Careers Education, Information, Advice & Guidance
Southfields Academy policy statement.
Throughout their time at Southfields Academy we aim to help students to:
- Identify their individual strengths and weaknesses,
- Be aware of education, training, the world of work and career opportunities,
- Be able to make informed choices about the opportunities available at each stage of transition (from Key Stage 3 to 4 and 4 to 5 for example),
- Be aware of the flexible nature of career development at the present time.
In addition, we are committed to enabling our students 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;
- Hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through careers fairs, assemblies, group discussions and taster events;
- Understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.
For students in Years 7 – 11 impartial advice and guidance is delivered as part of the PSHE and Preparation for Working Life programmes and as discrete activities on Enrichment Days. In addition to this, students are able to book 1:1 careers discussions with our Independent Careers Advisor. Outside speakers and contributors are invited whenever appropriate. In Years 12 and 13 careers guidance (including guidance for Higher Apprenticeships and university entrance) is delivered through the Tutorial programme and again on certain Enrichment Days. Students who decide that University is not for them are supported in Year 13 through the WAVE Group (Work, Apprenticeships, Volunteering and Entrepreneurship).
Individual guidance interviews are available for all students in Years 8 to 13 upon request or through guided choice, in addition, every student in Year 9 and Year 11 has a personal interview with a careers advisor in order to help them clarify their thoughts about life Post-16 and identify the appropriate options to pursue, including Further Education and apprenticeship pathways.
We have a well-equipped Careers Library within the main library and in the Sixth Form area, where students have access to a wide range of information on courses in further and higher education and employment and training opportunities, and also access to a number of software packages and websites to help them investigate and make decisions about the options open to them. The library has open access before school, during the school day and after school, and the Librarian and our careers advisors are always happy to help with any queries. The careers advisors are based in an open office in the Sixth Form area and students are welcome to visit, to arrange an interview or for more informal advice. All students and tutors have signed up to Google Classroom, and are able to receive information about careers-related seminars, taster sessions and employment opportunities via weekly notices and bulletins.
All Year 9 students complete a work shadow day, all Year 10 students complete a one week work experience placement, Year 12 students complete a one week work experience placement and some Year 12 students have targeted work placements as part of their courses.
Southfields Academy is fully committed to ensuring that all students are made fully aware of the choices Post-14, Post-16 and Post-18. To this end a careers fair is held for Year 8 students allowing them to explore the options available in Key Stage 4. Year 11 and Sixth Form students are invited to attend the Sixth Form Careers Fair which is a yearly event at which local and national providers of employment, training and apprenticeships are present, alongside representatives from both further and higher education. In addition to this, every January Year 12 students attend Inspiring Futures Day, in which a range of different employers come to host mock interviews and careers insight workshops. During this event students have the opportunity to attend seminars and presentations from representatives of industry and further and higher education. Mock interviews are conducted by representatives of industry and higher education to further build the students’ skills.
The careers provision at Southfields Academy adapts to the rapidly changing world of work so for the most up-to-date information please contact your child’s tutor.
Careers telephone advice
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), has launched a telephone careers helpline for students as part of the National Careers Service. Support is available from trained advisors who will talk through issues, offering confidential advice and practical help. Advisors are available from 8am to 10pm, seven days a week, telephone 0800 100 900, or for text messages on 0776 641 3219. There is also a ‘chat-online’ facility.