At Atlantic Academy our aim is to ensure that every student receives a comprehensive careers education to assist them to develop employability skills and knowledge of available pathways to enable them to make informed decisions at significant times throughout their education and future lives.
In January 2018 the DFE issued a new Statuary Careers Guidance which outlines the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks that schools should meet by 2020. Atlantic Academy is currently achieving these benchmarks, but are always working to further develop our careers programme. You can read the overview of our careers programme here.
The careers programme is embedded within the PHSE/RSE curriculum, delivered weekly for all pupils. Staff work to prepare young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life and the future. The programme provides suitable careers-related activities for each year group and, in KS4, is strengthened with guidance meetings for parents/carers. All students in KS4 are given individual interviews, which parents/carers are welcome to attend, before making final KS4 and post-16 choices. A team of staff offer individual counselling and support to those who want it on GCSE results day.
All students are entitled to careers education and guidance that is impartial. It is integrated into their experience of the whole curriculum, based on a partnership with students and their parents or carers. Students have access to Career software via the school website and Google Classroom. Students will have any opportunities to engage with employers through our Enterprise Programme as well as school trips, industry competitions and a number of subject specific activities. Local Labour Market information is available through links from our website.