The CEIAG (Careers Education Information Advice Guidance) provision has been designed to positively support pupils to acquire the educational, social and employability skills necessary for lifelong success in a diverse and changing world of work. Our careers programme is developed in conjunction with our partners at Careers Inc. We have been awarded the Prospects Quality Award in CEIAG. This award recognises the high quality of the careers provision at the academy. The Prospects award meets the exacting validation criteria of the national Quality in Careers Standard and stands for 3 years.
All pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9 take part in the National Enterprise Challenge. This is where pupils enjoy a day working in teams on a project set by industry leaders. Projects range from inventing a new type of university to creating a mascot for an advertising campaign. The teams pitch their ideas to a panel of judges who pick the winners. This event ensures that younger pupils gain employability skills and employer encounters. Year 10 participate in an equally exciting employability day which allows them to improve their interview and CV writing skills. Year 10 pupils are given the opportunity to take part in the Building My Skills employer encounter sessions which helps them to improve their interview, self-reflection and employability skills.
An example of the excellent work created during the Year 9 enterprise day
We work in partnership with The University of Sheffield’s sustained outreach programme, “Discover Us”. This is for ten Year 9 pupils who meet specific widening participation criteria from state schools within the South Yorkshire region. The programme is designed to raise participants’ aspirations and their awareness of Higher Education over a three year period between Year 9 and Year 11. It aims to help every young person in the cohort discover how university is within their grasp and support them to make considered and informed choices.
Students visited Skills Fest to try their hand at a range of activities and to help inform their career paths
Years 8, 10 and 11 are given the opportunity to visit the Doncaster Skills Academy “Skills Fest”. This event is designed to motivate young people to think about prospective careers available to them and the relevant progression routes they can take to achieve their ‘Dream Job’. Exhibitors include a wide range of organisations for example Higher Education institutions and apprenticeship providers. Pupils are supported throughout the day by academy staff and are able discover for themselves information on a wide range of different career/progression pathways.
Pupils in all year groups gain employer encounters through Careers Cafés, which take place throughout the year. This is a very popular and accessible way for Higher Education providers, employers and organisations such as the armed forces to come into the academy and speak informally with pupils. All pupils are given one to one careers advice through meetings with the organisation Careers Inc. A small number of pupils who are identified as being at risk of NEET are scheduled additional meetings until a personalised pathway is developed.
A recent Careers Cafe which was open to all year groups over lunchtime and was very popular.
All pupils sign up to Start Uxplore. This innovative careers guidance software helps young people make better, more informed choices about their career path. Pupils are given the opportunity to personalise their experience by completing a profile about themselves. This includes adding information about their interests and skills and helps pupils to research the job market so they can find out who is recruiting locally for the jobs that they are interested in.
HeppSY+ work in partnership with us to increase the number of young people progressing to higher education. HeppSY+ is part of a national programmed developed to support young people most at risk of missing out on Higher Education. It stands for Higher Education Progression Partnership South Yorkshire Plus and builds on the work of the existing Higher Education Progression Partnership (HEPP) which involves Sheffield Hallam University, The University of Sheffield and the South Yorkshire colleges of further education.
Pupils in Years 9 to 11 are offered a wide range of activities through HeppSY+ one of which is “The Brilliant Club”. This is an academic programme designed for high ability Year 9 pupils. Participating pupils experience six tutorials with a PHD tutor and is a unique opportunity for them to be challenged by high quality university level teaching. Pupils visit two leading universities at the start and the end of the programme and submit a 2000 word assignment on completion. The pupils celebrate their success with a graduation ceremony.
The Brilliant Club graduation event
The Mobile Classroom is a double decker bus which enables two simultaneous sessions to take place with different themes and content. It can accommodate between 30-35 pupils, with activities for pupils from Years 9 to 11. The sessions include presentations, workshops, activities, games and quizzes and is be tailored to specific year groups. Pupils gain valuable knowledge about UCAS, study skills, graduate programmes and higher education.
The mobile classroom regularly visits De Warenne Academy
Through the HeppSY+ programme, pupils in Year 9 to 11 are able to visit The University of Sheffield where they learn about student life, courses on offer, finance and are able to speak directly to pupils from the university. The visits are scheduled to take place throughout the year. A group of female pupils participate in a “STEM for girls” event which takes place at the university each year.
Motivational speakers are invited into the academy to deliver inspirational sessions. An example of this is Moj Taylor who leads a “PUSH Talk”, each year to one select year group. The talk includes topics on student finance, myth busting, courses and accommodation.
This group of pupils attended a visit to The University of Sheffield, at which they learnt about student life, courses on offer, finance and got to meet and speak to students from the university. We offer this visit throughout the year to students from Y9-Y11.