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The world has changed greatly in the last 20 years with many people working in jobs today that simply didn’t exist when their parents left education. That’s why students today need careers advice that will enable them to be ready for the opportunities and challenges of working life.
Our Careers and Education Guidance Policy and Provider Access Policy can both be downloaded from our Teaching and Learning page. Our Careers Leader is Lauren Edwards who can be contacted at L.EDWARDS@harrisorpington.org.uk or on 01689 819 219. Our Careers Officer is Melanie Jackson who can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- A varied careers section is available within the school library. All students have the opportunity to visit the library and access the books. In addition the Sixth Form study area is well equipped with university prospectuses and literature on alternative career routes.
- An academy-wide PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) programme is delivered to all students. This covers career choices and pathways, financial guidance (salaries and income), employment rights and careers for the future.
- A 'drop down day' for Year 8 students (a whole day when students are taken off their traditional timetable and given deep learning opportunities) is followed by an information evening for parents to guide the subject choices students make at GCSE. This is followed by one-to-one subject meetings between students and senior leaders, when students can seek advice and help so they can make informed choices.
- Year 10 students take part in group career meetings before their one-to-one meetings in Year 11. Students are instructed to start considering their next steps in preparation for their GCSE exam year.
- Year 11 students have one-to-one meetings with senior leaders, who support and guide their progression into Key Stage 5.
- A Level taster sessions are available in all subjects to Year 11 students.
- The Harris Careers Education page can be accessed here.
The following websites can help you to look at the different careers that are available.
- The National Careers Service website has over 700 careers profiles providing information on the skills and qualifications required.
- Careers Box is a free online library of careers related films. Case studies show real people doing real jobs.
- Start is a free online careers platform to connect 11-18 year old with their future career potential.
- Prospects gives detailed job information and links to advice on writing CVs and cover letters.
- icould offers first hand information about careers, including videos, as well as labour market information.
- LMI for All is an online data portal, which connects and standardises labour market information (LMI) with the aim of informing careers decisions.
Other careers services
- Year 11 academic and personal references are completed by faculty directors.
- Details of student destinations after leaving Harris Academy Orpington are kept on file. Interviews and support is made available for those without confirmed progression routes. This support continues until students have a confirmed progression route post results.
- Support with GCSE and Post 16 options processes.
- Orpington Experience visits to universities.
- Visiting speakers are arranged through the Orpington Experience programme.
- There is a Federation ‘Next Steps’ evening for students and parents of students in Years 11, 12 and 13.
The academy will review the contents of this page in September 2020.