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Skegness Academy

Careers Education and Guidance

Statutory Duty

The duty on schools to secure independent careers guidance for all year 8-13 pupils is intended to expand advice and guidance for young people so they are inspired and motivated to fulfil their potential. Schools should help every pupil develop high aspirations and consider a broad and ambitious range of careers. Inspiring every pupil through more real-life contacts with the world of work can help them understand where different choices can take them in the future.

All registered pupils should be able to access independent careers guidance from Year 8 to Year 13.

They must ensure that the independent careers guidance provided is presented in an impartial manner and includes information on the range of education or training options, including Apprenticeships and other vocational pathways.

The guidance given will promote the best interests of the pupils to whom it is given.

The Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance at the Skegness Academy is coordinated by Miss Draper, the full time Director of Careers.

As Director of Careers, she will be available to provide you with careers education, information and guidance to help you realise and fulfil your potential.

Miss Draper is located in the Sixth Form Block and is available to discuss:

  • Further Education – colleges and training in the area including apprenticeships.
  • Higher Education – advice on entry into a University and the UCAS process, student finance and alternative HE routes and schemes.
  • Labour Market – advice and information on entering the world of work, labour market trends, skills and qualifications suitable for different careers as well as CV and application workshops.

The independent and impartial Advice and Guidance is provided by Sarah Dempsey of Uphill Career Solutions who attends the Academy two day per week and is also a qualified Careers Adviser.

Sarah can be found in the Learning Resource Centre on Thursdays.

We regularly review our Careers programme through termly meetings to discuss actions and events based on what has been arranged by the Director of Careers and also through the Pastoral Teams.  The Pastoral Teams now use a specific tracker to capture all events they arrange through assemblies and workshops so that the Director of Careers can keep a strategic overview of all careers related activities within the Academy.

The Skegness Academy annually review (the next one being July 2019) the careers education on offer through the Compass Tool which is used to inform planning and identify priorities for the following academic year.

The Academy has produced a careers strategy as part of the Careers Education & Employability Leadership Programme (CELP) which is aligned to the Gatsby Benchmarks and includes priorities identified through the Compass Tool used in July 2018.

We are proud of our low number of those pupils who leave the Skegness Academy not in education, training or employment.  This is testament to our comprehensive careers programme which is embedded across all year groups, all subjects and all areas of the Academy.  Our destination data is also used to inform trips, visits and external stakeholder involvement within the Academy.

Careers Education and Guidance