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Careers Education and Guidance


At Ormiston Shelfield Community Academy, all registered pupils at the school are provided with independent careers education, information, advice and guidance from year 7 to year 13. As part of the PSHE programme, students have a dedicated Careers Education module in years 8-11 which they complete during form-time. Please see the PSHE curriculum page for further reference.

One to One Guidance:

Aspirations interviews are given to 100% of students in Y11.  Year 12 and 13 have the opportunity for an interview according to need.

We work closely with the Prospects Service and Local Authorities to support the more vulnerable young people including those with special needs and who are disengaged.

Parents are also welcome to refer their child for guidance and support.  Please contact Miss Woodhouse –  Careers Adviser and Aspirations Leader in school.


The impartial careers guidance provided:

• Is presented in an impartial manner

•  Includes information on the range of education or training options, including apprenticeships and other vocational pathways

• Is guidance that the aspiration leader considers will promote the best interests of the pupils to whom it is given

• Is also supported by independent sources of advice and guidance


Employer Engagement:

A planned programme of employer engagement that gives students the opportunity to hear directly from professionals and be inspired by role models. We work closely with The Careers and Enterprise company and its network of employer volunteers from different professions and sectors to share their knowledge and experience with students.


This is further supported by the following events in school:

·         A programme of events and careers/subject related learning during National Careers Week in March including a whole school Careers Fair which students from all year groups are invited to attend. The Careers Fair hosts a range of employers, training providers, and universities for students to speak to and get advice from about a range of future options.

·         CEIAG collapsed timetable day – In Year 9 students have the opportunity to take part in a carousel of Careers Information, Advice and Guidance workshops for the day.

·         The Skills Show – In Year 10, students have the opportunity to visit the nation’s largest skills and careers event. The show attracts 75,000 visitors and provides hands-on experiences that inspire young people to explore further education, skills and apprenticeships.

·         Work-shadowing/Employer visit programme - In Year 10, students will have a menu of work-shadowing and employer visits to choose from, students will have the opportunity to spend half a day visiting a local employer or training provider for a tour of the workplace and to find out more about careers and entry routes related to the industry visit they have chosen. Any of our students who stay on to study at our sixth form, will have the chance to do a week of work experience in their own choice of industry.

·         ‘Start’ – In Year 11, in addition to a one-to-one guidance meeting and follow-up, students will be introduced to ‘Start’, which is a careers self-assessment tool. Students can then access their profile on ‘Start’ at home or in school in the future to assess their skills, interests and careers information personalised to them.

·         Work experience programme - In Year 12, students have the opportunity to go out into the world of work for a week of work experience with a chosen employer or industry. Students will complete a work experience log book during their time on placement, which will assist them with CV writing, university and apprenticeship job applications in the future.

·         Inspirational Speakers Programme/Speakers for Schools – Each academic year, we arrange for Inspirational Speakers from a range of industries and careers to come in to talk to our students. Most speakers focus on their career and the industry they work in, their background, how they have become successful with the goal in mind to influence and encourage our students with their own aspirations. There is also a chance for students to ask speakers questions in the Q&A part of the session.

·         Careers Adviser available for students and parents to access at options evenings, sixth Form open evening and parent’s evenings

·         ‘Drop in for Careers Advice’ service for students from Years 7-13 in school at break-times and after-school

  1. Year 12 Employability Skills Programme
  2. Careers Advice and Guidance Leaflet
  3. Aspire to HE, National Collaborative Outreach Programme
  4. Provider Access Policy