Careers Programme and Student Entitlement

All students at Kirk Balk Academy are entitled to receive a programme of careers education, work-related learning, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG and WRL). This will be delivered at appropriate times to support decision making.

Teachers in the academy and qualified career professionals will support students' career development in a number of ways including:

  • access to broad and balanced curriculum provision
  • have the opportunity to learn the different STEM subjects to help them gain entry to, and be more effective workers within, a wide range of careers (by the age of 14)
  • at least one experience of a workplace, additional to any part time jobs they may have (by the age of 16)
  • to hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships - through Guided Pathway events, assemblies and group discussions and taster events;
  • understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses available. At points across the school year, a variety of employers and external providers are invited into Kirk Balk Academy to talk about different careers. Please see our Provider Access Policy.
  • information and discussion in lessons, drop-down days and assemblies to help students make informed decisions about their future
  • access to careers advisers in a variety of ways including individual meetings, drop-in sessions,enrichment activities and on results days
  • careers information and I.T based careers programmes
  • information and updates on notice boards, plasma screens and the academy website
  • The academy uses a tracking system to identify the needs of all students to target students who require early or additional support in their transition. Students, parents/carers and academy staff can refer students for one-to-one careers support. Students can access CEIAG through one-to-one interviews, workshops and enrichment activities

Parent/Carer entitlement

Parents can access careers support for their child in a variety of ways including:

  • individual meetings, drop-in sessions, Guided Pathway events, parents evenings and on results days
  • Careers information and computer-based careers programmes
  • information and updates on the academy's website and Twitter