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Careers Guidance

At Oasis Academy Mayfield, we pride ourselves on providing a full range of careers education in line with the Gatsby Benchmarks.

The eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance

1. A stable careers programme
2. Learning from career and labour market information
3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
5. Encounters with employers and employees
6. Experiences of workplaces
7. Encounters with further and higher education
8. Personal guidance

Careers education at the Academy is embedded within the curriculum, from Year 9, students are encouraged to consider their future aspirations. Careers guidance is available at most of our Parents Evenings and most of the local colleges visit at key times. We have visitors that come to the Academy to talk about work-related learning, apprenticeships, and other related topics. We also encourage students to prepare for their futures and explore work-related opportunities. 

Additionally in Year 9, we increase the opportunities for students' involvement with universities. They participate in masterclasses, attend lectures and take part in the LifeLab project at the General Hospital in association with Each_B (a division of the University Trust). This extends their curriculum and broadens learning, with an emphasis on fostering aspirations to attend university leading to their chosen career path.

This year the Southern Universities Network (SUN) are offering Mayfield students a further opportunity to take part in an outreach project, which involves a number of evaluation methods to track whether this has any positive effect on progression to both post 16 and post 18 education choices.

More information on this is contained in the link below, which includes a parent/carer survey and contact details for any questions on the project.

Southern Universities Network (SUN) Collaborative Outreach Programme 2018-19

Careers Guidance Provision Years 7-11

At Oasis Academy Mayfield we have a range of strategies dedicated to careers and aspirations:

Year 7 Careers Entitlement:

  • Students are encouraged to identify personal traits, strengths and skills and develop confidence and have high expectations of themselves.
  • Students are introduced to careers resources and guided to online websites and resources.
  • PSHE half termly lessons on careers guidance.
  • Guest speakers are welcomed into the academy to provide high quality discussions.
  • University of Southampton visits for students.

Year 8 Careers Entitlement:

  • Students build on personal strengths and begin to link skills to specific careers enabling realistic and informed decisions at transition stages.
  • PSHE half termly lessons on careers guidance.
  • Students are introduced to careers education and are provided with dragon style workshops.
  • Students are encouraged to consider transition stages and pathways.
  • Guest speakers are welcomed into the academy to provide high quality discussions.
  • University of Southampton visits for students.

Year 9 Careers Entitlement:

  • Guided Choices Evening event with colleges, employers and bespoke advice and guidance.
  • PSHE half termly lessons on careers guidance.
  • Guided Choices Option Choosing with members of senior leadership choosing the correct pathways and choices for each student.
  • Apprenticeship pathway information talks from entry level after GCSE to graduate level after University as provided by SUN.
  • Introduction to ‘Career Pilot’ an online guided system that can inform students about different career paths and opportunities and can be looked at by parents as well.
  • Opportunity for bespoke careers interview.
  • The opportunity to attend University residential during the summer holidays; this academic year it is at Southampton University.

Year 10 Careers Entitlement:

  • Futures Week including trips to Colleges, Universities (HPA Oxford or Southampton or Winchester), our bespoke World of Work Day (WoW day) and meeting employers e.g. ABP, NHS, Finance, Trip to Wembley Stadium for the Rock Assembly Careers Fair for more global opportunities.
  • PSHE half termly lessons on career guidance.
  • The opportunity to attend University residential during the summer holidays; this academic year it is at Portsmouth University.
  • Resilience and high aspiration talk provided by Humanatopia
  • Personalised mock interview

Year 11 Careers Entitlement:

  • College assemblies with the different colleges in the local area and beyond.
  • Access to college and University prospectuses
  • Bespoke career interviews with our dedicated Careers Advisor and help to apply if required.
  • The opportunity to attend University days during the summer holidays; this year it is at Winchester University and UCL.

The Oasis Community Learning Careers Guidance Policy can be download here.

Impact and Funding

Impact on Students

For the academic year 2017/8 we had the following in provision:

Destination

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

FE/College/Sixth Form College/Sixth Form School

87.5%

82.5%

87.5%

91.7%

88.9%

Government supported training (non-employed

1.6%

1.5%

0.8%

0.0

0.9%

Employment with training including apprenticeships

3.1%

7.6%

7.5%

2.8%

6.5%

Re-engagement

N/A

N/A

0

0

0

Employment without training

0.8%

1.5%

0

0

0.9%

NEET (Not in education, employment or training)

1.6%

3.1%

2.5%

3.7%

0

Unknown

5.5.%

3.8%

1.7%

1.8%

2.8%

As of the 1st November 2017 the Year 11 leavers from Oasis Academy Mayfield who continued in full-time education at establishment level. The data below is for the five most popular establishments. Year 11 leavers also attended Fareham College, St Anne’s Sixth Form, Peter Symonds College and Brockenhurst College.

Establishment Attended

Number

% into education

Itchen Sixth Form College

31

32.3

Southampton City College

23

24

Richard Taunton 6th form

19

19.8

Barton Peveril College

10

10.4

Eastleigh College

7

7.3

Funding

We have a dedicated careers advisor working two days a week as provided by Oasis Academy Mayfield and OCL payroll.

This year we have been part of the SUN (Southern Universities Network) project which seeks to raise levels of engagement beyond KS4 into further and higher education. The SUN have conducted research identifying areas across the city with the least amount of engagement beyond KS4 and have provided money to schools whose students are within those postcodes for the sole use of being used towards careers and aspiration. SUN ask in return for students to give consent to an anonymised questionnaire which will track the students’ progress until the age of 25 to see if the funding provided has had impact on careers and future destinations.

£20,000 was provided to Oasis Academy Mayfield for this purpose of the academic year 2017/8. The project has been renewed for the new academic year 2018/9. 

Date of next review of information published
September 2019 

Useful Links

Useful Links

Name and address of Careers Leader

Tiff Baxendale – Director of Futures and CEIAG

[email protected]

 

Jan Rance – Careers Advisor

[email protected]

Subject guides

Below are a series of useful guides linking subjects to careers:

Art & Design 
Biology 
Business 
Chemistry 
Computer Science 
Design Technology
Economics
English 
Geography 
History 
Languages
Maths
Physics
Psychology
Sociology

For more information please refer to http://www.goodcareerguidance.org.uk/the-benchmarks.