As outlined in our CEIAG Policy 2018 we are committed to promoting high quality careers education, information, advice and guidance as an integral part of every student’s education. This is delivered through our Inclusion Team by our dedicated Lead Careers & Transition Coordinator, Amie Power and Career & Transition Officers; Chrissie Dare and Nina Rehan. Our experienced staff are dedicated to ensuring our students are provided with appropriate, diverse careers knowledge to enable them to make appropriate, informed choices for their post statutory education future.
The Gatsby Benchmark (click to open)The Gatsby Benchmark
CEIAG Statutory Delivery (click to open)CEIAG Statutory Delivery
Good quality careers education and advice will raise the aspirations of all young people. It will increase motivation by linking activities in school with preparation for life post 16. CEIAG will, therefore, contribute to raising student’s achievement, help students focus on their longer-term career ambitions and ensure an equality of opportunity for all.
The Careers & Transition team work across the academies (Endeavour Academy Bexley, Horizons Academy Bexley and Aspire Academy Bexley) within a clear framework which aims to meet statutory requirements whilst we constantly evolve our Careers Delivery Plan to achieve the Gatsby Benchmarks, enhancing students prospects, encouraging them to contribute to their communities and preparing them for the challenges and opportunities of further education, training and working life to reduce their risk of becoming NEET. Students in our academies are very well supported as they make their applications to colleges, Traineeships, Apprenticeships, Sixth Forms and Post 16 options.
It is our aim for every Academy student to complete year 11, prepared for life in modern Britain. The Careers & Transition team work in order to enhance students’ prospects, encouraging them to contribute to their communities and preparing them for the challenges and opportunities of further education, training and working life. A programme of careers education, information and guidance is delivered to students from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 4. High quality, careers guidance is also delivered which is crucial in helping our students emerge from school more fully rounded and ready for the world of work therefore it is our intention to ensure that our students are well informed when making career decisions.
Our delivery across our academies is underpinned by the Department for Education Careers Strategy 2017. ‘Making the most of everyone’s skills & talents’ and is compliant with the careers guidance set out by the Government for delivery :‘Careers Guidance and Inspiration for young people in schools’, which states all schools must give education and training providers the opportunity to talk to students about approved technical qualifications and apprenticeships. In addition, we further support ‘Careers Guidance and Inspiration for young people in schools’ (updated 2018) and our delivery is measured against 8 Gatsby Benchmarks.
Post statutory tracking and support service (click to open)Post statutory tracking and support service
Due to the changes in Government legislation to raise the participation age to 18 years, the Careers and Transition team also support and track our school leavers through guidance, support and the monitoring of placement progress in partnership with students, parents, colleges, and local providers underpinned by mutual consent to share relevant information.
We also work in liaison with support services and agencies such the Youth Offending Team, CSC, Porchlight, St Giles and more, in relation to those most at risk of or who have become NEET. All work with post statutory students adheres to the expectations outlined in the Academies Safeguarding Policy and as such all safeguarding concerns are responded to accordingly.
Students are tracked and supported for two years once they have completed their education at one for our academies. In the third year students remain to be tracked however, the support level is reduced and is available upon students request.
|Post Statutory - Year 1
(School year 12) support service
|Post Statutory - Year 2
(School year 13) support service
|Post Statutory - Year 3
(School year 14) support service
|Young people that are EET (in Education, employment or training)||Young people that are NEET (not in Education, employment or training)||Young people that are EET (in Education, employment or training)||Young people that are NEET (not in Education, employment or training)||Young people that are EET (in Education, employment or training)||Young people that are NEET (not in Education, employment or training)|
Next Steps (click to open)Next Steps
If you’re in Year 11, it’s time to start thinking about what you want to do after you leave school.
What you can do after Year 11 depends on things like where you live, what kind of grades you’re likely to get, what you’re interested in and what kind of environment you want to learn in. Often, the choice is between sixth form, college, an apprenticeship or a training provider.
So far your education has probably been set out for you – from primary to secondary school. You have most-likely not had to think about ‘what next’ – but now you’re expected to know what you want to do?
First up – don’t panic! You may feel that this is the most important decision of your life, but it isn’t a final choice for example; if you choose to go to college but find an opportunity within an apprenticeship it is ok to change you mind and move onto the apprenticeship in order to progress.
Of course, you want to get it right if you can, so doing some research into your choices is always going to help with making the right choice for you. Try to ignore what your friends are doing (at least just for a moment) and focus on what you want to achieve for yourself. Of course, asking advice and talking to your friends can help, but ultimately it is a matter of what is best for you. The careers and transition team will help you with exploring your options and interests and submitting applications.
Colleges are separate from schools, so everyone turns up on their first day as a new student. Colleges tend to offer A levels, NVQs, Diplomas and Foundation Learning. Sometimes colleges specialise; for example you might have an agricultural college that does farming and animal care related courses, or a catering college that specialises in cookery courses.
Traineeships are designed help young people who want to get an apprenticeship or job but don’t yet have appropriate skills or experience.
Traineeships are an ideal opportunity for young people, aged 16 to 24, who are motivated to get a job but lack the skills and experience that employers are looking for.
Those who have been unsuccessful when applying for an apprenticeship or other job due to a lack of skills and experience are most likely be good candidates for a traineeship.
With an apprenticeship, you would be working for an employer, earning a wage (at least £2.73 per hour in summer 2015), and studying for a qualification (often an NVQ) at the same time. You would be linked with a college or training provider to make sure you get all of your work done for your qualification.
An apprenticeship offers an alternative path into employment. Sure, it hasn’t got the academic edge of going to university, but an apprenticeship should leave you more prepared for the workplace – which is the final destination anyway! An apprenticeship will teach you a skill or trade, while offering on-the-job experience and a pay-packet. There are a surprisingly wide range of apprenticeships available to search now in a variety of job sectors.
Sixth forms are often attached to a school. There are advantages and disadvantages to this. If it’s the school you’ve already been at for a few years, you’ll feel comfortable and know your way around. Some people can find attending a completely new school a bit scary because lots of people there will already know each other. Sometimes sixth forms are completely separate from any other schools, and teach students from lots of different places.
What grades do you need?
The table below shows the different qualification levels. Often, to get onto a course at a particular level, you will need to have already achieved the level below the one you’re applying for. For example, to get onto a Level 2 National Diploma you will often be asked to have some GCSEs at grades D-F. This is why teachers and parents nag you to work hard and get the highest grades you can! The higher the GCSE grades, the higher the level of course you can start on.
There are some courses where, even if you get A*s, you will still need to start on Level 1 or Level 2. This is often the case for courses teaching practical skills that you don’t learn in your GCSE lessons, like hairdressing, construction, catering and animal care.
|Entry Level||No qualifications requried||Progress to Level 1
|Level 1||Functional Skills Level 1
Maths & English
GCSE 4-1 (D-G)
NVQ Level 1
Certificates / Awards
|Progress to Level 2
Low paid employment
|Level 2||Functional SKills Level 2
Maths & English
GCSE 9-5 (A-C)
BTEC Diploma L2
NVQ Level 2
|Progress to Level 3
|Level 3||A Level
BTEC Diploma Level 3
CACHE Certificate Level 3
|Progress to Level 4
Parents & Carers (click to open)Parents & Carers
It's a time when your children are discovering their own independence, taking more responsibility for themselves and their actions, and making some big decisions.
- Encourage your son or daughter to research their options.
- Check the dates of post-16 & college open events and put them in your diary.
- Encourage your son or daughter to discuss their options with their school’s careers and transition team, or contact the National Careers Service.
- Ensure application forms are completed and submitted on time, sixth form and college applications typically open in October.
- If your son or daughter is interested in an apprenticeship or traineeship get them to register with the National Apprenticeship Service – a number of larger companies advertise their apprenticeship opportunities for school leavers between November and February.
- Sign-up for the London Borough of Bexley’s Jobs & Opportunities for Young People Newsletter to receive information and inspiration on post-16 opportunities, and encourage your son or daughter to do the same.
- If you are worried about finances contact sixth forms, colleges and training providers and ask about the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund.
- Support your son or daughter to develop a back-up plan, just in case.
Contact Us (click to open)Contact Us
If you would like to speak with a member of the Careers & Transition team please do not hesitate to contact them on the details below:
Horizons Academy Bexley - T: 0208 3122746 Ext: 223
Endeavour Academy Bexley - T: 01322 553787 Ext: 227
|Amie Power - Careers & Transition Coordinator
|Chrissie Dare - Careers & Transition Officer
|Nina Rehan - Careers & Transition Officer
Access Request Form (click to open)Access Request Form