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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

  • 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.
  • During Tutor Time activities all students will be following a careers programme delivered by their form tutor.
  • As part of the curriculum students will be timetabled to enterprise and careers lessons.

Phase 2- Creating Aspirations

Year 9

  • 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 tutor time activities.
  • 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).
  • During Tutor Time activities all students will be following a careers programme delivered by their form tutor.

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 11 – Mock Interview 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 tutor time activities.
  • Whole school use of IAG directory including local and National 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).
  • During Tutor Time activities all students will be following a careers programme delivered by their form tutor, with a particular focus on skills required for after compulsory education. For example, guidance provided on how to write a personal statement and CV.
  • The academy will provide up to date information regarding apprenticeship programmes within the local area. This will include all of the sectors which offer apprenticeship programmes as well as training providers.
  • Year 10 and 11 students/parents invited to attend an information evening (What is an apprenticeship? Is it right for me?).