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Career Provision at Lincoln Academy

Careers Provision at Lincoln Academy

The purpose of the Careers Education and Guidance Programme at Lincoln Academy is to help young people to develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes they need to make well informed choices and manage transitions in learning and work. The Academy is committed to providing students with a planned programme of activities that aims to help students to understand the purpose, and benefits, of education and inspire them to greater achievement in their formal qualifications as well as successful progression into the next stage of their lives, and the world of work in the longer term. The programme is an integral part of the whole school and incorporates both formal careers education, information, advice and guidance activities, as well as other opportunities linked to subject areas.

Statutory Requirements

Lincoln Academy adheres to the DfE Careers guidance and access for education and training providers statutory guidance July 2021.

Section 42A and 45A of the Education Act 1997 requires the governing body at Lincoln Academy to ensure that all registered students are provided with independent careers guidance from Year 8 to Year 13.  This guidance must be presented in an impartial manner, include information on a range of education or training options and promote the best interests of the students to whom it is given.

Section 45 of the Education Act 1997 requires the Academy to ensure that there is an opportunity for a range of providers to access all year 8 to 13 students to inform them about approved technical education qualifications or apprenticeships (see Provider Access Policy).

Lincoln Academy is committed to using the Gatsby Benchmarks and the CDI Career Development Framework to continuously develop and improve our careers guidance programme.

Careers Strategy – Lincoln Academy

Key roles:

Tracey Taylor, Careers Leader – responsible and accountable for the delivery of the Academy’s programme of careers advice and guidance.

Richard Trow, Headteacher - overall responsibility for the Academy’s programme of careers advice and guidance.

Sara Hobson, Link Governor for Careers

In liaison with the Senior Management Team, Board of Governors, SENDCO, Heads of Year, Form Tutors and Pastoral Team.

Gatsby Benchmark 1: A stable careers programme

Student Entitlement:

All students have access to a planned programme of careers education and guidance which is reviewed and developed each academic year to support the needs of our students. This programme is mapped to the Career Development Institute’s Careers Framework that presents learning outcomes across seventeen important areas of careers, employability and enterprise learning.

The Academy programme of careers education is delivered as follows:

  • Global Citizenship Days, including a World of Work Day
  • Assemblies
  • Tutor activities
  • Curriculum
  • Employer encounters
  • Personal guidance interviews with a qualified Careers Advisor
  • Group sessions with the Careers Leader

Gatsby Benchmark 2: Learning from career and labour market information

Through the careers education programme students learn how to find and process information about the local and national labour market. This includes:

  • Registration on Start career guidance website and guidance on how to find and process information from Year 7 onwards.
  • Careers education delivered via the Global Citizenship Programme.
  • Up-to-date careers information area on the Academy intranet and external website.
  • Encounters with employers via World of Work Day

Gatsby Benchmark 3: Addressing the needs of each pupil

The Careers Leader tracks the consistency and impact of the careers and enterprise programme to ensure that it continues to address the needs of each pupil.

Opportunities for advice and support are tailored to each key stage, with diversity and equality embedded in the school’s careers and RSHE programme.

The Academy collects and maintains accurate data for each student around their education, training and employment destinations for at least three years after they leave. This information is shared with current students to support ongoing review and evaluation of the current careers programme.

Gatsby Benchmark 4, 5, 6 and 7: Linking curriculum learning to careers/Encounters with employers and employees/Experiences of workplaces/Encounters with Further and Higher Education

The Academy has strong links with outside agencies including universities and colleges, local businesses and charitable organisations which contribute to:

  • Raising aspirations and increasing motivation by helping young people to identify educational and occupational goals.
  • Demonstrating the relevance of the knowledge and the skills learnt in subjects to future opportunities in learning and working.
  • Developing the skills for effective learning – reviewing achievements, setting targets, planning and taking action.
  • Improving literacy by developing information and communication skills.
  • Reducing NEETs
  • Strategies for developing personal learning and thinking skills by building self-confidence and self-reliance.
  • Promoting positive and informed attitudes to learning.

Gatsby Benchmark 8: Personal Guidance

The Academy is committed to providing one-to-one guidance to all students at key transition points i.e. Year 9 guided options, Year 11 Post-16 Pathways and Year 13 Post-18 Pathways.

Students with an Education, Health and Care Plan receive a personal guidance interview with a qualified Careers Advisor throughout their secondary education.

Students on the SEN Register receive a personal guidance interview with a qualified Careers Advisor in Year 11, 12 and 13.

All students can request a personal guidance interview with a qualified Careers Advisor via their Head of Year or Form Tutor.

In addition to planned personal guidance interviews, students can access drop in sessions.

The Careers Leader attends Open Evenings, Careers Fairs, Parents Evenings and supports students on exam results days.

If you have any questions, or would like more information about our Careers Programme, please contact Tracey Taylor, Careers Leader

Telephone: 01522 882800