Careers education, information and guidance is an essential part of the support we offer to students at Ipswich Academy. Good quality careers guidance can help prepare young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences needed to make a successful transition to adulthood.
As options for young people become more diverse, it is important we support them to develop the knowledge and skills they need to make informed choices for their future.
The careers programme is a whole-school responsibility, designed to complement the school curriculum and support the wider agendas of attainment, achievement and participation in learning.
Ipswich Academy careers programme aims to support students, through careers and work -related activities and employer interventions.
Ipswich Academy follows the eight principles of the Gatsby Benchmarks (The Gatsby Benchmarks Of Good Career Guidance Published 2014)
- A stable careers programme
- Learning from career and labour market information
- Addressing the needs of each pupil
- Linking curriculum learning to careers
- Encounters with employers and employees
- Experiences of workplaces
- Encounters with further and higher education
- Personal guidance
All students are entitled to be fully involved in the schools careers programme and can expect;
- The support they need to make the right choices in Y9 and Y11
- Access up-to-date and unbiased information on future learning and training, careers and labour market information
- Support to develop the self-awareness and career management skills needed for their future
- Career sessions from Y7 to Y11 covering options after school, the world of work, the job market and personal skills needed for the future
- To hear from a range of education and training providers, including colleges, universities and apprenticeship organisations; this could include visits and taster days, assemblies, workshops and meetings at school
- The opportunity to talk through their career and educational choices with all staff and the careers lead
- Access to one-to-one guidance with a trained, impartial careers adviser, available to students of any year groups.