At OCA we have various effective ways of delivering information and advice to students, parents and careers.
Within the website, you will find dedicated sections which outline pathways, options, support and guidance for each year group, which is divided for students, parents and carers.
We are delighted to have achieved/retained the national Quality in Careers Standard using the Career Mark approach provided by Complete Careers
Our dedicated parents and carers section ensures relevant up to date support and advice is provided, through a range of parent and Career Ebooks and virtual links.
As a parent, you are incredibly influential when it comes to decisions your child makes in all areas of their life and that is especially true when it comes to their education. There is a wide range of resources available to help you provide the best possible support through each stage of your child’s education.
You will discover more about our external service providers, Careers connect and Shaping futures and the extensive portfolio of virtual and face to face interactions that take place throughout the year. You will get access to live chat and support materials from their qualified careers advisors.
For now, we are in hope that our work experience for year 10 will be going ahead and we will continue to secure a placement for the 2022 cohort. You will discover our adapted plans for virtual experience and the new application process. Parents will be updated on the changes as we move into 2022
Guidance and support is provided on the purpose and impact of the Unifrog careers platform. Student and parent guides are displayed which address Login, usage and impact of this external careers service.
Student destinations figures are displayed and an explanation of the strategies used to provide each individual with a secured pathway and relevant up to date LMI that may impact their future choices.
Understanding the labour market and particularly that of the local environment can help identify potential career pathways and employment opportunities for the future. There is a dedicated section that will help you understand what skills employers will be looking for and the potential skill gaps in the future.
We have a dedicated section that shows the local education providers, and included is a link to their website and virtual events. Promotion of local open events are promoted through our career’s social media page as well as the website.
All schools have been given sole responsibility for their careers programme. This is based on the 8 Gatsby benchmarks and is evaluated on a regular basis to ensure that we are providing a balanced careers curriculum. A clear overview mapping out how OCA meet each of the 8 Gatsby benchmarks is provided throughout each year and shows how we target and develop the different year groups. A detailed table of events summaries, assemblies, lessons, personal development sessions interactions with employers, colleges or University talks, which all play a vital part in us delivering an outstanding careers programme.
You will find a detailed section highlighting our OCA management structure and the involvement and position of each member of the team. This highlights the responsibilities of all staff from teaching and support staff to ML and SLT.
There is access the careers guidance and education training manual which is supplied by the department of education, this outlines what is expected of us as a school. This has been partnered this up with the relevant documentation to show how we are addressing this as an Academy. .
To show the impact of the OCA careers programme, key factors are displayed that highlight the success of our approach. This includes destination success, survey results, case studies and other relevant evidence which identifies the successful outcome of our diverse programme.
Our staff play a vital part in making sure our students receive the best information, guidance and advice required throughout their careers journey. Each student works with a personal mentor who is responsible for tracking progress and ensuring they receive up to date knowledge linked to the latest LMI and college entry requirements. You will find a detailed overview on how staff link their curriculum to careers and tasks are mapped through Unifrog