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Careers and work experience statement

Careers and Work Experience Policy including Provider Access Policy Statement
Revised September 2018

Heron Hall Academy has high quality careers advice and guidance, to support its high achieving and ambitious students. This is developed throughout a student’s time at school and is supportive of their aspirations, strengths and skills.

Aims and Purpose

•    To prepare students for the transition to life beyond secondary school (A-Levels, higher education and the workplace)
•    To support students in making informed decisions which are suitable and appropriate for them.
•    To provide students with well-rounded experiences.
•    To develop characteristics e.g. social skills, communication, innovation, resilience and leadership which support high achieving students in the              curriculum and their careers.
•    To inspire and motivate students to develop their aspirations.

This policy summarises the statutory guidance and recommendations. It then outlines the provision of careers education, work experience and provider access.

Statutory requirements and recommendations

The careers provision at Heron Hall Academy is in line with the statutory guidance developed by the Department for Education, referring to Section 42A and 45A of the Education Act 1997.

This states that all schools should provide independent careers guidance from years 8-11 and that this guidance should
•    Be impartial
•    Include information on a range of pathways, including university options and apprenticeships.
•    Be adapted to the needs of the individual student

In addition, the school is compliant with the careers guidance set out by the government for delivery from 5 January 2018: ‘Careers guidance and inspiration for young people in schools.’ This states that all academies must give education and training providers the opportunity to talk to students about approved technical qualifications and apprenticeships. Further information relating to this is set out later in this document, under Provider Access.

The recommendations include

•    To ensure that young people have a better understanding of career choice, subsequent progression and its impact on their long term earnings.
•    To assist young people in developing an understanding of the responsibilities and choices associated with parenthood.
•    To develop better and more carefully planned opportunities for young people to meet professionals working in non-stereotypical roles, and to learn             more about what such work entails
•    To strengthen the knowledge and understanding of staff about the wide range of progression routes available so that young people can make informed       choices.
•    To consider how to link the contents of lessons and skills to be developed more frequently to career opportunities
•    To consider ways in which mentoring could be used to help support young people in overcoming barriers to achievement.Career Provision at Heron             Hall Academy

All students have access to the following:

•    Extra-curricular clubs and trips support students in developing their understanding of a range of different subjects. A list of extra-curricular clubs is            available on the school website.
•    Talks occur on a range of careers that inspire and motivate the students. These are offered to all students in the school and can include higher level      apprenticeships.
•    All students can attend the careers advisor drop in service.
•    All students have access to the careers newsletter, careers section on the school website and careers and university section in the LRC. External            opportunities are advertised to students.

Students with Special Educational Needs or disabilities

•    Transition from one key stage to another and onto careers is part of the action plan for a student with SEND
•    Personalised support from the SENCO, careers advisor or external bodies is used where appropriate.

Students in receipt of Pupil Premium funding

•    Personalised support will be given to these students and they will receive an extra careers appointment in year 10 and 11.

Careers Advisor

•    At Heron Hall, there is an independent careers advisor who works alongside the Careers Coordinator. The Careers Advisor will work with the Careers      Coordinator to prepare a Careers Development Plan for the school. This is in line with the London Ambitions Careers Offer and the Gatsby Good             Careers Guidance.

Key Stage 3

•    The options programme for year 8 is designed to support them in their GCSE choices.
•    The pastoral curriculum in year 7-9 covers economic wellbeing, active citizenship and develops enterprise and entrepreneurship. A particular example       of this is through the careers fair targeted at years 8-9.
•    Students in year 9 will have the opportunity to take part in the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award. The majority of students participate in this.

Key Stage 4

•    One-to-one careers discussions with the School Careers Advisor at the end of Year 10 through Year 11 informs individual Careers Plans for each                student, their tutor and Head of Year to use.
•    All students in Year 10 participate in community outreach where they support numeracy and literacy at Primary schools within the trust.
•    Some Year 10 pupils will also take part in a mentoring scheme, working with lower year groups within the school.  
•    A number of students every year take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award. The majority of students participate in the Bronze Award. Many students       participate in the Silver award.
•    Extra-curricular clubs and trips support students in developing their understanding of a range of subjects.
•    Students are given advice and guidance about what to participate in.
•    Students in Year 10 undertake work experience. This involves work experience preparations and CV writing workshops.
•    All students in Year 11 participate in the College Fair in order to support their future education.
•    The pastoral curriculum in Year 10 and 11 covers economic well-being, active citizenship and charity fundraising.


•    The school intends to start an Alumnae programme inviting former students to discuss their profession, career paths and further education with current students.

Work experience provision

•    The aim of work experience is to provide an opportunity for all students to learn in the work place; an experience that cannot be replicated in school.
•    All students are offered the opportunity of two weeks work experience in the May of Year 10. This is not a compulsory part of the curriculum, but is       undertaken by the majority of students.
•    The overall organisation of work experience is undertaken by the Careers Coordinator and Head of Year 10.
•    The students are encouraged to arrange their own work experience. The Careers Coordinator advertises work experience opportunities to the students,       who submit a CV and letter of application to apply.
•    Parents are informed and communicated with throughout the process and a work experience agreement form and work experience information form           are completed.
•    The Careers Coordinator checks that the placement meets with the schools requirements, the students will be treated fairly and undertake meaningful       work.
•    All students on placement are covered by the employers insurance and places of work are risk assessed by the Careers Coordinator.
•    All students are visited by a member of Heron Hall staff during their placement.
•    All students are required to evaluate their work experience after returning to school.

Provider access

•    This statement sets out the school’s arrangement for managing the access of Providers to students at the school for the purposes of giving information about the Provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the schools legal obligation under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.

Students in Year 8-11 are entitled:

o    To find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeship opportunities as part of the careers programme which provides information on       the full range of education and training options available at each transition point.
o    To hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer including technical educations and apprenticeship.
o    To understand how to make applications for the full range of academic technical courses.

A provider wishing to request access should contact the Careers Coordinator at Heron Hall Academy through the main school office or via the following email addresses,
•    A number of school events, integrated into the school careers programme, will offer Providers an opportunity to come into the school to speak with students and/or their parents.

Year Group

Autumn term

Spring term

Summer term

Year 7

Skills workshops

Opportunities shared/ Providers talks in assemblies

Providers talks in assemblies

Careers/ Further education related trips

Year 8

START/ Buzz careers quizzes with Careers Advisor

Careers Fair

Skills workshops

Opportunities shared/ Providers talks in assemblies

Careers PSHEE curriculum

KS4 options evening

Providers talks in assemblies

Careers/ Further education related trips

Year 9

START/ Buzz careers quizzes with Careers Advisor

Careers Fair

Opportunities shared/ Providers talks in assemblies

Mentor interviews

Careers/ Further education related trips

Year 10

Bath trip

Mentoring scheme

Opportunities shared/ Providers talks in assemblies

Boss day

Work experience

College visits

Careers/ Further education related trips

1:1 Careers guidance interviews

Year 11

1:1 Careers guidance interviews

Colleage Fair

Opportunities shared/ Providers talks in assemblies

Opportunities shared/ Providers talks in assemblies

The school will ensure an appropriate venue, AV and support is provided through the Careers Coordinator.

Providers are welcome to leave a copy of their prospectus or other relevant course literature for the Careers Advisor or Librarian.

The Learning Resource Centre is available for students at break, lunchtime and after school.

Monitoring and evaluation

• The Careers Coordinator will work alongside the independent careers advisor to develop a Careers Development Plan. The external careers guidance is also evaluated by Prospects.

• An evaluation of the data of retention, destinations, trips, expedition participation and attendance of careers related events at the school will enable measure of success.

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