Careers education, information, advice and guidance plays an essential role in preparing students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experience of life. A programme of relevant activities supports them at key decision making points such as Year 8 creative options, Year 9 GCSE pathways, Post 16 and beyond. It will equip them make the right choice and pursue the pathways that are right for them, to be able to manage their careers and aspire to careers that help them feel fulfilled. All our students are able to achieve great things; it is our goal to give them the guidance they need to get there.
Staffordshire University Academy is committed to providing our students with a robust programme of CEIAG for all students from Years 7 to 13 and beyond and recognises our statutory requirements.
As an academy, we strategically align with the Stoke and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SSLEP) 10 key priority areas (see employer partnerships section) as well as ensuring a gold standard service to our students against the DfE statutory guidance, the Gatsby Benchmarks
We will embed enterprise, employability and quality careers guidance into the academy’s culture and curriculum with a focus on inspiring students and developing structured and sustainable employer partnerships. Through these we aim to increase student exposure to real employers and the world of work as part of their preparation for modern life. We are looking to develop the employability of students with a focus on the development of soft skills and character development, workplace behaviours and exposure to the world of work. Through this we hope to enable a successful integration on leaving education into their first job.
We have a section in our library of how2become books outlining to students the different pathways and benefits of a wide range of jobs. We were delighted how2become supported us in the creation of our careers library and if you would like more information or if you are interested in purchasing any of their books you can find them at www.how2become.com
In line with the Baker Clause, we welcome other providers to come and speak to our students about their offering in order to provide them with an overview of all available options including apprenticeships, technical qualifications and A levels. Where possible, we will look to accommodate the request in full, however, where we are unable to do so we will liaise with external providers to deliver a compromise.
We hold an annual careers fair and would ask any employer or education provider that would like to attend this email the academy careers coordinator who will ensure they receive an invite.
Baker Clause – Provider Access
This policy statement sets out the academy’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to pupils at the academy for the purpose of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the academy’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.
All pupils in years 8-13 are entitled:
- to find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point;
- to hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options events, assemblies and group discussions and taster events;
- to understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.
Management of provider access requests
Procedure: A provider wishing to request access should contact Scott Williams, Director of Engagement, Telephone: 01543 224700; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Opportunities for access
A number of events, integrated into the academy careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come into academy to speak to pupils and/or their parents/carers.
SUA Career programme
SUA detailed termly career programme
Careers Lead – Mrs Ellen Jones (email@example.com)
For more information
Please see our certificate showing we are Nationally accredited by the Quality in Careers Standard as fully meeting all the accreditation criteria incorporating the Gatsby Benchmarks – Certificate