At Wilmington Academy we believe that it is important to assess the impact of our careers programme on our students in order to make sure that it is the best that it can be. We do this in a number of ways.
Recording Year 11 and Year 13 Destinations
First, we identify and analyse the destinations of our Year 11 and 13 students taking into account their prior attainment. For Year 11 students, we record pathways including:
- Level 2 courses
- Level 2 apprenticeships
- Level 3 courses
- Level 3 apprenticeships
We conduct analysis of sector based outcomes to ensure our advice is relevant to the jobs available and to ensure that we promote equality of opportunity. We also record the proportion of students going onto Level 3 courses or apprenticeships.
For Year 13 students we identify and analyse whether students:
- go onto higher education and the range of courses being studied and the universities/colleges being attended
- go onto an apprenticeship and whether it is at Intermediate, Advanced or Higher (degree) level
Data stored made anonymous and graphical representations of the data can be found on our website to indicate typical destinations our students go on to.
We are very keen to get the views of students on the Careers, Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) they received during their five or seven years at Example school. We ask a random sample of students to complete an on-line survey to find out their views on individual elements of the CEIAG programme and their overall assessment of the programme. In addition, we meet representative groups of students to find out more about what they liked and disliked about the careers programme and ways they believe it can be improved.
We also value the views of parents on how well we have helped them to support their child or children make rational informed career decisions. This is done using an online survey and parents are invited to take part in forum discussions at least three times throughout the academic year.
We work closely with the Careers & Enterprise Company and our Enterprise Coordinator to ensure that our provision provides excellent opportunities for students to prepare for the next stage of their chosen career pathway. We also ask business volunteers to provide feedback on each individual careers events that they take part in, such as careers talks, a speed networking session or mock interviews.