Careers Information 2019-2020

 ‘Good career guidance is critical if young people are to raise their aspirations and capitalise on the opportunities available to them.’

Gatsby Benchmarks 2018

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance Vision

At Swinton Academy we endeavor to work towards The Gatsby Good Practice Benchmarks, the DFE Careers Guidance and other good practice guidance from the Department of Education, Ofsted and relevant bodies.

The Swinton Academy Careers Offer

The six key elements underpinning the Swinton Academy careers offer are documented below.  Each key element is twinned with The eight Gatsby Benchmarks of good career guidance.  These benchmarks, now part of the government careers strategy, are viewed as a measurement to define world-class career guidance.


  1. Gatsby Benchmark 8. Personal guidance.

Gatsby Benchmark 3. Addressing the needs of each pupil


Every young person in the academy should have access to impartial, independent and personalised careers education, information, advice. Students and parents/carers are encouraged to book individual careers guidance appointments with our professionally qualified in-house advisor, Sarah Sykes.  Our careers calendar detailing careers and enterprise events along with our careers/enterprise partners can be viewed on the website.


  1. Gatsby Benchmark 1. A stable careers programme


Swinton Academy has a governor, member of leadership team and careers advisor with designated oversight for ensuring that the institution supports all students to relate their learning to careers and the world of work from an early age.


  1. Gatsby Benchmark 2. Learning from career and labour market information.


Swinton Academy has up-to-date, user-friendly labour market intelligence/information (LMI) readily accessible by young people, teachers and parents/carers.  This includes use of U-Explore and up-to-date employment market information.  (see pdf on website). pages/job market information/3


  1. Gatsby Benchmark 6. Experiences of workplaces
    Gatsby Benchmark 5. Encounters with employers and employees


Every young person in the academy will have the opportunity to meet employers to support their knowledge and experience of career pathway options. This may include career insights from industry experts, work tasters, coaching, mentoring, enterprise activities, part-time work, work shadowing and other relevant activities.


  1. Gatsby Benchmark 6. Experiences of workplaces
    Gatsby Benchmark 7. Encounters with further and higher education


Swinton Academy is a member of the Sheffield City Region’s Careers and Enterprise network and works with an Enterprise Coordinator from The Source Skills Academy. ( The Source Skills Academy at Meadowhall is a flagship centre providing state of the art training, development and conferencing facilities for all sectors of the local community and local businesses in South Yorkshire, including Sheffield, Barnsley and Rotherham. The source offers opportunities for our students to have encounters with employers and other providers.  The academy will provide a record that our students are given numerous experiences to help them become work-ready and that employers can be confident that they have been given support in terms of careers guidance and work-related learning.


  1. Gatsby Benchmark 4. Linking curriculum learning to careers.


The quality of careers provision in the academy will be strengthened by developing ‘careers hubs’ in the region to share resources in improving awareness of the local lemployment market and the wider region’s employment market, and is designed to support other school and college leaders in a whole-school approach to plan and deliver careers provision.

Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance.

The Careers Information, Advice & Guidance Education programme at Swinton Academy enables our students to make a successful transition into their chosen pathway.

Students have access to a range of careers support delivered through a variety of ways. All students will have a one to one guidance appointment; students can request a guidance appointment at any time throughout their academic life.  Students will be offered support at key transition points such as Year 8 options, Year 11 progression planning and UCAS higher education applications for those want to progress on to University. Parents/carers are able to attend appointments and careers guidance specialists and the website will be updated regularly with useful links and articles relating to careers for our students.

Targeted support for Vulnerable and Disadvantaged students

The academy will seek to quickly identify students who are in need of targeted support or who are at risk of not participating in further studies after year 11, becoming NEET (not in education, employment or training). Targeted students receive additional in-college support on career options, pathways (Apprenticeships, College etc.) and application help.

Specific cohorts of students such as pupil premium students receive carefully targeted advice and access to other career related programmes such as university visits, college visits and other appropriate support.

When in Post 16 we ensure that students understand that the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund is available, and used in a way to support their learning needs.

SEND Students support

The academy seeks to understand the interests, strengths and motivations of students and use this to support students onto a pathway that supports their development and progression.

Independent and impartial advice and guidance for young people with SEN and disabilities will include information about all the options available to them including education, training and employment opportunities and will signpost them on to the most relevant pathway.  This includes work skills programmes, work experience, traineeships, apprenticeships and qualifications that will enable students to apply for higher education, where appropriate.





Curriculum Area

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance covered


Y10 &11

Discussion about the benefits of Art to all creative careers, contextualised within South Yorkshire as an upcoming hub of creative and digital media industry.


Y9 – 13

Students visit local businesses as part of the Business course to find out what goes into running the business.

The course looks at recruitment and selection, introduction to marketing, business and personal finance – the courses are aimed at preparing students to work in business. Students research Careers within accountancy, banking, marketing, human resources and entrepreneurship.  Students in Post 16 will have an opportunity to take part in work shadowing and this gives them an excellent opportunity to participate in the local employment market.


Y7 – Y11 - Students look at the different sectors of employment, exploring how they have changed over time with the development of technology.  The positives and negatives of ICT being introduced into the workplace are explored.


Y9 - Curriculum input on safe working practices for ‘site’ careers

Y10 - Variety of job roles within the construction industry explained.

Y11 - Extensive input and discussion relating to apprenticeships within the construction industry.

Design Technology

Y7 – Experiencing CAD (computer aided design) for batch production, linking to industrial practices for batch production

Y9 – Discussion of roles and careers relating to STEM / Design Technology and the manufacturing industry.

Y10 – Curriculum input about modern manufacturing and production processes.

Y11 – Extensive discussion about progressions routes, how and where to study DT related subjects post-16 and where qualifications could lead in terms of career.


Y9-11 - Section A of the examination requires students to acquire knowledge of jobs and roles in the theatre, which are investigated and learnt.


Y7 - 13 – Looking at writing and editing/drafting - this includes creative pieces as well as "real-life" scenarios such as letter writing, applications, reading and creating different types of media including articles. Speaking, listening and presenting skills are assessed throughout their 5 years, both in groups and individually that will help in the world of work.
Y12-13 -  Language and Film Studies – Editorial writing and aspects of journalism/media.
Y12-13 -  Film Studies – Research roles within media, advertising and marketing.








In Y7 – 11 French and Spanish pupils are encouraged to develop their translation and oracy skills through a variety of activities. Communication skills include listening, reading speaking and writing on a weekly basis.


In Y11 students study future jobs and careers; post 16 education- university and apprenticeships and the advantages/disadvantages of part -time work.


Food preparation and nutrition

Y7-8 – Curriculum input on safe working practices in the food industry (hygiene practices, avoiding contamination, personal safety etc.)

Y9 – Exploring Food Science and its application in the food development industry.
Y10 – Experience of food service via the afternoon tea assessment.
Y11 – Extensive discussion about progressions routes, how and where to study Food post-16. Further discussion of the broad range potential career paths within the food industry.


Students look at the different sectors of employment within Geography and consider how these vary between countries at different levels of development. At GCSE and A level students consider the features of the UK and global economies and how globalisation has affected the economic world. Students also look at why high tech and advanced industries locate in certain areas and usually close to major universities

Health and Social care

Y12 – Students explore careers within the Health Care sector, they also have the opportunity to gain some valuable work experience in a social care setting.
Y12/13 – Our level 3 students explore careers within the Health Care sector, they also have the opportunity to gain some valuable work experience in setting such as the NHS and other Care settings.


Students learn how the government has changed over time and how society and ideas have evolved to create the modern world in which we work.


**Please see SMSC plan on the website for specific details**


Y7 - 11 – Discuss how maths is used in different occupations.
Y12/13 – Students look at the role of an accountant.


In Y8 music, the use of technology to create film scores is explored, so students investigate the role of a composer. Students also form bands in order to perform Brit pop music, they therefore gain greater knowledge of how the music industry works.



Y9 -  U-Explore. Students explore career opportunities, job suitability and routes into employment.


·         U Explore. Students explore career opportunities, job suitability and routes into employment.

·         Developing employment skills and employment

·         CV writing


·         U Explore. Students explore career opportunities, job suitability and routes into employment.

·         CV writing

·         Exploring Post-16 options

·         Applying for Post-16 studies

Religious Education

Post-16 display on studying RE at A Level and what careers it links to.


During National science week each year group from Y7 - Y13 will explore careers in science.


They will research careers in Y7 - Y8 into a range of professions across Biology, Chemistry and Physics and in Y9 - Y13 will look at careers linked to each of the three sciences.

They will produce a poster, leaflet and presentation linked to science careers and skills.



Y12 – Students look at different areas within the sports world, they look at Health & Safety at work, learning how to risk assess. The year 12 students also look at routes into sports coaching, as well as sports organisation and development. Students study and take part in the organisation of a sport event.


Y8 – Study of recycling within the textiles industry.

Y9 – Understanding commissioning of artwork via community projects.
Y10 & 11 – Discussion about the benefits of Art to all creative careers, contextualised within South Yorkshire as an upcoming hub of creative and digital media industry.






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