At Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey we are committed to ensuring all students have access to impartial careers advice and have access to employers who can help students consider their future options. To help us do this we link our careers guidance to the Gatsby Benchmarks which have been explicitly referenced throughout the DfE’s Careers Strategy (December 2017) and the new Statuary Guidance for Careers (January 2018). We also work The Careers and Enterprise Programme, along with Kent and Medway Progression Federation. KMPF is a partnership between the University of Kent, Canterbury Christ Church University, the University of Creative Arts, Kent County Council, Medway Council and 40 secondary schools. KMPF work with us to raise the aspirations and attainment of our students.
The Gatsy Benchmarks are below:
- A stable careers programme
- Learning from career and labour market information
- Addressing the needs of each pupil
- Linking curriculum learning to careers
- Encounters with employers and employees
- Experiences of workplaces
- Encounters with further and higher education
- Personal guidance
We currently meet each of these benchmarks through the following provisions.
Impartial Careers Advice (Benchmarks 1, 2, 3 & 8) - all Year 11 students have at least one meeting with an impartial careers advisor during Year 11. These meetings are designed to help students identify the best route for them Post 16 either at Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey or at an alternative provision such as Sheppey, Canterbury or Mid-Kent College or alternative Sixth Form. Students will be given information on college apprenticeships/traineeships and other Post 16 local training provision. Students are supported to complete their applications and can receive interview practice.
We host an annual Careers Fair (Benchmarks 1, 2, 3, 5 & 7) inviting specific year groups to attend during the school day. After school, the event is opened to our local community so that parents can attend with their son/daughter. Careers Assemblies (Benchmarks 1, 2, 3, 5 & 7)- KS5 careers assemblies take place every term delivered by visiting speakers, going forward (2019-2020) this will be available for all Key Stages.
Our careers advisor is also present at three key events at the school. They attend both Year 8 options evening, Year 11 parent evening and Sixth Form Open Evening to work with young people and their families. At these events, they are able to give advice and guidance to both students and their parents. On GCSE Results Day and A-Level results day we have a number of providers available to support students with their next steps. Our Careers Leader works closely with local providers to ensure that opportunities are available to Year 11 school leavers. (Benchmarks 1, 2, 3, 5, 7 & 8).
During Term 4 our Year 12 students will also participate in a one week work experience programme (Benchmarks 5&6) organised in association with Medway Education Business Partnership (MEBP). Students are fully prepared for this beforehand and then shown how to make use of the skills they have learnt when they return to school. Students may wish to source their own placements, which they can do and MEBP will ensure that a Health and Safety check takes place. Our work experience programme is a great opportunity for our students and many have received apprenticeships and employment opportunities as a result.
Experiences of higher education (Benchmark 7)- throughout their time at the school students are invited to attend trips to local universities: Canterbury Christ Church University, University of Kent and University of Creative Arts.
In Year 12 and 13 students are encouraged to attend university Open days. In Year 12 we take students to the local UCAS convention. We visit a number of universities for students to tour and take part in a sample lecture. We host apprenticeship workshops, with local providers for Year 13 students. We work with The Careers and Enterprise Company and are building our network of employers.
The Academy is keen to invite providers of technical education and apprenticeships to speak with all year groups throughout the academic year.
For further information on our careers programme please contact our Careers Lead, Miss Chere Kempt, Progression, Careers and Work Experience Leader
Review: July 2020
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- Sixth Form Careers Offer
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- Advice on Choosing your A Levels
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- Labour Market Information
- Career Options
- Building a CV
- Getting Work Experience
- University Open Days
- Popular Choices for School and University Leavers
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