Careers Education, Advice and Guidance
Quest Academy recognises and adheres to the careers practice as stipulated in Section 42A & 42B of the Education Act 1997 which requires governing bodies to ensure that all registered learners at the school are provided with independent careers guidance from Year 8 (12-13 year-olds) to Year 13 (17-18 year-olds).
Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance is an entitlement for ALL of our learners from Year 8 onward. In working on the “Presumption of employability for all,” it is imperative that our learners are well equipped and prepared for this. With this in mind, we have created our own Quest Academy Careers Charter and this has been forwarded to all of our learners and their parents so that they understand the commitment that we wish to make through their time with us:
At Quest, we have developed a curriculum offer that sees a range of vocational opportunities on offer in recognition of this route being a likely pathway for many of our learners. With qualifications in areas such as Hospitality and Catering, Music, Media and Sport, not only do these appeal to the interests of our learners but in addition they complement the LMI data for our locality in terms of workforce need.
January 2018 saw the introduction of new statutory guidance for careers. The eight Gatsby benchmarks that underpin the statutory guidance are shown below and we measure ourselves against this through the use of the Careers Compass Tool:
- 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 and higher education
- Personal guidance
Discrete careers lessons are offered to all learners across Years 8 through to 11. In looking to ensure that learners are engaged in accessing a wide variety of information and guidance, we have opted to use an organisation called Indigo. They have developed a web based package that allows our learners to identify their skills, qualities and attributes and will match career opportunities to these. With over 600 careers offered in great detail, learners are able to access high quality and up to date information wherever and whenever they wish to.
Whilst we embrace the technologies available, it does not remove the need for a dedicated Careers Advisor and we continue to recruit the expertise of Mrs Ginny Willis, a Matrix Accredited Careers Specialist. Through her learner centred approach, 1:1 careers interviews are completed with all learners from Year 9 upwards and a clear Action Plan is produced for each learner and their parent and tutor.
In Years 10 and 11, we recognise the need to make the world of work as “real” as possible and will actively encourage our learners to access a work experience placement. Due to the structure of our school build, this can happen either within our own premises, or, at an external work place with guidance and support. Furthermore, we recognise the importance of involving employers from a wide range of subject sector areas and exposing our learners to the opportunity to question them as only they can.
In offering a curriculum with a strong vocational emphasis, we have sought to create clear links with the Further Education colleges that exist within the Warwickshire region. As such, our current Year 11 learners follow a 7 month transition programme in which they access their local college to learn more about the world of Further Education, the differences and opportunities it offers and to support them in making an informed decision about their Post 16 aspirations. We are proud to work so closely with “Warwickshire Colleges Group” and “North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College” in this way.
It is the aim of Quest Academy that all learners should leave the school at age 16 safe in the knowledge that they will be accessing either a local college course, a training provider, an apprenticeship or a supported internship.
Our Careers Leader is Assistant Principal Jamie Rynberk and can be contacted by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Provider Access Policy
Quest is committed to providing high quality careers guidance and advice. Our Careers and Education Policy (below) gives details of how training providers can visit the school to offer eligible students information and advice about career pathways.