A download of the information on this page is available as our Careers policy 2018-2019 here
Harris Academy Riverside is committed to ensuring that its students have access to the highest standards of information, advice and guidance to help them choose the career that is right for them.
The academy follows the statutory guidance set out in the 'Careers guidance and access for education and training providers' published by the DfE in January 2018.
The academy is committed to developing a careers education and guidance program that meets the standards of The Gatsby Benchmarks as described in the above statutory guidance.
For information please contact Miss Gemma White, our academy careers lead, on 01375 802060 or e mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our careers programme
Currently we have no students above year 8 and so our current delivery is limited to information appropriate for this age group.
Current provision for years 7 and 8 and planned provision
|To provide a stable careers program||
The academy has identified a careers lead who has sufficient influence to organise events, secure funds and organise resources. The careers lead is supported fully by the Head of Academy and Governors.
The academy is currently designing a training strategy and program for the careers lead.
In the summer term, the academy will seek feed back from parents and carers, members of staff, governors and local employer contacts about its careers programme.
The academy careers lead will continue to build links with local agencies and local employers and via The Harris Federation in order to strengthen the quality of its programme.
|Learning from career and labour market information||
The academy will seek to develop strategies to ensure that all students have access to labour market information, local labour conditions, opportunities and local employer expectations during year 9.
The academy will seek to provide information to address stereotypes and other factors which may limit aspirations and social mobility.
|Addressing the needs of each student||
The academy already has sophisticated mechanisms to track its offer to each student and to vulnerable groups such as disadvantaged students, looked after students or students with special educational needs or disability. Access to appropriate guidance and the mechanisms which increase aspirations, broaden horizons and challenge stereotypes will be included in this tracking system over the course of year 8 to ensure that equal access is afforded to all.
The academy will in particular develop contacts and expertise to ensure that particularly vulnerable students have access to specialised advice where necessary.
|Linking curriculum to careers||
The academy has a rich and diverse programme of PSHE in its traditional curriculum which promotes relevant skills and aptitudes and encourages students to think widely about life and career. Our wider curriculum also encourages students to develop an appreciation of experiences outside their normal frame of reference. Our scholarship curriculum provides employability skills and our pastoral curriculum focuses on developing habits of behaviour which promote leadership and life skills.
In particular our Science, Maths, English, Languages and Geography curricula make specific reference to careers, career skills or the labour market.
Our traditional curriculum is designed to provide the broadest possible range of subjects to promote choice or career while at the same time ensuring that core subjects essential to employment such as Maths and English are given the attention necessary to secure the best possible grades for students.
Students in year 8 will take part in an options process in order to choose subjects to study in year 9. As part of that process, the relevance of subjects will be explained and discussed with students and their parents and carers.
|Encounters with employers and employees||
The academy arranges a considerable number of opportunities for students in years 7 upwards to meet visitors, speakers and providers from local and national employers or from organisations and agencies which promote transferable, character and scholarship skills.
As students progress through their academic careers the academy will ensure that students meet employers in circumstances which are meaningful in the development of interview and other employability skills and which expose students to role model employees.
The academy will ensure that during year 9, students have opportunities to understand the availability and requirements of programmes such as apprenticeship and internship.
|Experiences of workplaces||
The academy will work to secure arrangements for the promotion of workplace experience for students in their later academic careers; probably during year 10. Currently we have no students above year 8.
|Encounters with further and higher education||
The academy is committed to ensuring that students understand the full range of education available to them after their careers at the academy. The academy is developing a program for securing access to experiences designed to significantly raise aspirations, particularly of its disadvantaged students and other groups; for example the academy has arranged a working group of parents and other stakeholders to research the barriers to access for such students to top universities and how best to begin to overcome them including the development of wider social and emotional skills and experiences from year 8 onwards.
The academy will make contacts and secure access to external professionals, websites and other tools to help students consider their options as they grow older.
As part of the year 8 options process, the academy arranges appropriate access to students for a range of education and training providers such as those offering advice on technical qualifications and apprenticeships.
The academy has a policy statement on provider access which can be viewed below.
Every student at the academy has the right to interviews with qualified advisers whenever significant choices are to be made which may affect career options.
By the end of year 9 the expectation is that every student will have met at least once a professional, qualified careers adviser.
Measuring the impact of our careers guidance provision
The academy has no leavers by which to guage succcess. Therefore NEET or other similar statistics are unavailable.
The academy will measure the success of its policies and strategies in the short term by securing feed back from providers, employers, students, parents and carers and by keeping records of attendance at events.
Policy statement on provider access
The academy is committed to the provision of access to providers to ensure that
1. all students in years 8 to 13 have an opportunity to find out about technical educational qualifications and apprenticeships as part of a full range of educational or career options, and
2. all students in years 8 to 13 have the opportunity to hear from a range of local providers in this connection through events, assemblies, discussions and visits and
3. all students in years 8 to 13 understand how to make applications for a full range of academic and technical courses
A provider wishing to request access should contact the careers lead named above.
Events and opportunities for access
The following academy events provide an opportunity to attend the academy to meet students, staff members and parents or carers. Providers wishing to attend should contact the careers lead.
Providers should ensure that they have contacted the careers lead to check the availability of resources, space and equipment and to check timings.
Providers may distribute appropriate promotional and instructional material.
Year 7 and 8 throughout the year
The academy arranges regular briefings for years 7 and 8 on various topics approximately every two weeks. The academy is pleased to consider approaches from providers.
Please contact the academy careers lead to suggest attendance to speak to our whole academy cohort about your offer in briefings and presentations which we are pleased to arrange given suitable notice.
Providers wishing to provide more interactive sessions or sessions longer than an hour which meet our objectives for a stable careers program will also be welcome by arrangement.
Year 8 careers fair
During the Spring term, the academy invites providers to attend a 'careers fair' which is aimed at informing students and parents or carers about the significance of curriculum subject choices in relation to specific careers or further education, apprenticeships or technical qualifications.
The exact date of the event will be published in October on our website.
The academy makes this offer of access with the aim of informing choices and would not approve of strategies focused on the marketing of the offers of a provider.
Year 7 and 8 'drop down day'
During the summer term, in July, the academy holds a 'drop down day' on which the curriculum is suspended and students attend special sessions arranged to broaden their experiences in various areas.
Providers who are able to offer sessions which encourage a better undertanding of career choices,the local labour market or employer expectations would be welcome. Please contact the academy careers lead. Any access granted would be on the understanding that the aim is education.
Year 8 'habits of behaviour for success' event.
During the summer term, the academy invites prospective employers to help develop our students' interview and application skills in order to help them to understand what it takes to secure a job, develop connections or make a good impression. The academy invites providers and local employers to contact the careers lead to arrange to take part.
Events and access to older students
Currently the academy has no students above year 8.
The careers guidance provision will be reviewed by Governors during the Autumn term 2019.