Harris Aspire Academy: Provider Access Policy
This policy statement sets out the Academy’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to pupils at the Academy for the purpose of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the Academy’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.
All pupils in years 11-13 are entitled:
- to find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point;
- to hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options events, assemblies and group discussions and taster events;
- to understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.
Management of provider access requests
A provider wishing to request access should contact:
Gurvinder Bhogal - Assistant Principal
Email: email@example.com - Telephone: 020 3370 9238
Melanie Jackson - Careers Officer
Visitor access will be granted in accordance with Academy procedures – See safeguarding Policy.
Careers Education Programme 2019-20
A number of events, integrated into the Academy careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come into Academy to speak to pupils and/or their parents/carers.
Every academic year, our offer evolves and changes as staff specialisms change and develop and in response to unforeseen changes. However, our core programme and commitment to our Harris Aspire & HPS6F CEIAG entitlement framework remains.
For any enquiries related to our Careers education programme or how we meet the elements of our entitlement, please contact
Ms Bhogal G.Bhogal@harrisps6f.org.uk
Ms Jackson Careers Advisor Melanie.Jackson@harrisfederation.org.uk
In addition to this we have a number of ongoing careers education initiatives built into our pastoral programme. Please speak to our Careers Leader to identify the most suitable opportunity for you.
Premises and Facilities
The Academy will make the main halls, classrooms or private meeting rooms available for discussions between the provider and students, as appropriate to the activity. The Academy will also make available AV and other specialist equipment to support provider presentations. This will all be discussed and agreed in advance of the visit with the Careers Leader or a member of their team.
Providers are welcome to leave a copy of their prospectus or other relevant course literature at the Careers Resource Centre, which is managed by the Academy librarian. The Resource Centre is available to all students at lunch and break times.
Approval and review
Approved: to be ratified on Wednesday 4th March, 2020 by Governors at Curriculum and Standards Committee
Next review: February 2020
Melanie Jackson is a Careers Adviser appointed by the Harris Federation to work with students on career planning. She is one of a team of Careers Advisers working across all the Federation schools. She provides bespoke careers advice and guidance as well as working within the academy to develop the careers education programme across all years.
There are many issues that often crop up in interviews, such as students readying themselves for the job market, students looking at University, students considering Apprenticeships or even self-employment? Often students aren’t sure what further learning they will need to be able to do a particular career, many students are really confused over what type of career would even suit them? These, and many other issues, form the basis of careers guidance in the Harris Aspire Academy.
Students are reminded about their interviews on the day by their tutors and are expected to be there on time. Naturally, from time-to-time things crop up; exams, assessments, sickness etc. that are largely unavoidable, this being the case any interview affected will be re-scheduled.
Ms Jackson is available in the school for one day a week, usually Wednesdays. During this time she will see as many students as possible, sometimes this is 1:1 meetings, sometimes group interviews or presentations. If you want to get in touch with her then please either email her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or go through the tutor, Reception or your tutor, who will pass any message on.
Where to go next
As times change then so does the need to reflect and deliver important careers information in the most useable and appropriate manner and format. For many young people - and adults alike- that format is the internet. It is accessible almost anywhere and, as long as it is suitably maintained, is pretty reliable on the whole.
The websites shown herein generally fall into that category and are entirely suitable for use by, and for, young people. If some of them seem confusing – and some are! – please come and see the Careers Adviser.
Every single website shown here is free and there are no charges whatsoever.
this is the national site for almost all Apprenticeship applications nationwide. You will need to register an account with them (it’s free!) but then you can search and apply for apprenticeships that you fancy doing?
Great site for finding out where the local learning opportunities for post-16 are. Search by course, subject or even provider? So, you could use it to find out if a particular college offered a particular A Level or BTEC, or just look for where the nearest learning provider is that does the course you want?
Lots of useful information, plenty of careers information, including how to choose careers by using some of the on-line inventories available. Also points you to on-line help and call centres for careers guidance.
Really user-friendly site, the ‘Buzz’ test is especially fun to do and might help reinforce career planning or help you think in a different direction? Great video clips and other careers tools to help young people decide.
Great site for video’s. Lots and lots of people talking about their careers, what brought them into it and what the job is really like? You just choose the career area you’re thinking of and then choose who you would like to listen to, very inspirational (and, mercifully, the videos are short!)
As it says, if you’re not thinking about University after Level 3 qualifications then take a look at this site. Not only is it packed with advice about opportunities but it also carries live vacancies. Not all the vacancies or opportunities will be in your locality, so you have to decide what to do at that point.
The National Careers Service website provides careers advice and information on a wide range of jobs, training courses, resources and funding. There is a CV builder and profiles on almost 800 different types of jobs.
Search online for current apprenticeship vacancies with a link to online applications.
There are 350 careers in the NHS. Use this website to watch videos, read case studies and learn more about the largest UK employer with over 1.3 million employees.
Lots of career areas have sites that belong to their industry bodies, for example, if you wanted to find out more about careers in Psychology then go to www.bps.co.uk if it was Law, then go to www.allaboutlaw.co.uk, if it was health or medicine careers then look no further than www.nhscareers.nhs.uk or Teaching at www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching, Journalism, simple, try www.journalism.co.uk
Whatever the career, the truth is there’s really no excuse for not being able to find out more information, providing you can access the internet and use a little bit of common sense!