverse curriculum area covering; PSHE Education (Personal, Social, Health and Economic), Careers, Citizenship and many aspects of Work Related Learning under this title.

All students in all years have at least one lesson a week, with the subject being taught by a dedicated team of teachers.

Careers and Personal Development gives students the skills and attitudes to lead successful lives at College and beyond.

Ethos & Values

In this Curriculum Area, we aim to help students:

  • Develop their confidence, responsibility and make the most of their abilities;
  • Develop a healthy, safer lifestyle;
  • Gain the skills necessary to lead a life with Financial and Economic awareness;
  • Enjoy lessons, gaining skills necessary for a productive future;
  • Take part in activities that allow them to make a contribution to the local and wider communities;
  • Develop good relationships and respect the differences between people;
  • Know and understand about becoming informed citizens;
  • Develop skills of enquiry and communication;
  • Develop skills of participation and responsible action;
  • Continually develop the skills and practice of all staff;
  • Adopt a philosophy of continuous improvement in every aspect of the delivery of all subjects within the Curriculum Area.

Knowledge & Skills

Within the Careers and Personal Development Curriculum Area students will have the opportunity to study three main elements: Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education; Citizenship and Vocational Education.

CPSHE is a compulsory subject in Key Stages 3 and 4. However, opportunities are available through other subjects and activities across the Academy to assist in meeting the aims and objectives of Citizenship and PSHE Education. Citizenship and PSHE Education incorporates the National Curriculum framework for Personal, Social and Health and Economic Education, and makes a large contribution to delivery of the National Curriculum statutory order for Citizenship and Work Related Learning with many aspects of Enterprise.

Resources & Facilities

  • There are currently two classrooms designated to the Curriculum Area on the upper campus. The classrooms are equipped with a projector therefore allowing for multimedia presentations vital in a modern curriculum;
  • The curriculum has a centralised bank of multimedia resources as well as general teaching resources to allow lessons to be fully interactive for the student;

Courses & Qualifications

Key Stage 3

The programmes of study for the Curriculum Area focus on elements from the four interrelated strands of Personal Development, Health and Safety, Relationships and Becoming an Active Citizen. Timing and content are appropriate for the students' needs and priorities in each year. Sex and Relationship Education, Drugs Education (smoking and alcohol), Healthy Lifestyle and Inter Personal Skills are central to this Key Stage.

Key Stage 4

Students continue to develop the areas introduced in Key Stage 3.

Year 11 students are guided through the procedure for applications Post-16 and are given information on all options at all institutions to allow them to make informed choices about their future. Students are encouraged to visit all open days and careers events available to them and to use the Lincs2 website that has been designed for use within the local area. We endeavour to give all students a one to one interview to aid them in these important decisions and a private interview room is available to accommodate this.

Students complete a survey following completion of our careers topic in Year 11. This survey tells us how well informed the students feel with post 16 options. This information is collected early in the year and used to ensure that all needs are met and advise is tailored continually throughout year 11 for individual students.

Students meet with an independent careers advisor throughout the year, our citizenship curriculum leader and will have access to the online Start programme with which they can gain careers guidance at any time. We are committed to ensuring our students have the best individual guidance for future careers.

Review date of survey October 2020

Sex Education

As part of our Year 9 Personal and Social Education programme we deliver a series of sessions on Relationships and Sex Education. These lessons follow government guidelines issued in July 2019 and some of the topics included in this programme are:

  • Appropriate behaviour in personal situations;
  • Relationships and sexual relationships;
  • Consent;
  • Sexual intercourse;
  • The risks involved in having sexual intercourse;
  • Pregnancy;
  • Contraception;
  • HIV/AIDS and other Sexually Transmitted Diseases;
  • Safer Sex;
  • Sexting.

These topics will be dealt with in terms of choices, options and responsibilities. The lessons will be delivered in a sensitive manner in the context of the family and a loving, caring relationship.

All students in Year 9 participate in these classes unless a written request is received from a parent/guardian asking for their child to be withdrawn from the lessons.

Learning Outside The Classroom

In addition to the taught programmes, the Curriculum Area offers a variety of activities and opportunities for the students.

Duke of Edinburgh - every year we arrange for a speaker from the DofE service to come in to Louth Academy and talk to every student in Year 9. This takes place during a Careers and Personal Development lesson in their class to allow for a less formal presentation where the students will feel comfortable asking questions.

Taster Days and Career Fairs - working closely with Grimsby Institute for Further and Higher Education, we arrange for any student interested to obtain a place on a taster day. These days give our students the opportunity to 'have a go' at a course they may be interested in for post-16 options. We also work hard to promote careers fairs available locally and to arrange for employers to visit the Academy. In 2019-2020 all students in Years 10 and 11 were able to attend a careers fair organised and help at Louth Academy.

Careers Services - we have a very good relationship with GP Careers who are an impartial provider of Careers Information Advice and Guidance. Working closely with GP Careers we arrange for all students to be seen for one to one careers interviews as well as regular group work in lessons.

Education through Theatre and Outside Speakers - when possible we take the opportunity to invite these providers into Louth Academy. The feedback we receive from students is always positive.

Where Does This Take Me In The Future?

The study of PSHE and Citizenship provides students with the knowledge, ability and confidence to leave the establishment as rounded young citizens of the local and wider community;

All topics covered within Careers and Personal Development provide a good progression route to more advanced qualifications. e.g. A Levels offered at Louth MAT Sixth Form College, courses at Further Education providers and Higher Education courses.

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Philip C Dickinson
BA (Hons) MA PGCE.