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Careers Programme Information

All members of staff at the Reach Academy are committed to supporting our students succeed so that they can live lives of choice and opportunity. We believe that by creating a Careers Strategy which aligns with and is delivered through the ‘All Through’ ethos of the school, we can ensure that by the time our students leave the Reach Academy they are fully prepared to enter the world of work, Higher Education or further education. This document outlines the specific priorities and projects in place for each year group, along with the member of staff responsible for overall delivery of the Careers Strategy.

We believe that in line with the Gatsby Benchmarks for Excellent Careers Education, engagement with employers throughout the  school lifetime is key to future readiness, and so whilst this document includes some of the projects our students are involved in, it is by no means an exhaustive list. Any queries regarding the delivery and priorities for each year group should be directed to the Career Lead.

Reach Academy Careers Lead

The Named Careers Lead for the Academy, overseeing all careers engagements is Verity Howorth.

If you have any queries regarding the delivery or content of our careers strategy, please don’t hesitate to contact us through careers@reachacademy.org.uk or by calling 020 8893 1099.

Specific Delivery and Priorities for Year Groups in year 2018-19:

Year 6:

Cycle 1:

  • Launch Reach Aspire Plan (RAP) and Reach Aspire Record (RAR).
  • Deliver at least one Employer Engagement and Online Careers Skills Development on Bright Futures Ahead Day.

Cycle 2:

  • Take Part in STEM careers based projects during enrichment.
  • Update RAP and RAR.

Cycle 3:

  • Take part in Arts Careers based projects during enrichment.
  • Update RAP and RAR.

Year 7:

Cycle 1:

  • Launch Reach Aspire Plan (RAP) and Reach Aspire Record (RAR).
  • Deliver at least one Employer Engagement and Online Careers Skills Development on Bright Futures Ahead Day.
  • All students visit local university for Widening Participation Day.

Cycle 2:

  • Take part in Arts Careers based projects during enrichment.
  • Update RAP and RAR.

Cycle 3:

  • Take Part in STEM careers based projects during enrichment.
  • Update RAP and RAR.

Year 8:

Cycle 1:

  • Launch Reach Aspire Plan (RAP) and Reach Aspire Record (RAR).
  • Deliver at least one Employer Engagement and Online Careers Skills Development on Bright Futures Ahead Day.

Cycle 2:

  • Take Part in STEM/ARTS careers based projects during enrichment.
  • Update RAP and RAR.
  • All students visit local university for Widening Participation Trip.

Cycle 3:

  • All students to take part in small group workshops with Feltham Futures Coordinator regarding future plans and aspirations.
  • Update RAP and RAR.

Year 9:

Cycle 1:

  • All students meet have meaningful engagements with 3 employers from varying sectors during Bright Futures Ahead Day.
  • All Students Attend Bright Futures Ahead Evening to meet employers, apprenticeship providers, Further Education providers and Universities.
  • All students create profiles on ULAS achievement tracking service.
  • All students complete module on WorkReady careers development system.

Cycle 2:

  • All students take part in small group workshops with Feltham Futures Coordinator regarding GCSE Options and their links to future careers.
  • All students introduced to concept of a CV and how to write one.
  • Some students take part in First Give project.

Cycle 3:

  • All students further supported in making GCSE choices in relation to future Career Pathways.

Year 10:

Cycle 1:

  • All students receive mock interview from external professional on Bright Futures Ahead Day.
  • All Students Attend Bright Futures Ahead Evening to meet employers, apprenticeship providers, Further Education providers and Universities.
  • All students create profiles on ULAS achievement tracking service.
  • Students part of NCOP project attend Widening Participation day at local university.
  • Students at risk of becoming NEET provided with additional support through 1 to 1 sessions.

Cycle 2:

  • Lecture Series for all students to attend weekly lecture on different professional field.
  • All students attend residential at Cambridge University.

Cycle 3:

  • Mentoring for students at risk of becoming NEET.

Year 11:

Cycle 1:

  • All students receive mock interview from external professional on Bright Futures Ahead Day.
  • All Students Attend Bright Futures Ahead Evening to meet employers, apprenticeship providers, Further Education providers and Universities.
  • All students create profiles on ULAS achievement tracking service.
  • All students attend 1 week work experience placement.
  • All students undertake 1:1 destination discussion with coaches.
  • Targeted support for students through Innerscope project.

Cycle 2:

  • 1:1 support delivered for students applying to alternative providers post-16.
  • CV writing workshop for all students.

Cycle 3:

  • Ongoing support for students at risk of becoming NEET.

Year 12:

Cycle 1:

  • All students receive mock interview from external professional on Bright Futures Ahead Day.
  • All Students Attend Bright Futures Ahead Evening to meet employers, apprenticeship providers, Further Education providers and Universities.
  • All students create profiles on ULAS achievement tracking service.
  • Career Ready Programme launched for targeted students.

Cycle 2:

  • All students given support to plan ‘Wider Learning Weeks’ and find appropriate University & Work Experience placements.
  • Career Ready masterclasses and mentoring delivered to targeted students.

Cycle 3:

  • All students undertake Wider Learning weeks to visit universities and prospective employers.
  • Career Ready internships for targeted students.
  • All students begin process of applying to UCAS, Apprenticeships or Employment for post-18.

Year 13:

Cycle 1:

  • All students receive mock interview from external professional on Bright Futures Ahead Day.
  • All Students Attend Bright Futures Ahead Evening to meet employers, apprenticeship providers, Further Education providers and Universities.
  • All students create profiles on ULAS achievement tracking service.
  • All students applying to university complete UCAS applications, 1:1 support given through Feltham Futures Coordinator to design and create personal statements and applications to competitive courses.
  • All students have 1:1 Meetings to confirm destinations for following year.
  • All students not applying to university provided with 1:1 support for creation of CV’s and application forms for future plans.

Cycle 2:

  • Career Ready mentoring continues for targeted students.

Cycle 3:

  • Career Ready mentoring continues for targeted students.

 

Impact Measurement of Careers Programme:

Our careers strategy is designed by reference to the Gatsby Benchmarks of excellent careers education. This means that by using the eight Gatsby benchmarks we have designed a programme which we hope ensures our students are prepared for the world of work when they leave the school at the age of 18. Our strategy is centred around frequent employer engagements, whether that is through our Year 11 and Year 12 work experience weeks, visit days to employers for targeted students or through providing mock interviews from a relevant professional on our Bright Futures Ahead day. We have recently undertaken a Compass analysis of our offering to ensure we are on track with the Government’s target of schools being fully compliant with the Gatsby benchmarks by 2020.

We frequently survey our students following a Careers engagement to determine whether it has been an engagement which allowed them to develop personally, professionally and academically. We are aiming to improve this aspect of our Careers Strategy in the 2018-19 Academic Year.

Date at Which this Strategy will Next be Reviewed:

 

1st September 2019


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