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Careers, Work Related Learning & Enterprise

Careers Lead: Miss J Coe
Email: coej@hattonacademy.org.uk

The aims of Careers education at Sir Christopher Hatton Academy are to:

  • Develop a careers guidance system that is right for our students, personalising our provision to their needs as individuals.
  • Raise students’ achievement to allow them to develop aspirational but realistic paths into the workplace.
  • Support inclusion and promoting equality of opportunity and encouraging students to contribute positively to their communities.
  • Encourage participation in lifelong learning, including further and higher education as well as learning through apprenticeships and work.
  • Allow students to develop a broad understanding of the world of work and an ability to respond to changing opportunities through labour market education and independent research.
  • Empower students with access to information and guidance to allow them to independently research their paths into work, college, VI form, further education, Higher Education and Apprenticeships.
  • Allow students, the opportunity to enhance their skills for work and core competencies in line with our Academies values through the curriculum and independent learning.
  • Allow the students an opportunity to be self-aware of their individual skills and qualities as well as their development needs when researching and making future choices.
  • For our learners to be enthusiastic about their future opportunities and embrace their future.
  • Embrace the Gatsby benchmark model to support our strategic goals in achieving an outstanding school wide careers provision for our learners.

In order to achieve these aims the Lifeskills programme comprises lessons that deliver some aspects of the careers provision form KS3 through to KS5 including: labour market information, gender balance and gender bias, routes and options to success including VI Form, College, Apprenticeships and University as well as finance and budgeting.   Careers information is displayed on the careers notice boards across the academy, within departments and in the VI Form centre.  

Students have access to a variety of platforms to allow them to audit and enhance their skills and record their experiences. These platforms such as Start Profile, BeReady and Unifrog can be used outside of school and opportunities are also afforded to students to use these systems during directed curriculum time.

We also offer a variety of initiatives that push and raise the profile of careers and run activities during National careers week and Science week in March each year as well as raising the profile of careers during events such as our curriculum careers week in June.

As part of our commitment to ensure that students are ready for work the Academy also ensure that skills for work and real world examples are embedded into our curriculum through both our lessons and also extracurricular offerings and trips. Subject leads also engage with employers to ensure that the curriculum is enhanced and work relevant. We also now have our own in house cadets who are able to offer support to students who wish to join the forces.

The following initiatives are also delivered in addition to the above; students will be involved in some or all of the events alongside other opportunities that present themselves throughout the year.

Year 7

  • HBACC (encouraging students to enhance their own skills via an in house personal development initiative)
  • Young enterprise event – The Small Business Challenge
  • Year 7 STEM day – Where students gain a taste for STEM based subjects
  • Careers mentoring on parent tutor day
  • Personalised enrichment opportunities.
  • Students are encouraged to take the icould careers quiz (The BUZZ quiz) to identify potential options suited to their skills and qualities.
  • Students have the opportunity to complete mini courses to enhance their skills
  • Students partake in the mini vans enterprise activities to enhance communication, creativity and team working skills.

Year 8

  • HBACC (encouraging students to enhance their own skills via an in house personal development initiative)
  • HBACC independent project (allowing students to manage a project which is of interest to them to enhance independence and research skills)
  • The year 8 residential encouraging communication, independence and team work
  • Year 8 options assemblies from all department heads “What jobs can you do in this subject”
  • The year 8 STEAM day in March where students select workshops of choice run by employers
  • Options evening where students and parents can discuss options and opt into relevant teacher lead workshops
  • Year 8 Young Enterprise – The Launch Pad Challenge
  • Careers mentoring on parent tutor day
  • Personalised enrichment opportunities.
  • Students are encouraged to take the icould careers quiz (The BUZZ quiz) to identify potential options suited to their skills and qualities.

Year 9

  • The Young Enterprise Learn to Earn event (Considering money management and budgeting)
  • World of work trips to work places
  • Careers mentoring on parent tutor day
  • Personalised enrichment opportunities
  • A trip to the Big Bang Careers fair
  • IDEK choices drama performance which focuses on steps after year 11
  • Mad Events performance looking at how to be resilient
  • Increasing resilience – A 1-day event run by the army which focuses on team work and resilience.

Year 10

  • One to one careers interviews with an independent adviser (all students)
  • Trip to the World Skills UK Live at Birmingham NEC
  • Careers mentoring on parent tutor day
  • Personal development plan / Log initiative and career planning sessions which encourage students to create CV’s and enhance their skills by embracing additional opportunities.
  • Use of the Unifrog careers planning tool https://www.unifrog.org/
  • Moulton College Taster day sessions, sessions are chosen by students based on their areas of interest.
  • Early intervention and research sessions for students with SEND

Year 11

  • VI form open evenings for students and parents
  • Assembly - What is an Apprenticeship?
  • One to one careers interviews with an independent adviser (by request or intervention)
  • Careers mentoring on parent tutor day
  • Independent careers advice available on Parent tutor day via a drop in
  • Milton Keynes apprenticeship show
  • Girls in STEAM careers show
  • MAD events performances focusing on revision strategies
  • Additional intervention sessions for students with SEND
  • The offer of college application support for students who have not applied to destinations
  • Promotion of the NCS residential and action research scheme for students to partake in over the summer so they are “Ready to be more independent”
  • Interventions with a qualified careers adviser to support students with applying to college and for apprenticeships.

VI Form

  • 2 weeks’ work experience in the summer term (Year 12)
  • Year 12’s attend the UCAS Fair at the University of Bedford with all universities present. There are also workshops and events sampling student life.
  • Oxbridge application support sessions (Year13)
  • Trip to the World Skills UK Live show (Year 12)
  • Form tutor mentoring including careers mentoring
  • One to one careers interviews with an independent adviser (All of year 12, year 13 by request)
  • Milton Keynes apprenticeship show (Year 13)
  • Trip to an Oxbridge University via the G&T provision (Year 12 and 13)
  • UCAS information evenings (Year 12)
  • Oxbridge information evenings (Year 13)
  • Personal statement writing sessions (year 12)
  • Interview preparation for Oxbridge and Apprenticeship students (year 13)
  • An Individualised preparing for an apprenticeship provision (year 13)
  • Independent careers advise available on Parent tutor day via a drop in
  • Personalised enrichment opportunities
  • Opportunity to join the house captain team
  • Opportunity to be a subject ambassador
  • VI form Personal development plan / Log initiative
  • Use of the Unifrog careers planning and research tool https://www.unifrog.org/  (students have a personalised log in)
  • Access to the Extended project qualification and MOOCS (Massive open online courses)
  • Students can opt into lunchbox talks which will be launched once a week from September 2019, the talk will allow students to interact with and communicate with professionals from various industries.
  • Getting settled into VI form sessions focusing on the skills needed for independent learning and independent study (Year 12)

Careers Day

In addition to the above, in December of every year we run the annual Careers day for the whole school, which comprises of the following career focussed activities:

  • Year 7 – Students partake in an enterprise activity to enhance their skills for work as well as partake in a fun and interactive workshop run by employers from the Institute of Physics.
  • Year 8 – Students partake in an enterprise activity to enhance their skills for work as well as partake an Alphabet careers workshop where students analyse the type of work open to them in the future. Students also receive a talk from an employer from a large organisation to inspire the students to achieve.
  • Year 9 - Developing Skills for Work where student’s carousel between four World of Work workshops with employers giving a taste of that profession, students opt into workshops of interest. Students are also invited to visit a careers fair after school.
  • Year 10 - Developing Students’ Employability where they carousel between three workshops:  Work in the Changing World; Interview Skills; and Mock job interviews with employers from ‘industry’. Students are also invited to visit a careers fair after school.
  • Year 11 - Careers Pathways & Choices, student’s carousel between two workshops that they have chosen from a choice of Universities, local colleges and/or a training provider. Students also visit a careers fair.
  • Year 12 - Getting that job where students attend Students to carousel between four workshops, one hour each, run by experts in their field, that focus on: applying to university; personal statement writing, talks form gap year and apprenticeship providers. Students also visit a careers fair.
  • Year 13 - Leaving home (university or job) where students consider what skills and resources they may have to develop when they leave home, students carousel between workshops including: budgeting, confidence building, “ready steady cook” and a visit to a careers fair.

Note independent IAG in the above list is defined as: ran by outside agencies.