Our Approach

Within each of our secondary academies we have a member of staff who leads on the careers and education work. The aim of this is to ensure that students, parents and staff have a named person that they can go to, to find out about this important area of work.

The Trust understands the importance of providing young people with opportunities to develop employability skills and is ensuring that they are fully supported to make informed choices about the next stage in their education, employment or training.

This is part of our strategic intent and we are keen for all of our academies to provide Good careers guidance as characterised by the Gatsby Benchmarks below;

  1. A stable careers programme
    Within each of our academies we will have clear plan and embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by pupils, parents, teachers, Governing Bodies and business partners.

  2. Learning from career and labour market information
    We believe that every pupil should have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. They will also have access to an informed adviser who will provide support and enable them to make best use of available information.

  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
    We are aware that pupils have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support will be tailored to the needs of each pupil. Each academy’s careers programme will embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.

  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
    We will support teachers within our academies so that they link curriculum with careers. STEM subject teachers will highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths.

  5. Encounters with employers and employees
    We are keen for every pupil to have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This will be provided through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes.

  6. Experiences of workplaces
    We endeavour that all of our pupils have first-hand experiences 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 of our pupils will understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This will include both academic and vocational routes and learning in colleges, universities and in the workplace.

  8. Personal Guidance
    Every pupil will have opportunities for guidance interviews with an appropriately trained careers adviser, who could be internal (a member of academy staff) or external. These interviews will be made available whenever significant study or career choices are being made. They should be expected for all pupils and will be timed to meet their individual needs.