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Queensbury Academy Careers Strategy

Queensbury Academy is committed to ensuring that all of our students have access to impartial careers advice and guidance. The Gatsby Benchmarks as listed below are embedded throughout the schools careers provision.

  1. A stable careers programme.
  2. Learning from career and labour market information.
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil.
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers.
  5. Encounters with employers and employees.
  6. Experiences of workplaces.
  7. Encounters with further and higher education.
  8. Personal guidance. 

Careers education is delivered to all students at Queensbury Academy. Students will attend a programme of careers lessons, drop down days, and attend assemblies that are delivered by employers and external education providers such as Colleges and universities. In addition all students have access to the schools careers library and 1:1 careers advice and guidance.

Throughout the careers programme student data will be used to target cohorts of students in order to ensure that they participate in activities specific to their needs and interests. Students will engage with a variety of external providers and employers including the schools Enterprise Advisor Alexandra Clegg. Meeting Gatsby Benchmarks 3, 5 and 7

Careers Library

The school careers library is situated on A floor within the school library. The Careers Library is open before school, during break and lunchtime time and after school until 4pm allowing students to explore our careers information online and in reference books, magazines and school information leaflets.

Careers advice and guidance

Students and parents can also book 1:1 careers appointments with the school’s external Careers Advisor Lee Grant. The external Careers Advisor is complemented by the schools internal CEIAG Officer, Laura Wright who is available on a daily basis to work with students in school. Meeting Gatsby Benchmark 8

Should you wish to arrange an interview with either member of staff please email Lee.Grant@prospects.co.uk or Laura.wright@qa.fetrust.org.uk

In each year students will have access to the following:

Year 7

Careers education is delivered to year 7 students during citizenship lessons. All students will complete STEPS booklets that will help students explore careers and the world of work. Students will have the opportunity to take part in a drop down day and enterprise activities that focus on developing employability skills. Meeting Gatsby Benchmarks – 1, 2, and 5

Year 8

Throughout year 8 careers education will continue to be delivered during citizenship lessons. All students will complete STEPS booklets that will help students explore careers and the world of work. Students will take part in a drop down day and workshops delivered by external education providers and they will have access to impartial careers advice when choosing their GCSE options. Meeting Gatsby Benchmarks – 1, 2, 4, 5 and 8

Year 9

All students in year 9 are expected to complete the Building My Skills programme. Building My Skills is a year-long employability skills, information and guidance programme which provides students with a rounded introduction to the world of work. It is facilitated through timetabled business engagement sessions. Each session is delivered by an employer who provides insight into their sector and career path, shares transferable employability skills and provides support with the completion of the student’s employability portfolio.

Year 9 students will also complete STEPS booklets that will help students explore careers and the world of work and take part in a drop down day and workshops delivered by external education providers Meeting Gatsby Benchmarks – 1, 2, 4, and 5

Year 10

Throughout year 10 students will have the opportunity to attend various educational visits to local Further Educational establishments and a range of vocational talks will be delivered by industry experts.

All Year 10 students are expected to complete work experience Work experience is completed during the summer term and placements last for one week. During Guided Study time students will research work placements using the Xperience database. Prior to the completion of work placements year 10 will spend time considering safe working practices and health and safety procedures in the work place.

Year 10 students will also complete STEPS booklets that will help students explore careers and the world of work and take part in a drop down day and workshops delivered by external education providers. All students in year 10 will all receive at least one 1:1 careers interview with the schools external Careers Advisor. Meeting Gatsby Benchmarks – 1, 2, 5, 6, 7 and 8

Year 11

Students in year 11 will attend a range of assemblies delivered by further education establishments and training providers.

The school will host an annual Next Steps Evening that will be attended by local education and training providers, giving students the opportunity to find out more about the courses that are available post-16. All students in year 11 will all receive at least one 1:1 careers interview with the schools external Careers Advisor. In addition students will also have the opportunity to attend mock interviews with Further Education establishments and employers. Meeting Gatsby Benchmarks – 1, 2, 5, 7 and 8

Evaluation

Destination data will be collected to evaluate the careers programme and plan for the next academic year. Meeting Gatsby Benchmark 3

Further information regarding the careers provision at Queensbury Academies can be obtained from careerslead@qa.fetrust.org.uk

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