Our vision is that by the age of 25 all Aldridge graduates will have experienced an outstanding and enjoyable education and be able to sustain the life of their choice.  They will be independent, thriving economically and making a real positive contribution to their communities.


Personal, Social, Health, Careers and Economics Education and Information, Advice and Guidance (PSHCEE/IAG) is advice and support we offer our students to help them develop as young people, active citizens and prepared to make appropriate decisions about their future.

Key information about careers is provided to our students with a structured way within the school’s programme of PSHCEE, because they need a realistic expectation of what each option entails and support to help them make decisions that reflect their ability, potential, aspirations and learning preferences.


Every student at DACA is encouraged to high aspirations for their future, develop their enterprise skills and make the most of their academic ability and talents. We help our students prepare for the next stage education and employment; applying for sixth form, college, university, apprenticeships and the world of employment by providing regular and timely careers guidance, development of enterprise and employability skills and encounters with local organisations and institutions.   


Through DACA’s partnership with the Hive and by working with our Enterprise Co-ordinator and Enterprise Adviser, we have excellent links with leading local employers in all sectors. We regularly have visitors into the academy in curriculum areas, in assemblies or at events to inspire our students and provide them with crucial local labour market information.


All subjects provide specific subject related information at all key stages and all areas of the curriculum integrate the development of employability skills into their lessons. Local STEM providers such as BAE Systems are also invited regularly to offer students an overview of their progression pathways through interactive sessions.


Our annual Skill Showcase takes place during National Careers Week.  During National Careers Week there is a whole school focus on promoting careers, this includes inspiring guest speakers providing assemblies for students; over forty providers from various sectors showcase the skills needed in their industry. 


Parents are actively encouraged to be involved in all aspects of their child’s progression and future prospects. They have access to progress tutors, subject leaders, pastoral managers and specialist advisors, through parent’s evenings, careers events and progress review meetings.  If students have a question about careers they can:

Our PSHCEE/IAG provision is evaluated with students, teachers and employers on an annual basis.  The school also measures how its careers’ education meets the eight Gatsby Benchmarks.

  1. A stable careers programme.

  2. Learning from career and labour market information.

  3. Addressing the needs of each student.

  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers.

  5. Encounters with employers and employees.

  6. Experiences of workplaces.

  7. Encounters with further and higher education.

  8. Personal guidance.


  • To read our policy on Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance, please click here.

  • For an overview of how we provide PSHCEE/IAG through each of our subjects, please click here.

  • For an overview of how our careers’ provision meets the Gatsby Benchmarks, please click here.

  • For our policy on enabling access to providers of education and training, as well as details on how to contact our Careers’ Lead, please click here.

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