Careers, Advice and Guidance at All Saints

It is important that all students are fully supported and guided through the process of planning their futures. Our goal is to provide high quality information, advice and guidance for all students from Years 7 -11 in addition to the education gained through our bespoke ‘Deeper Learning Days’. All staff at All Saints Academy play an active role in preparing the students. We have a full programme of careers education that is delivered through PSHE, special events, enrichment programmes, visits, trips and assemblies and also within individual departments and through form time.  Our careers provision is underpinned by the Gatsby Benchmarks to inform effective provision.  Our careers Road Map outlines some of the experiences for students here.

All students will:

  • Develop a deeper understanding of themselves, their abilities and affinities
  • Gain a greater knowledge of the range of opportunities open to them
  • Take part in work related activities in and out of school
  • Understand the labour market and the requirements and expectations of employers
  • Learn to make decisions wisely about their future
  • Be fully prepared to manage change and be fully supported through key transition periods
  • Learn how to improve their own employability: how to find work, how to get work and how to progress their careers

We are also developing our links with employers who will work very closely with students through work, placements, visits, talks, interview preparation, careers fairs, and work-related learning events. All students can meet with the Head of Careers for individual advice about options, future choices, UCAS planning and applications, CV clinic, interview preparation, apprenticeship applications, and any other guidance they need.

There is no restriction as to how many 1:1 guidance appointments they can have over their time in the school. We also welcome parents to contact us for any advice or guidance they require. The Head of Careers is always in attendance at Parents’ Evenings from Year 7-11. No appointment is necessary on those evenings. The school also uses the services of Careers South West to support students in their decision making processes and to ensure all possibilities have been explored.

Some ground breaking new research by Dr Anthony Mann of the Education and Employers Taskforce charity shows a significant link between young people’s experience of the world of work whilst at school and the chances of them becoming NEET (not in education, employment or training) as young adults.

The research ‘It’s who you meet: why employer contacts at school make a difference to the employment prospects of young adults’ by the charity, is based on a survey undertaken pro-bono by YouGov which asked young adults aged 19-24 about their current employment status and to reflect on their experiences of the world of work whist they were at school. The findings were striking:

26.1% of young people who could recall no contact with employers whilst at school went on to become NEET. This reduced significantly to 4.3% for those who had taken part in four or more activities involving employers. For more information and to view the full report visit:

www.educationandemployers.org

 

Next Steps South West (https://nextstepssw.ac.uk/)

When it comes to deciding whether you want to go to college or university, it’s all about being in the know, and that’s not always easy. There’s so much information out there that it can be quite overwhelming. This can mean you end up drowning in details and missing out on opportunities as a result. Well, that’s where we come in. Through years and years of working in the industry, we know all about higher education and want you to, too. That way, you can decide if it’s for you or not. Why do people go to uni? What are the benefits? How do people pay for it? Where do they stay? If you’ve ever asked yourself any of these questions, you’re in the right place. This site is full of useful information designed to help you think about where you’d like to be in the future and how to get there. We also signpost towards other websites that we think have really good information, which could help you make the decisions about where you want to go in life and how to get there.

 

Useful Resources

What options are available for me? What career would suit me?

You can speak to the careers staff in school, your teachers, form tutors and of course your family! But in addition here are some resources that are useful:

The National Careers Service https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/Pages/Home.aspx

  • Helps you with careers decisions and planning
  • Supports you in reviewing your skills and abilities and develop new goals
  • Motivates you to implement your plan of action
  • Enable you to make the best use of high quality career related tools.
  • Excellent Labour Market information that is easy to access as a young person

Try the Buzz Quiz – it’s very informative! http://icould.com/buzz/?ref=menu

Not sure which A levels to take? Have a look at this video and booklet from the Russell Group Universities website:

http://russellgroup.ac.uk/for-students/school-and-college-in-the-uk/subject-choices-at-school-and-college/

Career Pilot http://www.careerpilot.org.uk/

Career Pilot is a matrix accredited Careers source providing an array of FREE career tools for every key stage.

Studential https://www.studential.com/

A one-stop site for all career related matters – for students from year 10 upwards

Ok, so I know what I want to do – where can I find information and apply?

Again, school staff can help you! But here are some resources that will be very useful.

Be sure to make time to look for open days and evenings – these events give you an insight into the environment, information and an opportunity to ask questions! Lots advertised in the careers area at school – and lots of providers

 

Useful Job Sites:

http://www.indeed.co.uk/

https://www.devonjobs.gov.uk/

http://www.jobsite.co.uk/

 

For more information, please contact Mrs Jarwood (Head of Careers) at enquiries@asap.org.uk