At Thomas Hepburn Academy we are committed to providing its students with a planned programme of careers education for all students in years 7-11, information, advice and guidance that is impartial and confidential (within legal confines) and prepares students for the challenges of adult and working life.
Thomas Hepburn Academy has a statutory requirement when delivering careers education in its Academies, to ensure that information about learning options and careers is presented impartially and that advice promotes the best interests of students.
The aims of outstanding, impartial careers education may be summarised as follows:
- Empowers young people to plan and manage their own futures
- Responds to the needs of each learner
- Provides comprehensive information and advice
- Raises aspirations
- Actively promotes equality of opportunity
- Challenges stereotypes
- Helps young people to progress
- Give a wider and relevant context for learning
Thomas Hepburn Academy is committed to raising aspirations and maximising the benefits for every student in the development of a whole Trust approach to CEIAG by providing a planned programme of activities both in and outside of the curriculum.
Northern Education Trust is committed to providing:
- A Careers Education programme with clear learning outcomes
- Access to independent and impartial guidance for all students
- A partnership approach to CEIAG provision
- Assistance for all students to make a successful transition into further/higher education, employment, or training.
Provision of external and independent careers guidance
An independent qualified Careers Advisor attends the academy at key times throughout the academic year to provide individual advice and guidance to students. All careers advice and guidance given is person centred, impartial, unbiased and confidential (within legal confines) and meets professional standards of practice. Students are also encouraged to access the National Careers Service via a link on the academy website.
Other formal and informal partnerships
The academy has a number of formal and informal partnerships arrangements with post-16 providers, colleges, employers, higher education and training providers.
During arranged events including 'Parents Evenings', 'Open Evenings' and 'Guided Pathway Evenings', careers information and advice is made available to students, parents and carers.
All staff contribute to CEIAG through their roles as Tutors, Subject Teachers, Curriculum Leaders, and Learning Managers or as a Careers Professional. Staff training is provided on a regular basis and updates are given in briefing or Professional Development sessions.
Student Entitlement Statement
Teachers in the academies and qualified career professionals will support students' career development in a number of ways including:
- Access to broad and balanced curriculum provision
- at least one experience of a workplace, additional to any part time jobs they may have (by the age of 16)
- to hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships - through Guided Pathway events, assemblies and group discussions and taster events;
- Understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses available. At points across the school year, a variety of employers and external providers are invited into Thomas Hepburn Academy to talk about different careers. Please see our Provider Access Policy.
- Information and discussion in lessons, drop-down days and assemblies to help students make informed decisions about their future
- Information and updates on notice boards, plasma screens and the academy website
- The academy uses a tracking system to identify the needs of all students to target students who require early or additional support in their transition Students, parents/carers and academy staff can refer students for one-to-one careers support. Students can access CEIAG through one-to-one interviews, workshops and enrichment activities
Parents can access careers support for their child in a variety of ways including:
- Individual meetings drop-in sessions, Guided Pathway events, parents evenings and on results days
- Careers information and computer-based careers programmes
- Information and updates on the academy's website
Equality and Diversity
The careers education and guidance delivery satisfies the requirements of the Academy's Equal Opportunities Policy. All students, regardless of their race, class, gender, faith or special educational needs, have the same access to our resources, wherever possible.