Careers Guidance

Whilst at Carew Academy, students learn the skills and attitudes required to enable them to become as independent as they can be and to prepare for adulthood. We aim for students to have an enriched and stimulating curriculum to give them every opportunity to reach their full potential.

Carew Academy supports careers development through high quality and personalised work experience opportunities. We enjoy high quality relationships with a number of external organisations and local businesses to provide opportunities for students to work in ‘real’ settings. We are always looking for additional opportunities to inspire and educate our students about the world of work. If you think you could help, please
contact info@carewacademy.org

Careers Programme
At each stage of the learning journey (from Key Stage 2 to Sixth Form), students are provided with focused lessons to inform them with their careers journey. This will support and encourage our learners to consider their future beyond school. As part of a student’s preparation for adulthood and their careers curriculum, we link with the 8 Gatsby benchmarks.

The Gatsby Benchmarks – what are they?
The Gatsby Benchmarks are a key measure of the effectiveness of career advice. They are also a very important part of the Government’s career strategy. In order to ensure our students enjoy high quality careers guidance and experiences, we will continue to embed the below eight Gatsby Benchmarks throughout our Careers Programme in line with DfE
expectations.

1. A Stable Careers Programme
Every school and college should have an embedded programme of careers
education and guidance that is known and understood by students, parents,
teachers, governors and employers.

2. Learning from career and labour market information
Every student and their parents should have access to good quality information
about future study options and labour market opportunities. They will need the
support of an informed adviser to make best use of available information.

3. Addressing the needs of each student
Different career guidance is needed at different stages. Opportunities for advice
and support needs to be tailored to the needs of each student. A school’s
careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations
throughout.

4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. STEM subject
teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of
future career paths.

5. Encounters with employers and employees
Every student should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about
work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be
through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring
and enterprise schemes.

6. Experiences of workplaces
Every student should have first-hand experience of the workplace through work
visits, work shadowing and/or work experience to help their exploration of
career opportunities and expand their networks.

7. Encounters with further and higher education
All students should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are
available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and
learning in schools, colleges, and in the workplace.

8. Personal guidance
Every student should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a career’s adviser, who could be internal (a member of the school staff) or external, provided they are trained to an appropriate level. These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made. They should be expected for all students but should be timed to meet their individual needs.

For more information on the Gatsby benchmarks please click on the following link www.goodcareerguidance.org.uk

At Carew Academy, we regularly measure and assess the impact of our careers programme on our pupils. We analyse our destination data and ensure that all our leavers access Education, Employment or Training, alongside this we collect feedback from both current and former students and their families. We also track the progress of our alumni to ensure placements are appropriate and therefore guidance was effective.
On a termly basis we measure the impact our careers programme has using The Careers and Enterprise Company Self-Evaluation Tool, against the Gatsby Benchmarks.

Click here to view our latest Compass Evaluation.

Further information for students, parents and staff:

For more information about up-to-date careers advice and guidance, as well as labour markets and future study options, please visit: www.successatschool.org. You can sign up for free to this website. Success at School is the place for young people to explore careers, get more information on top employers, and search for the latest jobs, courses and advice. Parents can visit this site too and discuss the many options open to their child with them. Teachers and staff can also access this site, allowing them to access some fantastic resources that are subject-specific, as well as highlighting links between curriculum and careers.

You can also find a list of Disability Confident Employers here. The Disability Confident scheme aims to help employers make the most of the opportunities provided by employing disabled people. It is voluntary and has been developed by employers and disabled people’s representatives. These organisations work closely with
young people in their local areas and could provide excellent opportunities for students with special educational needs.

For careers advice, there is a comprehensive guide and access to resources found here: National Careers Service’

Work Experience
In Year 10 and Year 11, our students go on a 1 week work experience placement to a variety of local businesses. Within sixth form, all students participate with work experience or through a community volunteering program This has been a huge success and has led to some of our students gaining paid employment as well as making meaningful contributions to the community.

Please see a list of organisations who we are linked with in our local community: LINK Information for employers
A massive thank you to all of our local employers and colleges for supporting our students for your continuing careers guidance and experience. We have been lucky enough to build up a great list of local employers who attend our Careers Day and/or offer work experience to our students.

If you would like to get more involved with Carew Academy, please contact Daniel Wilkes and Michael Wood (the Careers Leadership Team) via the school office (0208 647 8349) or through the following email: dwilkes2@carewacademy.org or mwood@carewacademy.org

We are always looking for disability-confident employers to build key working relationships with to help support our students.

Provider Access Policy

Carew Academy is committed to providing high quality careers guidance and advice. Our Provider Access Policy (below) gives details of how training providers can visit the school to offer eligible students information and advice about career pathways.

Provider Access Policy

Careers Leadership Team
Daniel Wilkes, Assistant Principal and Head of Sixth Form and Michael Wood, Assistant Principal and Head of Upper School share responsibility for the careers programme at Carew Academy and can be contacted via
email: dwilkes2@carewacademy.org or mwood@carewacademy.org or by telephone: 0208 647 8349.

The Gatsby Benchmarks – what are they?

The Gatsby Benchmarks are a key measure of the effectiveness of career advice. They are also a very important part of the Government’s career strategy. In order to ensure our students enjoy high quality careers guidance and experiences, we will continue to embed the below eight Gatsby Benchmarks throughout our Careers Programme in line with DfE expectations.

  • A Stable Careers Programme 
  • Learning from Career and Labour Market Information 
  • Addressing the Needs of Each Pupil 
  • Linking Curriculum Learning to Careers
  • Encounters with Employers and Employees
  • Experiences of Workplaces
  • Encounters With Further Education
  • Personal Guidance

For more information on the Gatsby benchmarks please click on the following link  www.goodcareerguidance.org.uk

At Carew Academy, we regularly measure and assess the impact of our careers programme on our pupils.  We analyse our destination data and ensure that all our leavers access Education, Employment or Training, alongside this we collect feedback from both current and former students and their families.  We also track the progress of our alumni to ensure placements are appropriate and therefore guidance was effective.

On a termly basis we measure the impact our careers programme has using The Careers and Enterprise Company Self-Evaluation Tool, against the Gatsby Benchmarks.  At June 2019, Carew Academy is 100% compliant with the Gatsby Benchmarks. Click here to view our latest Compass Evaluation.

Further information for students, parents and staff:

  • For more information about up-to-date careers advice and guidance, as well as labour markets and future study options, please visit: www.successatschool.org. You can sign up for free to this website. Success at School is the place for young people to explore careers, get more information on top employers, and search for the latest jobs, courses and advice. Parents can visit this site too and discuss the many options open to their child with them. Teachers and staff can also access this site, allowing them to access some fantastic resources that are subject-specific, as well as highlighting links between curriculum and careers.
  • You can also find a list of Disability Confident Employers here: The Disability Confident scheme aims to help employers make the most of the opportunities provided by employing disabled people. It is voluntary and has been developed by employers and disabled people’s representatives. These organisations work closely with young people in their local areas and could provide excellent opportunities for students with special educational needs.

 

Information for employers:

A massive thank you to all of our local employers and colleges for supporting our students throughout this academic year. We have been lucky enough to build up a great list of local employers who attend our Careers Day and/or offer work experience to our students.

If you would like to get more involved with Carew Academy, please contact Daniel Wilkes, via the school office (0208 647 8349) or email dwilkes2@carewacademy.org. We are always looking for disability-confident employers to build key working relationships with.

The feedback from those we currently work with is very positive. For example:

“It was an absolute pleasure and great experience to be there again and see how the students progress.” Sutton Mencap

“We had a fantastic time. Thank you for inviting us.” Millwood Servicing Limited

“Just wanted to say thank you for having me and Westminster Homecare at your amazing school for the careers fair. Your students were fantastic. If you should find yourself organising another one please do not hesitate to send us an invite again.” Westminster Homecare (Wallington Branch)