We recognise the importance of effective Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) for young people, and we expect all our students to develop high aspirations and consider a broad and ambitious range of careers. We aim to inspire every student through more real-life contacts with the world of work to help them understand where different choices can take them in the future, and we wish to ensure that our students are not restricted by circumstances or location from becoming self-confident, well-educated and enterprising individuals. We work hard across the school in all our lessons and form periods to prevent all forms of stereotyping to ensure that boys and girls from all backgrounds and diversity groups consider the widest possible range of careers including those that are often portrayed as primarily for one or other of the sexes.
We set high expectations, including for the most vulnerable and those with special educational needs and disabilities, so that every student is stretched and acquires the attributes that employer’s value. This will help every young person to realise their potential and so increase economic competitiveness and support social mobility. We work closely with the Local Enterprise Partnership Enterprise Adviser network, Ahead Partnership through their Make The Grade Programme, Diana Mentoring Award, Mosaic Mentoring, Into University, local colleges, higher education institutions and private training providers and employers such as the Civil Service, Unilever, and BAM Nuttall, to ensure our students get the most current information on opportunities available to them and the support to make the most of them.
We measure our success by our students’ destinations, and this is reflected in higher numbers progressing to apprenticeships, universities – including selective universities, traineeships, and other positive destinations such as employment or a further education college. This will help to close the gap in destinations between young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and others.
Further details of the careers programme can be found in the John Smeaton Academy Careers Programme 2021-2022 and our CEIAG policy.