Kirk Balk Academy

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Student Entitlements

Year 7

  • By beginning careers education early students can make better informed decisions at transition stages and are more motivated in school to achieve.
  • Students are encouraged to identify personal traits, strengths and skills and develop confidence and have high expectations of themselves.
  • Students are introduced to careers resources and informed how to use them.
  • Students have opportunities to engage with a range of local business, FE, HE and training providers.
  • Students have optional access to independent and impartial guidance.
  • Students are introduced to LMI.

Year 8

  • Students build on personal strengths and begin to link skills to specific careers enabling realistic and informed decisions at transition stages.
  • Students are introduced to the world of work and how it is constantly changing.
  • Students have opportunities to engage with a range of local business, FE, HE and training providers.
  • Students are encouraged to think about what they might like to achieve after school.
  • Students have optional access to independent and impartial guidance. They are encouraged to use careers resources available and informed where to find out more about specific courses/careers.
  • Students begin to think about GCSE options in terms of career pathways and plan their future.Students link curriculum areas to careers to help prepare them for choosing their GCSE options.
  • Students begin to consider how they can use LMI.

Year 9

  • Students are encouraged to reassess personal strengths with a focus on transferable skills.
  • Students are encouraged to investigate different jobs and careers and what they mean in terms of lifestyle, budgeting and a good work/life balance and develop economic awareness.
  • Students are encouraged to challenge stereotypes within the world of work and traditional job roles.
  • Students have optional access to independent and impartial guidance. They are also encouraged to use careers resources available and informed where to find out more about specific courses/careers.
  • Students have opportunities to engage with a range of local business, FE, HE and training providers.
  • Students are encouraged to access LMI independently.

Year 10

  • Students explore post 16 pathways.
  • Students have opportunities to engage with a range of local business, FE, HE and training providers.
  • Economic awareness is developed further and students are encouraged to think about employability, which careers appeal to them and to identify and set themselves realistic future goals.
  • Students develop their employability skills by preparing a CV, looking at interview techniques and completing a mock interview with an employer.
  • Students have optional access to independent and impartial guidance. They are also encouraged to use careers resources available and informed where to find out more about specific courses/careers.
  • Students are encouraged to access LMI independently.

Year 11

  • Students are supported with post 16 choices and encouraged to consider all their options including further study and apprenticeships.
  • Students are encouraged to consider how LMI is relevant to their post 16 options.
  • All students have a one to one guidance interview with a Level 6 qualified adviser.
  • Students use careers interviews to help understand different career pathways and entry requirements and are encouraged to make contingency plans should results be better/worse than expected and set personal targets for development.
  • Students have optional access to additional independent and impartial advice via drop in sessions. They are also encouraged to use careers resources available and informed where to find out more about specific courses/careers.
  • Students are encouraged to think about the kind of skills potential employers look for.
  • Students are encouraged to attend careers talks, fairs, college open days and tasters.
  • Support is provided to update/complete a CV.
  • Apprenticeship support sessions are provided.
  • Students are kept up to date with post 16 deadlines, open evenings and appropriate internal and external careers events.