Introduction to Careers at Harton Academy
A good Careers Education programme is vital if our students are to be inspired, raise their aspirations, work hard and make the most of opportunities available to them. The vision of Harton Academy’s Careers programme is to empower young people to take control of their lives and develop the key transferable skills and attributes that are so important in the current and future work place. It is important that students have the opportunity to encounter the world of work in a variety of many different ways and have additional opportunities to personally develop and grow. We strongly believe that students will aspire to greater academic achievements, and better fulfill their potential if they understand themselves, their abilities and the possibilities available to them.
Our Careers Education programme is based around the framework of eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Careers Guidance.
- A stable careers programme
- Learning from career and labour market information
- Addressing the needs of each pupil
- Linking curriculum learning to careers
- Encounters with employers and employees
- Experiences of workplaces
- Encounters with further and higher education
- Personal guidance
Harton Academy was proud to be part of the national Gatsby Career Benchmarks pilot. Along with 12 other schools in the North East, Harton explored new and innovative ways of delivering careers education, information, advice and guidance. The eight Gatsby Benchmarks were published in 2014 and are playing a vital role in improving careers work nationally. Harton Academy is currently part of one of the Career Hubs, which enables us to share best practice in CEIAG across the region.
We deliver Careers Education in a variety of ways to all pupils from Year 7 to Year 13 and beyond to ensure that our young people are making informed and well supported decisions. Our Tutorial and Personal Development programme encourages our pupils to think about career planning from their earliest time in school and develop positive approach in everything they do.
We are actively involved in a range of projects to enable our young people to understand the breadth of opportunities available to them in their future education and employment, and partner with a number of organisations that support us in this aspiration.
Harton Academy yearly Careers Plan
All students from Years 7-13 have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of career related activities during their time at the School. These activities include, careers days, workplace visits, guest speaker assemblies and career ready programmes plus many more. However, we continually try to evaluate and improve our programme by gathering feedback from all stakeholders.
Should you wish to comment on our careers provision or are interested in supporting the programme in some way, please contact Dr. Sinnett on 0191 4274050 Ext 336
Harton Academy’s related documents
For full details of the School’s Provider Access Policy and Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) programme, please click on the following link:
Our Careers Team
Dr Charlotte Sinnett
Dr Sinnett works with students from across the school to support their understanding of future opportunities open to them; their progression through the school and into university or training; and to widen understanding of the career options available to them. She has developed and resourced the careers programme and leads and supports other staff members to provide students with good quality career related activities as part of the tutorial programme and within the curriculum.
Mr Richard Burroughs
Acting Deputy Head Teacher and Director of 6th Form
Mr Burroughs overseas the careers and personal development programme at Harton Academy. He leads on supporting students with their progression through either the UCAS application process or other post 18 options. He is also the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Lead within the school and co-ordinates overseas expedition.
Mrs Tamsyn Kirkton
Mrs Kirkton who is a Qualified Careers Adviser (L7) undertakes personal guidance interviews with all students in year 11 and 13 and works with staff to develop their knowledge and understanding of local labour market information and opportunities.
She offers learners additional opportunities for students from years 7-13 to have a personal careers guidance interview. Parents’ are able to speak with the Careers Adviser at Parents’ evenings and can request to be present at their child’s careers guidance appointment. Students can request this either by asking their tutor or a teacher, or by making a booking with Mrs Stobbs in the library. Most careers appointments last about an hour and all students who have a meeting with Tamsyn will receive an action plan summarising their plans and identifying their next steps.
Learners with Additional Needs
Learners with additional needs will receive additional support from South Tyneside Council. A Local Authority adviser from the Careers Guidance Team is attached to the school and will be invited to annual reviews when learners requiring an Education Health Care plan (EHCP) reach Year 11. Students who have an EHCP or are in Local Authority Care will also receive additional Careers Guidance appointments through Connexions.
Support for learners who have left school
Learners who leave Harton Academy after Year 11, 12 or 13 have continued support from South Tyneside Council Careers Guidance Team. Professional careers advisers from the team are available to see learners from schools in South Tyneside and the local area at South Tyneside Connexions, Ocean Rd, South Shields NE33 2DW, UK They can be contacted on 0191 4247400.
Mrs Helen Stobbs
Work Experience Co-ordinator
Mrs Stobbs is the point of contact for organising work experience placements and helps with the administration of careers within the school.
Mrs Liz Law
6th Form Progress Mentor
Mrs Law works with students in years 12 and 13 to support them in 6th form and with their plans beyond 6th form. She is also responsible for co-ordinating the 6th enrichment programme.
Harton Academy Tutors
All form tutors take a key role in supporting our students with their future career choices and developing positive young people through the high quality delivery of the careers and personal development programme at Harton Academy.
The National Careers Service
This is a free service for both young people and adults. Young people aged 13 and over can use the service to find information about jobs and courses, as well as requesting 1:1 support from a qualified Adviser by ringing the helpline, emailing, texting or requesting a webchat. Call 0800 100 900 or log on to the National Careers Service
Other useful sites containing careers information include:
www.icould.com – a range of career videos and articles covering most careers topics
www.unifrog.org – a range of careers resources and practical tools
www.startprofile.com – an excellent way of starting to match your interests with jobs
www.getingofar.gov.uk – the National Apprenticeship Service website
www.wheretheworkis.org – job sectors that make up the North East landscape
Harton academy also has an Enterprise Adviser who is a prominent local figure from business and industry that supports the school in preparing students for the world of work. Emma Banks, Head of ramarketing is currently our enterprise advisor and she works closely with the school to ensure that students at Harton can learn from her experience and become aware and develop key transferable skills that will help them thrive in the 21st century ever changing work place.