Careers Curriculum Intent

In line with our whole school intent, we ensure that our students leave us with the knowledge, skills and experiences they need to successfully enter the world of work. We have a relentless focus on ambitious aspirations for all, ensuring our students are given opportunities and experiences that open their eyes to potential new pathways, partnered with the knowledge and skills required to flourish in this environment. Careers Education, Information and Guidance (CEIAG) programmes make a significant contribution to meeting these aims.

The CEIAG programme at Maritime Academy runs through all year groups from Year 7 to Year 11, supporting students in making informed choices about their future. Enhanced CEIAG takes place at key transition points in Years 9 and 11. We support students in Year 9 as their make their option choices for KS4. In Year 11 we ensure students have an appropriate destination in place for their post-16 education.

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  1. A stable careers programme. Every school and college should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by students, parents, teachers, governors and employers.
  2. Learning from career and labour market information. Every student, and their parents, should have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. They will need the support of an informed adviser to make best use of available information.
  3. Addressing the needs of each student. Students have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each student. A school’s careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers. All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths.
  5. Encounters with employers and employees. Every student should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes.
  6. Experiences of workplaces. Every student should have first-hand experiences of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks.
  7. Encounters with further and higher education. All students should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace.
  8. Personal guidance. Every student should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a career adviser, who could be internal (a member of school staff) or external, provided they are trained to an appropriate level. These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made.

Post 16 Options

We hope that the vast majority of our students will continue their Voyage with us at Maritime and apply to continue their studies in our sixth form. However, there are many options available for our student when they have the choice of leaving Year 11.

Students are able to stay in full-time education in sixth form or college. Or start a training course, apprenticeship or internship. 

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