Curriculum

Careers Education

 

Careers Education at The City of London of Academy (Southwark)

Entitlement Statement

The world of work is always changing and during their working life students can expect to have several different careers.  It’s  very important that students are taught the skills they will need to manage their career at school.  The Careers Education programme at The City of London Academy (Southwark) is designed to help students develop the knowledge and skills they need to make choices, manage transitions in learning and move successfully into the world of work. The Careers Guidance students receive will enable them to use the knowledge and skills they have developed to ensure the decisions they make about learning and work that are right for them. The programme also aims to raise achievement and support inclusion in order to increase motivation and enable students to achieve economic wellbeing as an adult. It promotes equal opportunity and challenges career stereotypes, with particular focus on removing barriers and encouraging students to further their studies to higher education.

Students are entitled to impartial client centred guidance from a professionally qualified Careers Adviser. The City of London Academy has a Careers Advisor who attends the Academy two days per week. Careers Guidance Interviews are available in the form of either short “drop in” sessions or more detailed guidance interviews.  Guidance is impartial and comprehensive careers advice and guidance.

The Careers Department recognises the importance of accurate and up to date careers and higher education information and students will have access to a full range of information facilities in the Library.

Parents can see the Careers Coordinator and Careers Advisor and speak with them at Parents’ Evenings. They can also contact the Careers Coordinator by phone or email to discuss students’ careers and higher education plans.

For students’ information:

The Careers, Work Related Learning and Enterprise Coordinator is  Ms Course. The Careers Office is open from 8.30am – 4.15pm and can drop into the Careers Office during any break or lunchtime and after school.  Ms Course also arranges the Work Experience Programme.

The Careers Advisor is Mrs Cumberbatch and she attends the Academy on Thursdays and Fridays. She is based in the Careers Room in the Library. Students can drop in to see her during any break or lunchtime, or after school until 4.00pm

Careers Education Entitlement statement: Year 7

In Year 7 students will:

  • Be introduced to the Careers Advisor in assembly
  • Be able to use the careers Drop-in service at lunchtimes and after school
  • Have access to the Careers Library
  • Have access to the Careers Coordinator for advice
  • Participate in Enterprise Days
  • Complete a programme of Work Related Learning during tutor time

By the end of Year 7 students will:

  • Have raised their levels of personal awareness
  • Have begun to identify their strengths and how they can make best use of them
  • guidance
  • Plan how to reach decisions
  • Organise information in ways which help with decision making
  • Identify targets for developing skills and aptitudes
  • Assess their own development

Careers Education Entitlement statement: Year 8

In Year 8 students will:

  • be re-introduced to Careers Advisors in assembly
  • Be able to use the careers Drop-in service at lunchtimes and after school
  • Have access to the Careers Library
  • Participate in Enterprise Days
  • Have access to the Careers Coordinator for advice
  • Complete a programme of Work Related Learning during tutor time

By the end of Year 8 students will:

  • Be aware of the ways of grouping jobs
  • Identify their main occupational interests
  • Understand the difference between impartial and partial careers information
  • Identify which subjects and courses best meet their needs
  • Recognise there are various routes to the same goal

Careers Education Entitlement statement: Year 9

In Year 9 students will:

  • Be re-introduced to the Careers Advisor in assembly.
  • Be able to use the careers Drop-in service at lunchtimes and after school for independent advice and guidance
  • Be able to request an Options Interview
  • Have access to the Careers Library
  • Have access to the Careers Coordinator for advice
  • Participate in Enterprise Days
  • Be taught how to use Kudos to identify possible career options
  • Attend options evening to discuss GCSE subject choices
  • Complete a programme of Work Related Learning during Tutor Time
  • Have access to programme of Visiting Speakers after school in the Library
  • Be given  the opportunity to participate in various careers related  trips and visits

By the end of Year 9 students will:

  • Have chosen their Options for GCSE
  • Have reflected on what students have learnt about the world of work
  • Continued to develop their knowledge of themselves and various career pathways that students might want to research further
  • Identified suitable careers for their personal skills and interests

Careers Education Entitlement statement: Year 10

In Year 10 students will:

  • Be re-introduced to the Careers Advisor in assembly
  • Be able to use the careers Drop-in service at lunchtimes and after school for independent advice and guidance.
  • Have access to the Careers Library
  • Have access to the Careers Coordinator for advice
  • Participate in Enterprise Days
  • Complete the ‘What Next’ form to inform the school of intentions after Year 11
  • Create a CV and cover letter
  • Make use of Eclipse to research career options
  • Discuss and prepare for Work Experience as part of the Work Related Learning programme in tutor time
  • Have assemblies from Careers and WRL Coordinator and the Lewisham Work Experience Team
  • Organise, participate in and evaluate work experience.
  • Attend the Academy Careers Fair
  • Have access to the programme of Visiting Speakers after school in the Library
  • Be given  the opportunity to participate in various careers related  trips and visits

By the end of Year 10 students will:

  • Be able to describe studentsr qualities and skills
  • Be able to prepare a CV and cover letter including a profile of studentsr personal characteristics and abilities and how to provide evidence of them
  • Understand the skills that employers value alongside qualifications
  • Recognise the different options available to students post 16
  • Understand the different pathways to occupations
  • Have gained a genuine insight into the world of work
  • Recognise the importance of having goals and plans

Careers Education Entitlement statement: Year 11

In Year 11 students will:

  • Be re-introduced to Careers Advisor in assembly
  • Be able to use the careers Drop-in service at lunchtimes and after school for independent advice and guidance
  • Have access to Careers Library
  • Have access to the Careers Coordinator for advice
  • Receive at least one 1:1 interview with Connexions Personal Advisors to devise a Personal Action Plan
  • Be able to request follow up interview with Careers Advisor for support to complete application forms
  • Receive information on open evenings for all local colleges
  • Be made aware of local apprenticeship vacancies
  • Attend the Academy Careers Fair
  • Have access to the programme of Visiting Speakers after school in the Library
  • Complete a programme of Work Related Learning during tutor time
  • Be given  the opportunity to participate in various careers related  trips and visits

By the end of Year 11 students will:

  • Know how to find and use a range of careers information resources and how and where to access careers guidance
  • Know about post-16 learning options, have made a decision on their next steps and made applications
  • Considered if students need a back-up plan and have this in place
  • Know how to prepare for and make effective applications to prospective employers
  • Be able to make effective career decisions and transitions

Careers Education Entitlement statement: Year 12

In Year 12 students will:

  • Be re-introduced to the Careers Advisor in assembly
  • Be able to use the careers Drop-in service at lunchtimes and after school for independent advice and guidance
  • Have access to Careers Library
  • Have access to the Careers Coordinator for advice
  • Participate in various workshops and activities
  • Create a CV and cover letter
  • Discuss and prepare for Work Experience as part of the Work Related Learning programme in Tutor Time 
  • Have assemblies from Careers and WRL Coordinator and the Lewisham Work Experience Team
  • Organise, participate in and evaluate work experience
  • Attend the Academy Careers Fair
  • Have access to the programme of Visiting Speakers after school in the Library
  • Be given  the opportunity to participate in various careers related  trips and visits
  • Be made aware of Post Sixth Form opportunities

Careers Education Entitlement statement: Year 13

In Year 13 students will:

  • Be re-introduced to the Careers Advisor in assembly
  • Be able to use the careers Drop-in service at lunchtimes and after school for independent advice and guidance.
  • Be made aware of Post Sixth Form opportunities
  • Be assisted in university, job and apprenticeship applications
  • Have access to Careers Library
  • Have access to the Careers Coordinator for advice
  • Participate in various workshops and activities
  • Have assemblies from Careers and WRL Coordinator
  • Attend the Academy Careers Fair
  • Have access to the program of Visiting Speakers after school in the Library
  • Be given  the opportunity to participate in various careers related  trips and visits

By the end of Sixth Form students will:

  • Have had opportunities to acquire and develop employability skills
  • Know about post-18 learning options
  • Know how to prepare for and make effective applications to universities and colleges
  • Know how to find and use a range of careers information resources
  • Know how and where to access careers guidance
  • Be able to make effective career decisions and transitions

Useful websites

www.passportfolio.com

www.parentalguidance.org.uk

www.fasttomato.com

www.apprenticeships.org.uk

Useful contacts:

National Careers Service                                               0800 100 900

Southwark Connexions Centre                                      020 7635 6184

Faces in Focus                                                              020 7403 2444