Preparing for the future of work

Read Academy is committed to offering a careers service that is accessible to everyone. This will ensure that all students are fully equipped with the skills and knowledge that will enable them to operate confidently, effectively and independently in life and work. The school will offer a programme of high quality, impartial careers information, advice and guidance that is stable, structured and delivered by staff and external agencies equipped with the right skills and experience.

Read Academy will ensure

  • All students access high quality, impartial careers information, advice and guidance from appropriately qualified staff and advisers to help clarify their aspirations for work, to understand the options open to them and to take control of and make informed decisions in terms of job and career change, training and promotion.
  • All students will receive support to develop their skills and knowledge to enter the employment market, and to have confidence of the journey to take their place there.
  • Young people will receive support to find suitable work placements or work experience to help develop the skills they need to enter the workplace and secure and sustain meaningful employment.
  • All students will have the platform to receive tailored support, especially disadvantaged students
  • Data and technology will be used to drive continuous improvements in careers delivery

Our careers curriculum can be found below:

Year 7 Careers

Year 7 students focus on the following in their Careers Education:

  • Investigating the role within school.
  • Identifying where students can become involved in wider school life

Year 8 Careers

Year 8 students focus on the following in their Careers Education:

  • Jobs / careers and occupations
  • Personal aspirations and work / life balance
  • Using skills to develop a career
  • Managing money well
  • Using education
  • Putting it all together to achieve goals.

Year 9 Careers

Year 9 students focus on the following in their Careers Education:

  • Personal skills
  • Transferable skills
  • Understanding job roles
  • Local Labour Market Information (LMI)
  • Using skills.

Year 10 Careers

5 hours of dedicated curriculum time plus 20 hours of work experience time:

  • Introducing work experience
  • Work experience applications workshop
  • Preparation for work experience (3 lessons)
  • Work experience Placement

Year 11 Careers

Within the Year 11 Programme students focus on Careers Education covering the following areas:

  • Review Post 16 Options and Action Plan
  • Application procedures
  • Application letters and forms
  • Producing a CV
  • Interview process and practice
  • Employment trends and LMI
  • Working Rights and Responsibilities

Important Helpful websites

The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. The service offers confidential and impartial advice. This is supported by qualified careers advisers.

The National Careers Service website aims to:

  • help you with careers decisions and planning
  • support you in reviewing your skills and abilities and develop new goals
  • motivate you to implement your plan of action
  • enable you to make the best use of high quality career related tools.
Careersbox is a free online library of careers related film, news and information. As the preferred digital new media partner to the Institute of Career Guidance, the largest careers body in the UK, Careersbox aim is to deliver a new way for students to explore their skills and career options.
Plotr is a website created to help 11-24 year olds discover and explore careers they’ll love.

It’s built around the Game which uncovers careers matched to their skills, interests and personality.

LifeSkills, created with Barclays, is a free, curriculum-linked programme, developed with teachers to help improve the skills and employability of young people in the UK.
icould has a range of video clips showing real people talking about their jobs and careers.
Plan your study & work.  Your choices at 14, 16 and 18, explore different job sectors and how you can study and work at the same time – even to university level.
Success at School is the place for young people to explore careers, get the lowdown on top employers, and search for the latest jobs, courses and advice.
The study guide section within youthspace contains a range of information including help on making options choices in Year 9, post 16 options, and getting into higher education.
Central Governments dedicated apprenticeship website has a whole range of information to help young people decide if Apprenticeships are the right route for them. You can also search for apprenticeship vacancies.

Parent Adviser

The following link allows parents/carers to contact a careers resource which provides information and advice on careers and education. Further careers links will be added to this regularly. deals with finance for university, apprenticeships, job interviews, gap years, higher education choices and bursaries.

Other Useful Websites (Institute of Physics– careers information) (Physics and Engineering in medicine) (Girls into science, engineering and construction) (Environment and land-based sector) (IT and communications) (Energy and utility industry