Wardle Academy

Careers

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How the Academy measures the impact of careers?

Wardle Academy uses internally and externally produced reports to assess the impact of our careers education, information, advice and guidance. The Academy receives monthly management information reports from Positive Steps (Careers Guidance Service for Rochdale) which enables us to see how many students remain in education, employment or training at post 16 compared to other schools in Rochdale and nationally.

We also use the Careers and Enterprise Company Compass tool to evaluate our provision and assess whether we are meeting the 8 recommended Gatsby Benchmarks. This report is run every 6 months.  This is completed in collaboration with Bridge GM. The Academy is currently one of 20 schools, colleges and post 16 further education providers that make up the Greater Manchester Careers Hub. (Careers and Enterprise Company Compass tool - https://goo.gl/Rkrns5).

The academy also is accredited through Inspiring IAG. This is a Licensed Awarding Body able to deliver the national quality award The Quality in Careers Standard. The school is due to complete its reaccreditation in summer 2019. (http://www.inspiringiag.co.uk/).

Further evaluation of impact
Student, parent and staff voice
Employer feedback
Visiting partners
Work experience evaluation

Please click here for the latest MI report received from Positive Steps.

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance programmes make a major contribution in preparing young people for opportunities, responsibilities and experience of life. They help young people make decisions and manage transitions as learners and workers. It is vital that all 11-16 year olds have the knowledge and skills they need to make informed choices. We strive at all times to conform to the current “best practices” in Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance laid down by the government.

Wardle Academy is committed to providing a planned programme of CEIAG for all students in Years 7-11, in partnership with outside agencies (Colleges, 6th Forms, Apprenticeship providers, Positive Steps and Universities).

The careers programme is designed to meet the needs of all students at Wardle Academy. It is differentiated and personalised to ensure progression through activities that are appropriate to students’ stages of career learning, planning and development. The careers programme includes career sessions, career guidance activities (group work and individual interviews), information and research and other outside agency intervention.

CEIAG Curriculum

Years 7 & 8

The RESPECT curriculum contains statutory elements that become important later, in relation to employment. These elements include relationships, skills, strengths and weaknesses and so forth. The RESPECT lessons are under the direction of the Head of RESPECT and include job research using the ‘Fast Tomato’ programme and decision making skills.

Students also have the opportunity to take part in ‘Real Jobs’ careers event. The aim of the event is to give students an insight into a range of careers different people have within society today. This event is run alongside local partners, employers and providers from the community.

Gifted and talented students are identified and are given an introduction to further and higher education available at post 16 through the Gateways Programme in co-ordination with Manchester University.

Year 9

RESPECT lessons are delivered and ensure the statutory requirements for Careers Education are fulfilled, this includes Personal Qualities and Skills for work, under the direction of the Head of RESPECT.

Parents’ Evening and “Options Evening”. The school’s Careers Learning Mentors and Positive Steps Careers Adviser are present at the Year 9 parents’ evening to meet any parents who might wish to receive help, guidance and advice for their child. Local further education institutions are also invited to send representatives.

During the spring term the school’s Careers Learning Mentors and Positive Steps Careers Adviser offer evening appointments to our Year 9 Students parents to discuss further about students options for Year 10 and future pathways.

Gifted and talented students continue to be identified and progress through the Gateways Programme in co-ordination with Manchester University.

‘Careers not courses’ day.  The whole of year 9 participate in this day to explore the range of courses available to them for when they leave school. Pupils also take part in a ‘life at university’ session which is run by the Widening Participation Team. Providers who take part in this event are 6th Form Colleges, Further Education Colleges, Training Providers and UTC’s

Year 10

All Year 10 students will study a Careers module as part of their RESPECT lessons. This module covers various topics designed to assist the student’s progression to further education, employment or training.

Practice Interviews. All Year 10 students have the chance to attend a “Practice Interview” with a member of the local business community or a further education representative. Before the interview, students complete a “Practice Job Application Form” and afterwards they are given written feedback by the interviewer covering both their interview and their application form. The SENCO arranges to assist those students who are given additional support and also assists in the feedback to them.

Gifted and talented students continue to be identified and progress through the Gateways Programme in coordination with Manchester University.

Parents’ Evening. At the Year 10 parents’ evening, the school’s Careers Learning Mentors are in attendance. Local further education institutions are invited to send representatives.

Priority Careers Interviews. During the summer term, the Positive Steps Careers Adviser consults with the SENCO and Head of Year 10 to compile a list of those Year 10 students who, through special educational needs, ability, attitude, behaviour or attendance, are deemed to be at greatest risk of falling out of the education and training system. These student so identified are given their first priority careers interviews during the second part of the summer term.

All Year 10 will attend the Skills North West Event in Manchester, where students are given the opportunity to meet employers, colleges, training providers and advisers in a highly interactive and inspirational environment.

Taster sessions for post 16 providers are offered to all our students during the summer term. These take place at the local further education and 6th form colleges.

Year 11

All Year 11 students will study a Careers module as part of their RESPECT lessons. This module covers various topics designed to assist the student’s progression to further education, employment or training.

Careers Interviews. We aim to give every student at least one interview with the school’s Careers Learning Mentors or the Positive Steps Careers Adviser during the course of Year 11. The programme of interviews is begun towards the end of Year 10 when a number of students deemed to be “at risk” of under achieving and falling out of the qualifications and education systems are identified and granted early interviews. Students and their teachers can request an interview at any time during the year. During the interview, an action plan is produced for the student and the student may be called to a follow meeting if the adviser thinks this is necessary, or the students requires further help or advice.

During the autumn term the school’s Careers Learning Mentors attend registration time to discuss further with our Year 11 students about post 16 pathways and the practicalities of each of the options.

During the autumn term, representatives from the local further education colleges and training providers are invited into school during ‘Year 11 Careers information morning’ to speak to the students during an extended assembly. Details of all college open days are supplied to the students and they are encouraged to attend. At the end of the event a Careers Fair is held where students can talk on a one-to-one with providers about specific details regarding post 16 options. All Year 11 students attend this event.

From September prospectuses and application forms for the most popular local colleges are made available to the students through the school Careers Learning Mentors office and the Learning Resource. After school ‘Applications Club’ is available weekly for students to attend if they need help or advice with their applications.  The Positive Steps Careers Adviser regularly liaises with the special needs department and they work together to ensure that such students have a successful post 16 transition e.g. course taster sessions, application assistance and sorting support for the student with the future post 16 provider . Later in the term, students wishing to apply for apprenticeships or training have group/1-1 sessions with the school Careers Adviser to make their applications. After school ‘Applications Club’ runs from February to help students with their apprenticeship applications. The careers action plans are checked to ensure that no student has missed submitting an application in line with their stated intentions.

During the autumn term the school’s Careers Learning Mentors and Positive Steps Careers Adviser offer evening appointments to our Year 11 Students parents to discuss further about post 16 pathways.

Gifted and talented students continue to be identified and progress through the Gateways Programme in coordination with Manchester University.

The school’s Careers Learning Mentors and Positive Steps Careers Adviser are present at the Year 11 parents evening to give help and advice to students and parents. The local colleges, including Hopwood Hall College and Oldham Sixth Form College are invited to send representatives.

All Year 11 students attend a mock results day in January. Students are given advice and guidance with regards to their Mock exam results and which courses they can access.

In addition to providing an in house careers advisory and support service, our school’s Careers Learning Mentors and Positive Steps Careers Adviser extends their services to post Wardle Academy students by:

1.  Providing extended support to students during the transition from Year 11 into training, employment or further education in an effort to reduce the number of students falling into the NEET category.
2.    Providing a job vacancy matching service.
3.  Take intensive support clients to Entry to Employment to commence immediately after Year 11 and bridge the gap to further education.
4.    Follow up on all Year 11 and 12 college leavers and collate information on destinations of those students. Carry out home visits to former students not engaged in employment, education or training.
5. On-going and additional support for SEND students.

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