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Careers Policy



 It is the vision of Arnold Hill that all learners should “shine brightly” in all aspects of their education.  This requires a planned programme of activities to help learners choose 14‐19 pathways and beyond that are right for them and for learners to be able to manage their careers, sustain Employability and achieve personal and economic well‐being throughout their lives.


The overall aim is the provision of high quality and effective skills for employment for  all students at the Academy. This supports one of the Strategic objectives of the Trent Academies group which is to develop the most employable young people. Developing skills for employment in young people has a major role in the school's commitment to life‐long learning. We aim to ensure that all students leave the Academy with the very best preparation for adult working life and all our practices are geared to this purpose.

The school recognises the significant contribution that skills development can play in raising achievement, increasing students’ employment prospects and striving towards equality of opportunity and outcome. For this reason, implicit and explicit employer links are made into the teaching and learning of pupils as well as the pastoral support pupils receive.

With the raising of the participation age to 18 by we are always encouraging and supporting young people to make informed choices regarding their future careers and remain engaged in education and training.

A young person who has four or more encounters with an employer is 86% less likely to be unemployed or not in education or training, and can earn up to 18% more during their career.  Developing effective links with businesses across the key economic sectors in the area therefore is core element of our plan.

Arnold Hill Careers Entitlement

Year 7                  

 An introduction to the careers resources available in the Learning Resource Centre

A Bright futures day with Information about the world of work and businesses. 

A guidance activity to think about budgeting and how to manage money

Year 8 and Year 9

Careers Assemblies

Avoiding stereotypes activity in tutor time

Opportunities for some students to take part in STEM activities such as  in Science and Technology Challenge Days  

Opportunities for some students to visit Local Universities

A Bright Futures Day including information sessions and help with making decisions. Delivery enhanced by outside providers.

Career Guidance activities in Guidance before Option choices.  Careers and STEM information is provided by the school careers adviser at the Options evening.

A Bright Futures Day including information sessions and help with making decisions. Delivery enhanced by outside providers.

By the end of key stage 3 students employability skills will be emerging and they will be able to ~

Show that they can manage their own money, understand personal finance documents and know how to access financial support for further study or training.

Have a better understanding of their strengths, achievements and weaknesses and support to evaluate how these might inform choices in learning and work.

Have a better understanding of 14-19 choices, opportunities and progression pathways.

Have an understanding of the qualities, attitudes and skills needed for the working world.

Have an awareness of where and how to access careers based resources within the school.

Have received appropriate advice and guidance on options, and consideration of goals and targets for 14-19 education or training

Understand how to make important plans and decisions, carefully including how to solve problems and deal appropriately with influences on them.

Year 10

Labour market Information about the changing nature of the world of work

Assemblies and Information on local college days and careers fairs

An opportunity for some pupils to do a week’s work experience

Careers fairs by external providers, showcasing all possible local options for post 16 students and provided by Futures and the STEM network

Attendance at the Skills show in Birmingham

Year 11

Information on 16+ options

Information about opportunities to visit other institutions

A careers module delivered during tutor time including employment skills, personal statements and CV writing. A mock interview with a local employer

College and apprenticeship presentations provided by Nottingham College, Confetti College and Vision West Nottinghamshire college. Information on local college days and careers fairs

Support in completing college application forms and access to computers for online registration is made available.  Such activities are an integral part of tutor time and  all students are afforded the opportunity to access computer rooms and the relevant internet sites and software.

Close monitoring of vulnerable students (Learning Mentor Team) one-to-one careers interview if required

By the end of key stage 4 all students will have developed the following and be able to ~

Have a reasonable knowledge of career management and employability skills

Have accessed Websites and other sources of advice to investigate and explore future choices and progression routes

Have had direct access to employers, colleges and training providers benefiting a learner from career and work related learning activities and experiences

Have Researched education, training, apprenticeships and volunteering options including information about the best progression pathways through to specific goals and linked to a bespoke career plan.

Accessed independent and impartial career guidance advice to enable students to make well informed decisions on their chosen career and progression route.

Show that they have acquired and developed qualities and skills to improve their employability.

Produced a CV, a covering letter and applied for placements, college courses, VI places or apprenticeships.

Produce a challenging but realistic plan for future learning and work, by relating their abilities and strengths to the gaols they have set themselves.

Find relevant job and labour market information (LMI) and know how to use it in their career planning.

Recognised and challenged stereotyping, discrimination and other barriers to equality, diversity and inclusion, and know their rights and responsibilities in relation to these issues

Sixth Form Careers Entitlement 

Transition from Year 11 and the Characteristics of successful Sixth form students
Induction into the Sixth form
Sessions on personal well-being and mindfulness
Personalised support from form tutors
121 Progress reviews to inform you of your progress and set targets
The opportunity to do a week’s work experience
Opportunities to develop your leadership and employment skills
Information on 18+ options including non university options
use careers software and unifrog and access careers links on different websites
have the opportunity to visit a local university.
be made aware of opportunities to visit institutions and open days,
Help with the UCAS process, applications and your personal statement
the opportunity to get specialist information about courses such as medicine law and Oxbridge
information about how to apply for apprenticeships and jobs including sessions from External Apprenticeship providers
information about student finance

Role and responsibilities

All staff are expected to contribute to the Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance CEIAG programme through their roles as tutors and subject teachers. CEIAG is planned, monitored and evaluated  in consultation with relevant staff. Careers information is available in the library in the careers education resources section, which is maintained by library staff. There are a number of people who as a collective are responsible for the delivery of CEIAG in Arnold Hill Academy.  These are:

  • Careers Coordinator and Advisor - Mrs Carter
  • Assistant Head Teacher with overall responsibility for careers - Mrs Garrad
  • Heads of Year
  • Lead Practitioner - Bright Futures Coordinator -Mrs Kayleigh Sangera 

The careers coordinaor who also delivers careers advice is QCF Level 6 qualified and is committed to ongoing CPD.  There is a link governor for CEIAG at Arnold Hill Academy.  This is a requirement set out by the DFE in the statutory guidance on careers and inspiration in schools as well as in the Governance handbook.

Role and responsibility of the CEIAG Link Governor:

  1. Governors have a role to play in connecting their school with the wider community of business and other professional people in order to enhance the education and career aspirations of pupils. 
  2. Maintained schools  and Academies must secure access to independent careers guidance for pupils in years 8-13. 
  3. Schools must have regard to statutory guidance, which sets a clear framework for the provision of advice and guidance. 
  4. Schools must ensure that the advice and guidance provided is impartial, includes information on the range of options (including apprenticeships and other vocational pathways) and promotes the best interests of the pupils to whom it is given;
  5. provide clear advice to the headteacher on which a strategy for advice and guidance can be based that is part of a clear framework linked to outcomes for pupils; and
  6. consider the importance of providing pupils with access to inspiring activities through sustained contacts with employers, mentors and coaches.
  7. The board can refer to departmental advice, which sets out some common features of inspirational, high quality advice and guidance. Source: Governance Handbook November 2015