There has never been a time when careers guidance has been as important for young people as it is today. At Sandhill View Academy we have a critical role to play in preparing our students for the next stage of their education or training and beyond. Our students will be embarking upon a career pathway which is more challenging and complex than that faced by previous generations. Global opportunities and increasing technological advances will result in young people having several careers during their working life and potentially working in a career which does not currently exist.
With the greater choices of education, training and employment, our aim is to prepare students for these ever changing opportunities, responsibilities and experiences and to equip them with the skills to manage the choices, changes and transitions ahead of them.
Our careers education curriculum is delivered to all year groups through our Extended Tutor Time programme. To support our delivery of careers, we have strong partnerships with a wide range of educational institutions, training providers and employers who contribute to our careers programme. Please see our CEIAG events section for details of our latest careers events and activities.
We participate in a range of external activities including the Work Discovery Week organised by Sunderland Local Authority and Sunderland Football Club. We also hold our own annual Careers Fair inviting local Post 16 providers, large and small businesses and the local university network.
The Academy provides in-school guidance and independent advice from our dedicated careers advisor to ensure our students receive the impartial advice that they need. Our personal careers advisor is Julia Robinson. Julia is a professionally trained careers guidance practitioner
As part of our careers programme, all year 11 students have a one to one guidance interview with our qualified careers advisor. Parents are also welcome to attend these meetings. All students in Years 7-10 can request a careers guidance interview by completing a referral form available from Mrs Akien.
Every year 10 student has the opportunity to participate in a weekly work experience on Wednesday afternoons. Our students are provided with guidance to organise their own placement with support from their Head of House, form tutor and through Extended Tutor Time. In addition, our Year 9 students take part in Take Your Child To Work Day in the summer term. Further details can be found in the work experience sections of this website.
We have a whole school approach to careers education with every member of staff helping to deliver quality and impartial CEIAG, allowing students to access the necessary information to help them make informed decisions about their futures. Our programme of focus days throughout the year supports our careers education curriculum and in line with the most recent careers guidance strategy, our careers plan supports the achievement of the eight Gatsby benchmarks.
We regularly review the effectiveness of our careers programme by seeking the views of students, staff and parents. In our recent inspection, Ofsted confirmed that the school had made effective careers advice and guidance a priority and that “pupils are well- prepared for life” The effectiveness of our careers programme is also reflected in the higher numbers of students progressing to further education, such as sixth forms, colleges, apprenticeships, universities or employment.
As part of our commitment to providing high-quality careers education, information, advice and guidance we are working towards the Inspiring IAG Gold Quality Award in Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG); an award that meets the Quality in Careers Standards. We are delighted to have achieved Stage 2 and we are currently working towards Stage 3 of this prestigious award during this academic year.
I hope you will find this section of our website informative and easy to use. If you require more information about any aspect of our careers education, information advice and guidance, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Hilary Akien – Careers Leader
Director of Careers and Community Relations
Tel: 0191 594 9990