At Wreake Valley Academy, we are passionate about supporting students through the process of deciding upon the direction they take after finishing school. We provide impartial guidance and advice on further education, training, or employment across KS3 and KS4 and involve many outside agencies such as employers and education providers.
We are committed to providing all students with at least 6 opportunities to meet a range of providers of approved technical education qualifications and apprenticeships. In addition, all students in years 7 to 11 will have opportunities for personal guidance interviews with an external careers advisor.
How we measure and assess the impact of the careers programme
Wreake Valley Academy works closely with the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) Careers Hub. This is an external organisation that supports us to develop and strengthen our careers education strategy across the whole school. TLGS is a member of the LLEP Careers Hub.
At Wreake Valley Academy we use the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks and the Careers Development Institute(opens in new tab) framework as a foundation when planning our careers programme. The effectiveness of our provision is reviewed by the LLEP and the Careers and Enterprise Company using the Compass Plus online evaluation tool. This tool is used by schools and colleges in England to support the analysis and evaluation of careers activity against the eight benchmarks of best practice. It ensures that the development of our careers strategy is ongoing. We will benchmark our schools against the Gatsby Benchmarks once per term.
In line with the recommendations set out in Gatsby Benchmark 1, we plan to review the published information on an annual basis, inviting feedback from key audiences in our stakeholder evaluation group.
Why we evaluate
This careers programme is evaluated every year to assess its efficacy and areas for improvement.
How we evaluate –
Key stakeholders (students, parents, teachers and employers) provide feedback on their participation in activities via questionnaires, surveys and focus groups throughout the year. We use the evidence collected to inform continuous improvement of the programme.
The school Careers Leader combines their own knowledge, evidence and information with that from the stakeholders and provides a short report with recommendations to SLT, towards the end of the summer term.
What we evaluate
Stakeholder Feedback – We review samples of stakeholder feedback collected using various methods after activities, events and experiences.
Implementation – We review what was actually delivered against the programme of planned activity and how well it went.
Impact – We measure key performance indicators linked directly to our vision and desired outcomes for our students.
Written by – Geoff Parkinson
Creation date – February 2023
Approved by Governors – SEND TO RACHAEL
Next Review Date – February 2024
Introduction – This policy statement sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to students at the school for the purpose of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the school’s legal obligation under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.
Student Entitlement – Students in years 7 – 11 are entitled:
To find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeship opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point.
To hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships, through options evenings, assemblies, group discussions and taster events.
To understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.
Opportunities for access: A number of events, integrated into the school’s careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come into school (this could be virtually) to speak to students and/or their parents. LINK TO LEARNING JOURNEY
Please speak to our Careers Leader to identify the most suitable opportunity for you. The school policies on Safeguarding and visitors sets out the school’s approach to allowing providers into school as visitors to talk to our students. Click here to access our LINK TO OUR SAFEGUARDING POLICY
Premises and facilities – The school will make the Main Hall, Sports Hall or classroom(s) available for discussions between the provider and student, as appropriate to the activity. The school will also make available projectors and other specialist equipment to support provider presentations. The use of Microsoft Teams can also be arranged if required. This will all be discussed and agreed in advance of the visit with the Careers Leader.
Providers are welcome to leave a copy of their prospectus or other relevant course literature at the main reception or provide an electronic copy to be sent to students via the Careers Lead.
Our current Provider Access Policy can be viewed here
The Wreake Valley Academy wants you to have a successful future! To achieve this, you will take part in the activities listed in our careers programme below during your time with us. Click on the images below (add learning journey) to see our full careers programme and your careers journey at Wreake Valley. Further down the page you can also explore different job roles and the job market.
Explore different roles and the job market
Vacancies with employers committed to employing people who have additional needs and/or a disability
This section of Wreake Valley’s website is aimed at helping parents and carers source information to help support young people in their future decisions. Below you will find three helpful sections; information about education options, types of jobs and local opportunities. Talking Futures provide free resources, activities, and practical guidance to help you support your child’s careers and education choices.
Information will be emailed periodically to parents and carers regarding local provider open days, virtual events and apprenticeship opportunities to name a few examples.
At Wreake Valley we are busy growing your employees of the future. We need your help to raise their career aspirations, develop their employability skills and learn more about the exciting industries in Leicester and Leicestershire.
If you want to inspire our students, we are open for business!
Wreake Valley has the benefit of a key business volunteer who works with us on a strategic level, encouraging the development of our careers programme and connecting us to the business community across the county. This role is recognised nationally as an Enterprise Adviser (EA) and they are part of the Leicester and Leicestershire Careers Hub community of support driving the connection between careers education and the business sector.
Ways to support:
Be part of our Mock Interviews with Year 10 or 11 students and help them structure their CVs.
Give an inspiring talk based on your industry or job role.
Run a hands-on workshop with activities relating to your area of expertise.
Be part of our discussions about pathways after school, e.g., apprenticeships.
Help champion specific issues and challenge barriers in the workplace around gender stereotyping, disability, etc.
Help bring a subject lesson to life by linking it to your industry.
Offer a work experience placement for students at your business premises.
What to expect
By getting involved you will not only be supporting future workforce development and helping to broaden the minds of the young people but you will also be developing new skills for your staff, forging community links and building a positive profile for your company.
We will support you throughout your visit to us to ensure we maximise the use of your valuable time. Our Careers Leader is Geoff Parkinson. You can contact her on email@example.com.
Our Careers Leader will:
Be your main point of contact for all enquiries.
Organise pre-meets/discussions/information for activities you sign up to.
Provide you details of the local arrangements including parking, facilities and our safeguarding policy.
Conduct a short evaluation with you to ensure we are getting things right.
With your permission, add you to our network and keep you up to date with future activities.
To help you with your engagement there are a range of resources available here from the Careers and Enterprise Company.
Wreake Valley is committed to providing high quality Careers, Education, Information, Advice and Guidance to help inspire students and to enable them to make rational informed career decisions. The Roundhill Academy aims to meet all eight Benchmarks identified by the Gatsby Foundation.
Our Leadership team views careers as not being the responsibility of a Careers Leader and a small number of teachers, but of all staff in schools and colleges. We can make small changes in the curriculum that can have a big impact in the classrooms.
At Wreake Valley we would like all subject areas to do the following:
Develop links with businesses and organisations to invite alumni and other external speakers to come into school (virtually where an actual visit is not feasible).
Where appropriate to organise external visits by students to local businesses/organisations.
Record careers learning opportunities for students in schemes of learning.
Take part in whole school ‘Careers Days’ where all teachers start their lesson with a careers focus, such as talking about their career pathway or showing a short film where people in a range of job roles explain the relevance of skills developed in a particular subject area to their role.
Consider the needs and interests of all students and ensure that information challenges stereotyping including gender and disability.
Subscribe to CareerMag newsletter – Careermag provides a wealth of high-quality career information and qualification guidance.
We are currently building our alumni community. Are you a former student from our school? We’d love to hear your story and perhaps feature you on our website or invite you to call back to our school and talk about your career pathway. Please join our BEP LinkedIn page.
Leicestershire’s Labour Market
We think Leicester and Leicestershire is an amazing place to live and work. As one of the most vibrant areas in the East Midlands there is a lot to shout about. In this section we will start to share information about different industry sectors, careers pathways, types of jobs and lots more for both parents/carers and students.
Quick fact… did you know in Leicester and Leicestershire over 99% of local businesses are micro (0-9 staff), small (10-49 staff) or medium enterprises (who employ 50 to 249 staff). If that sounds interesting, you could visit the World of Work website which has much more information on the local labour market with easy-to-read facts and figures.
We run lots of inspirational events for our students
From year 7 onwards students get lots of opportunities to think about what their next best steps will be. As part of this we will be shining a spotlight on events we put on with guest speakers from the world of work and education. We will share the impact this can have on helping our students think about their futures and what has inspired their careers education journey so far. You can also see the journey from year 7 onwards INSERT LINK TO LEARNING JOURNEY.