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Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

 

The transition, careers and futures program

“The best way to predict the future is to create it"

At Lord’s Hill we are committed to being part of, and directing, the full learning journey of our students. From transition in year 6 to higher education plans after our students leave us, we believe that every learner should be able to approach the next stage in their learning career well-informed, with resilience, confidence and drive.

Alongside a dedicated Careers Advisor, we also have a Futures and Transition Coordinator who maps out opportunities for all years to access the world of work whilst at school. Working in collaboration with outside agencies, higher education facilities and business leaders, ensures our students are exposed to a variety of work-place scenarios. This then enables our learners to make a knowledge rich decision on which pathway they wish to follow beyond Oasis Lord’s Hill. Students are well prepared for future success in employment, education or training.

At Lord’s Hill we use the Gatsby Benchmarks to develop and improve student’s careers provision and enable a range of education and training providers to speak to students in Years 8 to 11. All pupils receive unbiased information about potential next steps and high-quality careers guidance. Our school provides good quality, meaningful opportunities for students to encounter the world of work and we broadly follow the National Oasis Careers Framework.

The eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance

1. A stable careers programme
2. Learning from career and labour market information
3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
5. Encounters with employers and employees
6. Experiences of workplaces
7. Encounters with further and higher education
8. Personal guidance

Careers Programme

Oasis Academy Lord’s Hill students are encouraged to explore their future aspirations via a comprehensive careers education, information and guidance (CEIAG) programme throughout the curriculum from Year 7 upward.

Year group Careers Activity
7

Solent University (Assembly and individual tutor group workshops for all students).

Southampton University (Assembly and individual tutor group workshops for all students). Campus visit for selected students.

Into University (30 x students involved in regular workshops).

8

Solent University (Assembly and individual tutor group workshops for all students).

Southampton University (Assembly and individual tutor group workshops for all students). Campus visit for selected students.

Into University (30 x students involved in regular workshops).

9

Southampton University (Assembly and individual tutor group workshops for all students). Campus visit for selected students.

Into University (30 x students involved in regular workshops).

Careers pilot workshop in ICT rooms (All students on carousel).

Options Evening representation from local colleges/apprenticeship providers.

KPMG ‘Inspire’ event (In school workshop for all students).

Links to Careers in individual subject lessons.

BITC/KPMG – Labour market information assembly/workshop.

Soloman Theatre ‘Careers choices’ production to all students.

UHS Health care and alliance Careers event.

10

Southampton University (Assembly and individual tutor group workshops for all students). Campus visit for selected students.

Into University (30 x students involved in regular workshops).

College Assemblies x 4 colleges on a rotation in advance of taster days.

Representation of local Colleges/Apprenticeship providers on Parents Evening.

BITC/KPMG – Labour market information assembly/workshop.

Orbytz - Scientific research project.

Futures week to include:

College taster days x 2.
Humanutopia – ‘Who am I?’ (All day event focussing on key employability skills).
Mock interviews (All students).
CV writing.
Rock Assembly trip to Wembley Arena (Careers fair).
Southampton University Campus visit.
‘Ask’ apprenticeship workshop.
Unloc Enterprise Academy (Enterprise day for up to 80 students).
Army/Navy/Apprenticeships workshop.

11

Southampton University (Assembly and individual tutor group workshops for all students). Campus visit for selected students.

Into University (30 x students involved in regular workshops).

College Assemblies x 4 colleges on a rotation.

One to one careers interview (Minimum of one session) for all students.

KPMG Prefect ‘Leadership in focus’ visit.

KPMG Business breakfast with local employers.

NCS programme assemblies and lunch time drop-in sessions.

Workshops with local college staff representation to support with personalised application processes for struggling students.

Representation of local Colleges/Apprenticeship providers on Parents Evening.

Maximizing Success Evening with links to Labour Market information.

Year 11 - Humanutopia 'Who am I?' - All day event focussed on key employability skills.

We work in close partnership with Southampton City & Hampshire wide colleges and ALPHI Apprenticeship Service, Southampton & Solent Universities, IntoUniversity, Future Frontiers, KPMG, Business in the Community, UNLOC Enterprise, NCS (National Citizenship Service), Local Enterprise Partnership, Local and National Employers, Transformation Trust, Humanutopia, Southampton City Council – Youth Participation Development and Youth Parliament.

We have also participated in the new SUN (Southern Universities Network) project which seeks to raise levels of engagement beyond KS4 into further and higher education. SUN have conducted research identifying areas across the city with the least amount of engagement beyond KS4 and have provided money to schools whose students are within specific postcodes for the sole use of being used towards careers and aspiration. SUN ask in return for students to give consent to an anonymised questionnaire, which will track the students’ progress until the age of 25 to ascertain whether the funding provided has had impact on careers and future destinations.

SUN Parent and Learner Guides 

The Provider Access Policy can be downloaded here.
The Oasis Community Learning Careers Guidance Policy can be downloaded here.
To find out more about destination data, please click here. 

Useful Links

http://access-southampton.co.uk/ - Access Southampton provides essential information to help young people make important decisions about their future.

https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk – Main website for the National Careers Service, there are links to job profiles, CV writing and other careers information.

http://www.youthnetsouthampton.org.uk/cv_creator/index.php – This is a local website with a really good CV creator and job information including a fortnightly jobs bulletin for young people.

www.apprenticeships.org.uk – The main National Apprenticeship website - students can register and apply for apprenticeship vacancies in their chosen occupation

www.careersbox.co.uk – Parents’ Club, free work related film content covering hundreds of different employment and training opportunities

www.ucas.com – Universities and Colleges Admissions Service:  Information for those who would like to go to university, everything you need to know including how and when to apply.

www.notgoingtouni.co.uk – Information for those who would prefer an apprenticeship, distance learning or employment with training, rather than university when they leave college.

https://hants.emsicc.com/?radius=&region=Hampshire%2C%20Portsmouth%20and%20Southampton – Career Coach provides local labour market information specifically for Hampshire & Isle of Wight; Career Assessment (tool for generating career ideas); links curriculum subjects to careers; CV builder; It also links to a live database of jobs from Indeed.  Currently funded until July 2021, this is a free resource for schools.

https://www.theparentsguideto.co.uk/whats-next - Guide to help you understand what choices your children have and what action they can take to get them to the next stage of their educational journey or career path.

https://www.sunoutreach.org/flying-start/?flying-start-categories=flying-start-southampton - Flying start Southampton.

Date of next review of information published
September 2021

Daniel West -
Transition and Futures Coordinator

Tel: 023 80 393660 ext. 72648
Email: daniel.west@oasislordshill.org

Jan Rance -
Careers Advisor

Tel: 023 80 393660 ext. 72648
Email: jan.rance@oasislordshill.org 

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Year 6 Transition

We are always very excited at the prospect of a new group of Year 7 students joining us in September and we very much hope that we can ensure that the transition from Year 6 into Year 7 is smooth and constructive.

The traditional transition process: 

  1. During the summer term, our Head of Year 7 and Transition Lead, will be making arrangements for visits to every primary school that have students coming to the Academy.
  2. Senior Leaders from the Academy will come in to meet the students who will have an opportunity to ask questions following a short presentation.
  3. Students will be invited to attend two ’Transition Days' in July; both days likely to start at 9.00 and finish at 2.45. Students will enjoy a range of fun activities that will help them to get used to their new environment.
  4. Some students may be particularly anxious about moving to secondary school, staff from our special educational needs and personalised learning teams will work closely with these students to ensure that they are given appropriate support. In our experience, staff from the primary schools give us helpful information about any particular needs.