Our careers programme

Students at Retford Oaks Academy have a planned programme of careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG), in accordance with the Department for Education (DFE) Careers Guidance and Inspiration in Schools guidelines. The programme ensures all students have opportunities to recognise their own strengths and values and take responsibility for developing employability skills.

CEIAG Careers Programme – 2021-22

Parental support

Talking to your child about their career aspirations, understanding plans is an important step in helping them to establish a pathway which suits them. Sitting down for a simple question and answer session with your child can be a great way to do this, and revisiting their answers occasionally can help them to continue to shape their plans to suit their needs.

Careers Conversations: Student and Parent Q&A Prompts

Key contact

Sue Johnson (Careers lead)

sjohnson@retfordoaks-ac.org.uk
01777 861618 Ext 5042

Policies

All related policies, including our Careers education, information, advice and guidance policy and our provider access policy can be found here.

Entitlement

All year 7 students will receive:

  • access to JED (Job Explorer Database)
  • access to onsite impartial careers advice
  • access to Start
  • access to Unifrog

All year 8 students will receive:

  • access to JED
  • access to onsite impartial careers advice
  • support and advice in making decisions on GCSE options
  • Careers day
  • access to Start
  • access to Unifrog

All year 9 students will receive:

  • access to JED
  • access to onsite impartial careers advice
  • opportunities to have conversations with employers and working people
  • involvement in an options process to help make guided and informed decisions about the future
  • access to Start
  • access to Unifrog

All year 10 students will receive:

  • access to JED
  • access to onsite impartial careers advice
  • opportunities to have conversations with employers and working people
  • opportunity to engage in a mock interview program
  • inspirational talks, motivational speakers, employers, colleges , university input
  • access to Start
  • access to Unifrog

All year 11 students will receive:

  • access to JED
  • access to onsite impartial careers advice
  • receive a careers interview
  • opportunities to have conversations with employers and working people
  • inspirational talks, motivational speakers, employers, colleges , university input
  • guidance on producing a CV and covering letter
  • opportunity to visit careers fairs
  • opportunities to visit universities
  • entrepreneurial mentoring support
  • access to Start
  • access to Unifrog

Unifrog

All of our students have free access to Unifrog, an online service which enables students to easily explore their interests, then find and successfully apply for their next best step after school; such as university, further education, or going straight into a career.

It offers students the opportunity to create a bespoke pathway for themselves and gives real-time advice on available courses, careers, salaries and more.

It is the only place where students can compare every university course, apprenticeship and FE course in the UK as well as university courses in 30 other countries across the world. This is alongside getting access to labour market information and advice on careers and subjects for all routes.

Helping students to record and evidence their key activities and competencies and prepare their CVs and personal statements alongside teacher reference, CEIAG interactions recording and destination tracking tools – all in line with the Gatsby Benchmarks.

If you would like your own login for Unifrog, to explore the platform for yourself, please get in touch with our careers lead.

The Gatsby Benchmarks

The Gatsby Benchmarks consist of eight guidelines that identify excellent careers guidance and which the government expects schools to work towards meeting. By doing so, schools can look to measure and improve their careers guidance. The benchmarks provide a very helpful framework for developing our careers programme at Retford Oaks Academy.

In summary, the benchmarks are as follows:

1. a stable careers programme
2. learning from career and labour market information
3. addressing the needs of each student
4. linking curriculum learning to careers
5. encounters with employers and employees
6. experiences of workplaces
7. encounters with further and higher education
8. personal guidance

We aim to evaluate the effectiveness of our careers programme on a regular basis. One of the key methods that we use is the Compass programme developed by the Careers and Enterprise Company. The evaluation requires us to reflect on our practice using the Gatsby benchmarks.