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Quest Academy

MacIntyre Academies

Careers Education, Advice and Guidance

At Quest Academy we understand the importance of preparing all our pupils and students to be able to take their place in the world with confidence, purpose and enthusiasm.

We want all our pupils and students, no matter whatever their starting point to have the opportunity to explore, believe and achieve a bright, happy and successful future. Good quality Careers Education, Advice and Guidance plays a significant role in achieving this aim. In providing a comprehensive Careers Guidance Programme across the school, we are enabling and supporting our pupils and students to be able to identify their skills and interests, understand the options available to them and to make the right choices about their future plans.

Our Careers Education, Advice and Guidance Programme is delivered in discreet Careers Lessons and is linked in a cross curricular way throughout the curriculum. It focuses on the specific needs of the individual pupils and students to promote self-awareness and personal development so that pupils and students are able to make informed decisions about their future.

We have employed the services of a Transition Consultant who is a qualified Careers Guidance Practitioner to offer individual interviews to pupils and students from Year 9 upwards and to advise on the Careers Education Programme that is delivered in school. This guidance will be impartial, confidential and differentiated to suit the needs of each individual pupil or student.

This service is to provide pupils, students and their families with an understanding of the options available and to support them to explore those options so that pupils and students are in a strong position to make informed decisions. We recognise the importance of involving Parents and Carers in this process. We also recognise the need to cultivate valuable relationships with our local community and businesses in order to bring Careers Education to life through a variety of activities such as visits to local businesses, planned work experience etc.

With the right information, guidance and support, all our pupils and students will be equipped to make a successful transition from Quest Academy and will be able to be as independent as possible to embark on their career journey.

Careers Leader 

The Careers Leader for our school is David Wilson and he can be contacted by email: quest.office@macintyreacademies.org.

Provider Access Policy

Quest is committed to providing high quality careers guidance and advice. Our Provider Access Policy (below) gives details of how training providers can visit the school to offer eligible students information and advice about career pathways.

Provider Access Policy

The Gatsby Benchmarks – what are they?

The Gatsby Benchmarks are a key measure of the effectiveness of career advice. They are also a very important part of the Government’s career strategy. In order to ensure our students enjoy high quality careers guidance and experiences, we will be working to embed the below eight Gatsby Benchmarks throughout our Careers Programme by the end of 2020 in line with DfE expectations.

  • A Stable Careers Programme 
  • Learning from Career and Labour Market Information 
  • Addressing the Needs of Each Pupil 
  • Linking Curriculum Learning to Careers
  • Encounters with Employers and Employees
  • Experiences of Workplaces
  • Encounters With Further Education
  • Personal Guidance

For more information on the Gatsby benchmarks please click on the following the  link www.goodcareerguidance.org.uk