At Sheffield Park Academy 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 real-life contacts with the world of work to help them understand where different choices can take them in the future. We will ensure that our students are not restricted by circumstances or location from becoming confident, well-educated, resilient and enterprising individuals. We work hard across the academy in all our lessons 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 gender or another.
We have 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 employers 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 Authority, ESH Group through their Building My Skills Programme, US Mentoring, Mosaic Mentoring, Be Workwise on the Better Learners, Better Workers programme, Discover US, local colleges, higher education institutions including The University of Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University, Magdalene College Oxford and Cambridge University. Additionally we work with private training providers and the local Chamber of Commerce, local and national employers such as the Santander, Irwin Mitchell, DLA Piper and the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) to ensure our students get the most current information on opportunities available to 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 Sheffield Park Academy Careers Programme and our CEIAG policy.
Are you a student?
Students can request a meeting with Miss Headford the careers adviser by speaking to their form tutor or head of year. You can also use Prospects – Job match for your personality type go to www.prospects.ac.uk/job-match You can also use icould.com. This gives careers videos and job and salary information. Go to https://icould.com
Are you a parent?
Learning more about post-16 options, career pathways and the job market is not just for students – Miss Headford, the school Careers Adviser, will be available at parents’ evenings over the course of the year to speak with parents about their child’s career interests and aspirations and she is also contactable on the following email address: Samantha.email@example.com or by phoning the Academy.
If you are a parent and would like to find out more about the careers-related support and activities available for your child at Sheffield Park Academy, then please get in touch with Miss Headford and Mrs Elmore or follow the link below for lots of useful information, advice and guidance from the Parental Guidance website http://www.parentalguidance.org.uk/
Are you an employer, college, university, training or apprenticeship provider?
As a school, we have a statutory commitment to uphold the Education Act 1997 and the recent Technical and Further Education Act 2017, which involves adhering to the Baker Clause that came into force on 2nd January 2018 (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/technical-education-and-apprenticeships-raising-awareness)
The policy statement from the school explains how providers of technical education, such as alternative 14-16 providers, Further Education colleges and apprenticeship providers can apply for access to speak with our students in Years 8-11 about the various education and training options available to them at 14-16 and post-16, including details of suitable access points within our school calendar and the lead contact at the school who can help to facilitate this. If you have an interest in working with or coming in to speak with our students about any of the opportunities you may be able to provide to them in the future, details of who to contact can be found in our provider access policy. Please do get in touch.