Careers Information, Advice and Guidance
At SSA we aim to make sure that all our students have excellent advice on career opportunities. We want all students to progress onto courses or employment when they leave school. It is very important to us to know that when all students leave school, they are doing courses or working in employment that suits their skills and fulfils their goals.
We support all students in making good decisions by providing access to information and guidance about the range of careers options that are most likely to help students to achieve their goals. We believe that giving students the best careers education and guidance is key to helping them to achieve and be successful in life beyond school.
All students are entitled to a Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) programme that:
- provides good quality careers advice;
- provides personal advice and guidance which is in the best interests of all students;
- motivates students to achieve good grades and consider all the careers options available to them;
- provide opportunities to work with employers, local colleges and others;
- provides opportunities to have real-life contact with the world of work;
- develops employability skills including skills for self-employment;
- supports equality and inclusion;
- helps students to see career development as a life-long process;
- develop students’ skills and knowledge of careers including career management skills and knowledge of the local labour market (LMI);
- ensures students are aware of the full range of routes available at each stage in their lives;
- provides opportunities for contact with employees, employers, colleges and universities and experience of workplaces;
- is contained within all subjects across the curriculum
Natalie Phillips is a careers adviser who works at SSA on behalf of 15billionebp, a charity which aims to bring together education, businesses and other partners to inspire young people to achieve their potential and thrive in their careers.
Natalie meets with Year 11 students once a week to ensure they make the best decisions for the future. These individual meetings (whether in person or virtual) involve discussions regarding the student’s plans and the range of next-step options that are available to them.
Every student receives an individual progression plan that records the main ideas discussed and practical ways forward agreed with the student; for example, guidance on decision making, and advice on specialist courses related to the student’s interests.
15billionebp also produces several handouts to support Year 11 students. A list of local sixth form/college contact details and dates of open events is distributed to all Year 11 students at the beginning of the autumn term.
In addition, a compendium of useful careers websites, and (if appropriate) a specialist apprenticeship booklet are provided to students at their careers meeting and emailed to them.
Newham's Sixth Forms and Colleges
At SSA we have created a 5-year careers map.
16-18 Courses in Newham
London Borough of Newham updates their Post 16 learning annually. Visit London Borough of Newham: Post 16 Learning to view your progression options as a student in Newham.
Post-16 Progression Fair
The annual Post-16 Progression Fair is a fantastic event that has been hosted successfully for the
past few years at Stratford School Academy. Many local higher education/ college/ apprenticeship providers offer their guidance and speak to our pupils about the exciting opportunities made available at their institutions.
This is a motivational event and a rare chance for our pupils to meet numerous education and work providers all under one roof.
Former SSA pupils also attend this event, now representing their educational institutions and are able to advise
and inspire current pupils on their personal experiences regarding the application processes, life at their chosen destination and general top tips for achievement.
We trust that this event has offered and will continue to offer pupils the opportunity to make some informed choices about post-16 careers and education routes.
This year the event took place virtually, through a series of assemblies and after school events, where colleges and sixth forms provided students with opportunities to learn more about what they have to offer, as well as important question and answer sessions. Going forward, these events should continue to be hosted on the school site.
Useful Links for Career Guidance
All students in years 9, 10 and 11 have been given access to Unifrog, which is a whole-school careers and destinations platform used by lots of schools across the globe. It allows students to compare apprenticeships, School Leaver Programmes, and Further Education courses in the UK. It gives students access to labour market information on various careers, as well as guidance and support on how to get into these different fields.
My World of Work
My World of Work enables users to complete a self-assessment to get a picture of how you as an individual like to approach things. They match your assessment results to jobs which may suit you.
Find apprenticeships with gov.uk in diverse career sectors and industries as well as details about apprenticeships in general.
National Careers Service
The National Careers Service allows users to register their details if they are considering apprenticeships. Users can find lots of apprenticeships on this site.
National Careers ServiceThis is the government’s careers website, with tools and descriptions of jobs and income levels. On this website you can do a skills assessment and explore different careers
Prospects is a graduate careers website, with detailed job descriptions, as well as pathways for different careers.
Central London Connexions
Central London Connexions provide lots of useful information about jobs, careers, the job market and funding.