Careers Information, Advice & Guidance
At Northgate we aim to enhance career development.
‘School is the place where all students, whatever their family background, can get unbiased information, advice and guidance on the whole range of career pathways.’
Sir John Holman Senior Advisor to the Gatsby Foundation, April 2018
Do we all have the potential of finding our dream job? A dream job does not necessarily mean earning bucket loads of cash; it’s about finding a job or career that is suitable to one’s individual needs. Well, luckily I’ve found my dream job and I’m going to make it my mission to ensure our pupils at Northgate find theirs.
The career journey of a young person starts as soon as they say, “That’s what I want to do when I grow up!”
The first step for them is to understand that they can achieve their goals for their future, with the support of effective and timely information, advice and guidance.
At Northgate, we believe that all pupils deserve the very best support, which is pertinent to their needs, in order to find suitable paid or voluntary work in their chosen field.
Careers Information Advice and Guidance must reflect the needs and potential destinations of pupils, whilst being aspirational, targeted and enriching. All steps are made to link our current Careers offer with national guidance and (especially) the Preparation for Adulthood objectives, which are at the centre of what we do.
Miss K. Patel, Head of Key Stage 3, Careers Coordinator and teacher.
Mrs S. Nembhard, Deputy Headteacher and Careers Leader.
Key Stage 3
All pupils access discrete Careers, Enterprise and Employability lessons in Key Stage 3. This is in addition to the ‘Living in the Wider World’ elements of the Preparation for Adulthood curriculum, which are studied for two terms per year. Discrete Careers is taught all year long, and teaches pupils the skills needed to:
- understand their own strengths and areas for improvement
- understand what work is, and the skills needed to access it
- understand the labour market, and how choices made now will affect the future
- Understand the skills and knowledge required to gain suitable employment, start a business, or advance to suitable post-16 study.
The Careers, Enterprise and Employability curriculum is carefully mapped and sequenced, and has been adapted to meet the needs of all 3 learning pathways. Teachers use CareerPilot, Start Profile and SkillsBuider to further support the assessment and teaching of skills and knowledge
Key Stage 4
In years 9, 10 and 11, pupils continue to update their action plans and set new and challenging goals each year. The online careers platform used is Start Profile, designed to connect 11-18 year olds with their future career potential. It combines the most comprehensive sources of information with personalised experience and career planning tools, helping students to make more informed decisions about future study and career options. Start is designed to underpin our programme of ‘Careers Education and Employability Skills.
At Key Stage 4, selected pupils in Pathways 2 and 3 will begin to work towards the NCFE Entry Level Award in Employability Skills, and will access a post-16 experience and a form of work experience. The CEIAG offer at Northgate is sequenced and linked to ensure progression through to Key Stage 5 and the CEIAG offer at The Bee Hive.
The use of the NCFE qualification framework ensures that pupils who wish to transfer to other post-16 provisions hold a universally transferable record of skills and knowledge acquisition through NCFE Skills Forward and- for Pathway 1 pupils, Skills Builder- the universal framework for essential skills.
Where the formal curriculum cannot be accessed by some learners, the Equals Curriculum will be the offer at Key Stage 4, and will link to learning in Preparing for Adulthood, through the ‘My Independence’ scheme of learning.
In-house Work Experience: Pupil Apprentices
Pupil Apprentices are pupils who are able to develop a particular role (experience of employment) alongside their normal curriculum offer. Pupils (in all years) interested in the many roles on offer can expect:
- to formally apply for their chosen role (advertised fortnightly on the ‘JobShop’ noticeboard situated in the Careers Corridor.
- to be interviewed for the position by a Careers Leader and their prospective Line Manager
- to be given a work schedule and their ‘Shift Record/Log’ (signed off by their line manager)
- to earn a badge of honour for every 20 shifts they complete
- high quality line management and an Apprentices meeting (once a term)
- Recognition, skills (schema) development, growing resilience and personal growth
For some pupils, in-class jobs are deemed the most appropriate way of developing employability skills in context. Pupils in Pathway 1, or those who struggle with a long-term, formal role, are given a range of opportunities to practice and embed taught work skills or ‘core competencies’ in and around their classroom.
The Careers Corridor and Gatsby Area in the school Library
The Northgate Careers Corridor is used as a teaching tool, helping pupils and giving them focus and direction for making decisions. Here we continue to exhibit displays from local businesses and training providers. We also have our Job Shop: our internal work experience opportunities board, and we display (using visuals) our post-16 pathways and employability information – in line with the Gatsby Benchmarks and CDI recommendations.
Each classroom displays subject-based posters of career choices, and these are prominent outside classrooms as well as in the Careers Corridor. The apprentice job shop has been very successful and further jobs will now be advertised for this academic year.
Careers Action Plans
In order to ensure that Careers Education is embedded into the curriculum, Curriculum leads complete a ‘Careers Action Plan’ annually. These clearly show how Careers is being implemented through and across the different curriculum subjects, and how all learners can acquire access to sound careers advice from teachers in their respective contexts.
Careers Advice from Prospects
Pupils in Years 9 and 11 have access to a Prospects Adviser, who meets with our pupils and offers clear, written careers advice and guidance. We seeks to support Year 9 prior to options season, and those Year 11s who are looking to progress to post-16, apprenticeships or other modes of employability. However, all pupils have access to high quality careers advice through (amongst other things):
- Theme days and employer and post-16 encounters
- 1:1 and small group discussions with the careers leader
- Discrete Careers and Employability lessons
- (In Year 11), embedded transition opportunities to post-16 providers
- Weekly vocational day at The Bee Hive (Pathway 1 only)
- Access to Start, Career Pilot, SkillsBuilder and NCFE SkillsForward
- Access to numerous Careers fairs and events, such as WorldSkills Live, the Big Bang and DWP employment fairs,
- ASK Apprenticehips skills days
How we fulfil the Gatsby Benchmarks at Northgate
|A stable careers programme||Learning from career and labour market information||Addressing the needs of each student||Linking curriculum learning to careers||Encounters with employers and employees||Experiences of workplaces||Encounters with further and higher education||Personal Guidance|
|Every school and college should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by learners, parents, teachers, governors and employers||Every learner, and their parents (where appropriate), should have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. They will need support of an informed advisor to make the best use of available information||Learners have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each learner. A college’s careers programme should embed quality and diversity considerations throughout.||All subject staff should link curriculum learning with careers, even on courses which are not specifically occupation-led. For example, *STEM subject staff should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths. Study programmes should also reflect the importance of maths and English as a key expectation from employers||Every learner should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities, including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes, and should include learners’ own part-time employment where it exists.||Every learner should 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.||All learners should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes, and learning in schools, colleges, and universities and in the workplace.||Study or career choices are being made. They should be expected for all learners, but should be timed to meet individual needs.|
|We have developed a very exciting Careers Education Programme for 2019/20 to meet the individual needs of our pupils.||We have two fully qualified (Level 7) Careers Leaders within the Academy.||We have opportunities to access guest speakers when relevant to their specific career choice.||All curriculum staff have had training to link their subjects to careers and employability through their schemes of work. There is an expectation on all curriculum areas to ensure that Careers links within their subjects are made explicit.||We have many opportunities for pupils to engage with employers during the course of the year.||Careers Days and Workplace visits:||Where appropriate we take pupils to visit local colleges universities.||We offer in-college careers advice through the|
|We teach discrete Careers and Enterprise lessons across both Key Stages. Careers Education is mapped and sequenced to ensure coverage of skills, knowledge and impact. Key concepts are interleaved across the curriculum to support retention and understanding of key skills (including core competencies)||The latest Labour Market information is accessed and displayed. The Careers Lead makes this information available to parents and within the school for pupils.||Our learners access NCFE||All curriculum leads complete a Careers Action Plan on an annual basis. This is support leaders and teachers in communicating clearly how they meet the Benchmarks through their curriculum, and what additional opportunities they pledge to offer to support Careers Education and the Preparation for Adulthood agenda.||Employers come as guest speakers and deliver sessions within the discrete lesson or in an assembly, wherever appropriate.||The academy’s Enterprise Adviser (a Managing Director) comes into school to support business development of our two college-inspired businesses: ‘Let’s Take a Shelfie’ and ‘Northgate Blooms’||Our pupils are taken to College and University Open events to gain a knowledge and understanding of their potential post- 16 and 18 destinations.||Prospects in years 9 and 11.|
|There is an expectation on all curriculum areas to ensure that Careers links within their subjects are made explicit. All curriculum leads complete a Careers Action Plan on an annual basis. This is support leaders and teachers in communicating clearly how they meet the Benchmarks through their curriculum, and what additional opportunities they will pledge to offer to support Careers Education and the Preparation for Adulthood agenda.||From 03/2020, the academy will launch a Twitter Account and a newsletter- with the discrete focus on Careers, Employability and Preparation for Adulthood.||Advice and support are offered on a 1-1 basis to ensure that every pupil has an opportunity to develop an individual plan based on their transition choices for either The Bee Hive or options of other local post Northgate School providers.||CURRICULUM INFO||We have discrete Careers Days throughout the year: Employers (including local SMEs), organisations, colleges, parents and carers (as Careers Ambassadors), the DWP, charities and speakers are invited in to speak to pupils.||Pupils access a range of external visits to employers, organisations and events, such as World Skills, DWP Careers events and visits to businesses.||The local colleges and universities offer taster days for our pupils to engage in the subject they have chosen. These events are key to their decision making when choosing a transition post Northgate.||Pupils and parents/carers have access to the academy’s qualified Careers Leader each parents’ evening, and the Careers Leader also (in the capacity of Deputy Headteacher) conducts all EHCP reviews.|
|In developing and expanding our links with our SEMLEP team- including our Enterprise Adviser- and our Governors linked to Careers, we are able to offer a wide range of activities, projects and career focused opportunities.||Local LMI is presented to parents at our Employability/ Supported Internships open evening.||Our staff engage with parents and available to offer support for parents prior to their son or daughter attending a work placement.||We teach discrete Careers and Enterprise lessons across both Key Stages. Careers Education is mapped and sequenced to ensure coverage of skills, knowledge and impact. Key concepts are interleaved across the curriculum to support retention and understanding of key skills (including core competencies)||Pupils access a range of external visits to employers, organisations and events, such as World Skills, DWP Careers events and visits to businesses.||The academy plans visits to large and small businesses during National Careers Week and Careers Days.||All Year 10 pupils have the opportunity to gain an Ebtry Level 2 City and Guilds Qualification in Life and Work Skills at Moulton College in a range of courses. Depending on the needs of pupils, and the appropriateness of provision, College can be accessed for ½ a day and a full day.||We develop profiles with every learner where appropriate and the employer has access to the vocational profiles when they attend a work placement.|
|We liaise closely with our education partners to ensure that we understand how to prepare and develop our pupils for the world of work.||We have developed links with SEMLEP who support Northgate Academy by providing opportunities for engaging with employers who have work placement opportunities that may, where relevant, lead to employment through a supported internship as a transition option after TBH.||Our staff engage with parents and available to offer support for parents prior to their son or daughter attending a work placement.||We have a careers library in school, which contains all relevant providers and organisations.||We will be holding an employer event in the spring term. This will give our pupils the opportunity to meet both our current employer partners and many new employer partners that have engaged with Northgate School this academic year.||From 09/2020, Year 10 and Year 11 pupils will access work experience in a variety of forms: take your child to work day, work experience or fulfilling internal apprentice duties in an external context.||Decisions about career choices are also covered in-depth in the discrete lessons for careers and employability.|
|Our systems, processes and documentation have been developed by the Careers Leader (Deputy Head) and Head of Key Stage 3, and supported by stakeholders and partners.||We liaise with the Careers Enterprise Company for LMI and use this to match local opportunities to our pupils where relevant.||DISCRETE CAREERS AND ENTERPRISE DAYS, VISITS AND TIMETABLED OPPORTUNITIES.||Pupil Apprentices are in post, and are supported in their roles by in-school line managers, who monitor, guide and evaluate progression.||Pupils have coverage of careers in the package of Preparing for Adulthood (Life Skills Lessons).|
|We liaise regularly with SEMLEP, The CDI, The Careers and Enterprise Company and other special school partners. Through numerous Careers and Enterprise Days, we liaise with employers, to ensure that our pupils can gain and evidence the skills relevant for each individual work place they attend.||We liaise with local enterprise partnerships and network at many local partnership meetings to gain local information and work placement opportunities for our pupils.||Information about careers and employers can also be gained directly through 1-1 with conversations about disability friendly employers within Northampton.|
|Parents/Careers are invited to an open event for their children to understand the real benefits of work placement for their children.||Every pupil has a 1-1 careers meeting that may influence our curriculum, careers delivery, planning, trips and visits, along with work placement choices and/or post 18 provision.|
|Our EHCPs include reference to the pupils’ transition to post-16 provisions- options and choices. The EHCP preparation paperwork annually asks pupils to record their career and post-16 aspirations.|
|Parents and carers are invited to discuss Careers in context of the EHCP outcomes, and PfA is inextricably linked to ensure that Outcomes and short steps remain relevant , and will support pupils in achieving their careers aspirations.|
Our Provider Access Policy can be found here:
The Gatsby Benchmarks Document we refer to can be found here:
Details of our Careers Statement can be found here:
The Key Stage 4 Equals Curriculum Journey for pupils in Pathway 1 (and selected pupils in other pathways) can be found here:
Please the Preparation for Adulthood Curriculum Statement for more information about the Equals Curriculum, for learners with more complex needs.
Leaders ensure that pupils have access to enrichment activities including a breakfast club and after-school club