Careers programme

At Heartlands Academy, we run a personal development programme that prepares students for life outside of the academy and develops their skills, confidence and knowledge to prepare them for the world of work and beyond.

Careers programme

 Autumn TermSpring TermSummer Term
Year 8Key Stage 3 personal development programme delivered by form tutors.

Careers assemblies, from external speakers or via teams (government Covid -19 restrictions permitting).

Launch of kudos.
Key Stage 3 personal development programme delivered by form tutors.

Careers assemblies, from external speakers or via teams (government Covid -19 restrictions permitting).

Access to kudos during form time as appropriate.
Key Stage 3 personal development programme delivered by form tutors.

Careers assemblies, from external speakers or via teams (government Covid -19 restrictions permitting).

Access to kudos during form time as appropriate.
Year 9Key Stage 3 personal development programme delivered by form tutors.

Careers assemblies, from external speakers or via teams (government Covid -19 restrictions permitting).

Access to Kudos during form time as appropriate.
Key Stage 3 personal development programme delivered by form tutors.

Careers assemblies, from external speakers or via teams (government Covid -19 restrictions permitting).

Access to Kudos during form time as appropriate.
Key Stage 3 personal development programme delivered by form tutors.

Careers assemblies, from external speakers or via teams (government Covid -19 restrictions permitting).

Access to Kudos during form time as appropriate.
Year 10Key Stage 4 personal development programme delivered by form tutors.

Careers assemblies, from external speakers or via teams (government Covid -19 restrictions permitting).

Access to Kudos during form time as appropriate.
Key Stage 4 personal development programme delivered by form tutors.

Careers assemblies, from external speakers or via teams (government Covid -19 restrictions permitting).

Access to kudos during form time as appropriate.

Work Experience (government Covid - 19 restrictions permitting).
Key Stage 4 personal development programme delivered by form tutors.

Careers assemblies, from external speakers or via teams (government Covid -19 restrictions permitting).

Access to kudos during form time as appropriate.
Year 11Key Stage 4 personal development programme delivered by form tutors.

1:1 careers interviews with independent careers advisor.

Careers assemblies, from external speakers or via teams (government Covid -19 restrictions permitting).

Access to kudos during form time as appropriate.
Key Stage 4 personal development programme delivered by form tutors.

1:1 careers interviews with independent careers advisor.

Careers assemblies, from external speakers or via teams (government Covid -19 restrictions permitting).

Access to kudos during form time as appropriate.
Key Stage 4 personal development programme delivered by form tutors.

1:1 careers interviews with independent careers advisor.

Careers assemblies, from external speakers or via teams (government Covid -19 restrictions permitting).

Our partnerships

Forward Thinking Birmingham – University of Birmingham

Forward Thinking is a progressive programme of higher education awareness activity designed to encourage and support future application to higher education. It has been designed to support appropriate subject choices in Years 9 and 11 and aid attainment raising whilst also informing students about higher education pathways, courses, student life and employment opportunities. The objective of the programme is to motivate students to maximise their potential and attainment in secondary education. It helps to develop students’ knowledge and understanding about higher education and of the variety of courses and higher education opportunities available post 18.

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 8 – 11 have access to impartial one-to-one advice from Marvet every Tuesday. This can be facilitated through appointments or lunchtime drop in 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, apprenticeships and higher-level apprenticeships. 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 such as Kudos (Year 8) and providing opportunities for providers of technical education and apprenticeship teams to access students in Years 8 to 11.

Birmingham Metropolitan College (BMet)


Our partners at Birmingham Metropolitan College (BMet) deliver all of these fantastic sessions for Key Stage 4 students throughout the year:

BMet sessions Gatsby benchmarks
BMet college presentation2, 4, 5, 8
Application session2, 3, 4, 5, 8
BMW2, 4, 5, 6, 8
Apprenticeship2, 4, 5, 8
Curriculum vitae2, 3, 4
Employability2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Higher education2, 4, 7, 8
Health & social care and early years2, 3, 4, 7, 8
Creative and digital2, 3, 4, 7, 8
Business and professional (including IT)2, 3, 4, 7, 8
Business and professional (including IT)2, 3, 4, 7, 8
A levels2, 3, 4, 7, 8
Dental, science, pharmacy, and horticulture2, 3, 4, 7, 8
Engineering and construction2, 3, 4, 7, 8
Sport and football academy (KHFC/BSM)2, 3, 4, 7, 8
Performing arts2, 3, 4, 7, 8
Travel & tourism and uniformed public services2, 3, 4, 7, 8
Media and games2, 3, 4, 7, 8
Greater Birmingham Professional Services Academy (GBPSA)2, 3, 4, 7, 8
Foundation learning: English, mathematics and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)2, 3, 4, 7, 8

You can apply to BMet online by using the following link:
www.bmet.ac.uk/our-courses/courses-for-16-19-years/.

Impact and review

The CEIAG team at Heartlands Academy (listed below) are committed to continuing to maintain and develop a high quality of CEIAG provision. This is monitored via regular impact reports that include student feedback. Our students benefit from a range of opportunities to inform them of their possible career choices. This prepares them well for their future choices.

Finding our more

If you would like any further information about our careers programme, please contact Mr Lisbie:

Wesley Lisbie, Careers Leader & Assistant Headteacher
Telephone: 0121 464 3931
Email: wesley.lisbie@e-act.org.uk
Marvet McAnuff: Careers Adviser
Email: marvet.mcanuff@e-act.org.uk

Careers Guidance and Provider Access for Education and Training Providers Policy

Links to useful websites:

National Careers Service

Find an apprenticeship

Apprenticeship and traineeship factsheet

Exam results helpline

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