OBA Careers 22-23

Careers Education Information and Guidance 2022

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) is an integral part of OBA’s commitment to ensure our pupils have the requisite skills, knowledge and belief in themselves, to make informed decisions about their future careers.

Careers is an integral part of OBA’s commitment to ensure our pupils have the requisite skills, knowledge and belief in themselves, to make informed decisions about their future careers. The opportunity to learn specific careers skills are coordinated by pastoral and PD staff as part of the tutorial and PD curriculum, and subject careers champions ensure that students have the opportunity to engage with employees from relevant industries in each year. Oversight of the academy careers program is led by both our Careers Lead and Senior Leadership Team link and independent careers advice is provided by a third party, impartial, qualified Careers Advisor.

Particular emphasis is placed on ensuring students have a wide and varied experience of different professions and career pathways. As part of the careers morning “Be Inspired” program all students have the opportunity to learn about the career pathways of employees, employers in the local and national context and ask questions about the profession. This is complemented with relevant employer encounters embedded into subject curricula.


Unifrog; an award-winning, online careers platform. All students in Year 11 now have access to this excellent website.

The Unifrog platform is designed to support learners in making the most informed decisions about their futures and has a range of tools that are suitable for all year groups. Each student has their own personal account that provides a wide range of information related to their interests and aspirations. Key features of the platform include:

  • Exploring Pathways – personality quizzes, career and subject profiles, MOOCs and webinars

  • Recording – self-reflection about extracurricular activities and key employability skills

  • Opportunities – search tools showing live vacancies/courses/placements for apprenticeships, universities (in the UK and abroad), FE, virtual work experience and much more

  • Applications – tools to help students build applications for a range of pathways (e.g., CVs, Personal Statements, Common App Essays)

Students access the platform for the first time using a sign-up code which is unique to their form group. They login to Unifrog using their email address and password and they can do so from any computer, tablet or smartphone.

Students access the platform by clicking a link in their welcome email, where they create a password and can begin using the platform. They login to Unifrog using their email address and password and they can do so from any computer, tablet or smartphone. We would encourage you to use the platform with your child so you can support them through the process of deciding their next step.

We have also set up a parent login so that you can use Unifrog as if you were a student yourself, allowing you to support your child throughout the process. The form code you need is: OBACparents and you can sign up here:

KS3 Careers

KS3- At KS3 the main aim is to broaden the horizons of students and encourage them to explore as many fields of work as possible. In year 7 students complete a reflective module “My Dream Career” where they consider their long term hopes and aspirations for the future and research the steps needed to achieve these goals. This is followed up in year 8 by a research task where pupils research the local areas for employment and complete a research project that compares the local LMI to another context. In Year 9 before making their GCSE option choices students learn about typical salaries for specific occupations and complete a secondary reflective “My Dream Career” project, this time focused on the pathways and qualifications needed to get there.

KS3 careers


We are in the privileged position to offer STEM lessons as part of the KS3 curriculum, in addition to learning programming and the fundamentals of robotics through the LEGO Education and Raspberry Pi modules, the curriculum is underpinned by the Skills Builder Framework- with each lesson focusing on one of the key identified employment skills- such as Leadership or Listening. The effectiveness of these employment skills as focal points for STEM lessons has been the proof of concept for a broader roll-out across the academy next year.

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KS4 Careers

At KS4 emphasis is placed on ensuring that students have as much information about their post 16 options as possible. This starts in Year 10 with the employability skills and pathway modules (apprenticeships vs degrees etc) followed by work experience coupled with the Personal Development focus on the different facets of the world of work. In Year 11, Study Skills, Careers Focus and Post 16 Option sessions are embedded into the pastoral timetable to empower students in understanding their agency in their long term career goals. Careers feedforward sessions help students to prepare for their interview with the careers advisor and the careers action plans support their follow up activities. Coordination between the Year 11 and Sixth form teams ensures that students have sufficient knowledge about the application process for sixth form and are able to have questions answered through the sixth form drop-in sessions.

KS4 Careers

KS5 Careers

The OBA6 program places careers at the heart of student development. With trips to colleges and Universities, including a trip to the UCAS convention at the end of YR12 where students can meet with representatives from all UK universities. In addition to this our partnership with Jesus College at the University of Cambridge enables us to provide our high flyer group with application workshops and interview guidance as well as bespoke curriculum support. Our Sixth form team places an emphasis on employment skills and make use of the skills builder framework to help students understand the skills that employers look for and how they can develop these skills whilst in the sixth form

Our UCAS support programme is championed by Take Your Place who deliver targeted workshops at the Academy and arrange speakers from different tariff institutions and our alumni program enables previous students who have progressed into higher education and apprenticeships to return to the academy for workshops, assemblies and interview support. At present, all sixth form students are able to apply for an additional 1:1 careers interview with the careers advisor and moving forward we are looking to offer group interviews to all students in sixth form based on subject interest.

Program review and management

Subject specific content is reviewed regularly to ensure that students have the full range of knowledge and understanding at both KS 3 and 4 in line with national expectations and national curriculums. Curriculum Team Leaders (CTLs) plan learning to

ensure sequencing is logical and promotes higher levels of comprehension and understanding. Regular reviews of prior learning are incorporated into schemes of learning and a whole school approach to starters has been developed to ensure

frequent reflection on prior knowledge, embedding key concepts into long term memory.

Leaders regularly review the curriculum model, ensuring that the students learning experience is broad, balanced and engaging. Adaptations are made in the best interest of the students to facilitate improved outcomes and long term careers.

OBA was awarded the Quality in Careers Standards Mark in 2021

Certificate Bushfield Certifcate .pdf

Adam Tan was appointed as academy careers lead in 2020 and completed the PGA in Careers Leadership L7 with the University of Warwick the same year. Heather Forrester is the SLT link for careers and Greg Hines is the academy link governor for careers, both support the strategic and operational management of the program. The program is monitored on a rolling basis and assessed against the gatsby benchmarks using Compass+ with the support of our Enterprise Coordinator, Stephen Pauling each term (last results available here https://compass.careersandenterprise.co.uk/shared/xFRIbQ7BkwLkD5FDQsxbK1lJrUo8eHNR

. An annual careers review is conducted at the end of the year to support the development of careers in the subsequent year.

OBA NCW Opportunities 2022.pdf