Careers, Advice and Guidance 2019/20 – The Beech Academy

This policy statement sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to pupils at the school. This is for the purpose of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997. The Academy is also registered with the Enterprise Advisor Network and has completed the self-assessment compass tool.

The Beech Academy are committed to ensuring that all children and young people have opportunities to access a relevant careers, employability and enterprise programme. The Beech Academy vision for Careers, Employability and Enterprise sits within our aim of:

‘Ambitious futures’

We are an academy that caters for children with a wide range of special needs including Autistic Spectrum Condition and moderate learning difficulties. Our aim is to ensure that all students are prepared for the challenges of the 21st century. For the students at the academy this will mean:

Helping them gain qualifications:

  • Preparing them for the next steps in their education and working life
  • Developing the skills for independence

At The Beech Academy, we believe that all young people and parents will need advice, guidance and support in working towards and planning for the future after leaving the Academy. Parental involvement is seen as an integral part of careers, employability and enterprise education.

The Beech Academy, as part of the Evolve Trust, has a Careers Enterprise and Employability Policy which is located on our statutory section of the website:

Click here to download the Careers Employability and Enterprise Policy >>

The Beech Academy will be supported by The Evolve Trust to provide a relevant and personalised Careers, Employability and Enterprise programme for students at the appropriate stage in their learning. This programme will ensure it meets the statutory requirements and guidance from DfE and embed the regional Local Enterprise Partnership (D2N2) Careers, Employability and Enterprise Framework. This framework consists of 10 key goals which young people should have the opportunity of developing before they leave full time education:

  • Invest in themselves, recognise their own strengths and values, `and take responsibility for developing their work readiness skills and behaviours. Self-motivated.
  • Have the tools and skills required to present themselves to a future employer. Self-assured.
  • Have high aspirations for themselves. Aspirational.
  • Understand the opportunities available to them locally and beyond and make realistic choices. Informed.
  • Have experiences of work that is rewarding and fulfilling. Experienced.
  • Achieve qualifications valued by employers. Achieving.
  • Understand that employers want people who will work hard and are accountable for their actions. Accountable.
  • Understand that employers want young people who can listen and learn from their successes and their mistakes, and keep going. Resilient.
  • Work creatively to achieve their potential and that of the business. Entrepreneurial
  • Have effective communication and co-working skills. Co-operative.

The named Careers lead for the Beech Academy is Mr Andrew Bunney – Assistant Head Teacher

Pupil entitlement:

All pupils in years 7-13 are entitled:

  • To independent specialist careers advice and guidance commissioned through Ideas4Careers. This will include:
    • Group work sessions at Key Stage 3
    • Individual interviews for students with parents/carers who are also invited for Key Stage 4 and Post 16. This information supports the action planning process for annual reviews
    • All year groups have opportunities to meet with and engage with employers from the local area through our links with the careers and enterprise company
    • Mock interview days in years 11, 12 and 13 Work Experience opportunities in Post 16 for all students for at least one day per week

  • Work experience opportunities for Year 11 students throughout the academic year
  • A comprehensive PHSE curriculum which focuses on careers, advice and guidance for all students during term two. There is also a scholarship pathway for all students to achieve pledges which include careers themes and skills for the world of work
  • At Key Stage 4 and Post 16, the curriculum includes vocational themes and qualifications that are selected to meet the skills and interests of our student

The Academy monitors and logs all work related and employer engagement activities to ensure a broad range of opportunities exist for all students.

The Beech careers, employability and enterprise offer to young people includes:

  • Economic well-being financial capability programmes
  • Progression pathways to college, sixth form, and traineeships/transition skills
  • Employability and Job Search Programme (career planning, applying for jobs, interview techniques, developing a toolkit of employability skills)
  • Volunteering e.g. Macmillan coffee morning
  • Mansfield Junior enterprise programme – Budding Beech Enterprise Programme involving: Horticulture and making garden accessories
  • Career planning – About me, what I like? What I am good at? What do my friends think I’m good at?
  • AIMS units, gardening, personal skills, finance, travel training (TITAN), SAMS workplace
  • Independent living skills
  • Support and guidance to help them make appropriate choices for their future to help decide what to do when they leave their course, including further learning, training or employment
  • Access to up-to-date Local Labour Market Information

Academy Milestones:

Term 1:

  • PHSE curriculum delivered
  • Year 11 and 13 individual interviews

Term 2:

  • Year 10 individual interviews
  • Group work sessions with Years 7-9

Term 3:

  • Mock Interviews
  • Meet the Employer event

Management of provider access requests

All requests to work with our students will need to be directed to Mr Andrew Bunney – Careers Lead and Assistant Head Teacher on 

A number of events, integrated into the school careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to pupils and/or their parents/carers.

Information regarding the Academy’s CIAG provider is:

Ideas4Careers (UK) Ltd
18 Oxbury Road
NG16 1JP

Registered: England 8038161
Tel: 07717 360 114