Careers Guidance

Aims

Our Rushey 1-2-3 expectations of Be Kind, Work Hard and Develop your Whole Self means that we have the highest expectation of our students and encourage each individual to develop their full potential. We realise that Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) helps to prepare our students to become valued members of society. We encourage our students to make informed choices guided by a team of experienced Careers staff with the sole aim of enabling them to understand what their options are after Rushey Mead in terms of college courses, training and apprenticeships and to help them develop valuable employability skills.

Objectives

  • Provide a planned programme of careers activities to which all students from Years 7-11 are entitled and able to access in a suitable format for their needs.
  • Help students to begin planning for their futures and aspire to be the best that they can be.
  • Provide information, advice and guidance (IAG) which is impartial, unbiased and is based on student needs.
  • Follow best practice guidance from organisations including the LLEP (Leicester and Leicestershire Partnership), the CDI (Careers Development Institute) and other professional bodies in line with The Gatsby Benchmarks. The eight Gatsby benchmarks are a framework for good career guidance developed to support schools in providing students with the best possible careers education, information, advice, and guidance.

Gatsby Benchmark Results

  • Work in partnership with colleges, sixth forms and apprenticeship providers to ensure all students are able to access education, apprenticeships or training after KS4.
  • Use up to date LMI (Labour Market Information) to help students be fully informed about the ever-changing employment landscape.

LMI link

Programme of study

Year 7

  • Starting to identify personal skills, qualities and strengths to match with college courses and potential careers.
  • Looking at how to research different careers and career pathways using a suitable online platform.
  • Linking curriculum to possible Careers

Year 8

  • Start looking at choices available at GCSE and how some choices link to courses post 16 courses to help with the decision-making process in Year 9
  • Explore different types of careers and pathways
  • Qualifications and skills needed for different careers
  • Linking curriculum to careers

Year 9

  • How to choose GCSE options
  • The changing face of the Labour Market with particular focus on attention to opportunities within Leicester and Leicestershire as well as national employment opportunities.
  • Skills Awareness and how strengths, interests, skills and qualities relate to future employability
  • Linking curriculum to Careers

Year 10

  • Course options available Post 16
  • The importance of being self-aware to make appropriate and positive decisions about future options.
  • Linking curriculum to Careers
  • Work experience preparation including how to deal with interviews and expectations during work experience.
  • Work experience week.

Work Experience link

  • Commence 1:1 careers guidance for all Year 10 students – continues into Year 11

Year 11

  • An introduction to the post 16 application process
  • Additional 1:1 college application support for SEN and EHCP students
  • Support with Apprenticeship applications
  • Mock interviews with local employers
  • Post 16 Information Evening
  • One to one careers guidance interviews

All students have access to individual career guidance, as and when needed.

The Baker Clause

RMA work closely with local post 16 providers and local higher education providers, both academic and vocational, as well as representatives from a wide range of career sectors to support our students.  If you are an employer who would like to add to one of our events or help us with our careers work?  click here for our Provider Access Policy.

Measuring Impact and Evaluation

We are keen to measure the effectiveness and impact of our careers programme at Rushey Mead Academy and this is done in a number of ways including student destination data, interviews and surveys.

Destinations Data


We are keen to gain feedback from a range of stakeholders including parents, students, teachers and employers. If you would like to give us feedback about our careers programme, please get in touch using the email address below.

Careers Contacts
Nicole Thanki (Careers Leader)
Marie Butler (Careers Adviser)
Sarah Sewell (Careers Administrator) Liz Mee (Careers Administrator)
[email protected]

This page will be reviewed September 2021

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