Careers Education Advice and Guidance

Our Aims

At The Kingston Academy we recognise the importance of providing our pupils with high-quality careers information and guidance in order to raise their aspirations and help them to make informed decisions about their future education or training.

Our statutory duties are to:

  • Ensure that pupils are provided with independent careers guidance from year 8 to year 13.
  • Ensure that there is an opportunity for a range of education and training providers to access all pupils in year 8 to year 13 for the purpose of informing them about approved technical education qualifications or apprenticeships.  

In line with the Department for Education’s ‘Careers guidance and access for education and training providers’ published in January 2018, we are using the Gatsby Charitable Foundation’s Benchmarks to develop and improve our careers provision.

Thus, our careers programme has been planned to ensure that careers education is being embedded across all year groups both within the curriculum and as part of PSHE and tutor sessions. For more details, please see the programme below.

Our commitment as a school to the principles of providing an inclusive education and developing the whole child are at the heart of the vision we have for careers education. As a result, we are very conscious of both ensuring that the needs and interests of all pupils are catered for, as well as highlighting current local and national labour market opportunities.  Moreover, the engagement and support of our parent/carer community and our trust partners is invaluable in helping us to build a rich network of contacts with local businesses and education providers to broaden pupils’ horizons.

The careers programme is overseen and delivered by: Ms Lauren Pavitt, Careers Coordinator and Mr David Ryde, Careers Advisor.

Kingston Educational Trust has appointed two lead trustees to take a particular strategic interest in careers education and guidance and the development of partnerships: Mr Graham Willett and Mr Steve Havers.

Careers Programme Overview

All pupils have access to the following:

  • Extra curricular clubs and trips to support pupils in developing their understanding of a range of different subjects.
  • A pastoral curriculum that covers growth mindset, citizenship, enterprise and financial management.
  • All pupils can make an appointment to see the careers advisor.
  • All pupils have access to the Careers intranet site which provides impartial information about education and career opportunities.

Key Stage 3  

  • Visit to university to develop aspirations for higher education
  • Talks and networking opportunities with volunteers from industry
  • iTKA internships provide pupils with opportunities to explore the real-world applications of particular subjects.
  • Going Beyond activities develop a range of skills such as resilience, communication, problem solving and team building.
  • A number of students every year will take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award in Y9
  • Guidance is provided to support Y9 pupils in making their GCSE options.
  • Information provided on post-16 options

Key Stage 4  

  • Small group and one-to-one careers discussions with a qualified careers advisor to inform individual careers plans.
  • Workplace visits/work experience
  • Talks and networking opportunities with volunteers from industry
  • Mock interviews/mentoring from outside business providers
  • Team enterprise challenge
  • Visit to careers fair/apprenticeship show
  • Post-16 information evening
  • Many pupils will take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Silver Award.
  • A-level/BTEC taster sessions in Y11 to guide pupils on post-16 choices.
  • Support from careers adviser, tutor and head of year with CV writing and applications to colleges or apprenticeships.

Key Stage 5  (from September 2020)

  • Post-18 information evening
  • Pupils encouraged to visit university open days, masterclass and taster courses to support their applications.
  • Guidance from careers adviser, form tutor and head of sixth form to support pupils with the UCAS process and apprenticeship or job applications.
  • Interview preparation and practice
  • One-to-one careers discussion with a qualified careers adviser.
  • Pupils will be encouraged to undertake volunteer work and work experience to support university or job applications
  • Many pupils will take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Gold Award.

Provider Access

Our Policy Statement on Provider Access can be found here. This document sets out our arrangements for managing the access of providers to TKA pupils for the purposes of giving them information about their education or training offer.

The Kingston Academy Careers Intranet

We have a Careers Intranet which provides impartial information about a range of education and career options. Pupils and parents can access the Intranet using this link.

Measuring and Assessing the Impact of our Careers Programme on Pupils

We use the Careers and Enterprise Company’s Compass tool to evaluate how our careers programme performs against the Gatsby Benchmarks. In addition, pupils, parents, staff and external partners are regularly asked for feedback on careers activities and events via questionnaires, surveys and our Pupil Voice forum. This feedback is then used to inform future planning and develop the programme.

Review

The information published above is reviewed by the Careers Coordinator at least annually. The next review is due in September 2019.

Enquiries and Further Information

For any enquiries or further information regarding our careers programme please contact our Careers Coordinator Ms Pavitt: by email lpavitt@thekingstonacademy.org or by telephone via the main school number 0208 465 6200.