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Stanground Academy

Careers Education and Guidance

The careers team is led by Louise Charles, email: lcharles@stangroundacademy.org. She is supported on site by our careers advisor, Liz Duckworth as well as Niki Reilly from NEACO. For more information regarding NEACO click here. Each faculty has two careers champions who are there to offer their expertise and support our students through the curriculum.

Stanground Academy careers programme is reviewed annually. We assess the impact of our careers programme on our students by using the COMPASS tool on an annual basis, aligning our strategy with the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks for valuable Careers provision and analysing student destination data.

All students will have access to Unifrog. This is a new platform that Stanground Academy are using to bring all the available information into one single, impartial, user-friendly platform that helps students make the choices right for them whilst also assisting with the submission of the strongest applications. This allows our members of staff to manage the progression process from year 7-13 effectively. 

All students in Year 10 and 12 complete meaningful work experience in the Spring Term.

At Stanground Academy we want to work with employers as research shows that young adults who have greater levels of contact with employers whilst at school are significantly less likely to become NEET (not in education, employment, or training).

Baker Clause Policy Statement:

Access for Employers and other Colleges:

  • As part of our commitment to informing our students of the full range of learning and training pathways on offer to them, we are happy to consider requests from training, apprenticeship and vocational education providers to speak to students.
  • Stanground Academy also seeks to build relationships with these partners as we plan our GCSE option process in Year and ready our Key Stage 4 students to make the transition into 6th forms, colleges and higher education. This will ensure that providers have opportunities to speak to students and their parents across Years 9 to 13, to offer information on vocational, technical and apprenticeship qualifications and pathways.
  • Working externally with the Careers & Enterprise Company and NEACO ensures that staff who are involved in careers guidance are up-to-date on their knowledge of these Post-16 pathways.
  • Opportunities for providers to speak with students may include school assemblies, webinars, careers talks, employer and provider engagement events or opportunities to speak with students and parents on a one-to-one basis supporting GCSE, and Post-16 option choices.
  • Stanground Academy’s Careers provision is monitored for quality and impact by the school’s Senior Leadership Team and monitoring of access to and opportunities to engage with, technical, vocational and training providers will form part of this process.
  • In the first instance, requests by providers should be sent to the Careers Leader, Louise Charles, with a minimum of 6 weeks’ lead time.
  • All requests will be considered based on; staffing availability to support the activity, clashes with other planned activities, trips or visits, interruption to preparation for examinations or rooming and space availability to host the activity.
  • All requests will also be considered in line with the school’s Safeguarding Policy which can be found on the school website.

 

This information will be monitored throughout the academic year in line with the statutory guidance, and a final review will take place by September 2023.

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