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Career Education

At Park you are entitled to receive a programme of careers education, information, advice and guidance. The programme will help you to understand yourself, know what opportunities are available and set plans to help you achieve your goals. 

You can expect … 

  • access to a programme that is relevant to your year group complemented by a range of events and speakers from the world of work and education
  • to develop skills to manage budgets and knowledge of financial aspects to careers decisions
  • access to a an experienced careers adviser 
  • sign posting to relevant sources of careers information and advice and guidance that is relevant and impartial 
  • that we ask your opinion on the programme so it can be reviewed and improved      
  • to take part in activities which challenge stereotyping and raise your aspirations 

Key stage 3

Your careers programme will help you to: 

  • investigate opportunities in the world of work
  • recognise your likes, dislikes and what you are good at
  • look at how you can develop your achievements, qualifications, skills and abilities 
  • know where to go when you want information, help and advice 
  • understand about the world of work and how it is changing
  • start to plan your future, setting targets and goals 
  • look at what can influence your future plans, both positive and negative 
  • decide what you want to study at KS4 
  • develop stronger personal presentation skills

Key stage 4 

Your careers programme will help you to:

  • develop a C.V. and personal presentation skills
  • understand the impact of how the world of work is changing and implications for your own career planning
  • develop employability skills and an understanding of the world of work
  • use what you know about yourself to help you start to plan what you want to do in the future 
  • be aware of post 18 options 
  • investigate career pathways and university requirements 
  • recognise barriers to the achievement of your plans and know how to overcome them 
  • make decisions about your future, discuss your plans at a careers interview and set targets in an action plan
  • research opportunities within the world of work and the implications for career decisions

Key stage 5 

Your careers programme will help you to: 

  • update & develop your C.V. and personal presentation skills
  • understand the impact of how the world of work is changing and implications for your own career planning
  • develop employability skills and an understanding of work during work experience 
  • use what you know about yourself to help you start to plan what you want to do in the future 
  • investigate career pathways and university requirements 
  • recognise barriers to the achievement of your plans and know how to overcome them 
  • make decisions about your future, discuss your plans at a careers interview and set SMART targets 
  • research opportunities within the world of work and the implications for career decisions
  • apply for university through UCAS and be supported through the process by senior members or staff
  • to be aware of higher apprenticeships and school leaver schemes available at post 18.

If you would like to know more about careers please contact Mr Glencross, Careers Lead, at info@park-aspirations.org  

Gatsby Benchmarks

At Park Academy West London we are committed to ensuring we meet all the Gatsby Benchmarks by September 2020.

A stable careers programme

Students at Park Academy receive a careers programme that enables them to develop their employability skills with tailored and relevant experiences throughout their Academy life.

Learning from career and labour market information

Park Academy employs a full-time Employability Manager to ensure our students are fully aware of the world of work. This role provides Park Academy’s students and parents impartial advice about future study options and labour market opportunities. To ensure our students receive a range of information, we also provide an external careers advisor from …. (Nigel has contacted a few agencies)

Addressing the needs of each pupil

Our careers programme is aimed at ensuring all students are provided with high quality and differentiated provision. In KS3, we develop interpersonal and entrepreneurial skills through the ATL curriculum and a range of fulfilling experiences such as the Heathrow Coding Challenge and interactive days led by leading business professionals, providing them with a platform to develop their own career aspirations. In KS4, we focus these aspirations by supporting our GCSE students make informed decisions about their next steps by providing them with variety of Post 16 options. Our links with local studio schools, vocational skills centres and further education colleges ensures that all the needs of our pupils are catered for.

Linking curriculum learning to careers

Each subject curriculum at Park Academy is planned with careers in mind: We ensure that department areas, especially STEM, provide insight into the career paths their respective disciplines could lead to. Every Key Stage 3 student receives three discreet career driven lessons from each subject per year. Our Employability Manager works closely with subject leads to make certain that our careers programme effectively permeates into a student’s daily Park Academy diet, which includes protected time safeguarded for a discreet focus on careers at a subject level.

Encounters with employers and employees

At Park Academy, we pride ourselves on the access that we provide our students with real-life employers and their employees. Our students get opportunities to visit employers in the workplace such as Lloyds Bank and Skanska, whilst also receiving a range of experiences within the Academy itself, with strong links with companies such as Future First, which provide a host of employees from national businesses to work with our young people.

Experiences of workplaces

To ensure our students are prepared for the world of work, we provide a range of real-world workplace experiences for our students. We cater for a variety of student aspirations by organising visits to active building sites in the local area to formal business experiences at Lloyds Bank in Central London. When our students near working age, our Year 12s are supported in pursuing their own personal work experience to end the academic year. 

Encounters with further and higher education

Park Academy engages with a range of further and higher education providers. During KS3, we ensure our young students understand their KS4 opportunities in the form of local studio schools such as Global Academy and Space Studio West London via assemblies and advertising. During KS4, we invite a range of Post 16 providers that encompasses both academic (Uxbridge College) and vocational routes (Langley College) in the local area. As an Aspirations Academy, we feel it is vital that all students receive information about universities, with this provision evolving into a tailored UCAS process for our KS5 students supported closely by Brunel University.

Personal guidance

Every student at Park Academy has access to our internally employed Employability Manager, who provides impartial advice to students, parents and teachers. The Employability Manager supports and guides the careers provision in KS3 and provides 1-1 provision to each students in KS4 in the form of individual careers interviews. During Academy events such as parents’ evening and Target Day, the Employability Manager will be available to provide advice throughout.

Careers Education at Park

At Park you are entitled to receive a programme of careers education, information, advice and guidance. The programme will help you to understand yourself, know what opportunities are available and set plans to help you achieve your goals. 

You can expect … 

  • access to a programme that is relevant to your year group complemented by a range of events and speakers from the world of work and education
  • to develop skills to manage budgets and knowledge of financial aspects to careers decisions
  • access to a an experienced careers adviser 
  • sign posting to relevant sources of careers information and advice and guidance that is relevant and impartial 
  • that we ask your opinion on the programme so it can be reviewed and improved 
  • to take part in activities which challenge stereotyping and raise your aspirations 

Key stage 3

Your careers programme will help you to: 

  • investigate opportunities in the world of work
  • recognise your likes, dislikes and what you are good at
  • look at how you can develop your achievements, qualifications, skills and abilities 
  • know where to go when you want information, help and advice 
  • understand about the world of work and how it is changing
  • start to plan your future, setting targets and goals 
  • look at what can influence your future plans, both positive and negative 
  • decide what you want to study at KS4 
  • develop stronger personal presentation skills

Key stage 4

Your careers programme will help you to:

  • develop a C.V. and personal presentation skills
  • understand the impact of how the world of work is changing and implications for your own career planning
  • develop employability skills and an understanding of the world of work
  • use what you know about yourself to help you start to plan what you want to do in the future 
  • be aware of post 18 options 
  • investigate career pathways and university requirements 
  • recognise barriers to the achievement of your plans and know how to overcome them 
  • make decisions about your future, discuss your plans at a careers interview and set targets in an action plan
  • research opportunities within the world of work and the implications for career decisions

Key stage 5

Your careers programme will help you to: 

  • update & develop your C.V. and personal presentation skills
  • understand the impact of how the world of work is changing and implications for your own career planning
  • develop employability skills and an understanding of work during work experience 
  • use what you know about yourself to help you start to plan what you want to do in the future 
  • investigate career pathways and university requirements 
  • recognise barriers to the achievement of your plans and know how to overcome them 
  • make decisions about your future, discuss your plans at a careers interview and set SMART targets 
  • research opportunities within the world of work and the implications for career decisions
  • apply for university through UCAS and be supported through the process by senior members or staff
  • to be aware of higher apprenticeships and school leaver schemes available at post 18.

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