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Careers Information

Oak Academy Careers Provider Access Policy

Oak Academy Career Calendar 2018-19

The Government’s new Careers StrategyMaking the Most of Everyone’s Skills & Talents, launched in December 2017, puts a new emphasis on high quality careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) within schools:

“We want to create a stronger, fairer society in which people from all backgrounds can realise their potential. A thriving careers system, that is accessible to everyone, is at the heart of our focus on social mobility. We must break down the barriers to progress that too many people in our country face today, and give young people the skills to get on in life. Our careers strategy will support everyone, whatever their age, to go as far as their talents will take them and have a rewarding career.” The Rt Hon Anne Milton MP

The Government want:
• all young people to understand the full range of opportunities available to them, to learn from employers about work and the skills that are valued in the workplace and to have first-hand experience of the workplace;
• all young people in secondary school and college to get an excellent programme of advice and guidance that is delivered by individuals with the right skills and experience;
• everyone to get support tailored to their circumstances.

Oak Academy is committed to delivering a Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) programme which will help all students to develop the skills and knowledge they need to make the right choices for their future. By instilling our career guidance principle of ‘Ambition-drives-Outcome’, we broaden students’ horizons by increasing knowledge and understanding of career and educational opportunities and so build the confidence to achieve goals that may previously have been thought to be unobtainable.

Our Career Strategy is based on the eight Gatsby Benchmarks for high quality CEIAG:

At Oak Academy, all staff have a responsibility to deliver careers advice and guidance no matter their subject area, role or responsibility. The key staff to contact directly regarding our careers programme are as follows:

Mrs M Helliwell, Assistant Vice Principal SMSC

Mr M Britland, Careers Leader & Head of Year 9

Mrs K Speed, Senior Careers Adviser

Careers Leader – Mr Mike Britland

Responsible for driving forward the whole school careers strategy, Mr Briltand has recently completed Teach First’s Careers and Employability Leadership Programme (CELP), a nationally recognised programme for Careers Leaders in schools.

Senior Careers Adviser – Mrs Katherine Speed

A professionally qualified Careers Adviser, Mrs Speed has extensive experience of providing careers guidance to 13 – 19 year olds with a wide range of aspirations and plans. Mrs Speed offers individual careers interviews to students, concentrating on Years 10 – 13. The interview will be tailored to the individual student who will receive a detailed Careers Action Plan outlining the discussion and next steps.

Careers & Enterprise Adviser
Garry Turner has been appointed by the Careers & Enterprise Company to help Oak Academy strengthen links with local industry

The careers team receive regular training and updates and is active in local initiatives and networks including the Careers & Enterprise Company (CEC), Southern Universities Network (SUN), National Careers Service (NCS) and Bournemouth Borough’s 14 – 19 CEIAG Network.

Whether your daughter/son has a clear career plan or is unsure about their future; whether s/he is aiming for sixth form, college, an apprenticeship or university, we will make sure they get the guidance and information they need to make their futures happen.

Provider Access Policy


This policy statement sets out the academy’s arrangement for managing the access of providers to students at the academy for the purpose of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the academy’s legal obligations under Section 42b of the Education Act 1997

Student Entitlement

All students in year 8 – 13 are entitled:

  • To find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of the careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point;
  • To hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options events, assemblies and group discussions, tutor time activities and taster events;
  • To understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.

Management of provider access requests


A provider wishing to request access should contact Mr Michael Britland, Careers Lead, 01202 022097, or Mrs Mel Helliwell, Assistant Vice Principal, 01202 774600,

Opportunities for access

A number of events, integrated into the academy careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come into the academy to speak to students and/or their parents/carers:

Please speak to our Careers Leader to identify the most suitable opportunity for you.

Premises and facilities

The academy will make main halls, classrooms or private meeting spaces available for discussions between the provider and students, as appropriate to the activity. The academy will also make available AV and other specialist equipment to support provider presentations. This will all be discussed and agreed in advance of the visit with the Careers Leader or member of their team.

Providers are welcome to leave a copy of their prospectus or other relevant course literature at the Inclusion Support Centre and library, which managed by Heads of Year and academy staff. The ISC and library is available to all students at lunch and break times.

Approval and review: June 2018 by AAT & Governors

Next Review: June 2020