University and Careers Success

   

At Ark Walworth Academy every student is encouraged to set their sights high for their futures, regardless of their background or individual circumstances. Our vision is to develop young people with the social confidence, self-efficacy and goal clarity to become highly desirable employees of the future. Underpinning this vision are our shared CARES values of Commitment, Aspiration, Resilience, Excellence and Self-Management which we believe exemplify a successful member of any community.

   

We aim to develop the fundamental skills for a successful career such as teamwork, communication, cooperation and problem solving as part of our day to day curriculum in all academic subjects. Alongside their academic education our students benefit from our University and Careers Success programme that focuses on three key areas; developing good study habits and social confident skills, access and exposure to the employers & higher education, as well as strong pathways and guidance advice. The programme will equip our young people with the knowledge and skills necessary to make the transition from our school, to further study or directly into a career of their choice.

 

   

CAREERS ADVICE

   

All students have access careers advice and guidance through their tutor, Director of Progress and Mr Fazackerley (Head of Aspirations). All Year 10 and 11 students will have a one to one meeting with Ms. Bennett-Wilson (Careers Advisor) each year to plan for their post-16 choices. In the Sixth Form students benefit from the Next Steps Programme which helps them to develop a deeper understanding of future pathways and options, which is supported by access to both careers and application advice for all post-19 routes.

 

Year 7-13 Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance 2021-2022

Develop social confidence, self-efficacy, and goal clarity to enable all young people to become highly employable

Develop transferable skills (planning and organisation, problem-solving, teamwork, communication) and behaviours (CARES) that will be valued by post-16/19 educators and employers

 

Access & exposure

Pathways & guidance

Year 7

University Visits - TBC

Team Building & Resilience Exercises - Enrichment

Work Readiness – Library Volunteers

Subject Areas - Benchmark 4 – Linking curriculum learning to careers

Introduction to the world of work: how our CARES values are essential to work

Give an example of how values are essential to the workplace. E.g., Timekeeping deadlines in the workplace enable an organisation to function efficiently.

Year 7 personal goal clarity and plan of possible post 16 and post 19 progression routes young people can describe a level/BTEC and apprenticeship pathway. Students can describe post 18 choices – university, apprenticeship, work

Year 8

University Visits – Royal Holloway

95% of students attend. Give an example of Specific qualifications and pathways at university and their relationship to employment.

Employability Skills – One Day as Student Receptionist

Team Building & Resilience Exercises – Enrichment

Subject Areas - Benchmark 4 – Linking curriculum learning to careers

Introduction to the world of work: how our CARES values are essential to different types of work Give an example of how values are essential to specific careers. EG A laboratory scientist demonstrating resilience by repeating an experiment and not giving up

Year 8 personal goal clarity and plan of possible employment sectors and pathway to employability young people can describe several industry sectors that they are interested in and the broad qualifications that they might need to enter these jobs

Year 9

Workplace Visit – Summer Term

Give an example of specific qualifications and pathways into careers that they have experienced.

Subject Areas - Benchmark 4 – Linking curriculum learning to careers

Demonstrate CARES values as essential work skills Young people can give specific examples from their behaviours in school that show these, and can articulate how these are setting them up well for the world of work

Personal goal clarity and plan of possible job – family and pathway to employability – Group Careers interview

Year 10

Careers seminars/events – All year

Mock Interviews – Summer Term

Work readiness - work experience – Spring Term

Benchmark 4 – Linking curriculum learning to careers

Mastery of CARES values as essential work skills. Young people can routinely identify examples from their behaviours in school that show these and can articulate how these are setting them up well for the world of work

1:1 Careers/Post-16 Guidance Interviews

Personal goal clarity and plan of individual jobs/profession and post 16 and 19 pathways. Students have a clear post-16 destination intention by April 2023

Year 11

Careers seminars/events – All year

Post-16 Routes – All year

Benchmark 4 – Linking curriculum learning to careers

Year 11 Work readiness – non-required work experiences Summer Term (Sum)

1:1 Careers/Post-16 Guidance Interviews

Personal goal clarity and plan for securing appropriate post 16 and 19 pathways. Students have a clear post-16 destination intention by April 2022

Year 12

University/Apprenticeship/Careers Days – Ongoing

Digital Literacy/Footprint – exercises – CARES

Mock Interviews – Summer Term

Leadership Opportunities – Enrichment/CARES

Post-19 Routes – All year

Work readiness – bespoke work experience/community service – June/July 2022

Benchmark 4 – Linking curriculum learning to careers

Personal goal clarity and plan for securing appropriate post 19 pathway

95% of students have a clear post-16 destination intention by April 2023

UCAS support

1:1 Careers/Post-19 Guidance Interviews

Year 13

University/Apprenticeship/Careers Days – Ongoing

Digital Literacy/Footprint – exercises – CARES

Leadership Opportunities – Enrichment/CARES

Work readiness – bespoke work experience/community service – Own time

Post-19 Routes – All year

Benchmark 4 – Linking curriculum learning to careers

Personal goal clarity and plan for securing appropriate post 19 pathway

95% of students have a clear post-18 destination intention by April 2022

UCAS support

1:1 Careers/Post-19 Guidance Interviews

   

START PROFILE

   

Start Profile is a careers platform that enables young people to explore their futures and places them in control of their own learning and progression. Not only does every young person have access at school, they can also log on 24/7, wherever they have an internet connection. Students are able access information about careers, routes into them, as well as live labour market and vacancy information.

   

The platform can be accessed from www.startprofile.com  (Registration code : 32921)

 

   

CAREER READY

   

Within this site you will find lots of free training and resources to help you build your skills and succeed in your future career. You can find accredited, video-based training modules on key topics such as leadership, communication and resilience. These are written by specialists and feature interactive quizzing and top tips from some of the UK’s biggest companies.There are also lots of great interviews with employers and universities so you can hear about the latest apprenticeship and higher education opportunities available to you.

   

The resource can be accessed from http://www.workreadyschools.co.uk/schools/walworth-academy/

   

 

   

UNIVERSITY AND EMPLOYER TASTER DAYS

   

All students are given the opportunity to attend at least one taster day at a university and an employer each year. These trips are designed to give students more knowledge and experience of what life is like at a higher education establishment with the hope of, one day, inspiring them to attend university. Following up a university taster day with an employer visit helps our young people to make connections between academic success and employability.

   

University trips have included Cambridge University, the University of Southampton, London Southbank and City University. Employer visits have included Tata Consultancy Services, Deloitte, State Street, London Bridge Station and the Nuclear Industry Association. 

 

   

WORK EXPERIENCE

   

Ark Walworth Academy is committed to providing every single one of our students with at least a week of work experience in Year 10 and a further week in Year 12. Working with our partners at Southwark Education Business Alliance enables our students to access a variety of local employers to gain invaluable insight into the workplace. Through a deep immersion in the real world of work students see and experience the impact of the vital work ready skills represented by our academy CARES values, meaning that when they return they are better able to appreciate why these values are so critical to their university and careers success.

 

   

APPRENTICESHIPS

   

A levels, BTECs and degrees are not the only options for study when our students finish their time at Ark Walworth. We are keen to ensure post-16 and post-19 destinations for our young people meet their aspirations and needs. With this in mind students who identify an interest in accessing and apprenticeship are supported to find out more and to visit potential employers. In 2017 students were enabled to visit Berkeley Homes, Costain London Bridge Station, MEC Global and ENGIE.

 

   

ELEPHANT PROJECT

   

15% of secondary school pupils in the UK are eligible for Free School Meals, but these students make up only 2% of the intake at top third universities. The Project seeks to reduce this by providing volunteer tutors who work with students one-to-one, meaning they are able to respond to their tutees' needs and help them to improve. With a one-to-one tutor in one or more of their subjects, students can boost their grades and make competitive university applications.

 

   

INTO UNIVERSITY

   

Students across each year group work with the charity Into University on their secondary FOCUS Programme. This unique programme offers young people learning experiences which aim to immerse them in a single topic or subject area. It includes workshops and holiday FOCUS activities, Extending Horizons Weekends away; and after-school Careers-in-FOCUS.  All FOCUS provision concludes with a ‘graduation’ ceremony with certificates and a celebration of the young people’s work.

   

You may find out more about their work here http://www.intouniversity.org

 

Opportunities for providers to speak with students may include school assemblies, employer and provider engagement events or opportunities to speak with students and parents on a one-to-one basis supporting GCSE, post 16 or post 18 option choices. Ark Walworth Academy’s Pathways and Enrichment programme is monitored for quality and impact by the Academy’s Senior Leadership and Governance Teams and monitoring of access to and opportunities to engage with, technical, vocational and training providers will form part of this process.

In the first instance, requests by providers should be sent to the Academy’s Pathways Lead, Carl Fazackerley CFazackerley@walworthacademy.org with a minimum of 6 weeks’ lead time. All requests will be considered on the basis of; staffing availability to support the activity, clashes with other planned activity, trips or visits to the Academy, interruption to preparation for examinations or rooming and space availability to host the activity.

For questions on this or Ark Walworth Academy’s wider Pathways and Enrichment programme, please contact the Academy’s Pathways Lead, Carl Fazackerley at CFazackerley@walworthacademy.org.