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Careers and Work Related Learning Policy

“The future depends on what you do today – Mahatma Gandhi”

Here at Astrea Academy Dearne, the basis of our Careers and Work Related Learning Policy is that we want students to make well informed and realistic decisions about their choices at school and beyond.

OUR AIM IS FOR STUDENTS TO…

  1. Raise aspirations
  2. Develop a broader understanding of the World of Work and change
  3. Develop independent research skills
  4. Develop and use Self Awareness and Opportunity Awareness to make decisions, review achievements, plan and cope with transition and change
WE USE THE KEY THEMES FROM THE CAREER DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE’S NATIONAL FRAMEWORK FOR CAREERS, EMPLOYABILITY AND ENTERPRISE EDUCATION TO SHAPE OUR CAREERS POLICY AND CURRICULUM.

THESE ARE FOR STUDENTS TO…

  1. Understand themselves and the influences upon them (self development)
  2. Investigate opportunities in learning and work (career exploration)
  3. Make and adjust plans to manage change and transition (career management)

Throughout their time at Astrea Academy Dearne, students will undertake ‘Preparation for Adult Working Life’ lessons which include Careers and Work Related Learning activities.

These lessons underpin the additional enrichment opportunities presented to our students throughout their school life.  The Key Stage 3 focus is very much on decision making and employability skills and during Key Stage 4 this is built upon with students putting these skills into practice.  During Years 7 to 11, all students will learn more about post 16 and post 18 options.

From Work Shadowing in Year 8 to Work Experience in Year 10, a huge focus of the Careers and Work Related Learning curriculum concentrates on employability skills.  Other projects encourage the development of enterprise skills.  During Year 10 and 11, all students will work towards application and CV building as well as interview preparation.  All students will be informed about the entire range of post 16 options from college and 6th form choices to apprenticeship, traineeship and business start up opportunities.  In Year 11, students are able to access a personalised careers guidance interview with a qualified Careers Adviser.

STAFFING

CEIAG is the responsibility of all staff in school and we take a ‘whole staff’ approach.  All form tutors, Preparation for Adult Working Life teachers and Pastoral staff are involved.

Key Staff: Mrs Brough – Vice Principal line managing the Careers Dept

Mrs Carruthers – Careers Leader and Registered Careers Adviser

Mrs Ward – Lead for Preparation for Adult Working Life

Miss Sayers – Higher Education Engagement Assistant (employed by HEPPSY)

Strategic and operational staff meet on a regular basis to ensure that the programme is adhered to and remains fit for purpose.

The Careers policy and Learner Entitlement is reviewed annually and agreed by the Principal, Vice Principal for Careers, Careers Leader and the Governing body.