Students at East Leake Academy have a planned programme of Careers Education, Information and Guidance (CEIAG), in accordance with the DFE’s guidance for education and training. The programme aims to ensure that all students have opportunities to recognise their own strengths and values and to take responsibility for developing employability skills. We have strong links with business and industry, giving our students a range of opportunities to engage with future employers.
Our CEIAG programme is designed to meet the needs of all students at East Leake Academy. It is aimed to be differentiated and personalised in order to support students with their progression through activities that are appropriate to their stages of careers learning , planning and development.
Our Careers Leader is Mr P Renshaw. He is available in school most days and he can be contacted on 01509 852424 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our dedicated Careers Advisor is Mrs R Reynolds. She is available for students during the school day every Wednesday. She can be contacted on 01509 852424 or by email at email@example.com
Our Work Experience Co-ordinator is Mrs H Zaffarese. She can be contacted in school on 01509852424 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our link governor for Careers is Mrs Sharon Wilson.
We aim to provide each student with a range of opportunities, as the following section illustrates. We are also always looking to develop and offer new opportunities in each academic year.
All years (7 to 13)
• Access to Unifrog
Unifrog is an online platform that brings all the available careers information and age relevant activities into a single place. It is designed to help students to make the best possible choices and to produce their strongest possible application.
• Access to onsite, ongoing and impartial careers advice and information
• Careers information is regularly provided through curricular activities, including subject lessons, personal development time and year based drop down sessions.
• Careers Information for parents is also shared on WEDUC.
Years 7 and 8
• Careers education is provided through Unifrog activities in personal development lessons.
• Careers education is provided through Unifrog activities in personal development lessons. These are linked to the key stage 4 pathways process, with a focus on decision making and the impact of pathway choices on future options
• There is a key stage 4 pathways process to help students make guided and informed choices about their future. This includes a pathways evening, year 9 parents and careers evening and pathways assemblies.
• Careers education is provided through Unifrog activities in personal development lessons and termly workshops. Topics include creating a CV and interview training.
• There is an opportunity for all students to engage in a mock interview day with volunteer interviewers from local and national businesses.
• There is an opportunity to take part in a week’s work experience with a wide range of local or national employers. During the period of Covid restrictions this is organised as a virtual work experience.
• Careers education is provided through the ‘pathways’ section of the weekly ‘ethics’ lessons. These explore all post 16 options – sixth form , college, apprenticeships and also future pathways.
• Our careers advisor meets with individual year 11 students on a weekly basis to provide ongoing support.
• Year 11 students have access to a dedicated section on Microsoft Teams which provides regularly updated careers and pathways information and advice. (Where relevant, such updates are also added to the Teams pages of other year groups).
• Access to a weekly information, advice and guidance bulletin with a focus on up to date careers information.
• Visits to universities and higher education fairs.
• Alumni presentations.
• The opportunity to take part in a week’s work experience supported by a range of local and national employers. During the period of Covid restrictions this is organised as a virtual work experience.
• Regular personal development sessions containing careers, employability and life skills content, including for example, higher education applications, apprenticeships, financial awareness.
The Gatsby benchmarks
The Gatsby benchmarks consist of eight guidelines that identify excellent careers guidance and which the government expects schools to work towards meeting. By doing so schools can look to measure and improve their careers guidance. The benchmarks provide a very helpful framework for developing our careers programme at East Leake Academy.
In summary the benchmarks are as follows:
1. A stable careers programme
2. Learning from career and labour market information
3. Addressing the needs of each student
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
We aim to evaluate the effectiveness of our careers programme on a regular basis. One of the key methods that we use is the compass programme developed by the careers and enterprise company. The evaluation requires us to reflect on our practice using the Gatsby benchmarks.