1. A stable careers programmeAt Heartlands Academy, we have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by pupils, parents, teachers and employers.
|Year 7||Year 8||Year 9||Year 10||Year 11|
|Careers in the NHS||Careers in sports||GCSE options||Preparing for work experience||What does college life look like?|
|Careers and your future||Exploring careers||Understanding the workplace||Understanding finances||Preparing for post 16|
|Careers in the armed forces||Careers in childcare||Careers in space||What are A levels?||Alternatives to college|
|Careers in construction||Careers in driving||Careers in politics||What are T levels?||Post 16 application review|
|Careers of the future||Careers in fitness||Careers in media||What are apprenticeships?||GCSE exam period|
|Careers in the ocean||Careers in nature||Careers in design||What are vocational courses?||GCSE exam period|
2. Learning from career and labour market information
Every student, and their parents, at Heartlands Academy can access good-quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities via our tutor sessions, academy website, assemblies and newsletters. They receive the support of our informed careers adviser (Marvet McAnuff) to make the best use of available information.
- By the age of 14, all students have accessed and used information about career paths and the labour market to inform their own decisions on study options.
- Parents and carers are encouraged via social media and a variety of platforms to access and use information about labour markets and future study options to inform their support to their children.
Labour market information
Labour Market Information (LMI) tells you about the workplace or labour market. It is information relating to:
- Occupations and industries
- Job numbers and salaries
- Educational levels for occupations
- Workforce demographics
- Numbers of establishments in particular sectors
Labour market information also describes:
- The condition of the labour market, past and present, as well as future projections
- Where work opportunities are increasing or decreasing
- What occupations exist
- What you need to study to become a professional in that occupation
- What is required to take up an occupation
- How you can find a job, change jobs or progress in a career
Essentially, it is a useful tool to help research future jobs in the local area and to understand the skills needed for certain roles and the demand for future employment. Labour market information is at the heart of every effective career decision you will make. It is very difficult to realise your occupational aspirations and progress your career without awareness and understanding of the labour market trends.
Useful labour market information links
Careerometer A tool to compare jobs. Use the Careerometer to compare different jobs — salary, working hours, etc.
Careers Inspiration labour market information about Birmingham.
LMI for all an online data portal, which brings together existing national sources of high-quality labour market information that can inform career choices.
National Careers Service allows one to explore various aspects of a career (typical salaries, working hours, entry requirements, etc).
Nomis – official labour market statistics offers labour market information and key data trends about local areas.
Office for National Statistics offers regional LMI information.
3. Addressing the needs of each studentStudents have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each student. An academy’s careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.
|Aims and objectives||
|Monitoring and evaluation||
|Activities to deliver actions (to be updated throughout the year)||
|Gatsby benchmarks||1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7||1, 2, 4, 5, 7||5, 6, 7, 8||2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8||4, 5, 6, 7, 8|
At Heartlands Academy, we collect and maintain accurate data for each student on their education, training or employment destinations for at least three years after they leave the academy, by:
- Signing a data sharing agreement with the local post 16 providers
- Requesting updates from the LA
- Sending an annual survey to Heartlands student alumni
|Year 7||Year 8||Year 9||Year 10||Year 11|
|Students are encouraged to identify personal traits, strengths and skills and develop confidence and have high expectations of themselves. ||Students build on personal strengths and begin to link skills to specific careers enabling realistic and informed decisions at transition stages||Students will understand the importance of enterprise||Students will understand different pathways post 16.||Students should use careers interviews to help understand different career pathways and entry requirements and encouraged to make contingency plans should results be better/worse than expected|
|Students link curriculum to careers. ||Students will develop their understanding on skills needed to be employed.||Students will build on what skills are needed in the workplace. ||Students use Careers Coach to begin making important decisions about their futures||Students are helped with post 16 choices and encouraged to consider all their options including further study in 6th form, technical education and apprenticeships.|
|Students link curriculum to careers. ||A university is invited to speak to all students. ||Student use Careers coach to research future pathways and careers information.||A university is invited to speak to all students. ||Students are encouraged to think about the kind of behaviour potential employers look for.|
|Apprenticeship, T-Level, A-level and training providers are invited in to speak to all students.||An employer is invited to speak to all students||A university is invited to speak to all students||An employer is invited to speak to all students. ||Students are encouraged to attend careers talks, fairs, college open days and taster days.|
|All students have access to different providers through a careers fair||Pupils to understand different pathways including apprenticeships ||An employer is invited to speak to all students.||A college is invited to speak to all students. ||Students apply for colleges, apprenticeships and sixth forms. |
|Pupils understand the importance of communication and teamwork||Pupils will participate in events such as Science week||Students to explore leadership||Students to visit a college in the local area. ||Form tutors will record intended destinations on our school system|
|Pupils will participate in events such as Science week||Parents informed with career updates via the newsletter and website ||Economic awareness developed further and students encouraged to think about employability, ||Students explore what is a CV, what is a cover letter and why do people applying for jobs need them? Students encouraged to this process when applying to be a Y11 Prefect. ||Parents informed with career updates via the newsletter and website |
|Parents informed with career updates via the newsletter and website||Apprenticeship, T-Level, A-level and training providers are invited in to speak to all students.||Students to understand different pathways including apprenticeships ||Students begin to explore interview techniques||Support for SEND students with college application|
|||Students will understand how to option choices for GCSEs link to careers. ||Students have access to presentations by a variety of P16 providers.||Apprenticeship, T-Level, A-level and training providers are invited in to speak to all students.|
|Apprenticeship, T-Level, A-level and training providers are invited in to speak to all students.||Students explore local jobs in the West Midlands|||
|||Students explore future jobs. |
|Parents informed with career updates via the newsletter and website |
|Students participate in work experience|
|Apprenticeship, T-Level, A-level and training providers are invited in to speak to all students.|
At Heartlands Academy, we keep systematic records of the individual advice given to each student, and subsequent agreed decisions via Compass Plus. Students have access to these records to support their career development in their career log books.
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
Teachers at Heartlands use My Path and link curriculum learning with careers. STEM subject teachers highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of career pathways.
5. Encounters with employers and employees
- By the age of 14, every student at Heartlands Academy will have had the opportunity to learn how the different STEM subjects help people to gain entry to and be more effective workers within, a wide range of careers.
- Every year, from the age of 11, Heartlands Academy students participate in at least one meaningful encounter with an employer.
|Key Stage 3||Key Stage 4|
|Physical Education||Outdoor education at Ackers Adventure||Sports laboratory university visit|
|Drama||Commedia dell'arte workshop and careers Q+A||Devising from a practitioner workshop and careers Q+A|
|Music||Introduction to different careers throughout the curriculum||Visit to a music studio|
|Mathematics||Trip to Birmingham City University||KMPG and HSBC|
|Science||Animal workshop and science dome||Trip to National Science Museum|
|History||Trips to Birmingham historical sites||Trip to Birmingham Back to Backs|
|Geography||Habitat heroes||Birmingham: urban regeneration|
|Religious Education||St Matthew's Church and Birmingham City Mission assemble - Easter||Trip to St Paul's Cathedral|
|Hospitality and Catering||Trip to Green's Windmill in Nottingham||Trip to BBC Good Food Show in summer and winter |
|Design and Technology||Trips to a design event at the NEC and Thinktank||Trip to Grand Designs Live at the NEC|
|Computer Studies||Minecraft workshop, VR workshop, robotics and coding||N/A|
|Art||Trip to an art gallery||Trip to an art gallery|
|English||Mock interviews: my dream career||Mock interviews: where to next?|
6. Experiences of workplaces
Every student at Heartlands Academy has first-hand experiences of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and work experience to help them explore career opportunities, and expand their networks.
By the age of 16, every student at Heartlands Academy will have had at least one experience in a workplace, in addition to any part-time job(s) they may have.
- Year 7 – take part in work shadowing on the academy premises, where they are placed in various roles for half a day, as an introduction to the world of work, focusing on professionalism, task completion and workplace etiquette.
- Year 8 – take part in REED virtual work experience, where they learn about the different roles and rules of a workplace.
- Year 10 – take part in work experience across the West Midlands, where they get an immersive experience into the world of work. All of the work placements are sourced independently by our students and checked by WESS, to ensure each place has the relevant insurance and safeguarding checks in place. All students are visited by Heartlands staff, during their work placement, to check on their well-being and to receive feedback from employers.
7. Encounters with further and higher education
- By the age of 16, every student at heartlands Academy, in Years 7-11, has had a meaningful encounter with providers of the full range of learning opportunities, including sixth forms, colleges, universities and apprenticeship providers. This includes the opportunity to meet both staff and students.
|Universities campus visit and tour||T – Levels day||Apprenticeship day||Sixth form day||College day|
At Heartlands Academy, a meaningful encounter is one in which the students have an opportunity to explore what it’s like to learn in that environment, through taster days, where the students are able to experience:
- Application process
- Taster sessions
At post 16 training providers.
8. Personal guidance
Students have opportunities for guidance interviews with a careers adviser, who could be internal (a member of academy staff) or external, provided they are trained to an appropriate level. These are available whenever significant study or career choices are being made. They should be expected for all students but should be timed to meet their individual needs.
At Heartlands Academy, every student has at least one independent career advice interview by age 16, with our qualified careers advisor – Marvet McAnuff.
Our SEND cohort and students with an EHCP have at least one guidance interview every year.
Marvet McAnuff – Independent Careers Advisor
The Careers Education Programme at Heartlands Academy is complemented by one-to-one careers advice and guidance from Marvet McAnuff, Independent Careers Adviser. Students in Years 7 – 11 have access to impartial one-to-one advice from Marvet every Tuesday. This is facilitated through appointments and lunchtime drop-ins for quick careers queries.
Marvet’s experience in this field means that students have the opportunity to explore a range of possible future pathways, including both college, sixth form, apprenticeships and T-level providers.
If requested, Marvet will also engage with parents and carers to best support the child in their next steps.
Further to independent careers advice appointments, Marvet also supports the academy in a wider capacity with events and provides opportunities for providers of technical education and apprenticeship teams to access students in Years 7 to 11.
If you would like any further information, please contact Marvet via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finding our more
If you would like any further information about our careers programme, please contact Mrs E Jones, or Mr M Ranford:
Mr Mark Ranford, CEIAG SLT Lead
Telephone: 0121 464 3931
To view our latest careers guidance and provider access for education and training providers policy, please view our policies page.