Careers Programme Information
Careers Leader: Mr Leon Foster
Phone: 01793 23 66 11
It is part of the vision and mission of the academy that all learners need a planned programme of activities to help them choose 14 - 19 pathways that are right for them and equip them to manage their careers, sustain employability and achieve personal and economic well-being throughout their lives.
The Deanery CE Academy provides learners with an age appropriate programme from years 7 – 13 including: access to impartial careers information, advice, and guidance; taught careers education as part of the curriculum; work experience placements in Key stages 4 and 5; and extra support as required for learners with special educational needs, those who are disadvantaged or Looked after Children. The programme contributes to strategies for raising achievement, especially by increasing motivation; raising aspiration, supporting inclusion, challenging stereotyping and promoting equality and diversity.
The academy endeavours to follow best practice guidance from the careers profession and from other expert bodies, utilising services from Swindon Borough Council.
Parental involvement is encouraged at all stages. Online resources have been specifically chosen to help parents become more involved. Parents are actively encouraged to work with their child. This will enable parents to help their child equip themselves with the knowledge and information required to build a future career. Parents are encouraged to access “The Careers Pilot” (https://www.careerpilot.org.uk/) website which provides excellent advice and guidance from age 11 - 19.
Parents are kept up to date with careers related information through letters, newsletters and at both parents evenings and open evenings. Parents are welcome at careers interviews and, where necessary, are invited to attend. Independent Advice and Guidance support can be made available at Parents’ Evenings, by appointment.
Events and activities are planned at key decision-making points. The Higher Education and Employment Conference, for example takes place annually for year 12 students in June. Year 9 Options Evening, the Sixth Form Open Evening and UCAS Information Evening, provide further opportunities for parents to be informed and involved in decision-making.