World of Work

“To develop an insightful approach that raises aspirations and exposure through the World of Work programme, so that students understand the flight paths available to them and learn valuable life skills to make informed choices about their future”

At King’s Leadership Academy, we place great emphasis on each of our students having a personal development programme that ensures that they, “the academic skills, intellectual habits, qualities of character and leadership traits necessary to succeed at all levels and become successful citizens in tomorrow’s world”. This starts as soon as they arrive in Year 7 and builds significantly through Year 8-13. Our careers programme is designed to enable students to feel some sense of responsibility and achievement in determining and recognising not only their strengths and weaknesses, but also their full potential.

The World of Work programme at King’s is measured against the Gatsby Benchmark through the use of: regular student surveys; NEETS and destination information.

“Every young person needs high-quality career guidance to make informed decisions about their future. Good career guidance is a necessity for delivering technical education reforms and is a vehicle for social justice: those young people without social capital or home support suffer most from poor career guidance”. – www.gatsby.org

Below is an overview of the activities and events the World of Work programme includes to comply with The Gatsby Benchmarks:

 

World of Work

At King’s we are committed to ensuring that all our students in years 7 to 11 have high quality impartial advice on career opportunities, and that they progress onto sixth form or high quality apprenticeships after year 11 with clear career goals in mind. It is very important to us to know that all year 11 students have a plan for their next step in their flight path to becoming successful citizens.

We are fully committed to supporting our students in making well-informed decisions by providing access to personalised, impartial and independent information and guidance about the range of options (including academic, vocational, apprenticeships) that are most likely to help them to achieve their ambitions. We believe that giving students the best careers education and guidance is vital to improving their motivation so that, by the time they enter year 11, they are ready to compete on a national basis and succeed!

All students will be entitled to a World of Work Programme that:

  • Supports the academy’s mission of enhancing the future social mobility of all students, irrespective of educational starting points, ethnicity, family background, disability or postcode by providing good quality independent careers advice and personal guidance which inspires them, meets their need and motivates them to fulfil their potential.
  • Is based on the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks for good Careers Information Advice and Educational Guidance (CIAEG).
  • Inspires them to develop high aspirations and consider a broad and ambitious range of future career opportunities regardless of gender, ability or social background.
  • Enables employers, training providers, local colleges and others agencies to work in partnership with the academy in providing high quality impartial advice and contact with the world of work.
  • Provides opportunities for meaningful encounters with employees, employers, further and higher education and experience of workplaces.
  • Ensures that they are aware of the full range of academic, technical and vocational routes available at each transition point in their personal flight path so that they have the necessary knowledge to make successful future transitions.
  • Develops their knowledge of career possibilities including necessary character traits, leadership skills and knowledge of up-to-date labour market information.
  • Helps them develop the necessary enterprise and employability skills, including skills for self-employment through Super Learning Days, Project Days and the enriching curriculum.
  • Supports inclusion, challenge stereotyping and promotes equality of opportunity.
  • Encourages our students to see career development as a life-long process.
  • Is weaved and embedded into subjects across the curriculum. 

World of Work Programme: Years 7 and 8

  • Year 7 induction week and the greeter system helps students to align their flight paths and revisit them during the year.
  • All students will complete Operation Reset with a career focus.
  • All students will deliver a Beautiful Work presentation with a focus on World of Work journeys.
  • Our ASPIRE Programme helps students to understand more about themselves (self-development), know where to look for useful information (careers exploration) and plan for the future (career management).
  • All students take part in the Careers Week activities
  • Students meet visitors from the World of Work during Super Learning Days or Project Week (Enterprise and STEM days).
  • Tutor mentoring with a career focus every learning cycle.
  • All students visit at least one university to enhance aspirations.

World of Work Programme: Years 9 and 10

  • Our ASPIRE programme helps students to understand more about themselves, find out about careers and the world of work, and help them to plan for their future.
  • All students have access to impartial careers advice and guidance and 1:1 careers coaching to support them for their GCSE preferences.
  • All students take part in the Careers Week activities.
  • Students meet visitors from the World of Work during Super Learning Days or Project Week.
  • All students visit at least one university to enhance aspirations.
  • Our ASPIRE and World of Work Programme helps help students with writing a CV, preparing for interviews and completing application forms.
  • Year 9 students will take part in a mock interview event and work with employers from World of Work industries.
  • Year 10 students take part in World of Work Business Speed Dating to learn more about different industries.
  • Tutor mentoring with a career focus every learning cycle.

World of Work Programme: Years 11, 12 and 13

  • Our ASPIRE Programme helps students to identify a range of post-16 pathways to make informed choices about their future; complete application forms, writing a CV and personal statement and prepare for interviews.
  • Students participate in career focused form time sessions where they complete career research, UCAS and application forms.
  • All students attend the employability skills, interview skills workshops and mock interviews throughout the year.
  • All students attend careers assemblies with various guest speakers every learning.
  • All students take part in the Careers Week activities.
  • All students visit at least one university to enhance aspirations.
  • All students are entitled to 1:1 career appointments to help support their flight path

 

Useful World of Work Links

www.nationalcareersservive.direct.gov.uk – This website provides a wealth of information to raise ASPIRATIONS regarding: job profiles and skills

www.careersbox.co.uk – Video clips and information on a wide range of careers to raise SELF-AWARENESS of different industries.

www.icould.com – Useful for linking school subjects to different career paths. There is also a quiz called “The Buzz Test” to help young people explore their values, qualities and ASPIRATIONS for the future.

www.plotr.co.uk – A very visual website especially for younger students to help them RESPECT the world of work and different job roles.

www.apprenticeships.org.uk – Everything you need to know about apprenticeships and current vacancies to encourage SELF-AWARENESS of different jobs.

www.allaboutcareers.com – ENDEAVOUR to learn more about apprenticeships ,School Leaver Programmes and University

www.notgoingtouni.co.uk – Information on alternate routes after college, eg higher level apprenticeships, sponsored degrees and gap years

 UCAS – A great place to start exploring subjects and Universities.

A list of the Russell Group Universities.

A list of all of the courses offered at the University of Oxford.

A detailed outline of the Oxford Admissions Process.

Oxplore – an online platform that lets you explore big questions in a fun and interactive way.

UNIQ – residential events and online courses for Year 12 students.

OxNet – an academically intensive course for Year 12 students.

Oxford Digital Resource Hub – lots of resources for exploring your favourite subjects, plus materials for teachers and parents.

 

The school adheres to the requirements of the Baker Clause, and will allow fair access to other colleges and training providers to discuss all routes available to Years 8 to 13 students. Should employers, providers or parents want to get involved in future World of World events, please do not hesitate to contact:
Leader of World of Work: Mrs Collier
Telephone: 01925 817939
The World of Work Programme is to be revised annually by Mrs R Collier.
 

Unifrog

In keeping with our commitment to provide students with outstanding careers guidance and tailored support when choosing their next step after school, we will now be using Unifrog; an award-winning, online careers platform. All students in Years 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 now have access to this excellent website.

Unifrog brings into one place every undergraduate university course, apprenticeship, and college course in the UK, as well as other opportunities, such as School Leaver Programmes, MOOCs and every college at Oxford and Cambridge. This makes it easy for students to compare and choose the best university courses, apprenticeships or further education courses for them. They can also explore exciting opportunities further afield by looking at English-taught undergraduate programmes available in Europe and the USA.

Additionally, the platform helps students successfully apply for these opportunities by using Unifrog to write their personal statement, applications and CVs and guiding them through the process, allowing teachers to give live feedback.

Students access the tool by logging into Unifrog using their email address and password and they can do so from any computer, tablet or smartphone. We would encourage parents to use the platform with your child/children so you can support them through the process of deciding their next step.

We have also set up a parent login so that you can use Unifrog as if you were a student yourself, allowing you to truly support your child. The form code you need is: parentskla and you can sign up here: www.unifrog.org/code 

 

Careers Support During Covid-19

With so much uncertainty around what careers, colleges and university may look like in the future due to Coronavirus pandemic, the challenges of making and finding the right careers guidance information can often be difficult. The support below is designed to help you by offering useful resources and tasks to help develop students’ career readiness, personal effectiveness and essential skills and help reduce anxiety in September regarding career options, post 16 and 18 choices.