Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

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 all aspects of Academy life. Primarily, careers education is provided through our bespoke PSHE drop down days which include a range of activities and opportunities including work related workshops. We provide a range of internal opportunities; inviting visitors to the Academy to talk about work-related learning, apprenticeships and other related topics. Additionally, careers guidance is available at our Year 10 and Year 11 Parents Evenings. We are particularly proud that we receive visitors from the University of Southampton, Solent University and from the Speakers for Schools trust. We also provide a range of external opportunities taking our students to the local Universities; Winchester, Solent University and the University of Southampton and to our local colleges. We also provide opportunities for workplace visits and placements including Crest Nicholson.

In Year 9 we increase the opportunities for students' CEIAG learning. Each student has the opportunity to 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). Additionally, we provide the opportunity to attend the Get Inspired event hosted by EBP and closely work with our students when choosing GCSE options to ensure they meet the needs of each individual student.

We have also participated in the new SUN (Southern Universities Network) project which seeks to raise levels of engagement beyond KS4 into further and higher education. 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 specific 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 ascertain whether the funding provided has had impact on careers and future destinations. The project has been renewed for the new academic year 2019/20.

SUN Parent and Learner Guides

 

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 through PSHE drop down days.
  • Students are introduced to careers resources and guided to online websites and resources.
  • Guest speakers are welcomed into the academy to provide high quality discussions.
  • University of Southampton visits for HPA students.
  • Solent University introduction to University life assemblies.

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 drop down days focus on transition stages.
  • Guest speakers are welcomed into the academy to provide high quality discussions.
  • Opportunity to take part in Navy workshops
  • University of Southampton visits for HPA students.
  • Solent University campus visits
  • My Solent Story assemblies

Year 9 Careers Entitlement:

  • Guided Choices Evening event with colleges, employers and bespoke advice and guidance.
  • PSHE drop down days with focus on pathways and careers.
  • 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 provided by SUN.
  • Opportunity for bespoke careers interview with a qualified careers advisor.
  • University residential opportunities provided by SUN.
  • Opportunity for students to build resilience and confidence through the Speakers Trust.
  • Opportunity for HPA students to take part in the Brilliant Club Scholarship Programme.

Year 10 Careers Entitlement:

  • Futures Week including taster day visits at college, Universities (Southampton and 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 drop down days with focus on careers and aspiration including the resilience and motivational day provided by Humanatopia.
  • The opportunity to attend University residential during the summer holidays.
  • Solent University employability sessions.

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.

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

Impact and Funding

Impact on Students

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

Destination

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

FE/College/Sixth Form College/School Sixth Form

82.5%

87.5%

91.7%

88.9%

86.07%

Government supported training (non-employed)

1.5%

0.8%

0

0.9%

1.90%

Employment with training (including apprenticeships)

7.6%

7.5%

2.8%

6.5%

4.43%

Re-engagement

N/A

0

0

0

0.63

Employment without training

1.5%

0

0

0.9%

2.53

NEET (Not in education, employment or training)

3.1%

2.5%

3.7%

0

1.26%

As of the 1st November 2018 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 as provided by Southampton City Council. Year 11 leavers also attended Fareham College, Sparsholt College and others.

Establishment Attended

Number

% into education

Itchen Sixth Form College

50

35.76%

Southampton City College

38

27.94%

Barton Peveril College

14

10.29%

Eastleigh College

13

9.56%

Richard Taunton Sixth Form College

11

8.09%

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 years 2017/8 and 2018/9. The project has been renewed for the new academic year 2019/20 with £17,000 provided. 

Date of next review of information published
September 2020 

Useful Links

Useful Links

Name and address of Careers Leader

Tiffany Baxendale - Associate Assistant Principal with responsibility for CEIAG, HPA and Transitions
Tiffany.Baxendale@oasismayfield.org

Jan Rance – Careers Advisor
Jan.Rance@oasismayfield.org

Like our Careers Facebook page.

The Provider Access Policy can be downloaded here.
The Careers Guidance Policy can be downloaded here.

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.

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