The Ilfracombe Academy is very proud to have maintained and kept the Investor in Careers Award, which recognises excellence in this area of work, since 1998. Achieving the Award reflects our strong commitment to provide impartial, independent careers education, information, advice and guidance to all young people.
We cater for the needs of students in a variety of ways, delivering specific careers lessons through the PCRE programme, providing support and information within the tutorial programme and individual subject areas at key points, and complementing these with a wide range of additional opportunities for students to gather further information, and receive advice and guidance as well as extend their understanding and experience.
Key Stage Three
Students follow a scheme of work designed to encourage the students to develop skills of career management and career exploration, as well as being able to reflect on and plan for their own self-development. Topics include reviewing transition from Primary to Secondary school; looking forward and action planning; learning to identify strengths and how to improve weaknesses; “The Real Game” (a series of classroom-based lessons developed to help students learn more about themselves and both the opportunities and the responsibilities of adult life in a fun and constructive way); employment law relating to young people; CVs; applying for part-time jobs; and focused information, support and advise during the Pathways Programme when considering career routes at Key Stage 4.
Key Stage Four
The scheme of work in Years 10 and 11 has a strong emphasis on developing the skills required to enter the world of work and exploring the various career paths available to students in the future. Year 10 undertake their work experience in the summer term. Students take responsibility for finding a suitable placement with the support of their tutors, as part of the tutorial programme. Lessons are delivered at key times throughout Year 10 to help students prepare for and make the most of their placement, and to review their learning afterwards. In Year 11 students investigate the range of opportunities in the Sixth Form, at Further Education colleges and through Apprenticeships, as well as researching potential careers and also looking at Higher Education.
As the majority of our Sixth Form students’ progress on to Higher Education, most of the work done in the Sixth Form centres around research into universities, HE courses, and the completion of the UCAS application. There are organised trips to university open days, visiting speakers, tutorial sessions and workshops. Students are also encouraged to attend university Open Days independently. Parents are engaged in the process and are invited to attend sessions put on in the evening. For those students not progressing to HE work is done on delivering information on apprenticeships; putting together CV’s and covering letters; and decision making about their next steps. The special events described below are also available for Sixth Form students as appropriate.
Throughout the year students have the opportunity to participate in visits to universities and further education establishments, attend workshops and events organised by employers, and access careers software and websites. Two major events in the Academy’s calendar are:
Next Steps Day
The Ilfracombe Academy holds an annual Next Steps Day in the autumn term which is attended by a wide range of employers and education providers. This event provides the opportunity for Year 9, 11 and the Sixth Form to access invaluable information on a wide variety of career paths at transition points in their own careers.
You’re Hired! is an event organised by The Ilfracombe Academy in partnership with One Ilfracombe. The aim of the day is to help students understand and develop the skills and attitudes required to be more successful when job seeking. Workshops on CV writing, creating positive first impressions, interview techniques, working in a team, gaining experience and recognising transferable skills are led by more than 20 local business people who share their expertise with the students and encourage them to understand how they can make themselves more employable in the future.
Speakers from Industry
The students at Ilfracombe academy have the opportunity to have a question time with a variety of different speakers from many professions throughout the school year. This is a new venture that has become extremely popular with students from all years, as it gives first hand knowledge of a potential career path.
Coming in the future
An Alumni of Ilfracombe Academy students, giving advice, guidance and information on how to get on a career path, what pitfalls to look out for plus the best subjects to choose in year 9 and 12, for that profession.
YOUNG PEOPLE AND EMPLOYMENT
Children are allowed to work part-time from the age of thirteen. However, their employment is only legal if the employer registers them as working with the Local Authority who will issue a work permit.
The employment of children of compulsory school age is therefore regulated by law to protect the children from being employed late at night, for too many hours, or at work that puts the safety, health, education or well being of the child at risk. The work permit also ensures that the child is covered by the employer’s public liability insurance.
Useful Websites and Links
The National Careers Service website provides careers advice and information on a wide range of jobs, job seeking skills and funding. Please note: Free expert advice on learning or career options is available by using the link on the site to ask an adviser from the National Careers Service to call you back at a time that suits you.
Passportfolio helps students to find out more about themselves, show what they have achieved, and take control of their future. Students can record their skills, interests and achievements, build a CV, personal statement and action plan, explore their options and search for local courses all in one place.
A website providing information about apprenticeships and which helps students to search for vacancies.
This is a new careers platform for 11- to 24-year-olds. With the leadership of industry and the support of government, the website gives young people help to find out more about careers they may be interested in.
For More information contact:
Mrs J Mugleston
Content updated November 2017