Our Careers vision at City Academy

Together we collaborate, increase opportunity, promote respect and achieve excellence.

“At City Academy we are nurturing; inspiring and empowering our young people to be the best that they can be. At our school, all students will gain Careers experience where we will embed the skills, confidence and inspiration for students to make the most of their life choices and follow the career path that allows them to thrive and succeed beyond school.” Ruze Akhtar – Careers Lead.

The Gatsby Benchmarks are a framework of 8 guidelines about what makes the best careers provision in schools and colleges. At City Academy we are developing a programme of study for students to follow based on this framework.

Benchmark (Links are in the titles below) Description
A Stable Careers Programme Every school and college should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by pupils, parents, teachers and employers.
Learning From Labour Market Information Every pupil, and their parents, should have access to good-quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. They will need the support of an informed adviser to make best use of available information.
Addressing The Needs Of Each Pupil Pupils have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each pupil. A school’s careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.
Linking Curriculum Learning To Careers All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. For example, STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths.
Encounters With Employers And Employees Every pupil should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes.
Experiences Of Workplaces Every pupil should have first-hand experiences* of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks.
Encounters With Further And Higher Education All pupils should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace.
Personal Guidance Every pupil should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a career’s adviser, who could be internal (a member of school staff) or external, provided they are trained to an appropriate level. These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made. They should be expected for all pupils but should be timed to meet their individual needs.

Careers Strategy

Starting early (e.g. year 7).

  • Engaging all stakeholders, including parents and employers.
  • Updating our website with information about our careers programme.
  • Developing careers content in all subjects, not just PSHE.
  • Taking advantage of labour market resources and make them available to all students and their parents.
  • Providing ALL students with information on ALL routes.
  • Providing experiences of workplaces for all students; giving students more encounters with employers.
  • Adapting existing systems to track destinations and careers and enterprise activities.