The Springfields Academy

Reach South Academy Trust

Our central mission is for Reach South pupils to aspire to achieve beyond the expectations that others place on them.

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Careers and Education Guidance

We believe that a well-structured and highly effective programme of Careers and Education Guidance (CEG) will play a key role in contributing to how the Academy prepares its young people for a safe, independent life.

By working in partnership with an external agency, we provide accurate and focused careers information, advice and guidance tailored to individual needs to enable young people to make informed choices about their future career routes.

Our key aim is for students to develop a real understanding, of careers and work-related information that develops their sense of enquiry not only about careers and higher/further education but also an awareness of how the skills developed in school are applicable and integral ingredients in the modern workplace. 

Our overarching aims for Careers Education Guidance are to work with external agencies, such as the Careers service in order to:

  • Contribute to strategies for raising achievement, especially by increasing motivation;
  • Provide emphasis on the relevance of numeracy and literacy as fundamental components of everyday employment in the 21st Century.
  • Encourage students to become reflective learners who are self-aware of their strengths, skills and attributes and how these link to career and life planning;
  • Support inclusion, challenge stereotyping and promote equality of opportunity;
  • Encourage participation in continued learning, including higher education;
  • Develop enterprise and employability skills
  • Make clear to students how their behaviour, attendance and learning skills are inherently linked to their careers prospects and future prosperity. 
  • The main body of the statutory guidance uses the Gatsby 8 Benchmarks with information on how to achieve each one.

 

Gatsby Benchmarks

The fast-changing world of work puts an ever-greater demand on all of us to support young people in making a successful transition from education to further education, training or employment, helping them to identify and choose career opportunities that are right for them. The government’s Careers Strategy, published in 2017, and statutory guidance for school leaders and school staff, published in 2018, set out the plan for building a high- quality careers system that will help young people to achieve.

 

Gatsby Benchmark

% of school fully achieving this benchmark nationally

% of schools fully achieving this benchmark in Swindon and Wiltshire

Springfields Academy

1. A stable careers programme

 

27%

69%

94%

*awaiting parent survey response to hit 100%

2. Learning from career and labour market information

 

52%

67%

100%

3. Addressing the needs of each student

 

25%

30%

100%

4. Linking curriculum learning to careers

 

45%

56%

100%

5. Encounters with employers and employees

 

58%

61%

100%

6. Experiences of workplaces

 

52%

57%

100%

7. Encounters with further and higher education

 

30%

31%

100%

8. Personal guidance

 

61%

52%

100%

 

For more information please contact our Careers Lead Lee Davidson: ldavidson@springfields.wilt.sch.uk