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All students and staff at HGA thoroughly enjoyed DEAR Day today, three opportunities throughout the day to DROP EVERYTHING and just READ!


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Today at we are celebrating our keyworker heroes! - Here Y4 send a huge thank you to our wonderful nurses, doctors and police officers.


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We welcomed year 11, 13 and all of our primary students back today. Students in classrooms, back where they belong.


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

At Harris Garrard Academy we believe a good quality Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) programme increases the aspirations and achievement of every student and supports our core vision, “Learning Changes Lives”.

At an early age, children are exposed to careers and work-related information that develops their sense of enquiry not only about careers and higher/further education but also about their individual skills and aptitudes.

Our Careers Lead is Maria Brader

Read our latest news stories about careers. Download our higher education booklet below.

Our careers vision

The vision of our careers team is that students will leave our academy with the drive and ambition to accomplish their chosen career pathway, and that the will become ambitious, successful, caring citizens equipped with the confidence and skills capable of making decisions in any given situation.

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 Alistair Whibley on 020 8320 4800 or

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 Year 7 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 (actual or virtual)
  • and visiting speakers (including virtual talks).

The academy utilises the expertise of the Harris Federation Careers Advisor who supports students on a regular basis. Students also have the opportunity to book a personal appointment with the Harris Federation Careers Advisor by emailing 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.

Useful careers websites

Start in Bexley - brings together the best information and inspiration about careers and study in the local area and beyond. - the complete destinations platform.

BBC Bitesize careers - Whether you’re deciding what to study, taking your exams, planning a career, or just curious, this site explains the world of work, with advice from people who've found the right path for them. - real stories to inspire your career. - how to build essential skills at every stage of your life.

The Gatsby benchmarks

The Gatsby benchmarks are at the heart of the careers programme. These are eight benchmarks covering different areas of quality career curriculum (see below).


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 Alistair Whibley on 020 8320 4800 or



Type of Activity

Provider Access

All year

Assembly Programme – ALL YEARS

Labour market trends

Raising aspirations


Internal (Careers Team)

All year (Different dates for each Year group Bubble)

Careers Fair – ALL YEARS

An evening was put on for pupils to speak with external visitors to discuss career options. A range of employers and higher education providers attended

Information Evening

External Providers

All year

Tutor time programme – ALL YEARS

As part of the delivered 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




How their curriculum links to their careers


Tutor time programme

Internal (Careers Team)


All year

Careers Champions & Ambassadors

Subject specialist

Careers Champion per subject area

Career ambassadors


Internal (Careers Team, Staff Members, Student mbassadors)

All Year

Careers Interviews – YEAR 10, 11, 12, 13.

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 /Tuesday break and lunch time pupils are able to visit the careers advisor as a drop in session, which has been very popular.

Personal Guidance

Federation Advisor

All year

Sixth Form Assembly Programme


Employability skills

The world of work

Labour market trends


First Impressions


Internal (Careers Team)


All year

Tutor time programme – Sixth Form

The sixth form delivered tutor time programme (taught by tutors during the week) covers a variety of careers related themes such as:

Study skills & independent learning

UCAS and personal statement writing

Personal finance

Employability skills

Social media cultivation and technological literacy

Tutor time programme

Internal (Careers Team)


Oct 2020

Character Day – YEAR 7

Workshops were ran on rotation so that pupils covered a variety of topics/skills, such as:

Interview skills


Types of work you can do.

Thematic Day

Internal (Careers Team)


Jan 2021

Employability Workshops

Year 12 students are attending a day of workshops called a WOW day. The workshops are:

‘Apprenticeships’ delivered by Cap Gemini

‘Raising your Digital Profile’ – Department of Work and Pensions

‘Interview Skills’ – Delivered by Pathway

‘Balancing studying while working’ delivered by Pearson

Employability Workshops


Feb 2021


Career advisor tutor time session and Looking ahead forms – YEAR 11

Each year 11 tutor group filled out a looking ahead form which gathers data on intended destinations and interest in potential career pathways, allowing the Careers team to target further interventions.

The intention is to engage tutors with the career aspirations of their tutees and to determine intended destinations. Once fully completed survey results are in we can plan

Tutor Time


March 2021

Character Day – Year 7-13

Workshops run on rotation so that pupils covered a variety of topics/skills, such as:

Interview skills


CV writing

Life Skills


Thematic Day

Internal and External

April 2021

Federation Careers Fair

Sixth Form attend a large careers fair at Harris Crystal Palace to meet a wide variety of employers, Further and Higher education providers.

Careers Fair

Harris Crystal Palace

Summer Term 2021

University Visits –Sixth form

All year 12 students must visit at least one university during the summer term, and a variety of visits are facilitated by the sixth form team. Due to the unprecedented nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, tours may have to take place virtually.

University Visits

Internal (Careers Team)


July 2021

Careers enhancement week

All year 12 students are required to complete 1 week of Meaningful work experience or Careers-related Events and Workshops at the end of Year 12. They are supported by the Academy in finding and completing this.

Work Experience

Internal (Careers Team)


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 Year 11 pupils 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 11 higher education booklet 2020-21


The information, advice and guidance we give our students helps them with the transition from Year 11 to Post 16.  Destinations data for our 2019/20 cohort are given below.

Year 11 cohort - 2020 leavers

  • Staying in education or training 89.9%
  • Apprenticeship 2.1%
  • Activity not captured in the data 6.4%
  • NEET 1.4%

Year 13 cohort - 2020 leavers

  • Employment 0%
  • Staying in education or training 85.7%
  • FSM Staying in education or training 100%
  • SEN Staying in education or training 87.5%
  • Apprenticeship 7.1%
  • NEET 14.3%

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