Careers Information, Advice and Guidance

Bradford Academy Career Information, Advice and Guidance (CIAG) Programme

During every learner’s journey throughout Bradford Academy, they are provided with impartial careers advice and guidance to prepare them for higher education or the world of work. All learners have access to face to face impartial careers guidance from our Prospects Advisor who is in school each Monday and Wednesday, in additional to our own Progressions Manager Mrs Taylor who is in school every day. We pride ourselves on our very successful CIAG programme and this is evidenced by our extremely low NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) figures. In 2016 we had a NEET figure of 0.5% compared to a Bradford District figure of 1.6%

“Every child should leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. This means ensuring academic rigour supported by excellent teaching, and developing in every young person the values, skills and behaviours they need to get on in life. All children should receive a rich provision of classroom and extra-curricular activities that develop a range of character attributes, such as resilience and grit, which underpin success in education and employment. High quality, independent careers guidance is also crucial in helping pupils emerge from school more fully rounded and ready for the world of work. Young people want and need to be well-informed when making subject and career decisions.” Extract from ‘Careers Guidance and Inspiration in Schools’ DfE, April 2017. Below is a comprehensive list of CIAG activities Bradford Academy offer all learners in Year 7 to 13, and websites designed to support learners and parents.

 

Year  

CIAG Activities

7 Careers Fair: held on Sponsors Day. Learners have the opportunity to explore the various Higher and Further education providers in our area and employers such as West Yorkshire Police, Specsavers, JCT 600 and Santander attend to highlight the career and training opportunities they have to offer.

 

 

Assemblies: Various assemblies throughout the year covering future careers, life choices, attendance and examination success.

 

 

Core Lessons: As well as lessons covering the importance of literacy, numeracy and British values, core lessons build on skills important for careers and further education such as resilience, resourcefulness, reflectiveness and reciprocity

 

 

Educational Visits: Learners are able to participate in motivating and exciting experiences built around the world of work informing their future decisions about careers, education and training.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year CIAG Activities
8 Careers Fair: held on Sponsors Day. Learners have the opportunity to explore the various Higher and Further education providers in our area and employers such as West Yorkshire Police, Specsavers, JCT 600 and Santander attend to highlight the career and training opportunities they have to offer.

 

Assemblies: Various assemblies broadly covering future careers, life choices, attendance and examination success.

 

Pathways Assembly: Forming part of the Pathways Programme to guide learners through the process of selecting their GCSE options, which will commence in Year 9, so that they can make an informed choice

Pathways Day: Forming part of the Pathways Programme learners spend a whole day taking part in tasters for their chosen subjects, again enabling them to make an informed choice for Year 9.

 

Pathways Evening: Presentation for parents about the process and how to aid learners in selecting their options. Booklet provided with more information on each subject for learners and parents together showing links to future careers.

Core Lessons: Year 8 Core lessons cover some of the same basic areas as Year 7 including British Values but lessons are designed to help engage learners in resourcefulness, reflectiveness, reciprocity and resilience. These are self-assessed each term, helping learners to develop an understanding of key skills needed in order to become well qualified and employable.

 

 

Educational Visits: Learners are able to participate in motivating and exciting experiences built around the world of work informing their future decisions about careers, education and training.

9 Careers Fair: held on Sponsors Day. Learners have the opportunity to explore the various Higher and Further education providers in our area and employers such as West Yorkshire Police, Specsavers, JCT 600 and Santander attend to highlight the career and training opportunities they have to offer.

 

Assemblies: Various assemblies broadly covering future careers, life choices, attendance and examination success.

 

 

Educational Visits: Learners are able to participate in motivating and exciting experiences built around the world of work informing their future decisions about careers, education and training.

Connexions: As part of the school’s contract with Connexions to provide careers advice, learner interviews for guidance and support are begun.

 

Go Higher West Yorkshire: Our Progressions Officer employed through GHWY is in school every day. Her aim is to work with learners from Year 9 onwards promoting Higher Education opportunities to them. She will support their applications and transition into HE, ensuring all learners who have the potential to succeed have the opportunity to do so, whether this be at University or through higher-level apprenticeships. She is involved with parents and carers and organises events and activities throughout the year for learners to engage in.

 

 

Year  

CIAG Activities

10  

 

 

Careers Fair: held on Sponsors Day. Learners have the opportunity to explore the various Higher and Further education providers in our area and employers such as West Yorkshire Police, Specsavers, JCT 600 and Santander attend to highlight the career and training opportunities they have to offer. Year 10 learners will also take part in bespoke employer engagement workshops throughout the day designed to promote resilience, confidence and improve their knowledge of labour market information.

 

 

 

 

 

Educational Visits: Learners are able to participate in motivating and exciting experiences built around the world of work informing their future decisions about careers, education and training.

 

 

Work Experience: All learners are given the opportunity to complete a relevant work experience placement, either that they have sourced themselves, or from a carefully selected stock of employers.

 

 

Connexions: As part of the school’s contract with Connexions to provide careers advice, learner interviews for guidance and support are continued.

 

 

Unifrog: Bradford Academy has invested in an award-winning university and apprenticeship choosing tool Unifrog. Unifrog aims to make it easy for learners to choose the best five university courses and/or apprenticeship vacancies for them. The tool pulls together an unparalleled breadth of data from sources such as The Guardian, UCAS, and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, allows learners to compare university courses and apprenticeship vacancies side by side, and helps learners avoid common application mistakes, such as not choosing universities offering a range of entry requirements. From Year 10 learners will begin to complete their profile and explore the grades they will need to achieve in their GCSEs to get them where they want to be.

 

 

Go Higher West Yorkshire: Our Progressions Officer employed through GHWY is in school every day. Her aim is to work with learners from Year 9 onwards promoting Higher Education opportunities to them. She will support their applications and transition into HE, ensuring all learners who have the potential to succeed have the opportunity to do so, whether this be at University or through higher-level apprenticeships. She is involved with parents and carers and organises events and activities throughout the year for learners to engage in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year  

CIAG Activities

11  

 

 

Careers Fair: held on Sponsors Day. Learners have the opportunity to explore the various Higher and Further education providers in our area and employers such as West Yorkshire Police, Specsavers, JCT 600 and Santander attend to highlight the career and training opportunities they have to offer. All Year 11 learners will also take part in a question time style employer panel, where they will have the opportunity to bespoke mock interviews with local employers, receiving constructive feedback on their efforts,

 

 

 

 

Educational Visits: Learners are able to participate in motivating and exciting experiences built around the world of work informing their future decisions about careers, education and training.

 

 

Work Experience: All learners are given the opportunity to complete a relevant work experience placement, either that they have sourced themselves, or from a carefully selected stock of employers.

 

 

Connexions: As part of the school’s contract with Connexions to provide careers advice, learner interviews for guidance and support are continued.

 

 

Unifrog: Bradford Academy has invested in an award-winning university and apprenticeship-choosing tool Unifrog. Unifrog aims to make it easy for learners to choose the best five university courses and/or apprenticeship vacancies for them. The tool pulls together an unparalleled breadth of data from sources such as The Guardian, UCAS, and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, allows learners to compare university courses and apprenticeship vacancies side by side, and helps learners avoid common application mistakes, such as not choosing universities offering a range of entry requirements. In Year 11, learners will continue to update their personalised dashboards and know what tasks they have still to complete to reach their goals. .

 

 

Go Higher West Yorkshire: Our Progressions Officer employed through GHWY is in school every day. Her aim is to work with learners from Year 9 onwards promoting Higher Education opportunities to them. She will support their applications and transition into HE, ensuring all learners who have the potential to succeed have the opportunity to do so, whether this be at University or through higher-level apprenticeships. She is involved with parents and carers and organises events and activities throughout the year for learners to engage in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

www.unifrog.co.uk

 

www.heart.ac.uk (Go Higher West Yorkshire)

 

www.getingofar.gov.uk (Apprenticeships)

 

www.ucas.com

 

www.virtualconnexionsbradford.co.uk (Prospects)