Careers Guidance

At Lime Hills Academy we aim to achieve the Gatsby Benchmarks. Every young person needs high-quality career guidance to make educated, informed decisions about their future choices. Good career guidance is a vital part of increasing social mobility, supporting positive destinations and the quality of long-term outcomes. We measure the impact of the careers and employability entitlement through the Gatsby Benchmarks.

Careers Lead

Lis Jolley - Principal
Email: [email protected]

Careers & Employability at Lime Hills Academy

The eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance are:

A stable careers programme

This means an embedded programme of career education and guidance which pupils, parents/carers, school staff, governors and employers all understand and support.

At Lime Hills Academy, pupils follow the Jigsaw PSHE scheme of learning which includes a focus on Careers in the Dreams and Goals puzzle piece.

DG (Dreams and Goals)

Aspirations, how to achieve goals and understanding the emotions that go with this

Learning from Career and Labour Market Information

Every pupil, along with their families, should have ready access to quality information relating to future study and employment options. The support of a career's adviser helps individuals make the best use of the information they access.

At Lime Hills Academy, pupils use career pilot as a starting point for learning about careers and labour market information.

Addressing the Needs of Each Student

Careers guidance needs to be differentiated when it is delivered to varying age/need ranges, with different levels/types of aspiration. Careers advice, learning and support should be tailored to the individual needs of each pupil – whilst also considering equality and diversity.

At Lime Hills Academy, next steps and destinations is an integral part of the EHCP review process. KS4 pupils visit local colleges and providers and have well planned enhanced transition opportunities and encounters in order to be successful, there. Pupils work with colleges around appropriate careers and the support they will receive as pupils with EHCPs.

Linking Curriculum Learning to Careers

Curriculum learning should be linked with careers. This can be done in a wide variety of creative ways, across the various subject areas.

At Lime Hills Academy, understanding the why is an important part of the way we teach and learn. Staff take opportunities to link subjects to real world learning and talk about careers where the skills pupils are developing would be important.

Encounters with Employers and Employees

All pupils should be provided with opportunities to learn from employers about employment, and the skills that are required for the workplace. This can mean enterprise schemes, visiting speakers, and workplace visits.

At Lime Hills Academy, enterprise is an important part of the schools’ vision. Students work as entrepreneurs and employers are invited to give feedback to students in a meaningful way.

Experiences of Workplaces

Pupils should have direct experiences of the workplace through work experience opportunities, workplace visits or other community links; this helps their exploration of careers-related opportunities.

At Lime Hills Academy, work experience often forms part of a KS4 students’ bespoke curriculum offer. Where it is appropriate, we encourage students to take on longer periods of work experience rather than the traditional one-week experience. Where students are not yet ready to undertake work experience we look at other way that students can explore the world of work and experience the workplace, including virtual work experience encounters.

Encounters with Further and Higher Education

Pupils should have a knowledge of the full range of learning opportunities, following school, that are available to them. This includes further education, internships/apprenticeships, employment and supported living outcomes.

At Lime Hills Academy, Year 11 students will meet a range of providers (both on and off site) and explore post 16 courses and apprenticeships and the support that they would receive as SEND learners.

Personal Guidance

All pupils should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a careers adviser, who could be internal (a member of school staff) or external, provided they are trained to an appropriate level. These should be available at the stages where significant study or future career choices are being considered.

At Lime Hills Academy, KS4 students have drop down personal guidance and career days. Students talk to a range of professionals as well as a trained careers advisor.

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