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09/11/19

Unfortunately it wasn’t England’s day as Germany won 2-1, but the HGA pupils had great fun https://t.co/0MMFapoqMW

09/11/19

Excited for kick off, come on England https://t.co/D57s74cVgB

08/11/19

Sixth Form Open Evening, Thurs 14 Nov - full details now online at https://t.co/0SEP5Q8250. Come along and see the impressive opportunities that our Sixth Form can offer you. We look forward to welcoming you. https://t.co/bqCv5FDge1

04/11/19

Our Sixth Form Open Evening is on Thursday 14 November, 5:00pm-7:00pm. More information to follow but save the date!

15/10/19

Year 8 team B Girls netball showed determination and resilience throughout their match today ... they lost 6-4 https://t.co/x28YBnEWhZ

15/10/19

Year 8 Girls A played extremely well against Bexley Grammar school today ... with a 6-5 win https://t.co/E8iiL6hpMV

11/10/19

Absolutely!

11/10/19

Congratulations to Ms Donohoe for her Transforming Lives Award! We couldn’t do it without you! https://t.co/lewOykSF2m

11/10/19

Congratulations to Mr Sheppard for winning this year’s primary Transforming Lives Award for his support and empathy with children and staff. https://t.co/DNSq88tXUz

11/10/19

Great idea!

11/10/19

This is what it’s all for. Harris in Harmony performing to an audience of over 4000 people! https://t.co/Q0bzy3jbAz

11/10/19

Harris Garrard has made it in to the top 10% of schools nationally for the progress made by our students! https://t.co/6BGgEh7Nlx

11/10/19

Here we go! The 12th annual Harris Federation Conference. All staff from every Harris academy is here today!#learningchangeslives https://t.co/H0eTUHHV43

08/10/19

Marshmallows and a campfire; is there a better way to spend an evening? https://t.co/Wb50K5161x

08/10/19

Wowsers! Watch Tyler take the Leap of Faith today at the year 6 residential! Would you have the courage to do it? https://t.co/4zhVminRlg

08/10/19

Outdoor survival! Working as a team while building dens and shelters! https://t.co/7l7zxv2Wha

08/10/19

Eeek! Abseiling time at Kingswood! https://t.co/RxVqRZt8OT

07/10/19

Outdoor learning changes lives! Conquering our fears and summoning courage to tackle the zip wire! https://t.co/9P5hKMRAam

07/10/19

Breakfast time! Timothy enjoying the wonders of hash browns for the first time! We’re looking forward to all of our activities today! https://t.co/7Wj7X7MER0

06/10/19

Some action shots of our Year 6s scaling the indoor climbing wall! https://t.co/icC84vW153

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Careers

“Careers education is about inspiration and aspiration as much as advice.”

Welcome to the careers page at Harris Garrard Academy. The world has changed greatly in the last 20 years with many people working in jobs today that simply didn’t exist when their parents left education. The idea of a ‘job for life’ has disappeared. What’s important is to recognise these exciting new opportunities that are available and to gain the knowledge, skills and expertise that will enable you to work in those areas. You can download our higher education booklets below.

Read our latest news stories about careers.


How can our parents/carers support our careers programme?

We recognise that parents/carers come from many different work backgrounds and can also contribute to helping our students make informed decisions. Therefore, if you are able to offer some time to deliver an occupational talk, host a stand at our annual careers fair, or are able to take a student for a work experience placement we would eagerly welcome you contacting Youlande Harrowell on 020 8320 4800 or y.harrowell@harrisgarrard.org.uk.



How do we prepare students for the future?

Harris Garrard Academy understands that all students need to prepare themselves for progression through learning and education into adulthood. We aim to prepare students for life after school by providing information on the ever-changing future occupations and progression routes to sixth form, college, university or work/apprenticeships.

We are committed to providing a varied programme of activities for all students from Early Years Foundation Stage to Year 13 and beyond. Various careers-related opportunities are provided via a number of different methods such as:

  • assemblies
  • tutor time programme
  • careers fairs
  • Character Days
  • practise careers interviews
  • career workshops
  • trips to employers and universities
  • and visiting speakers.

The academy utilises the expertise of the Harris Federation Careers Advisor who supports students on a regular basis either during drop in sessions or also for booked appointments. These sessions can be 1-2-1 or completed in a group.

We offer particular support for SEND students. The aim is to provide activities and events that meet the needs of the individual students. We offer independent and impartial careers guidance to support career and option choices, raising the aspirations of individual students and equipping them with the necessary skills, attitudes, knowledge and understanding.


Our careers programme - a summary

Below is a summary of our careers programme for all years. The programme will be updated during the year. If you require further information on our programmes, please contact Ms Harrowell at y.harrowell@harrisgarrard.org.uk or on 020 8320 4800.

When

Activity

Type of Activity

Provider Access

All year

Assembly programme – all years

Labour market trends

Raising aspirations

Assembly

Internal

All year

Tutor time programme – all years

As part of the tutor time programme (taught by tutors during the week) students cover a variety of careers related key skills such as:

  • Listening and presenting
  • Problem solving
  • Teamwork
  • Leadership
  • Creativity
  • How their curriculum links to their careers
  • Employability

Tutor time programme

Internal

All year

Sixth Form assembly programme

  • UCAS
  • Employability skills
  • The world of work
  • Labour market trends
  • Aspirations
  • First impressions

Assembly

Assistant Principal for Sixth Form

All year

Careers interviews

Students identified as in need and/or students put forward by tutors have ‘early action planning’ careers meetings, setting targets for Key Stage 4 and beginning to think about work experience.

Careers advisor interviews

Federation Advisor

All year

Personal Careers Guidance – All Years

Every Monday and Tuesday break and lunch time, pupils are able to visit the careers advisor for a drop-in session. These have been very popular.

Personal guidance

Federation Advisor

September 2019

Careers Student Survey – ‘Who Am I?’

Students answer questions about what they are interested in, to inform the careers programme for the year ahead. Years 7-13

Careers baseline questionnaire

Internal

September 2019

Year 8 – Be an Entrepreneur

Year 10 – Curriculum; pathway types and HE institution types, with case studies

Thematic Day

Internal

December 2019

Year 8 (A band) – Employability skills

Year 10 – Coca Cola business trip

Year 12 – University visit

Thematic Day

Internal and External

January 2020

Year 7 (A band) – Careers workshops interviews skills, STEM careers, workplace skills, career options

Year 8 (B band) - Employability skills

Year 11 – Amazon workplace visit

Year 12 & 13 (Business students) – Bank of England

Thematic Day

Internal and External

February 2020

HGA Careers Fair

Information Evening

External providers

March 2020

 

Year 7 (B band) – Careers workshops interviews skills, STEM careers, workplace skills, career options

Year 9 – Entrepreneurship and Apprenticeships

Year 10 – How much can I earn?

Year 11 – Careers in STEM; HE pathways and choosing a career for me

Thematic Day

Internal and External

May 2020

Year 7 (Band B) – Careers speaker

Thematic Day

External

June 2020

Year 7 (Band A) – Careers speaker

Thematic Day

External


Evaluation of the careers programme, student voice and pupil impact

All of our events are evaluated by pupils in some way, either verbally or through a formal evaluation procedure. For example, after our careers fair in February 2019, pupils were given an evaluation form to complete where they could provide feedback on the evening. This data was then collated and analysed so that we can improve next year’s event. Student voice is extremely important to us in the academy and all suggestions are considered as ways to improve the pupils experience.

85% of pupils that attended our careers fair in February 2019 agreed that the event helped them in choosing their future career, and 97% of pupils would recommend the event to younger pupils for next year. Next year pupils would like to have more of the interactive workshops, as well as more leaflets for them to take away.

Careers booklets will be given to all pupils starting in September 2019 as a method of tracking their career progression throughout their time at the academy. All one-to-one interviews with our Level 7 trained Careers Advisor are logged and tracked, as well as their destinations data being kept up to date.

Year 10 higher education booklet

Year 11 higher education booklet


Labour market trends

We believe that young people need access to up-to-date careers and labour market information as it is important for social mobility. Many pupils have high aspirations but are unaware of how to plan for succeeding with them. Therefore, we provide information, guidance and explicit teaching of:

  • employability skills, career pathways and progression routes in the local labour market
  • job applications and interviews
  • educational institutions, courses, qualifications, entry requirements and costs
  • employment sectors, employers, jobs, salaries and employment trends
  • jobs, training and apprenticeships
  • financial planning

Up-to-date labour market information can be found of the government’s website at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/uk-labour-market-statistics-sept-2018


Destinations

The information, advice and guidance we give our students helps them with the transition from Year 11 to Post 16.  Destinations data for our 2018/19 cohort are given below.

Year 11 cohort - 2019 leavers

  • Staying in education or training 94.6%
  • Apprenticeship 3.4%
  • Activity not captured in the data 1.4%
  • NEET 0.6%

Year 13 cohort - 2019 leavers

  • Employment 15.8%
  • Staying in education or training 78.9%
  • Apprenticeship 5.3%
  • Activity not captured in the data 0%

Access to external providers/speakers

We welcome outside speakers and organisations to contribute to our careers programme. An organisation wishing to request access should contact Youlande Harrowell on 020 8320 4800 or y.harrowell@harrisgarrard.org.uk. Requests will be considered in line with our visiting speaker procedure within our safeguarding policy.

Harris Careers Education