The CEIAG (Careers Education Information Advice Guidance) provision has been designed to positively support pupils to acquire the educational, social and employability skills necessary for lifelong success in a diverse and changing world of work. Our careers programme is developed in conjunction with our partners at Careers Inc. We will shortly be starting to work towards the Prospects Quality Award in CEIAG. The Prospects award meets the exacting validation criteria of the national Quality in Careers Standard and stands for 3 years.
We work in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University and this year will be taking part in The Hallam Skills Series, a sustained, three-year programme of activities delivered to a targeted group of 30 Y9 students, who will participate for the duration of the programme through to Y11. The students will participate in sessions and activities with the specific aim of enhancing their skills to best prepare them for future opportunities in education and employment. Through developing five core essential life skills: critical thinking, confidence, resilience, citizenship and self-management, students will be encouraged to recognise their strengths and celebrate their achievements, helping them reach their full potential.
Years 8, 9 and 10 are given the opportunity to visit the Opportunities Doncaster Live Event. This event is designed to motivate young people to think about prospective careers available to them and the relevant progression routes they can take to achieve their ‘Dream Job’. Exhibitors include a wide range of organisations for example Higher Education institutions and apprenticeship providers. Pupils are supported throughout the day by academy staff and are able discover for themselves information on a wide range of different career/progression pathways.
Pupils in all year groups gain employer encounters through Careers Cafés, which take place throughout the year. This is a very popular and accessible way for Higher Education providers, employers and organisations such as the armed forces to come into the academy and speak informally with pupils. All pupils are given one to one careers advice through meetings with the organisation Careers Inc. A small number of pupils who are identified as being at risk of NEET are scheduled additional meetings until a personalised pathway is developed.
HeppSY+ work in partnership with us to increase the number of young people progressing to higher education. HeppSY+ is part of a national programmed developed to support young people most at risk of missing out on Higher Education. It stands for Higher Education Progression Partnership South Yorkshire Plus and builds on the work of the existing Higher Education Progression Partnership (HEPP) which involves Sheffield Hallam University, The University of Sheffield and the South Yorkshire colleges of further education.
Pupils in Years 9 to 11 are offered a wide range of activities through HeppSY+ one of which is “The Brilliant Club”. This is an academic programme designed for high ability Year 9 pupils. Participating pupils experience six tutorials with a PHD tutor and is a unique opportunity for them to be challenged by high quality university level teaching. Pupils visit two leading universities at the start and the end of the programme and submit a 2000 word assignment on completion. The pupils celebrate their success with a graduation ceremony.
The Mobile Classroom is a double decker bus which enables two simultaneous sessions to take place with different themes and content. It can accommodate between 30-35 pupils, with activities for pupils from Years 9 to 11. The sessions include presentations, workshops, activities, games and quizzes and is be tailored to specific year groups. Pupils gain valuable knowledge about UCAS, study skills, graduate programmes and higher education.
Through the HeppSY+ programme, pupils in Year 9 to 11 are able to visit The University of Sheffield where they learn about student life, courses on offer, finance and are able to speak directly to pupils from the university. The visits are scheduled to take place throughout the year. A group of female pupils participate in a “STEM for girls” event which takes place at the university each year.
Motivational speakers are invited into the academy to deliver inspirational sessions. An example of this is Moj Taylor who leads a “PUSH Talk”, each year to one select year group. The talk includes topics on student finance, myth busting, courses and accommodation.
We also have the use of a Higher Education Progression Adviser (HEPA) who will come in and talk to small groups or whole classes about such topics as Careers of the Future, What next after school?, Shape your future, Interview skills, Maximising your chances of securing a Higher Education offer to name but a few. Graduate Interns will also attend the academy to talk to students about their degrees, student life and how to manage on a budget!