We recognise that every child should leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. Our careers education strategy therefore has two parts: firstly, ensuring that our students are equipped with the necessary skills to thrive in the modern British economy; and secondly, providing high quality, independent careers guidance. To achieve these, we work with a variety of external partners in developing an outstanding careers education for students at The Hurlingham Academy. The following lists of activities we offer students at each Key Stage are not exhaustive, but aim to give a sense of what this strategy looks like in reality.
Key Stage 3
• Regular opportunities to discuss and consider career pathways in form time
• A variety of careers talks during weekly assemblies
• Individualised support for Year 9 on considering GCSE options, including explicit reference to careers and post-school pathways
• Promoting employability skills for Year 9 through workshops – run by, for example, the Institute of Grocery Distribution
Key Stage 4
• Careers fairs open to all Year 10 students, including those held at other schools (for example, our United Learning partner school Lambeth Academy)
• Work experience opportunities for Year 10 from a variety of organisations
• High quality employability workshops – for example, from VisionPath
• Individualised post-school pathways support for Year 11 students through the provision of a personal academic mentor
• A variety of talks on post-school pathways during Year 11 assemblies offering independent advice – for example, from Sixth Form colleges, apprenticeship providers and universities
At The Hurlingham Academy, we also recognise the importance of students having relatable role models as a source of careers guidance. We believe that successful alumni of the school have the potential to play this role. We are therefore working with the charity Future First to establish a thriving alumni network as a further source of inspirational careers advice for our students.