Skip to content ↓
Southfields Academy

Southfields Academy

Careers Education, Information, Advice & Guidance

Southfields Academy policy statement.

This information is currently under review.

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.

Southfields Academy Careers Programme Years 7-13

This table outlines only the core programme for careers in each year group for all students. In addition to this, the academy has a commitment to link learning to careers in each subject area and to providing additional opportunities for students to participate in a wide range of career related opportunities that are appropriate to their needs. For example, college visits, apprenticeship and skills fair visits, employer talks, workplace conferences, HPA/Social mobility career mentoring programmes and employability skills workshops.

Year

Activity

Timing

Learning Outcomes

7

Quidsmart Financial literacy workshop

Autumn Term

  • Being aware of money and that individuals and families have to actively manage their finances.

PSHE lessons:

  • exploring careers that fit your strengths and interests (Using Start online Careers)

Spring Term

  • Being aware that career describes their journey through life, learning and work.
  • Being aware that learning, skills and qualifications are important for career.
  • Being aware that many jobs require learning, skills and minimum qualifications.
  • Being aware of the range of possible jobs.

 

Career carousel event: meeting people in a range of job roles

Spring Term

  • Being aware of the range of possible jobs.
  • Being aware that different jobs and careers bring different challenges and rewards.

Tutor time activities to explore careers

Spring Term

  • Imagining a range of possibilities for themselves in their career

8

BHM assemblies: prominent people from different backgrounds in a range of careers

 

  • Recognising the value of diversity in the workplace
  • Imagining a range of possibilities for themselves in their career

Tutor time - using Start for personal  careers research activity and presentation for IEAP day

Autumn Term

  • Identifying common sources of information about the labour market and the education system
  • Being aware that many jobs require learning, skills and minimum qualifications
  • Looking forward to the future 
  • Imagining a range of possibilities for themselves in their career

Careers extended assembly - apprenticeships

Autumn Term

  • Being aware of the main learning pathways

PSHE lessons: 

  • gender stereotypes in work
  • discrimination and diversity.
  • what employers are looking for in apprentices and trainees
  • how to set effective career goals. (Using Start online Careers)

Autumn and Spring Terms

  • Recognising the injustices caused by prejudice, stereotypes and discrimination in learning and workplaces.
  • Being aware that it is important to take initiative in their learning and life.
  • being aware that many jobs require learning, skills and minimum qualifications

 

Visit to University and participate in Talent Foundry workshops

Spring Term

  • being aware of the main learning pathways

Recording achievements and skills - Start Careers Locker and Progress File

Summer Term

  • Reflecting on and recording skills and achievements

9

Tutor time - black history month - exploring the careers of notable black people

Autumn Term

  • Recognising the value of diversity in the workplace
  • Imagining a range of possibilities for themselves in their career

Tutor time - using Start for personal  careers research activity and presentation for IEAP day

Autumn Term

  • Identifying common sources of information about the labour market and the education system
  • Being aware that many jobs require learning, skills and minimum qualifications
  • Looking forward to the future 
  • Imagining a range of possibilities for themselves in their career •

Year 9 Options Process:

Tutor time activities, Options Evening, assemblies and talks

Spring Term

  • Preparing for choosing their GCSEs

PSHE lessons to explore GCSE Options.

Investigate the career links you can make with your subject choice.

Spring Term

  • being aware that learning, skills and qualifications are important for career
  • preparing for choosing their GCSEs
  • Identifying common sources of information about the labour market and the education system

Work shadow day

Summer Term

  • Recognising the value of challenging yourself and trying new things 
  • Reflecting on and recording achievements, experiences and learning 
  • Considering what jobs and roles are interesting 
  • Researching a workplace and what it is like to work there

Enterprise Challenge working with entrepreneurs and The Prince's Trust

Summer Term

  • Being aware of the concept of entrepreneurialism and self-employment
  • Being willing to challenge themselves and try new things
  • Being aware of the value of leadership and entrepreneurial skills

10

Southfields Academy Careers Fair - preparation and opportunity to meet employers, apprenticeship providers, colleges and training providers

Autumn Term

  • Considering what jobs and roles are interesting
  • Researching the labour market and the education system
  • Recognising the main learning pathways and considering which one they want to follow and how they will access and succeed in it
  • Researching the learning and qualification requirements for jobs and careers that they are interested in
  • Researching the range of workplaces and what it is like to work there
  • Researching how recruitment and selection processes work and what they need to do to succeed in them

 

PSHE lessons to prepare for work experience, demonstrate an understanding of employability skills and practice interview skills.

Spring Term

  • Being aware of the skills and qualities employers look for
  • Finding out how recruitment and selection processes work and what they need to do to succeed in them

Work Experience preparation, placement and debrief

Summer Term

  • Recognising the value of challenging yourself and trying new things 
  • Reflecting on and recording achievements, experiences and learning 
  • Considering what jobs and roles are interesting 
  • Researching a workplace and what it is like to work there

 

Tutor time careers activities - exploring LMI, Post 16 options and careers pathways

Throughout the academic year

  • Considering what jobs and roles are interesting
  • Researching the labour market and the education system
  • Recognising the main learning pathways and considering which one they want to follow and how they will access and succeed in it

 

11

IEAP day careers focus alternative routes

Autumn Term

  • recognising the main learning pathways and considering which one they want to follow and how they will access and succeed in it

Southfields Academy Careers Fair - preparation and opportunity to meet employers, apprenticeship providers, colleges and training providers

Autumn Term

  • Considering what jobs and roles are interesting
  • Researching the labour market and the education system
  • Recognising the main learning pathways and considering which one they want to follow and how they will access and succeed in it
  • Researching the learning and qualification requirements for jobs and careers that they are interested in
  • Researching the range of workplaces and what it is like to work there
  • Researching how recruitment and selection processes work and what they need to do to succeed in them

Post 16 Options, assemblies, talks and interviews

Spring Term

  • Considering what learning pathway you should pursue next 
  • Reflecting on and recording achievements, experiences and Learning
  • Researching the labour market and the education system 
  • Recognising the main learning pathways and considering which one you want to follow and how you will access and succeed in it
  • Taking steps to achieve in their GCSEs and make a decision about their post-16 pathway

Tutor time careers activities - exploring LMI, Post 16 options and careers pathways

Throughout the academic year

  • Considering what jobs and roles are interesting 
  • Researching the learning and qualification requirements for jobs and careers that you are interested in
  • Considering the risks and rewards associated with different pathways and careers

Individual careers guidance interviews and action plans

Throughout the academic year

  • Building your confidence and optimism about the future 
  • Making plans and developing a pathway into their future 
  • Thinking about how you deal with and learn from challenges and setbacks 
  • Responding positively to help, support and feedback 
  • Reflecting on and recording achievements, experiences and learning 
  • Being able to reflect on and change your career ideas and the strategies that you are pursuing to achieve them

12

Southfields Academy Careers Fair - preparation and opportunity to meet employers, apprenticeship providers, colleges and training providers

Autumn Term

  • Actively seeking out information on the labour market and education system to support their career
  • Having a clear understanding of the learning pathways and qualifications that they will need to pursue their career
  • Actively researching and reflecting on workplaces, workplace culture and expectations
  • Building and maintaining networks beyond the school

Mock interview day with employers

Autumn Term

  • Reflecting on and recording achievements, experiences and learning and communicating them to others
  • Analysing and preparing for recruitment and selection processes

EAP Day Skills and Career reflection activities - Start

Autumn and Spring Terms

  • Actively seeking out information on the labour market and education system to support your career 
  • Reflecting on and recording achievements, experiences and learning and communicating them to others

Inspiring Futures Day - employer workshops

Spring Term

  • Actively seeking out information on the labour market
  • Building and maintaining relationships and networks within and beyond the school
  • Actively researching and reflecting on workplaces, workplace culture and expectations

Work Experience preparation, placement and debrief

Spring Term

  • Actively researching and reflecting on workplaces, workplace culture and expectations
  • Building their confidence and optimism about their future and acting on it
  • Reflecting on and recording achievements, experiences and learning and communicating them to others
  • Seeking out challenges and opportunities for development
  • Building and maintaining relationships and networks within and beyond the school

Personal Statement / UCAS Day

Summer Term

  • Reflecting on and recording achievements, experiences and learning and communicating them to others
  • Preparing for post-18 transitions
  • Building their confidence and optimism about their future and acting on it
  • Actively planning, prioritising and setting targets for their future

Level 2 Employability Skills lessons.

Throughout the academic year

  • Reflecting on and recording achievements, experiences and learning and communicating them to others
  • Beginning to manage their own money and plan their finances (e.g. thinking about student loans)
  • Analysing and preparing for recruitment and selection processes
  • Preparing for next steps

Level 2 PSHE Resilience & risk management skills. Goal setting, leadership and presentation skills.

Throughout the academic year

  • Representing themselves and others 
  • Acting as a leader, role model or example to others
  • Taking responsibility for their learning and aiming high
  • Building their confidence and optimism about their future and acting on it
  • Actively planning, prioritising and setting targets for their future
  • Being proactive about being resilient and learning from setbacks

Tutor lessons careers activities and engagement with sixth form opportunities bulletin

Throughout the academic year

  • Actively seeking out information on the labour market and education system to support their career
  • Seeking out challenges and opportunities for development
  • Actively seeking out help, support and feedback
  • Taking responsibility for their learning and aiming high

13

Southfields Academy Careers Fair - preparation and opportunity to meet employers, apprenticeship providers, colleges and training providers

Autumn Term

  • Actively seeking out information on the labour market and education system to support their career
  • Having a clear understanding of the learning pathways and qualifications that they will need to pursue their career
  • Actively researching and reflecting on workplaces, workplace culture and expectations
  • Building and maintaining networks beyond the school

IEAP Day - individual interviews - target setting and career planning

Spring and Autumn Terms

  • Actively seeking out help, support and feedback 
  • Planning your next steps in learning and work 
  • Developing a clear direction of travel in your career 
  • Building your confidence and optimism about your future and acting on it 
  • Actively planning, prioritising and setting targets for your future 
  • Being proactive about your life, learning and career

Tutor lessons UCAS/WAVE/Careers Workshop activities and engagement with opportunities bulletin

Throughout the academic year

  • Planning your next steps in learning and work 
  • Analysing and preparing for recruitment and selection processes 
  • Reflecting on and recording achievements, experiences and learning and communicating them to others 
  • Preparing for post-18 transitions 
  • Beginning to manage your own money and plan your finances
  • Actively seeking out information on the labour market and education system to support their career
  • Seeking out challenges and opportunities for development
  • Considering entrepreneurialism and self-employment as a career pathway

Work Experience

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.

National Careers Service Website, click here to visit.

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.

Parents & Carers careers advice

Click here to access a parents' careers guide, produced by Success at School.  As well as useful activities and information about careers linked to school subjects, there is a link to their careers website, where students can find out about different types of jobs.

 

 

Introduction

This policy statement sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to pupils at the school for the purposes of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer.

Learner Entitlement

Students in Years 8-13 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 and group discussions and taster events
  • to understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses

Management of provider access requests Procedure

A provider wishing to request access should contact Karen Frusciante, Assistant Headteacher Telephone: 020 8875 2600 Email: karen.frusciante@southfieldsacademy.com

Opportunities for access

We welcome the opportunity for providers to speak to students and there a range of times in the school calendar when this can be facilitated including:

  • The Careers Fair in the Autumn Term
  • Careers Assemblies
  • Tutor time careers activity throughout the year
  • Options events in the Spring Term

Providers should contact Karen Frusciante to discuss a suitable opportunity.

Premises and Facilities

The school will make the Main Hall or classrooms available for discussions between the provider and students, as appropriate to the activity. The school will also make available audio-visual and other specialist equipment to support provider presentations. This will all be discussed and agreed in advance of the visit with the Careers Leader or a member of their team.