Careers Education and Guidance

At the Oaks Academy we aim to make sure that all young people in our school have access to a careers education programme which gives advice, guidance and experience of the work place and that is structured and delivered by individuals with the right skills and experience. 

In line with current Government policy, The Oaks Academy uses the Gatsby Charitable Foundation’s Benchmarks to guide and inform our careers provision

Our careers programme forms part of our wider PSHCE programme that is delivered through enrichment days, form time and assemblies. Our designated Lead Teacher for PSHCE and Careers Education and Guidance is Mr Jon Austin.   The outline of our PSHCE Programme and Careers programme for 2018 – 2019 can be found below

In addition to the careers education and advice they receive through Enrichment Days, every one of our students has access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. All students are given the support of an informed and independent Careers Adviser to make best use of available information so that they can make own decisions on future study options. 

At The Oaks Academy, Faculty areas are also aware of how their curriculum areas and individual subjects link to careers education and guidance and whenever possible links are made to careers paths.

We also ensure that every student has multiple opportunities to learn directly from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This is through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes.  All of our pupils participate in at least one meaningful encounter with an employer every year so that they have an opportunity to learn about what work is like or what it takes to be successful in the workplace.

We believe that every student should have first-hand experiences of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and / or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities. From September 2018, all of our pupils will have had at least one experience of a workplace, additional to any part-time jobs they may have, by the time they are 16 years old.

At The Oaks Academy, we also believe that all students should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace. Currently this takes place through a range of careers education and guidance opportunities available to our students through the PSHCE programme – including visits from academic and vocational providers – as well as via access to our school Careers Advisor. Providers from the full range of learning opportunities, including Sixth Form colleges, universities and apprenticeship providers, are also given access to our students to educate and inform them about different educational and vocational routes they could follow 

If you would like any further information regarding our Careers Education please do not hesitate to contact us.

Our designated Lead Teacher for PSHCE and Careers Education and Guidance is Mr Jon Austin can be contacted directly via e-mail at JAustin@theoaksacademy.co.uk alternatively telephone the school office and we will be happy to assist you further.