Careers Programme 2021/2022

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

Activity

Gatsby Benchmarks

  • 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
Year 7

Aims and Outcomes

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

Activity

Gatsby Benchmarks

  • Unifrog introduction and careers library treasure hunt activity
  • Unifrog – What are skills
  • Unifrog – What is your dream job?
  • DWP* – My skills 
  • DWP* – Link between school and work 
  • Careers in the curriculum: STEM 
  • Meet the industry: Live employer talks   
  • Tutor-time Activities

Gatsby Benchmarks

  • 2, 3, 4 (Module 2)
  • 3, 4
  • 3, 4
  • 2, 5
  • 2, 4, 7
  • 2, 4, 5
  • 2, 4, 5
  • 2, 4 (Ongoing)
Year 8

Aims and Outcomes

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

Activity

Gatsby Benchmarks

  • Unifrog introduction and What does success mean to you activity
  • Unifrog – GCSE choices, choices
  • DWP* – Employability skills
  • DWP* – Your digital footprint
  • Careers in the curriculum: STEM
  • Meet the industry: Live employer talks
  • Step into the NHS competition
  • National Careers Week 2022 activities
  • Tutor-time Activities

Gatsby Benchmarks

  • 3 (Module 2)
  • 3, 7
  • 2, 5
  • 2, 3, 5
  • 2, 4, 5
  • 2, 4, 5
  • 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
  • 2, 4, 5, 7 (Module 4)
  • 2, 4 (Ongoing)
Year 9

Aims and Outcomes

Careers research and planning. Exploring Post-16 options.

Activity

Gatsby Benchmarks

  • Unifrog introduction and what makes a great leader activity
  • Unifrog – Identifying interests
  • Unifrog – Your skills, your team, your future
  • Enact – NHS Success drama based presentation
  • DWP* – Making choices
  • DWP* – LMI & jobs of the future
  • Higher education / University visits
  • Careers in the curriculum: STEM
  • Meet the industry: Live employer talks
  • National Careers Week 2022 activities
  • Career and subject guidance interviews
  • Tutor-time Activities

Gatsby Benchmarks

  • 3 (Module 2)
  • 2, 3, 4
  • 3
  • 2, 4, 5 (Module 2)
  • 2, 4, 5
  • 2, 4, 5
  • 3, 7
  • 2, 4, 5
  • 2, 4, 5
  • 2, 4, 5, 7 (Module 4)
  • 3, 8 (On request)
  • 2, 4 (Ongoing)
Year 10

Aims and Outcomes

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

Activity

Gatsby Benchmarks

  • Unifrog introduction and personality profiling
  • Unifrog – How to research possible placements
  • Unifrog – How to contact employers
  • Unifrog – CVs and cover letters
  • DWP* – Employability skills
  • DWP* – Job search
  • Alumni talks
  • Career guidance interviews
  • Post-16 options talk
  • Careers in the curriculum: STEM
  • Meet the industry: Live employer talks
  • National Apprenticeship Week 2022 activities
  • National Careers Week 2022 activities
  • Work experience week / Virtual work experience
  • Tutor-time Activities
  • Careers Bulletin

Gatsby Benchmarks

  • 3 (Module 1)
  • 2, 3, 6
  • 5
  • 5
  • 2, 5
  • 2, 5
  • 5, 7
  • 3, 8 (On request)
  • 2, 3
  • 2, 4, 5
  • 2, 4, 5
  • 2, 4, 5, 7 (Module 3)
  • 2, 4, 5, 7(Module 4)
  • 5, 6 (Module 6)
  • 2, 4 (Ongoing)
  • 2, 4, 5, 6, 7 (Ongoing)
Year 11

Aims and Outcomes

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

Activity

Gatsby Benchmarks

  • Unifrog introductions and Post 16 choices, choices activity
  • Unifrog – Busting BTEC myths
  • Unifrog – A-Level choices
  • Unifrog – Apprenticeships
  • Unifrog – Revision techniques
  • DWP* – LMI & jobs of the future
  • KATO Training* – Apprenticeships
  • The Education People – Kent choices
  • Post-16 options talk
  • Alumni talks
  • Career guidance interviews
  • Meet the industry: Live employer talks
  • National Apprenticeship Week 2022 activities
  • National Careers Week 2022 activities
  • Tutor-time activities
  • Careers Bulletin

Gatsby Benchmarks

  • 3, 7 (Module 1)
  • 3, 7
  • 3, 4, 7
  • 2, 3, 7
  • 3
  • 2, 4, 5
  • 5, 7
  • 5
  • 2, 3
  • 5, 7
  • 3, 8 (On request)
  • 2, 4, 5
  • 2, 4, 5, 7 (Module 3)
  • 2, 4, 5, 7 (Module 4)
  • 2, 4 (Ongoing)
  • 2, 4, 5, 6, 7 (Ongoing)
Year 12

Aims and Outcomes

Explore post-18 options.

Activity

Gatsby Benchmarks

  • Unifrog introduction and Post 18 choices, choices activity
  • Unifrog – Apprenticeships, finding the best fit
  • Unifrog – Acing your personal statement
  • Careers guidance interviews (1-2-1 drop-in)
  • Work placements
  • KaMCOP* ‘Succeed’ on campus (University of Kent)
  • Post-18 option talks
  • Higher education / University virtual visits

Gatsby Benchmarks

  • 3, 7, 8
  • 8
  • 8
  • 2, 3, 4, 8 (All modules)
  • 2, 5, 6 (Any modules)
  • 7 (Module 2)
  • 2, 3 (Module 5)
  • 7 (Module 6)
Year 13

Aims and Outcomes

Explore post-18 options.

Activity

Gatsby Benchmarks

  • Unifrog introduction and how to use the applications list
  • Unifrog – Assessment centres
  • Careers guidance interviews (1-2-1 drop-in)
  • Higher education / University visits
  • Prep for University applications
  • Interview Skills workshop
  • Apprenticeship workshop
  • CV workshop

Gatsby Benchmarks

  • 8
  • 3, 6
  • 2, 3, 4, 8 (All modules)
  • 7 (Module 1)
  • 3 (Module 1)
  • 2, 5 (Module 4)
  • 2, 3 (Module 4)
  • 2, 3, 5 (Module 4)

* DWP = Department for Work and Pensions

* KMPF = Kent and Medway Progression Federation

* KaMCOP = Kent and Medway Collaborative Outreach Programme (Kent Universities) 

Sixth Form Work Placements 

Work experience is a statutory requirement in the Post-16 curriculum and provides our young people with an insight into the day to day of working life.They will have the opportunity to sample a particular career of interest and gain important employability skills. It will also allow students to reflect on their skills and gain an understanding of their strengths and weaknesses. Acquiring experiences of the workplace aids in future employment and acts as excellent references in Post-18 choices. 

Work experience placements can take place at any point in term time, limited to a maximum of 2 weeks, with authorised absence from the Post-16 team except during public examinations and at exam board deadlines. We encourage students to seek placements during holidays or when their timetable allows, this could be one day per week over consecutive weeks. Work placements must be sought-out and arranged by the students and their parents/carers. Advice and support is available at all times by the careers team at The Leigh Academy. 

A Work Experience Form must be completed in full and returned to Kim Mace-Baker or their tutor at least 4 weeks prior to the placement for necessary health and safety checks to be made. 

If you have any queries, please contact: 

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.  

If you have any queries, please contact: 

  • Mr M Williams: Email 
  • Mrs K Mace-Baker: Email 

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

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