Careers and guidance

Our careers programme for this academic year is below along with some useful links for you to access for additional information relating to careers.

Denewood and Unity Academies careers programme 2020/2021

Annual Activities and Measurable Outcomes

Measuring and assessing the impact of the careers programme on pupils

At Denewood and Unity Academies, our programme is measured against the eight Gatsby Benchmarks. Details of these can be found here: https://www.gatsby.org.uk/education/focus-areas/good-career-guidance

We track and monitor our progress using Careers and Enterprise Company’s Compass and Compass+ tools. This provides us with an in depth understanding of the successful areas of our programme which may need more attention. Our latest evaluation is here.

To help evidence this process, we use the following methods:

  • Student voice
  • Monitoring of activities and events
  • Feedback from students and external providers, i.e. colleges and employers, about the events
  • Destinations data
  • Attendance at careers and employability experiences such as careers fairs, talks and FE/HE events
  • Mock interviews
  • Post 16 Support
  • All students in Year 11 are offered expert 1:1 careers advise and support from Futures
  • Students record of careers based learning and encounters

This list is not exhaustive as we are continuously developing our programme to meet the needs of students and employers alike.

 

Activities and Encounters by Key Stage

Here at Denewood and Unity, we work with KS2, KS3 and KS4. At each key stage we believe it is vital for our students to have careers based interactions to help support their future career paths and planning. Labour Market Information (LMI) helps to inform these endeavours. More about LMI can be found at https://www.lmiforall.org.uk/

Below we have broken down these activities and encounters by Key Stage to give you an idea of what we have in place. This programme will change year on year to fit with current career trends. We aim to record which careers activities each pupil has been offered and engaged with on compass +.

Key Stage 2 Key Stage 3

 

Key Stage 4

 

·        Army

·        Barclays Life Skills

·        Careers Assemblies

 

·        Careers assemblies

·        Taught careers learning

·        Army day (on site)

·        Mock interview days

·        Careers, jobs and apprenticeship fairs

·        WE Boots event

·        Hot Seating event (on site)

·        Nottingham City Homes work experience package

·        RSPCA workplace visits

·        College and University visits

·        Worldskills UK Live visit, Birmingham

·        Confetti College visit

·        Prince’s Trust Achieve Programme

·        Community Forestry project

·        East Midlands airport visit and programme

 

·        Careers assemblies

·        Taught careers learning

·        Army day (on site)

·        Mock interview days

·        Careers, jobs and apprenticeship fairs

·        WE Boots event

·        Hot Seating event (on site)

·        Nottingham City Homes work experience package

·        RSPCA workplace visits

·        College and University visits

·        Worldskills UK Live, Birmingham

·        Confetti College visit

·        Prince’s Trust Achieve Programme

·        HMRC work experience

·        College application support

·        1:1 careers guidance from Futures (Yr 11 only)

·        Employability Programme

·         East Midlands airport visit and programme

 

 

We believe that by creating opportunities for our students that encourage them to have real life encounters with employers, FE and HE providers, they will be more likely to success in the future. It helps them to realise that no matter their individual circumstances, they have the potential to achieve their goals. It is also our aim to offer as many of these opportunities to all pupils who are on roll at the Academies and not just those who attend onsite only.

 

 

Intended Outcomes of Careers Experiences

The intended outcomes of our programme aim to meet our strategic objectives and vision for the programme. With this, we are able to gauge the meaningfulness of each interaction and make developments where needed.

Event Date Key Stage Outcomes Benchmarks met
HMRC week (work experience) Autumn term KS4 Pupils complete a one week programme, learning about jobs within HMRC and upskilling themselves about the world of work. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Mock interview day Autumn term KS3, KS4 Students meet diverse range of employers from different backgrounds to practice interview skills and build confidence. 3, 5, 8
Worldskill UK LIVE Autumn term KS3, KS4 UK’s biggest event allowing pupils to have business and further education exposures. 2, 3, 5, 7
WE Boots Event Autumn term KS3, KS4 To build confidence, encourage autonomy and inspire students. Students to write about their experience. 3, 4, 5, 6, 8
1:1 careers guidance and transition work Throughout the year KS4 (Year 11 only) Post-16 information and guidance from Futures. This aims to support college applications and make transition into FE smoother and less stressful. 1, 3, 8
Nottingham City Homes Spring Term KS4 To demonstrate progression pathways within a business and widen opportunities available to our students. 2, 5, 6, 8
Employability Programme Spring Term KS4 Practice interview skills, broaden experience of the world of work and provide work place experiences. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8
Hot seat event Spring Term KS3, KS4 Exposure to several businesses, employees and self-employed persons focusing on skills, qualifications and destinations. 2, 3, 5, 8
RSPCA Spring Term KS3, KS4 Widen knowledge of jobs available within animal care. Animal handling and learning opportunities available. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8
East Midlands Airport programme Spring Term KS3, KS4 A site visit to east midlands airport to learn about the different job roles. Extended opportunity to the most engaged pupils to return for a 3 day programme. 2,3,5,6
Army visit Summer term All Key Stages Hands on practical engagement. Life in the army and skill building activities, including team work. 2, 3, 5, 8
Apprenticeship Fair Throughout the year KS3,

KS4

Meet businesses recruiting apprentices and colleges offering apprenticeships. Learn about the different practical routes on offer post-16. 2, 5, 7, 8
Prince’s Trust Achieve Programme Throughout the year KS3 Enables students to develop their soft skills, documenting their learning as they go. This also comes with a recognised Prince’s Trust qualification upon completion. 3, 4, 8
Nottingham City Council- Forestry project Throughout the year KS3 Pupils working alongside the local park ranger to conduct community work. Recognised and awarded by Nottingham City Council. 2, 3, 5, 6, 8
Careers and jobs fairs Throughout the year KS3, KS4 Keeping up to date with local careers. Introducing job search and application processes whilst considering skills and interests. 2, 5, 7, 8
College and University Visits (including Confetti) Throughout the year KS3, KS4 A step into post-16 education. Allows students to consider their options, post-16 expectations and the paths available to reach their destination. 4, 7, 8
Careers assemblies Throughout the year All key Stages Offering a range of different insights into careers and the Careers Programme offered by Denewood and Unity Academies. 1, 2
Barclays Life Skills Throughout the year KS2 KS2 students begin to understand and make links to skills within their curriculum learning. 2, 3

 

We also aim to provide each Year 11 pupil with a work experience placement within a sector that they have motivations and ambitions in. We have secured a number of work placements for pupils with our business partners already and are continually developing this network to offer new and an increased number of work placements.

 

We assess ourselves against the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks and our latest evaluation is here: Compass Report

Skillsometer has been designed for those who are not sure what jobs they may be interested in. Thinking about your skills, interests and the ways these can link to jobs can be a helpful first step in identifying possible future jobs. Take this quiz and once completed, a short list of job suggestions that are most likely to be suited to your particular skills and interests will appear.

Each job can be explored through the given descriptions is presented together with information on pay and hours. For further information on the job and to compare with other jobs, head over to the Careerometer – further information below;

www.lmiforall.org.uk/cm3/widget.html – Skillsometer link

Careerometer can be used to explore and compare key information about occupations, help you learn about different occupations and identify potential careers.
It provides access to a selection of UK headline data relating to pay, weekly hours of work and future employment prospects for different occupations, as well as description of the occupation.
Simply type in the title of the job you are interested in (or copy from the Skillsometer) and the widget will provide a series of options from which you can select the most relevant to you. You can then look up another two occupations and compare them. You can also select ‘display the UK average’ and compare the information with the occupation you have selected.

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– Careerometer

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