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Careers Information Advice and Guidance

All pupils in year 8-13 are entitled to:

  • To find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of educational and training options available at each transition point.
  • To hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships, through options events, assemblies and group discussions and taster events.
  • To understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.

The Careers Lead at Fakenham Academy Norfolk/Fakenham Sixth Form is Mr Colin Bye, Assistant Principal, working in partnership with Mrs Christine Walton, Careers and Work Experience Advisor, Norfolk Academies/Fakenham Academy Norfolk. Mr Bye can be contacted by email at cbye@fakenhmamacademy.org and by telephone on 01328 862545, with any query about careers advice and guidance at Fakenham Academy Norfolk and Fakenham Sixth form.

Careers Programme At Fakenham Academy Norfolk and Fakenham Sixth Form

Year 7

  • Introduction to careers at FAN in tutor time – leaf exercise.
  • Opportunity to meet with employers – employer engagement events in the school library.
  • All students have access to impartial careers advice and guidance and 1:1 careers coaching.

Year 8

  • Opportunity to meet with employers – employer engagement events in the school library.
  • All students have access to impartial careers advice and guidance and 1:1 careers coaching 
  • The opportunity to attend the Norfolk Careers and Skills Festival at the Norfolk Showground, to meet future employers to gain an understanding of future labour market opportunities as well as a range of providers of higher education, employers from a range of industries and apprenticeships. Opportunity to gain information and understanding of the range of opportunities available post-16

Year 9

  • Opportunity to meet with employers – employer engagement events in the school library.
  • The opportunity to attend the Norfolk Science Festival at Paston College, to meet future employers to gain an understanding of future labour market opportunities as well as a range of providers of higher education, employers from a range of industries and apprenticeships. Opportunity to gain information and understanding of the range of opportunities available post-16
  • All students have access to impartial careers advice and guidance and 1:1 careers coaching to support them for their option subject choices, studied between the ages of 14-16.
  • Students are given the opportunity to access support information, to help and guide students in making individual option subject choices.
  • https://helpyouchoose.org/content/advisers/resource-materials/publications/booklets/2018-choices-at-13-14/
  • To help pupils make a decision on their option subject choices that are appropriate to their interests, talents and proposed careers, pupils and their parents are invited to the GCSE Option Evening with representatives exhibiting in the school library from a range of higher educational establishments, local and national employers.

Year 10

  • Opportunity to meet with employers – employer engagement events in the school library.
  • All of Year 10 participate in a two week work experience block placement at the end of the Summer Term.
  • We believe that providing pupils with work experience helps to develop their key skills of communication, problem solving, social skills, literacy, numeracy and working with others. These transferable skills help to prepare them for their future workplaces and improve their confidence, in order to face the challenges presented by school, further education, work and life.
  • The Fakenham Academy Norfolk Work Experience 2020 dates, are a two week block from Monday 6th July to Friday 17th July 2020 inclusive.

Year 11

  • Opportunity to meet with employers – employer engagement events in the school library.
  • All students have access to impartial careers advice and guidance and 1:1 careers coaching to apply for their post 16 choice destination. This support students to consolidate the information and work experience they have gained, in order to help with this decision. 

Post 16

  • Opportunity to meet with employers – employer engagement events in the school library.
  • All students have access to impartial careers advice and guidance and 1:1 careers coaching to apply for their post sixth form choice destination, be this university, employment or apprenticeship.
  • All of Year 12 participate in a two week work experience block placement at the end of the Summer Term.
  • We believe that providing pupils with work experience helps to develop their key skills of communication, problem solving, social skills, literacy, numeracy and working with others. These transferable skills help to prepare them for their future workplaces and improve their confidence, in order to face the challenges presented by school, further education, work and life.
  • The Fakenham Sixth Form 2020 work experience dates, are a one week block from Monday 13th July to Friday 17th July 2020 inclusive.

Post 16 Meaningful Encounters With Employers/Education Providers

  • Higher Education evening – Year 13 students
  • I can be a. . .( The Mason Trust) workshop –  Year 13 non UCAS students
  • Visit from Fakenham Sports Centre – Year 12 students
  • Visit from Monica Vinader (local employer) – Year 12 students
  • Oxbridge applications talk – Year 12 and 13 students
  • Visit from Blue Sky Leisure (local employer) – Year 12 students
  • Visit from COWA – Level 2 students
  • Visit from Easton College – Level 2 students
  • Visit from Helen Mason (Job Centre) – Level 2 students
  • Visit from The Mason Trust – Level 2 students
  • STEM/Arts and Humanities masterclasses at Cambridge University – Year 12 students
  • Visit from UEA outreach re. Why go to University and choosing a course – Year 12 students
  • Visit from NHS re. Careers in the NHS and follow up workshop – Year 12 students
  • Visit from UEA outreach re. applications to university and student finance– Year 12 students
  • Visit to UEA HE exhibition – all Year 12 Level 3 students

Employer Engagement Events

A number of events integrated into the school’s careers programme, offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to pupils and/or their parents/carers. These include:

  • Opportunity to meet with employers/employer engagement events in the school library.
  • Year 9 Options Evening event, including local employers giving information on apprenticeships and future careers.
  • Additional bespoke in-school events with local employers, targeted at specific year/student groups within the school.

Employers engaged in these events have included:

  • Sheringham Shoal Wind farm.
  • Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.
  • Hawk and Owl Trust.
  • Police.
  • Holkham Estates.
  • Blue Sky Leisure.
  • Easton and Otley College.
  • Army.
  • Fakenham Library.
  • Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

WIder Careers-Related Curriculum Links

Opportunities are taken to reinforce careers related education, through both the Fakenham Academy Norfolk and Fakenham Sixth Form curriculums. Learning for Life lessons in Fakenham Academy and tutorial lessons within Fakenham Sixth Form provide support and opportunities for completion of CVs and gaining information on career/education opportunities, to be used in combination with wider whole school careers advice and guidance.

Local employers also have an input into subject specific lessons, where a sequence of lessons teaching a topic related to local career opportunities are being delivered. Sheringham Shoal Wind Farm and Kinnerton have engaged in such opportunities, to reinforce issues being delivered through the Geography curriculum at Fakenham Academy Norfolk.

Wider careers-related curriculum links have been prioritised for further development, through an ongoing programme of curriculum strengthening in order to improve the whole school quality of education.

Fakenham Academy Norfolk/Fakenham Sixth Form Enterprise Coordinator

Fakenham Academy Norfolk and Fakenham Sixth Form have established a link with Fakenham Garden Centre, as our local Enterprise Coordinator. This is part of a framework set up by the The Careers and Enterprise Company. The Enterprise Coordinator (EC) sits at the heart of a local cluster system to help schools and colleges improve their careers and enterprise activities and to engage with the world of work.

Working closely with the Skills Lead, the EC will ensure the Enterprise Adviser Network (EAN) is embedded into the Local Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP) skills strategy and make it easier for employers and the self-employed to engage with schools and colleges. Through establishing the local and national contexts the EC will focus everyone’s efforts on programmes and activities that are most effective in motivating young people, supporting independent choice, and supporting positive outcomes for young people.

https://www.careersandenterprise.co.uk/schools-and-colleges

Annual Review Of Careers Advice and Guidance Provision (Gatsby Benchmarks)

The Careers and Enterprise Company has introduced a free tool Compass for schools to self-assess themselves against the benchmarks.

The report identified eight benchmarks of best practice, which are now more commonly known as ‘The Gatsby Benchmarks.’  These are:

  1. A stable careers programme.
  2. Learning from career and labour market information.
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil.
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers.
  5. Encounters with employers and employees.
  6. Experiences of workplaces.
  7. Encounters with further and higher education.
  8. Personal guidance.

Compass is a tool provided by the Careers and Enterprise Company that evaluates a school or college’s careers provisions, against the eight Gatsby benchmarks of best practice. Our last evaluation was completed with our Enterprise Advisor Co-Ordinator on the 1st October 2019 and showed very strong compliance with the Gatsby benchmarks. This review takes place on an annual basis.

Management Of Provider Access Requests By Employers

Opportunities For Employers/Educational Establishments To Deliver Careers Advice And Guidance At Fakenham Academy Norfolk/Fakenham Sixth Form

Procedure

A number of events integrated into the school’s careers programme, offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to pupils and/or their parents/carers. These include:

  • Opportunity to meet with employers/employer engagement events in the school library.
  • Year 9 Options Evening event, including local employers giving information on apprenticeships and future careers.
  • Additional bespoke in-school events with local employers, targeted at specific year/student groups within the school.

Employers engaged in these events have included:

  • Sheringham Shoal Wind farm.
  • Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.
  • Hawk and Owl Trust.
  • Police.
  • Holkham Estates.
  • Blue Sky Leisure.
  • Easton and Otley College.
  • Army.
  • Fakenham Library.
  • Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

If you an employer who would like to contribute to careers education at Fakenham Academy Norfolk and/or Fakenham Sixth Form, please speak to our Careers Lead in the first instance to identify the most suitable opportunity for you.

Premises and Facilities

The school will make the main hall, library, classrooms or private meeting rooms available for discussions between the provider and students, as appropriate for the specific careers activity. The school will also make available audio visual and other specialist equipment to support provider presentations. This will all be discussed and agreed in advance of the visit, with the Careers Lead or a member of the team.

Providers are welcome to leave a copy of their prospectus or other relevant course literature in the school library. This will be available to students at break and lunchtime.