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, Relationship, Health, Economics Education and Information, Advice and Guidance (PSRHE/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. Throughout our school the CIEAG provision is delivered under the banner of ‘Work it Out’.
Key information about careers is provided to our students with a structured way within the school’s programme of tutor time activities, 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 to allow our students to interact with local employers and be aware of the skills they need for success in a particular industry sector. During National Careers Week there is a whole school focus on promoting careers, this includes inspiring guest speakers providing assemblies for students; staff sharing their career paths and subject teachers raising awareness of careers linked to curriculum areas.
Baker Clause Statement
This statement sets out our arrangements for managing the access of providers to students at the Academy for the purposes of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education act 1997 (the ‘Baker Clause’).
Students in Years 8 – 11 are entitled to:
find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point;
hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options evening’s, assemblies and group discussions and taster events;
understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses
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 or want further information they can:
Speak to their Progress Tutor
Access resources available in LRC and DACA website
Speak to an Independent Advisor at the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900 or visit?www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk
Our CEIAG 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 Careers Education through our tutor programme
For an overview of how we provide Careers Education 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, see our policy above. Details on how to contact our Careers’ Lead, please see above
Management of Provider Access requests. Any provider wish to request access to DACA should contact the Careers Leader as detailed above. We have a number of opportunities and forums available. You can identify some of these opportunities through our publish careers programme but we are also very willing to facilitate ad-hoc and targeted access in addition to our planned opportunities.
Building a network of people who could help you The Aldridge Foundation has launched Aldridge Connect, a free site on the social media platform LinkedIn, which has over 27 million users in the UK and focuses on jobs and careers. Joining can help you grow professional connections in industries that interest you; gives you immediate access to a network of all Aldridge students AND professional companies; and provides help with CVs.
Students and parents
CEIAG Key Stage 3
Key Stage 3 students begin to develop transferable skills through the entrepreneurship curriculum. Team Academy. They are given the opportunity to discover and explore options and pathways open to them through a series of projects. In Team Academy students frequently work with local business people and charities who mentor and challenge our students to stimulate their business acumen. Through the Key Stage 3 PSHCEE provision in tutor time students they learn about the value of investing in learning, career development and start planning for their future. The themes at Key Stage 3 are Understanding Me; Developing Me and Pathways for Me.
All learners are catered for with specialist SEN support and able, talented and gifted pupils identified and encouraged to raise aspirations and achieve to their full potential. Just before choosing their options Year 9 students get to think about their “Fantastic Futures” and come face to face with.
CEIAG Key Stage 4
In Key Stage 4 PSHCEE provision in tutor time students concentrate on preparing for the “world of work” by exploring options and pathways open to them post 16. Through exploring personal identities they consider their life ambitions and lifestyles. The themes at Key Stage 4 are Work it Out for Me and Future Me.
Students spend two weeks on work experience in Year 10 where they learn about the work placement, health and safety and experience what it’s like to be an employee. Students are supported to make informed decisions when planning their future. All students are catered for with specialist SEN support and able, talented and gifted pupils identified and encouraged to raise aspirations and achieve to their full potential.
All applicants for the Sixth Form have at least one 1:1 in-depth progression meeting to help them decide on the most appropriate programme of study after their GCSEs - start with the end in mind and build a tailored programme matched to individual prior attainment. This is reviewed again when applicants receive their GCSE results to ensure they make the best post 16 options that are in line with their post 18 goals.
CEIAG Key Stage 5
The theme at Key Stage 5 is all about Next Steps for Me. In Year 12, students have the opportunity to visit universities and higher ability students have the opportunity to participate in a residential at Oxford or Cambridge University. Students have the opportunity to participate in an EPQ programme, which encourages students to hone independent learning and academic research skills.
Each year, we hold UCAS days for students entering Year 13 in preparation for university applications. Students are offered one to one guidance with applications and are encouraged to apply to Russell Group universities where suitable. We offer bespoke programmes for competitive admissions (medicine, dentistry, veterinary, Oxbridge) applicants and have a very successful rate of admissions for these aspirants.
- Local Labour Information
- Labour Market information
- Good Uni Guide
- Royal Navy
- Royal Air Force
- Lancashire Fire Service
- North West Ambulance Service
- Creative and Digital Careers – Skills Set
- Creative and Digital Careers – Creative and Cultural Skills
- Advanced Manufacturing