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Careers Entitlement

Leeds East Academy offers a careers education programme that prepares students for the next steps in their education, training or employment. We are committed to providing quality information, advice and guidance to all students to enable them to make effective decisions for the future about a wide range of career pathways. Our careers programme aims to inspire students and raise aspirations for all our students.   

We provide access to a wide range of activities that inspire young people, including employer talks, motivational speakers, workshops, mock interviews, workplace experience programme, careers fairs and speed networking events as well as college and university visits. Our students are regularly given the opportunity to engage in local labour market information. The current Labour Market focus in the Leeds area are: Construction, Creative Industries, Digital & IT services, Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing, The Health Sciences, Accounting and professional services.   

At Leeds East Academy the Careers Programme is underpinned by the eight Gatsby Benchmarks. The Gatsby Career Benchmarks are the result of an international study to find the best practice in Career Guidance worldwide. The 8 benchmarks are: 

  • A stable careers programme 
  • Learning from labour market information 
  • Addressing the needs of every pupil  
  • Linking curriculum learning to careers 
  • Encounters with employers and employees 
  • Experiences of workplaces 
  • Encounters with further and higher education 
  • Personal guidance 

We assess the impact of the careers programme on students by: 

  • Destinations of students to further education, apprenticeships and employment 
  • Student voice feedback through Guardian Time  
  • Questionnaires and evaluations after events and group sessions 

 

Click here to download our Post-16 Guide for students

 

Careers Activities by Year Group

Year 7

  • Leeds City College Soaring to Success Programme  
  • Careers Sector Assemblies  
  • Subject Specific industry links  
  • Weekly ‘Ambition’ session through guardian time  
  • Careers Fair 
  • Into University Workshops  

Year 8

  • Careers Sector Assemblies  
  • Subject Specific industry links  
  • Weekly ‘Ambition’ session through guardian time  
  • Careers Fair 
  • Into University Workshops  
  • Princes Trust Workshops  
  • Careers Speed Networking Events  

Year 9

  • Subject Specific industry links  
  • Careers Sector Assemblies  
  • Weekly ‘Ambition’ session through guardian time  
  • Careers Fair 
  • Into University Workshops  
  • Duke of Edinburgh  
  • Motivational speakers  
  • Resilience Building Morning 

Year 10  

  • Subject Specific industry links  
  • Weekly ‘Ambition’ session through guardian time  
  • Careers Fair 
  • Careers Sectors Assemblies 
  • Into University Workshops  
  • Careers Speed Networking Events  
  • Work experience programme  
  • Mock Interview Practise  
  • Motivational Speakers  
  • Introduction to post 16 destination  
  • University and college visits  

Year 11 

  • Subject Specific industry links  
  • Weekly ‘Ambition’ session through guardian time  
  • Careers Fair 
  • Into University Workshops  
  • Careers Speed Networking Events  
  • Work experience programme  
  • Mock Interview Practise  
  • Motivational Speakers  
  • Careers Conference (post 16 focus)  
  • Careers Sector/Apprenticeship assemblies  
  • University and college visits  

Work Experience Programme

At Leeds East Academy, we aim to ensure that every students within the academy takes part in a work experience programme in Year 10. Previously students have struggled to find their own work experience placements to bridge the gap between school and the employers LEA work in partnership with Leeds City College’s work experience team to ensure that we source appropriate placements for every child. We try to ensure that all placements are aspirational and are within the career field in which the student wishes to pursue. It is important that all placements are appropriate, aspirational and supportive to ensure our students gain transferable skills. Such as:  

  • Communication and teamwork  
  • Understanding how organisations/businesses work  
  • Build confidence in interacting with adults  
  • Provides practical experience for CV and personal statement  

It is important that students feel prepared for work experience to ensure that they leave feeling proud of their achievement and challenges they have overcome in the process. Before students choose their preference placement for work experience it is important that they have some knowledge of the current labour market by equipping themselves with this information they further develop their mind-set and choices.   

Post 16 Information

It is a legal requirement that all students stay in education, training or employment until the are 18. At Leeds East Academy we track and monitor all students for 2 years following leaving the academy, this is so that we can celebrate all student’s success and offer support where necessary.  

Our students go on to study at a range of different destination, such as;  

  • Leeds City College  
  • Elliot Hudson College 
  • Notre Dame Catholic College  
  • Roundhay Sixth Form  
  • Garforth Academy Sixth Form  
  • Leeds College of Building  
  • Askham Bryan College  

The Careers Team

Ms L Bean – Director of Ethos, Values and Attendance

Email address: bean.l@whiteroseacadamies.org 

Ms L Brook – Careers, Education, Information, Advice and Guidance Manager

Email address: brook.l@whiteroseacademies.org