Beaconsfield Drive
Blurton
Stoke-on-Trent
ST3 3JD
01782 882200

Careers

Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy’s Careers Leader is Mr Smart (msmart@ossma.co.uk).

Our Careers Adviser is Julie Chadwick (julie.chadwick@stoke.gov.uk) who is available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday in the LRC to answer any careers related questions or to help with CVs/applications.

Either Mr Smart or Julie can be contacted at the academy on 01782 882200.

We review our careers provision annually in conjunction with our Link Governor Mrs England as well as through student voice. Our careers provision is externally monitored, and in 2017/18 we were successful in being awarded the Careers Mark. The review process is continued annually with a review meeting held with a member of the Local Authority’s career team.

 


YEAR 7

Careers education starts in Year 7 through introductory lessons allowing the students to reflect on where they are now and on what they want to do in the future. Students will have a unit of careers education delivered through their PSHE curriculum.

YEAR 8

Students continue with this in Year 8 investigating possible career routes and matching skills and qualities to suitable occupations. Stereotyping is addressed in each year group to ensure all students are aware and fully embrace the importance of equal opportunities. A Year 8 Careers Fair is delivered for students to assist in Option Choices

YEAR 9

In Year 9, external providers such as Vodafone, Barclays Life Skills, Job Centre Plus and the local colleges deliver sessions that include giving advice on post 16 opportunities and CV preparation.

YEAR 10

Across Year 10 students have access to a range of career related activities including Enterprise Days, Teen-tech City of Tomorrow challenge, external speakers, and mock interviews/application forms.

YEAR 11

Year 11 have a planned Careers Management Programme that is completed throughout the year. This includes investigating post 16 options, a Careers Fair is held in conjunction with Year 11 Parents’ Evening, this gives students the opportunity to speak to various professionals and organisations, in order to help with their post 16 choices. Students are regularly given open day information during assembly and form time and are invited to attend workshops and presentations with outside speakers regarding various post 16 routes.

An assembly is delivered to Year 11 students about Apprenticeship opportunities and information is given as to where additional information can be accessed. All Year 11 students will have a 1:1 careers meeting with either our Careers Adviser or an Assistant Principal.


 

 

The benchmarks of careers education

Every school and college should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by pupils, parents, teachers, governors and employers.

 

Learning from career and labour market information

Every pupil, and their parents should have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. They will need the support of an informed adviser to make best use of available information.

During PSHE time each year group follows a tailored careers education programme. This includes information on different careers, information on how to seek careers, applications, interviews and the skills needed in the work place.

We have incredible strong links with our LEP which includes half termly meetings to review the provision and make use of the local labour market information to target areas of growth an development in Stoke and North Staffordshire.

 

Addressing the needs of each pupil.

Pupils have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each pupil. A schools careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.

The PSHE programme is tailored to different year groups in order to ensure it is age appropriate. As students progress through the year groups the careers programme is tailored to suit the needs of their stage in life.

 

Linking curriculum learning to careers.

All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths.

During lessons students have a focus on careers in their subject. E.g. careers in science. This gives students an insight into the different careers they could go into using each of their qualifications.

 

Encounters with employers and employees.

Every pupil should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes.

During drop down days students work with a range of employers and employees to give them knowledge about the workplace. One example includes completing the Barclays Life skills workshops with employees from Barclays. During the workshops students learnt about People Skills, Money Skills and Work Skills. They also spoke to the Barclays representatives about their roles and the range of careers available. This is just one example, however extensive links have been made with a number of employers and employees.

 

Experiences of workplaces.

Every pupil should have first-hand experiences of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks. All students on BTEC courses have workplace experience through the vocational scenarios as part of their assignments.

 

Encounters with further and higher education.

All pupils should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace.

A careers fair is held for Year 8 students to assist with options choices. Year 9 and 10 students spend time at both Keele and Staffordshire University experiencing sessions to support Level 3 and A level qualifications. Application forms are completed in school and analysed to ensure that the best careers advice is given.

Students are invited to attend higher education lectures and the Stoke Sixth Form College, hosted by Cambridge University for a session on raising aspirations.

 

Personal guidance.

Every pupil should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a career adviser, who could be internal or external, provided they are trained to an appropriate level. These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made. They should be expected for all pupils but should be timed to meet their individual needs.

Students are interviewed by the school careers adviser. All Year 11 students receive a 1:1 interview with either the Careers Adviser or an Assistant Principal to ensure that they have high aspirations and are applying for the most suitable courses.


Careers Resources

The links below will take you to a wide range of careers websites giving you up to date information to help you plan your future.

Career Connect Local & national careers resources.
National Careers Service Careers advice and information on a wide range of jobs & training courses.
National Apprenticeships Local apprenticeship vacancies and information on apprenticeships
Careers Box National online careers film and video library. Real people, real jobs
icould Find out about jobs from people who are working in them. Videos, articles & quizzes.
Plotr Explore different career worlds.
Tomorrow’s Engineers Inspiration, advice and information on the different routes into engineering and the types of jobs on offer.
Futuremorph Career opportunities in Science & Maths.
Go Construct Information on careers in the Construction industry from graduate jobs to Apprenticeships and everything in between.
Bright Knowledge Guide to careers, education & student life.
Studential A guide to GCSEs, A levels, apprenticeships & university
Growing ambitions Career routes & job profiles
NHS careers information Careers and work experience in the NHS
UCAS A wide range of information on universities and how to apply
Which? university guide what to study, where to go and how to get there
Buzz Quiz The Buzz personality profile quiz helps you discover more about what makes you tick and what you’re naturally good at.
Not going to uni Alternatives to university including apprenticeships and other training routes.

 

A copy of out Providers Access Policy can be found here:

Provider Access Policy Statement

Our next review of careers information will take place in June/July 2019.