Careers Education, Careers Guidance and Work Related Learning are integral to a students’ development and growth at Haberdashers’ Aske’s Knights Academy and serve as a preparation for our students’ transition to adulthood.
The presence of career related activities provide the connection between learning and earning, equipping our students with the knowledge, skills and attributes needed to enter and thrive in the working world.
Preparing students for life after school is an important element of our work. Subject specific Career Education is embedded within the curriculum from Year 7 – Year 13. Through PSHE and work experience students will also have numerous opportunities to participate in General Career Education and Career Exploration activities which will help them their Employability Skills and have an impact on their academic performance.
At numerous points throughout the academic year students in Year 7 – 13 will receive a careers talk in assembly or tutor time. Students are encouraged to utilise the drop in access to the careers office throughout the academic year should they have any queries. Career Information is also available via the school website and through regular updates via letter/email, registration tutors and head of departments.
Careers education and advice are a strength. There are a wide range of opportunities for pupils to visit local businesses or access high-quality advice about options for the future. For example, students in the sixth form receive effective support for applying to university and the proportion going to ‘good’ universities is rising significantly. This helps to ensure that pupils are prepared well for the next stage of their education.
Provision for careers advice, information and guidance is strong. Year 12 students receive regular inputs about different careers. Year 13 students are supported with their careers choices effectively through links with higher education and business partners, as well as sessions with an advisor. Students are very positive about the support they receive, noting that the advice to find the right university has been ‘excellent’. As a result, students are prepared well for the next stage in their careers.
This area of the academy’s provision benefits from a regular programme of timetabled events that are well-resourced and consistently delivered by skilled staff. The development of expertise is on-going and this area of strength benefits from:
- personalised approaches for students based on careers advice and information;
- a range of dedicated activities linked to the workplace practices and employability;
- a growing base for sixth form advice linked to destination universities
- work-related experiences in Year 10 and 12, closely linked to external business partnerships.
Challenge Partners Review, November 2017