Careers Learning Programme

The Leigh Academy Careers Learning Programme 2020/2021

Year 7

Activity

  • DWP*- What are my skills
  • KMPF* – Student Life Talk
  • KMPF* – ‘More than one direction’ Workshop
  • Tutor-time Activities

Gatsby Benchmarks

  • 2, 5
  • 7
  • 2, 4, 7
  • 2, 4

Module

  • Module 2
  • Module 4
  • Module 5
  • Ongoing

Aims and Outcomes

  • DWP*- What are my skills
  • KMPF* – Student Life Talk
  • KMPF* – ‘More than one direction’ Workshop
  • Tutor-time Activities
  • 2, 5
  • 7
  • 2, 4, 7
  • 2, 4
  • Module 2
  • Module 4
  • Module 5
  • Ongoing

Introduction to careers and the world of work. Understand the link between subject choice and future careers.

Year 8

Activity

  • DWP*- Employability and CV building
  • KMPF* – Student Life Talk
  • DWP* – Money Matters and Your Digital Footprint
  • Tutor-time Activities

Gatsby Benchmarks

  • 2, 5
  • 7
  • 2, 3, 5
  • 2, 4

Module

  • Module 2
  • Module 4
  • Module 4
  • Ongoing

Aims and Outcomes

  • DWP*- Employability and CV building
  • KMPF* – Student Life Talk
  • DWP* – Money Matters and Your Digital Footprint
  • Tutor-time Activities
  • 2, 5
  • 7
  • 2, 3, 5
  • 2, 4
  • Module 2
  • Module 4
  • Module 4
  • Ongoing

Exploring, understanding and identifying career ideas and pathways. Identifying key responsibilities and contributing factors to the world of work

Year 9

Activity

  • DWP*- Post 16 Qualifications and Employment
  • DWP* – CVs
  • Leigh Aspire Programme – Virtual visit to Oxford University
  • Options evening (careers advisor present)
  • KaMCOP* – University Life
  • Leigh Aspire Programme – Skills & Strengths Workshop
  • Tutor-time Activities

Gatsby Benchmarks

  • 2, 5
  • 2, 5
  • 7
  • 2, 3
  • 7
  • 3, 8
  • 2, 4

Module

  • Module 2
  • Module 3
  • Module 3
  • Module 3
  • Module 4
  • Module 4
  • Ongoing

Aims and Outcomes

  • DWP*- Post 16 Qualifications and Employment
  • DWP* – CVs
  • Leigh Aspire Programme – Virtual visit to Oxford University
  • Options evening (careers advisor present)
  • KaMCOP* – University Life
  • Leigh Aspire Programme – Skills & Strengths Workshop
  • Tutor-time Activities
  • 2, 5
  • 2, 5
  • 7
  • 2, 3
  • 7
  • 3, 8
  • 2, 4
  • Module 2
  • Module 3
  • Module 3
  • Module 3
  • Module 4
  • Module 4
  • Ongoing

Careers research and planning. Exploring Post-16 options.

Year 10

Activity

  • DWP*- Employability
  • Leigh Aspire Programme – Attributes for Success
  • KaMCOP* – University Experience
  • Leigh Aspire Programme – Virtual visit to Sussex University
  • KMPF* – Student Life Talk
  • Leigh Aspire Programme – CV Writing
  • Careers presentations (Army, Construction, Business, Health Care)
  • Leigh Aspire Programme – Virtual visit to The Houses of Parliament
  • Careers interviews (1-2-1 and groups)
  • Post-16 Options Talk
  • Leigh Aspire Programme – How to use social media professionally
  • Work Experience / Virtual Work Experience Week
  • Tutor-time Activities
  • Weekly Careers Bulletin

Gatsby Benchmarks

  • 2, 5
  • 3, 4
  • 7
  • 7
  • 7
  • 3
  • 2, 4, 5
  • 6
  • 2, 3, 4, 8
  • 2, 4
  • 3
  • 5, 6
  • 2, 4
  • 2, 4, 5, 6, 7

Module

  • Module 1
  • Module 2
  • Module 3
  • Module 3
  • Module 4
  • Module 4
  • Module 4
  • Module 5
  • Module 5
  • Module 5
  • Module 6
  • Module 6
  • Ongoing
  • Weekly

Aims and Outcomes

  • DWP*- Employability
  • Leigh Aspire Programme – Attributes for Success
  • KaMCOP* – University Experience
  • Leigh Aspire Programme – Virtual visit to Sussex University
  • KMPF* – Student Life Talk
  • Leigh Aspire Programme – CV Writing
  • Careers presentations (Army, Construction, Business, Health Care)
  • Leigh Aspire Programme – Virtual visit to The Houses of Parliament
  • Careers interviews (1-2-1 and groups)
  • Post-16 Options Talk
  • Leigh Aspire Programme – How to use social media professionally
  • Work Experience / Virtual Work Experience Week
  • Tutor-time Activities
  • Weekly Careers Bulletin
  • 2, 5
  • 3, 4
  • 7
  • 7
  • 7
  • 3
  • 2, 4, 5
  • 6
  • 2, 3, 4, 8
  • 2, 4
  • 3
  • 5, 6
  • 2, 4
  • 2, 4, 5, 6, 7
  • Module 1
  • Module 2
  • Module 3
  • Module 3
  • Module 4
  • Module 4
  • Module 4
  • Module 5
  • Module 5
  • Module 5
  • Module 6
  • Module 6
  • Ongoing
  • Weekly

Connecting subject decisions to careers. Prepare and partake in virtual work experience.

Year 11

Activity

  • KATO* Training – Apprenticeship Talk
  • DWP*- Employability
  • KMPF* – Student Finance Talk
  • Careers Guidance Interviews (1-2-1 and groups)
  • Post-16 Options Talk (6th form Head)
  • Careers presentations (Army, Construction, Business, Health Care)
  • Tutor-time activities
  • Weekly Careers Bulletin

Gatsby Benchmarks

  • 2
  • 2, 5
  • 7
  • 2, 3, 4, 8
  • 2, 3
  • 2, 4, 5
  • 2, 4
  • 2, 4, 5, 6, 7

Module

  • Module 1
  • Module 2
  • Module 3
  • Module 2-3
  • Module 3
  • Module 4
  • Ongoing
  • Weekly

Aims and Outcomes

  • KATO* Training – Apprenticeship Talk
  • DWP*- Employability
  • KMPF* – Student Finance Talk
  • Careers Guidance Interviews (1-2-1 and groups)
  • Post-16 Options Talk (6th form Head)
  • Careers presentations (Army, Construction, Business, Health Care)
  • Tutor-time activities
  • Weekly Careers Bulletin
  • 2
  • 2, 5
  • 7
  • 2, 3, 4, 8
  • 2, 3
  • 2, 4, 5
  • 2, 4
  • 2, 4, 5, 6, 7
  • Module 1
  • Module 2
  • Module 3
  • Module 2-3
  • Module 3
  • Module 4
  • Ongoing
  • Weekly

Further one’s career knowledge and development. Decide on Post-16 options and apply.

Year 12

Activity

  • Careers guidance interviews (1-2-1 drop-in)
  • Work placements (optional)
  • Leigh Aspire Programme (selected students)
  • KaMCOP* ‘Succeed’ on campus (University of Kent)
  • Post-18 option talks 
  • Higher education / University virtual visits

Gatsby Benchmarks

  • 2, 3, 4, 8
  • 2, 5, 6
  • 3
  • 7
  • 2, 3
  • 7

Module

  • All modules
  • Any module
  • Module 1
  • Module 2
  • Module 5
  • Module 6

Aims and Outcomes

  • Careers guidance interviews (1-2-1 drop-in)
  • Work placements (optional)
  • Leigh Aspire Programme (selected students)
  • KaMCOP* ‘Succeed’ on campus (University of Kent)
  • Post-18 option talks 
  • Higher education / University virtual visits
  • 2, 3, 4, 8
  • 2, 5, 6
  • 3
  • 7
  • 2, 3
  • 7
  • All modules
  • Any module
  • Module 1
  • Module 2
  • Module 5
  • Module 6

Explore post-18 options.

Year 13

Activity

  • Careers guidance interviews (1-2-1 drop-in)
  • Higher education / University virtual visits
  • Prep for University applications
  • Skills 30-30 (virtual speed networking event with employers)
  • Apprenticeship workshop
  • CV workshop and mock interviews

Gatsby Benchmarks

  • 2, 3, 4, 8
  • 7
  • 3
  • 2, 5
  • 2, 3
  • 2, 3, 5

Module

  • All modules
  • Module 1
  • Module 1
  • Module 3
  • Module 3
  • Module 4

Aims and Outcomes

  • Careers guidance interviews (1-2-1 drop-in)
  • Higher education / University virtual visits
  • Prep for University applications
  • Skills 30-30 (virtual speed networking event with employers)
  • Apprenticeship workshop
  • CV workshop and mock interviews
  • 2, 3, 4, 8
  • 7
  • 3
  • 2, 5
  • 2, 3
  • 2, 3, 5
  • All modules
  • Module 1
  • Module 1
  • Module 3
  • Module 3
  • Module 4

Post-18 options and beyond.

All

Activity

  • Gatsby Benchmark 1 is fulfilled by the overall planning and delivery of this programme
  • Access to careers library (based in main library)
  • Links to useful websites accessible

Gatsby Benchmarks

  • 1
  • 2,2,4
  • 2,3,4

Module

Ongoing and available at all times.

Aims and Outcomes

  • Gatsby Benchmark 1 is fulfilled by the overall planning and delivery of this programme
  • Access to careers library (based in main library)
  • Links to useful websites accessible
  • 1
  • 2, 2, 4
  • 2, 3, 4

Ongoing and available at all times.

Enable all students access to a careers programme, career guidance and resources.

* DWP = Department for Work and Pensions | * KMPF = Kent and Medway Progression Federation | * KaMCOP = Kent and Medway Collaborative Outreach Programme (Kent Universities)

6th Form Work Placements 

Post-16 students are encouraged to seek work placements but these must be sought-out and arranged by the students and their parents/carers. Advice and support is available at all times. 

Students may undertake work placements at any time of the academic year (with authorised absence) except during public examinations and at exam board deadlines. 

If you have any queries, please contact: 

Post-16 Team: post16team@leighacademy.org.uk  

Lee Forcella-Burton:   lee.forcellaburton@leighacademy.org.uk

Year 10 Work Experience (WEX)

Providing Year 10 with the opportunity to take part in a one week work experience programme provides them with the understanding and knowledge of real world work and furnishes them with key employability skills which can then be applied to their CVs and personal statements. 

We encourage all students to seek and apply for their own work experience, we recommend and will guide students to explore opportunities in an area that interests them and reflects their passions and abilities. 

Students must make contact with employers under the guidance of an adult, use their school email address and not contact individuals via a social media platform.  

NOTE: We are cautiously optimistic work experience will commence in 2021 and are keeping contact with local companies to stay updated. Virtual work experience (VWEX) may be our way forward and we will endeavor to ensure all students are given the opportunity remotely or in-person to be involved. 

If you have any queries, please contact: 

Mike Williams: michael.williams@leighacademy.org.uk 

Kim Mace-Baker: kim.mace-baker@leighacademy.org.uk 

Gatsby Benchmarks 

The Gatsby Foundation put together 8 benchmarks designed to guide schools and colleges nationwide in educating and equipping students in Years 7 – 13 for future successful transitions from formal education into the world of work. 

  • Benchmark 1 – A stable careers programme
  • Benchmark 2 – Learning from career and labour market information
  • Benchmark 3 – Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • Benchmark 4 – Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Benchmark 5 – Encounters with employers and employees
  • Benchmark 6 – Experiences of workplaces
  • Benchmark 7 – Encounters with further and higher education
  • Benchmark 8 – Personal Guidance

More information can be found here