Castleford Academy

Careers Programme

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Castleford Academy works hard to ensure that all pupils are able to explore the world of work and receive impartial support to enable them to make informed and aspirational choices for their future. The Gatsby Benchmarks are a set of standards that underpin our excellent CEIAG provision.

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

We meet these benchmarks through a range of experiences and opportunities for pupil in Y7 – 13. This is a ‘live’ programme and is evaluated and modified as opportunities take place and become available. For each drop-down day, pupils become Careers Specialist Investigators and are allocated 5 minutes at the end of each workshop to ask external visitors about their career route, including the training needed for the profession. Pupils complete a CSI card with the information over the course of the day.

YearCEIAG Learning and ActivitiesGatsby Benchmarks
7Be Safe and Healthy Day: Preparing for life in modern Britain
Citizenship Day: Positive Choices
Cross curricular Day
Wellbeing Wednesday: Equality & Diversity Week (links to initiative), Apprenticeship Week, Careers Week (links to organisation) , Childrens and Adult Mental Health Awareness Weeks (links to resilience and self-esteem), British Science Week.
Student Leadership.
Assemblies
Careers Week: UniFrog sessions in computing, links to careers across all subjects
Hull University Sparks programme
B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B6, B7
8Be Safe and Healthy Day: Preparing for life in modern Britain
Citizenship Day: Coping with Challenge
Cross Curricular Day
Wellbeing Wednesday: Equality & Diversity Week (links to initiative), Apprenticeship Week, Careers Week (links to organisation), Childrens and Adult Mental Health Awareness Weeks (links to resilience and self-esteem), British Science Week.
Assemblies
1-1 career meetings
Careers Week: Introductory sessions with careers co-ordinator, options open evening, UniFrog sessions in computing, links to careers across all subjects.
Hull Sparks programme
B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B6, B7, B8
9Be Safe and Healthy Day: Equality and diversity in the workplace
Citizenship Day: Resilience
Cross Curricular Day:
Wellbeing Wednesday: Equality & Diversity Week (links to initiative), Apprenticeship Week, Careers Week (links to organisation), Childrens and Adult Mental Health Awareness Weeks (links to resilience and self-esteem), British Science Week.
Assemblies:
Careers Week: Careers Fair
Hull University Sparks programme
B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B6, B7, B8
10Be Safe and Healthy Day: Money management and stress management
Citizenship Day: Money management
Cross curricular Day: Careers
Wellbeing Wednesday: Equality & Diversity Week (links to initiative), Apprenticeship Week, Careers Week (links to organisation) , Childrens and Adult Mental Health Awareness Weeks (links to resilience and self-esteem), British Science Week.
Assemblies
1 – 1 career meetings
Careers Week: Preparation for college open days, guest speaker in assembly
Apprenticeship Week: guest speaker in assembly, bespoke workshops
Hull University Sparks programme
B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B6, B7, B8
11Wellbeing Wednesday: Equality & Diversity Week (links to initiative), Apprenticeship Week, Careers Week (links to organisation) , Childrens and Adult Mental Health Awareness Weeks (links to resilience and self-esteem), British Science Week.
Assemblies
1 – 1 career meetings
Careers Week: Careers Fair
Apprenticeship Week: guest speaker in assembly, bespoke workshops
Hull University Sparks programme
B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B6, B7, B8
12Wellbeing Wednesday
University Visits
Work Placement/Experience
Army Careers/Team building day
CV writing workshops
1 to 1 career meetings
Mock interviews
Finance workshop
Loans, mortgages and pensions
Red Cross first aid
Driving awareness
Sexual health and relationships
Careers in the UK civil service
Drugs and alcohol from Hope UK
Unifrog workshop
Apprenticeship workshop
UCAS workshop
Careers Week
Apprenticeship Week
B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B6, B7, B8
13Wellbeing Wednesday
University Visits
Work Placement/Experience
Army Careers/Team building day
CV writing workshops
1 to 1 career meetings
Mock interviews
Finance workshop
Loans, mortgages and pensions
Red Cross first aid
Driving awareness
Sexual health and relationships
Careers in the UK civil service
Drugs and alcohol from Hope UK
Unifrog workshop
Apprenticeship workshop
UCAS workshop
Careers Week
Apprenticeship Week
B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B6, B7, B8