Career Related Learning

The Academy is currently working towards achieving the quality award, Career Mark, which is nationally approved and awarded to schools who demonstrate they provide a high quality programme of careers-related lessons and activities to all of its students. It supports legislation, national standards and best practice in careers.

Top Valley Academy believes that:

  • Every student should have high quality, independent careers guidance to encourage them to be well informed when making subject and career decisions.
  • All students should participate in a range of activities to develop a range of employability skills preparing them for a working life which is right for them; will be enjoyable and provide economic well-being.

All students at Top Valley Academy should:

  • Expect information, advice and guidance as an entitlement and know where to access up to date information about work, training and educational opportunities.
  • Be given the opportunity to experience work related learning including a period of work experience (Y10).
  • Experience a range of career related activities including employer talks, career fairs, motivational speakers, college and university visits and mentors.

Students are further encouraged to be good citizens and to: volunteer in the community; do charity work; raise funds for charities;  respond to international situations; take care of the environment; recycle and play a part in the development of the Academy and the community. 

During Year 10 and 11 students will receive face to face guidance and support with careers research to ensure they are fully ready to make well informed decisions about their career pathways.

Year 11 will be doing the following:-

  • 1-2-1 action planning through career guidance with the Academy's Career Guidance Mentor.
  • Support with all post 16 applications.
  • Online/VLE link to career guidance and further information
  • Visiting speakers from post 16 providers to inform students of opportunities available to them.
  • Visiting representatives from business and industry to inform students of careers and career routes.
  • Career and Apprenticeship Fairs
  • Visiting speaker from National Citizenship Service.
  • 6th Form and University visits.
  • Individual target setting reviewed at progress evening with parents/carers.
  • Continue with self-improvement work and character development to ensure that students have the skills, qualities and capabilities that employers need from the future workforce.
  • Growth mindset workshop and revision planning workshop
  • Continual review of CV and update when appropriate.
  • 1-2-1 career guidance from Career Advisor to provide independent & impartial careers advice and promote the best interest of the student to whom it is given.
  • 1-2-1 Senior Leadership Team mentoring.
  • Post 16 Induction Days.
  • Apprenticeship guest speakers.
  • Various subject related visits.
  • Careers Aspiration questionnaire.
  • Continue fund raising.
  • Digital profile awareness.
  • Portfolio to record achievements in school as well as out of school.
  • After school enrichment.
  • Student Voice.
  • Performing Art productions in school.
  • ECDL to ensure all students have transferable digital skills to support their studies post 16.
  • *NEW *Alumni sign up.  To keep in touch with our students as a way of them inspiring our current students and for us to continue to share in their achievements.

Year 10 will be doing the following:-

  • 1-2-1 action planning through career guidance with the Academy's Career Guidance Mentor.
  • Online/VLE link to career guidance and further information.
  • Visiting speakers from post 16 providers to inform students of opportunities available to them.
  • Visiting representatives from business and industry to inform students of careers and career routes.
  • Career and Apprenticeship Fairs.
  • Questionnaire - My Future.
  • Guidance by teachers about the links between curriculum learning and real life work.
  • Online/VLE link to career guidance and further information.
  • Year 10 Employability project.  
  • Preparation for work experience.
  • 1-2-1 career guidance from Career Advisor to provide independent & impartial careers advice and promote the best interest of the student to whom it is given.
  • 1-2-1 mentoring.
  • Individual target setting reviewed at progress evening with parents/carers.
  • Continue with self-improvement work and character development to ensure that students have the skills, qualities and capabilities that employers need from the future workforce.
  • Create CVs and personal statements of strengths and weaknesses.
  • Continue exploring pathways.
  • Continue fund raising.
  • Digital profile awareness.
  • After school enrichment.
  • Student Voice.
  • Performing Art productions in school.
  • 5 days' work experience.
  • Debrief of work experience week.
  • Spanish Exchange.
  • Commando Janes and working with younger students.
  • Sports - representing the Academy.
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award.
  • Outward Bound Residential, allows pupils to step out of their comfort zone, challenge themselves and develop further personal skills that employers look for.

During Year 9 students will be exploring a variety of careers and pathways suitable to their own individual aspirations and option choices

Year 9 students will be doing the following:

  • Making well informed option choices.
  • Individual target setting reviewed at progress evening with parents/carers.
  • Options evening consultation with parents and students - personal choices to be made in the best interest of the students future aspirations.
  • Careers fair.
  • Visiting representatives from business and industry to inform students of links between classroom learning and work.
  • Peer Mentoring.
  • Students are given general advice by CTL's/HOD about the courses offered by subject areas.
  • Post 16 providers at option evening to provide advice.
  • Online/VLE link to career guidance and further information.
  • Face to face career guidance to provide independent & impartial careers advice and promote the best interest of the student to whom it is given.
  • Independent advice at 'My Big Careers'
  • College taster sessions.
  • Enterprise days to experience entrepreneurial concepts.
  • Visiting speakers.
  • Recognise the need for self-improvement.
  • Develop soft skills, e.g. team working, determination, resilience, self-confidence etc. as part of their character development in preparation for the world of work.
  • Drop Down Days - workshops.
  • Careers research on National Careers Service website.
  • 1-2-1 Career destination coaching - where do they see themselves in 5 years and how do they achieve it?
  • Continue exploring pathways.
  • Sports - representing the Academy.
  • Charity fund raising and community projects.
  • After school enrichment.
  • Student Voice.
  • Performing Art productions in school.
  • Digital profile awareness.
  • After school enrichment.

Year 8 students will be doing the following:

  • Career fair.
  • Mentoring advice to selected students on an individual basis against achievement.
  • Online/VLE link to career guidance and further information.
  • Enterprise days to experience entrepreneurial concepts.
  • Visiting speakers.
  • Visiting representatives from business and industry to inform students of links between classroom learning and work.
  • Individual target setting reviewed at progress evening with parents/carers.
  • Peer Mentoring.
  • Librarians.
  • Sports- representing the Academy.
  • Develop soft skills, e.g. team working, determination, resilience, self-confidence etc. as part of their character development in preparation for the world of work.
  • Drop Down Days - workshops.
  • Careers research on National Careers Service website.
  • Charity fund raising and community projects.
  • Digital profile awareness.
  • Student Voice.
  • Performing Art productions in school.

During Year 7 students will be working with their own tutor group and year group on a range of careers related activities.  The key area will be self-awareness and to identify their own strengths, weaknesses, skills and capabilities and how these relate to academic subjects and employability skills.  

Year 7 will be doing the following activities throughout the year:-

  • Recognition of own strengths and own areas of development.
  • Recognition of own skills, qualities and capabilities.
  • Personal development target setting to be discussed at Progress evenings with parents/carers.
  • Tutor mentoring.
  • Researching career websites.
  • Drop Down Day workshops.
  • Student Voice.
  • Charity fund raising and community projects.
  • Problem solving - activities that will develop creativity and overcoming a problem in a team.
  • Sports - representing the Academy.
  • Digital Etiquette and safety.
  • Presentation Skills - develop skills needed for presenting.
  • School Council.

 

 

 

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