At Long Field we deliver a comprehensive programme of career guidance right through years 7 to11. From developing employability skills through team building and enterprise activities, to work experience and career fayres we ensure that our students are inspired and excited about their progression once they leave Long Field. We ensure advice is offered for both academic and vocational pathways and we actively link students with employers.
Students are set aspirational targets so they know precisely what they need to do and are determined to succeed. They develop a wide range of skills which are highly relevant to the next phase of their life in education, training or employment. We promote high career aspirations for all of our students who begin their careers education in Year 7 and 8. Students are made aware of the importance of qualifications and personal development as the keys to opening future career opportunities. These essential lessons are reinforced through assemblies and during house time.
Once students reach year 10 they engage with our careers service partners who meet individually with each student and formulate a bespoke progression plan. This helps ensure that our students are fully informed of all pathways open to them whether it's an apprenticeship or vocational route through to an A-Level and university pathway. In addition, we subscribe all our year 10 and 11 students to Moving On magazine where they can access further information.
The academy has excellent links with local colleges and high quality employment as well as universities to ensure that all students have high aspirations and make well informed choices about their next steps as they go into further education or obtain a suitable apprenticeship. We work with many Further Education institutes, such as Brooksby Melton College and Melton Vale Post 16 Centre to provide opportunities for our students to experience a post 16 learning environment. As part of our Enrichment Day programme, students take part in masterclasses, taster days as well as open events to expand their experience. We are also continuing to develop links with Leicester University to allow students to work closely with the university through curriculum engagement as well as post 18 preparation.
Our careers week, every October, is a chance for all students to look at pathways that are available to them to help them decide on the career that is best for them. During this week all Year 11 have a careers interview and all students are involved in careers based activities. During the year we also have guest speakers every fortnight who come and talk about their careers path and routes into their profession.