At Ernulf Academy, we believe that it is important for our students to be exposed to and educated about the variety of different options and pathways that are available to them when they leave school. In order to achieve this, we work closely with contacts in the world of work and further education to deliver a range of opportunities to our students.
These opportunities that are presented to our students are designed to enable them to develop skills, attitudes and abilities that will be of value to them in whichever pathway they may choose. Our careers plan, attached below, is designed to cater for the individual needs of each student, and the careers and education guidance that we provide comes in many forms. Not only is this guidance embedded within the curriculum through lessons and tutor time, it is also delivered through Curriculum Enrichment Days as well as trips to, and visits from, various employers, companies and places of work and further education.
In year 7 and 8, students have opportunities to meet with different employers from local businesses to develop a greater understanding of the world of work that is available to them. Targeted students in year 8 also have the opportunity to visit a higher education college or university to widen their views and raise their aspirations on what they are able to achieve and where they education pathways could take them should they wish to go down this route.
Following on from the exposure to the world of work that students have in year 7 and 8, students in year 9 are then given the opportunity to explore the educational pathways they could choose to embrace. During this year, Cambridge Regional College organise a taster day for our students where they run a variety of workshops in school to inform pupils of the courses available to them and where these course could lead them. Some of these courses include; hair dressing, catering, engineering, gaming and public services. We believe that this is a great opportunity for our students, not only in terms of helping them to start thinking about what they would like to do post 16, but also in terms of guiding them in their year 9 options choices.
In year 10, all students are required to undergo a work placement in the local area for 2 weeks, which is monitored by teaching staff and form tutors. In addition to giving the students an idea of what the world of work is like, their work experience placement also introduce them to process of applying and interviewing for jobs. These skills that are developed in this process are also transferable to those students who seek to go on to apply for college or sixth form places.
During year 11 students receive further advice and guidance on all the pathways available to them. These include; A-levels, vocational courses, T-levels and apprenticeships. Throughout the year students are also given plenty of opportunities to research their options for themselves and the year 11 tutor team work closely with their tutees to offer advice and guidance where needed. At this stage students also take part in mock interviews to prepare them for their journey in to further education or the world of work.
If you have any questions about the careers and education, information, advice and guidance at Ernulf Academy please contact Miss B Webber (CEIAG co-ordinator) at firstname.lastname@example.org or through the school reception.
Please find below a list of useful websites and resources which will help you to support your son/daughter’s careers decisions.
Impartial careers guidance for young people
National apprenticeships website – This website has details of all apprenticeships nationwide
Youthoria – A website for 11 to 19 year olds in Cambridgeshire with useful information on careers and learning. There are details of local apprenticeships under the “Home” tab of this site.
Guidance for parents
- http://www.careersadviceforparents.org/: A website for parents and carers designed by an experienced, independent career development professional.
- http://www.parentalguidance.org.uk/: A website for parents and carers. The contributors to this website are experienced professionals in the field of careers guidance.