In March the Winsford Academy was awarded Level 2 Inspiring IAG status.
This shows that the Academy is committed to delivering high quality Career Education, Information, Advice and Guidance and this has been recognised by a nationally awarding body.
It recognises the work done through assemblies, PHSE, Form tutors and Departments in ensuring we invest in the career prospects of the pupils and work together with external providers and local employers to give pupils the opportunities to visit employers and hear first hand experiences of their employees.

We have an ongoing action plan and are continually striving to improve our service to the young people.
Our next goal is Level 3 within the next 12 months.

Overview

Careers education and guidance programmes make a major contribution to preparing young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.
A planned progressive programme of activities supports them in choosing KS4 & KS5 pathways that suit their interests and abilities and help them to follow a career path and sustain employability throughout their working lives.
The Winsford Academy has adopted the Careers Guidance and statutory requirements issued by the Department of Education in December 2017. We are using the Gatsby Benchmarks  to assess, review and develop our Careers Education programme.
The Winsford Academy offers a comprehensive and structured CEIAG provision for all pupils Y7-11.
We work in partnership with Changing Education to deliver impartial advice and guidance to pupil in KS4. Changing Education are Matrix accredited and our adviser Jean, has worked at the Academy for the past 5 years. There are additional meetings if pupils, parents or other staff request it. There is also additional support from the Local Authority for some pupils regarding transition.
Careers is delivered whole school through Form Time activities and subject specific lessons.
There are also PHSE timetabled lessons to cover additional topics.
We also work in close partnership with our local 16+ providers. Transition is important in both Y6 and Y11 and we work hard to ensure that pupils know the pathways open to them when they leave the Academy and the courses available at the different colleges. There are taster visits in Y10 and all colleges visit in the first half term of the year to speak to pupils about their Open evenings and courses.
There are also lunch time clinics in the academy where colleges offer advice to pupils on courses, levels and post 18 progression.
Local Colleges
  • Warrington Vale Royal
  • Sir John Deane’s
  • Cheshire College
  • Reaseheath College
  • Crewe UTC
At the Academy we work in partnership with  Cheshire West and Chester LA to ensure that all pupils have a place at a college or 6th Form,  an apprenticeship or a job with training  for the following September.  This is their September Guarantee.
We actively encourage pupils to take advantage of the National Citizenship Service. We promote it within school as helping pupils develop the softer skills that employers and education providers look for in young people such as team building, resilience and solution focused.
We also work in close partnership with our local 16+ providers. Transition is important in both Y6 and Y11 and we work hard to ensure that pupils know the pathways open to them when they leave the Academy and the courses available at the different colleges. There are taster visits in Y10 and all colleges visit in the first half term of the year to speak to pupils about their Open evenings and courses.
There are also lunch time clinics in the academy where colleges offer advice to pupils on courses, levels and post 18 progression.
Local Colleges
  • Warrington Vale Royal
  • Sir John Deane’s
  • Cheshire College
  • Reaseheath College
  • Crewe UTC
At the Academy we work in partnership with  Cheshire West and Chester LA to ensure that all pupils have a place at a college or 6th Form,  an apprenticeship or a job with training  for the following September.  This is their September Guarantee.
We actively encourage pupils to take advantage of the National Citizenship Service. We promote it within school as helping pupils develop the softer skills that employers and education providers look for in young people such as team building, resilience and solution focussed.
We have a close connection with Higher Horizons and Chester University, both of whom offer the school and its pupils an array of additional provision including University visits, specialised teaching from local Professors and personal development support including Humanutopia, Steps to Success and Enterprise days.
We work with local employers who regularly take on local apprentices and arrange after school visits to the employers. We are always looking for additional employers to help support our Careers programme in and out of school. We are currently working with such as Tiger Trailers, Morrisons and KC Auto’s.

Aims

In Y7 we aim to introduce the concept of carers career planning and to give pupils the opportunity to explore a range of industry sectors and careers within those industries.

Activities

  • Step Up programme
  • The World of Work
  • Re-cycling project – jobs in the Green Economy
  • U-Explore Start Profile

Career Education is being embedded through Form Time activities. Pupils make their Option choices in Y8 and it is important that they understand the range of qualifications offered by the Academy as well as the subject choices.

Activities

  • The Step Ahead programme
  • U-Explore Start Profile
  • Chester University Trip
  • Options Advice and Guidance

Pupils have started their GCSE Options and it is important that they can understand the link between a good education and a fulfilling career.

Activities

  • Step On programme
  • visits to employers and specific University events
  • Enterprise Activity Day
  • Make It Event
  • Humanutopia programme
  • Steps to Success

Pupils in Y10 are beginning to think about their next steps and this is something we actively encourage. Pupils are encouraged to talk about Career plans and to do some follow up research, all of which is recorded and evaluated by the pupil and the adviser at their next meeting.

Activities

  • Step Forward programme
  • IAG appoitments
  • ‘The Big Bang’ event
  • Visits to local employers and local employer visits to the Academy organised within Departments.
  • Taster Days offered by the local post 16 providers

This is the year for decision making and applications for Post 16. Pupils are provided with opportunities to listen to and meet staff from our partner providers and are actively encouraged to attend Open Evenings and apply for courses.

Activities

  • Step Into The Future programme
  • Assemblies from all local post 16 providers.
  • Apprenticeships assembly and follow up sessions
  • IAG
  • CV writing/ Application forms
  • National Citizenship Service

Joanne Tringham

Head of Careers

 

“having a Careers meeting really helped me focus on what courses I wanted to do and going to have a look round the colleges was important in helping me chose the one for me”  

– Year 11 Pupil

 

“I know it’s important to plan for my future and the Step Forward booklets have helped me think about my possibilities” 

– Year 10 Pupil

 

“going on the taster day to college made me feel quite excited about my future and make me want to do well in the summer”

– Year 11 Pupil