Careers education and guidance programmes play an integral role in supporting young people in pathways that suit their interests, abilities, and individual needs. At Darton Academy we aim to inspire students with our motivational careers programme. A robust careers programme puts school learning into a wider and more relevant context and helps raise aspirations. Our vision is to encourage students to take pride in their futures, increase their resilience and thus create an aspirational generation of young adults for our local and wider communities.
Careers Information Advice – Entitlement
All young people at Darton Academy are entitled to:
- Support from a Personal Form Tutor who knows them well and who can help them to access specialist advice and ensure any learning needs or issues are quickly addressed.
- High quality programmes of careers education which help young people to plan and manage their own careers.
- Impartial information advice and guidance about learning and work options including about Apprenticeships, T Levels, Foundation Learning and GCSEs/A Levels.
- Information, advice and guidance about the benefits of higher and further education and how to access the opportunities that it affords.
- A programme of work-related learning through visits and interactions, giving young people direct insights into the world of work.
All young people at Darton Academy are entitled to access through wider commissioned services and external providers:
- One to one advice and support from a specialist careers adviser, Progress Careers, when needed.
- Information and discussion in lessons and assemblies to help students make informed decisions about their future.
- Activities and Events such as careers fairs/employability workshops/provider interactions.
- Information and guidance with regards to Labour Market Information.
- Support for young people to move to adult information, advice and guidance services when they reach the appropriate age.
We are committed to the vision laid out in the DfE January 2018 document “Careers Guidance and Access for Education and Training Providers” in that:
- Darton Academy has begun to offer every young person at least one meaningful encounter with employers per year, from Years 7 to 11.
- Darton Academy has appointed a named person to the role of Careers Leader.
- Darton Academy has published details of its destination data and careers programme on the school’s website.
- Darton Academy uses the Gatsby Benchmarks to underpin and improve careers provision, aiming to ensure that all of the benchmarks are met.