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Information Advice & Guidance (IAG)

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Information, Advice and Guidance, is an integral part of preparing students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. The process of personal and social development begins at home and continues through school into adult life. IAG can help prepare for the transitions and decisions affecting young peoples’ future education, training and life as adult members of society.

Therefore, our students will leave The Boulevard Academy well equipped with the ‘life skills’ that they will need to be successful in whatever pathway they choose. We have developed a programme, which all pupils will participate in order to raise aspirations.

Our Vision is:

It is part of the vision of The Boulevard Academy that all learners have a planned programme of activities to help them choose 14-19 pathways that are right for them and to be able to manage their careers, sustain employment and achieve personal and economic wellbeing throughout their lives.

Students will understand the knowledge, skills and attributes required for employability and have high career aspirations.

To provide for this opportunity students will follow the framework seen below.

Phase 1 – Building Foundations

Year 7 & 8

  • Launch and use of the Careers Information Software (KUDOS) which looks at interests, skills and qualities needed for different careers as well as career choices.
  • Year 7 discover labour market information through collapsed curriculum day.
  • Year 8 learn about stereotypes in the workplace through a collapsed curriculum day.
  • National Careers Week ensures that students access a wide variety of careers information, including apprenticeships, post 16 options, local and national company interaction and opportunities to talk to professionals about their specific careers.
  • Whole school use of IAG directory including local business links.
  • Women into Manufacturing and Engineering conference days.
  • Opportunities for further career workshops from visiting professionals.

Phase 2- Creating Aspirations

Year 9

  • Use of KUDOS to research different careers and the qualities, attitudes and qualifications required to pursue these.
  • Careers day with a focus on pathways, GCSE options and how to use labour market information. National Careers Week ensures that students access a wide variety of careers information, including apprenticeships, post 16 options, local and national company interaction and opportunities to talk to professionals about their specific careers.
  • Careers talks – specific to the interests of the Year group in line with data collated from aspirations quiz.
  • Whole school use of IAG directory including local business links.
  • Careers convention event with a minimum of 20 companies, including local and national companies and colleges.
  • Women into Manufacturing and Engineering conference days.
  • Opportunities for further career workshops from visiting professionals.
  • Mentoring Scheme for highlighted students.
  • Higher Education and Training workshops for highlighted and targeted students (NCOP).

Phase 3 – Starting the Journey

Year 10 & 11

  • Work Experience Launch Evening.
  • Support from learning mentors when applying and preparing for Work Experience placements.
  • Launching and using logonmoveon when preparing personal statements and applications for post 16.
  • Apprenticeship understanding and investigation at The National Apprenticeship Show.
  • Year 10 – Curriculum day on writing a personal statement and CV.
  • Year 11 – Mock Interview and Assessment Day.
  • National Careers Week ensures that students access a wide variety of careers information, including apprenticeships, post 16 options, local and national company interaction and opportunities to talk to professionals about their specific careers.
  • Careers talks – specific to the interests of the Year group in line with data collated from aspirations quiz.
  • Whole school use of IAG directory including local business links.
  • Careers convention event with a minimum of 20 companies, including local and national companies and colleges.
  • Women into Manufacturing and Engineering conference days.
  • Mentoring Scheme for highlighted students.
  • Higher Education and Training workshops for highlighted and targeted students (NCOP).

In order to best prepare students for life after school we incorporate the TRICs skills into lessons, these are in line with the current employability skills stated in the National Careers Strategy 2018:

(T) - Teamwork Leader - Leadership, Responsibility, Communication, Respect

(R) - Reflective Learner - Self Aware, Thoughtful, Adaptable, Develop

(I) - Independent Learner - Determination, Focus, Individual, Organisation

(C) - Creative Learner - Problem Solve, Imagination, Curiosity, Challenge Seek

Numerate Learner - Calculate, Investigate, Interpret and Convert

Literate Learner - Discuss, Detect, Write, Present

These skills are what pupils need to be effective employees and confident adults therefore raising their opportunities of employability.

All students within the academy will have a minimum of five meaningful encounters with employers from year 7-11. From Year 9, the students will be able to sample and experience a wide range of real life work opportunities both on the school site and through work experience and internships with business partners.

Key to Success Venn Diagram

Knowledge & skills

for example;

  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • I.T. Skills
  • Keyboard Skills

Qualifications

for example;

  • Relevant training in the area
  • Experience
  • GCSEs

Competencies

for example;

  • Team player
  • Self motivated
  • Show initiative