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    Our Careers Programme aims to help young people to:

    • Find out and feel positive about themselves so that they believe that they can do well in the future and reach their full potential
    • Learn about the challenges and opportunities of different roles in life and the relationships between them
    • Find out about the different opportunities in learning and work, including those that they may not have thought about for themselves
    • Develop and practise the skills that will help them to investigate opportunities and choose subjects, courses and qualifications to aim for
    • Learn to cope with change and transition, make decisions and plan for the future


    Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
    Personal development and planning Attitudes, influences and diversity Thinking about the future
    How and why the world of work is changing The real world of work – linking living, learning and earning Researching opportunities and making decisions
    How to cope with change How to make good decisions Making plans and preparing for change
        Seeking help


    • Assessing and recording skills, qualities, performance and achievements (e.g. creating a personal profile).
    • Setting goals and targets to improve chances of success (e.g. personal, social, learning career)
    • Developing self help skills (e.g. negotiating ground rules for group work, negotiating and fufilling roles in a group activity, reviewing and learning from transitions, making individual Learning Plans).
    • Finding out about the world of work (e.g. jobs then and now, family experiences, speculating on the future, exploring the concepts of careers and career patterns)
    • Finding and using information and other resources (e.g. the internet, computer software, personal networks and the media; linking information to career ideas and goals; identifying the benefits and drawbacks of different post-14 opportunities; producing a timeline for making post-14 choices)
    • Using computer software to identify interests and possible pathways (e.g. Kudos)
    • Practising decision making (e.g. working out the steps, fact finding, identifying important personal factors such as learning styles and values, recording the outcomes in a personal portfolio)
    • Participating in and using , individual and group guidance
    • Exploring different images of learning and work and the people involved (e.g. gathering and analysing images, debating views on ‘mens' jobs’ and ‘womens' jobs’, interviewing people, and taking part in, business simulations, work shadowing)
    • Preparing for change (e.g. making and justifying post-14 choices, reviewing previous transitions and using the outcomes to plan how to ease the transition to key stage 4)




    To help young people to:

    • Assess, develop and practise the skills they need to investigate opportunities, plan ahead, make and evaluate decisions and transitions
    • Identify and build on their personal and career interests, employability skills, work values and learning styles
    • Clarify their ideas about the future, find out about opportunities in learning and work, and test their ideas through practical experience and discussion
    • Explore the problems and situations that arise in learning and work and how to deal with them
    • Develop and practise self-presentation skills
    • Make decisions, plan for the future and prepare for transition


    Year 10 Year 11
    Personal development; decision making and planning skills Researching 16+ opportunities and making decisions
    Experiencing, investigating and assessing opportunities in learning and work Making applications
    Self-awareness and presentation skills Thinking about financial issues and preparing for change


    • Reviewing and updating self-assessments (e.g. personal profiles)
    • Using computer software to explore career interests and potential (e.g. Kudos)
    • Reviewing and updating goals, targets, action plans and Individual Learning Plans
    • Exploring how changes in learning and work might affect future prospects (e.g. using current trends to predict the future, using work experience to find out how jobs are changing)
    • Exploring problems and situations that arise in learning and work and possible solutions to them (e.g. discussing acceptable / unacceptable interview questions, discussing people’s rights and responsibilities, analysing equal opportunities policies and practice)
    • Finding and using information, advice and guidance and other resources to support forward planning (e.g. making independent and supported use of information resources, visits, visitors, open days and careers fairs)
    • Gaining experience (e.g. work experience, work shadowing, visits, voluntary work)
    • Finding opportunities and identifying alternative progression routes
    • Using personal criteria to identify and select appropriate opportunities
    • Producing C.V’s and other application documents on paper and electronically.


    The impact of the Careers Programme on our students is an ongoing assessment but formally assessed annually after reviewing student, teacher, parent and employer feedback. Improvements and upgrades are implemented with a view to not only meeting but exceeding all eight Gatsby Benchmarks so that students are informed and ready for the world which awaits them after leaving Phoenix Academy.


    For more information on our careers programme you can contact our Head of Careers & Employability, Keisha Bellingy by email, or by telephone,
    020 8749 1141 ext. 211

    Phoenix Academy

    Phoenix Academy, The Curve, Shepherds Bush, London, W12 0RQ
    Tel: 020 8749 1141