We are thrilled to have achieved the national Quality in Careers Standard awarded by Ixion (Part of the Shaw Trust Group) in November 2021. At James Brindley Academy we recognise the important role school plays in helping students develop their knowledge, skills and experience so they can go out into the world and achieve personal success. This standard has provided a flexible framework that enabled us to audit our work on careers and ensure our students are receiving advice, practical support and experience so they are prepared for the next stage of their education, employment, self-employment or training.
We are privileged that Richard Winter from HS2 is our Enterprise Adviser who actively supports linking our curriculum to the world of work, inspiring pupils about current and future jobs via assemblies, workshops and work experience.
Richard Winter | Education Manager | HS2 Ltd
'I am the Education Manager for HS2, responsible for the work that we do in schools to inspire young people to take an interest in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) subjects and careers. I grew up in Birmingham and worked as primary school teacher in the UK and abroad, before focusing on STEM education, first at the Thinktank Science Museum and now through my role at HS2.
We also work actively with Jackie Plimmer our Birmingham Careers Hub Careers & Enterprise Co-ordinator, who challenges and supports us to continually strive to improve our careers programme and ultimately outcomes for all of our pupils.
James Brindley Academy's vision states ‘all children and young people have the right to an education that provides them with the skills and opportunity to achieve their potential regardless of their circumstances or medical needs’ and believe that careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) is at the heart of achieving this. We are committed to developing a programme that is creative and robust yet flexible to meet all pupils’ needs. We support pupils in making well-informed decisions by providing access to differentiated, impartial and independent information and guidance about the range of options to help them to achieve their goals. The Academy Action Plan supports the achievement of the eight Gatsby benchmarks as stated in the DfE document 'Careers guidance and access for education and training providers' (updated July 2021).
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The Careers Team
At James Brindley we have a whole school approach to careers with all staff supporting the delivery of Careers through the Careers Programme and within curriculum areas. In addition, we have a designated Careers team:
- Georgina McMath (Careers Lead whole school) firstname.lastname@example.orgTelephone: 0121 389 0351 Mobile: 07704 539686
- Jackie Hopkins (Careers Adviser Parkway Centre) email@example.com
- Rachael Turrell (Careers Adviser Dovedale Centre and Employer Engagement Officer whole school) firstname.lastname@example.org
- Paula Quiney (Careers Adviser Northfield and Parkway Centres) email@example.com
- Steven Tooley (Employer Engagement Officer whole school) firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fay Holland (Trustee for Careers) email@example.com
To contact the careers team please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Aims of Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) at James Brindley Academy from Y7 to Y11:
- To provide inspiration, raise aspirations and broaden pupils options
- To inspire and to empower pupils to make informed realistic decisions at key transition points
- To provide good quality impartial careers advice to pupils which inspires them and motivates them to fulfil their potential
- To provide advice and guidance which is in the best interests of the pupil
- To work in partnership with employers, training providers, local colleges, specialist provision and others to provide opportunities to inspire students through real-life contact with the world of work
- To develop enterprise and employability skills including skills for self-employment
- To support inclusion, challenge stereotyping and promote equality of opportunity
- To develop a fit for purpose careers programme which provides pupils with the knowledge and inspiration to succeed in their chosen career paths based on the CDI Career Development Framework (April 2021) and the DfE document 'Careers guidance and access for education and training providers' (updated July 2021)
- To support a structured work experience programme for Year 10 pupils in our teaching centres in June each year. The Employment Engagement Officer has developed a range of work related learning opportunities that pupils in all sectors can access.
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Measuring the impact of our careers programme
The academy’s progress towards achieving the Gatsby Benchmarks is evaluated termly, using the Careers and Enterprise Compass + tool, and we are proud that we met all eight of the Gatsby Benchmarks by December 2020 and continue to do so.
Careers provision is monitored through regular feedback from pupils, parents, carers, staff, trustees and external partners. This feedback is collected through questionnaires and face to face discussions following key careers activities throughout the academic year. This is analysed by the Careers Lead and careers team with actions fed back to staff via careers team meetings and to the senior leadership team. Key action points will also be included in the Careers Team Action Plan.
The effectiveness of our careers programme is reflected in the number of pupils progressing and sustaining positive destinations such as traineeships, apprenticeships, mainstream and special schools with sixth forms, sixth form colleges, mainstream and specialist further education colleges, employment or voluntary work with training. We follow up young people for 3 years then this destination data is used to assess how successfully pupils make the transition to the next stage and to inform future careers provision at James Brindley. This is analysed by the Careers Lead and careers team with actions fed back to staff via briefings and the senior leadership team. Key action points will also be included in the annual Careers Team Action Plan and the Academy development plan.
The careers policy was written and approved by the senior leadership team in October 2020 and is reviewed every three years.