Careers Education starts from Year 7 and is provided through a number of specialist lessons, collapsed days, tutorials, assemblies, projects and experiences.
This topic is first introduced to students in Year 7, as they reflect on their achievements to date and start examining career literacy and future pathways. Throughout each Year at Ashmole there are engaging lessons and a range of other opportunities to help all students make informed decisions about their future.
Year 8 explore their own strengths and areas for development and explore how to develop employability skills for the modern workplace
Year 8 also enjoy an Enterprise Day in the summer term where they work in groups to plan, design and present an idea in response to a specific business brief.
Year 9 start building their Morrisby profile which builds an analysis of individual student aptitudes, interests, skills and potential pathways. Student profiles stay with them indefinitely providing detailed independent advice and guidance which changes as student choices and interests change. Parents/Carers are encouraged to work alongside students with their Morrisby profile so they can make informed decisions on their futures.
As well as this Year 9 strengthen their understanding of employability skills and start to identify potential pathways ahead.
Year 10 have inspiring Financial Capability and Employability days where students learn about the rapidly changing world of work, have face to face experiences with a wide range of employers, practise their interview technique and start to plan their CVs as well as developing financial literacy. Year 10 complete their full aptitudes Morrisby psychometric test that produces individualised detailed reports which will help them in their future planning. This provides a key part of their key stage 4 mentoring and ongoing independent advice and guidance
Students enjoy a full week’s work experience in the summer term where the vast majority find their own placement.
Students may also benefit from specialist advice from an external fully qualified careers and pathways advisor from year 11 to 13. This is delivered by the School buying in independent qualified Careers Advisers and through our links with Higher Education and Business Sectors. Students are also informed that they visit their local Young Peoples Centre to gain further independent advice and guidance.
A highlight of Year 12 is the Interview Skills Day in December where students apply for a job and have an interview with a range of employers. This is an extremely enjoyable and challenging day for students.
In addition, individual mentoring assists students with regard to post 16 and post 18 options. Their continuously developing Morrisby profile plays a key role throughout sixth form.
Senior members of staff act as an advisory team for those looking for places at university or other higher education institutions. Further collapsed days focus on interview and employability skills. Year 12 have a series of tutorials in Term 1 which focus on the strengthening of their CV, employability skills and self-presentation.
Extensive Career and pathways opportunities are available on Firefly and are also displayed on our digital screens around the school.
Furthermore, at each key stage, information evenings for students and parents, enable students to be informed about their choices and the career pathways open to them. There is also a specialist evening on Morrisby for parent/Carers of Year 9 and 10 to learn more about the process.
The Careers staff can access and manage Morrisby and ensure students are maximising what is has to offer and constantly evaluates how it is being used.
There are regular student evaluations on collapsed days and PSHE lessons and tutor sessions.
The Careers Leader ensures that the school works towards surpassing the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks.
The Careers lead at Ashmole Academy is: Mr Gilfeather
If you would like further details on the Career Programme, please contact Mr Gilfeather on 020 8361 2703 (ext 2221) or via email using email@example.com