OBA Careers 22-23
Careers Education Information and Guidance 2022
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.
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.
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
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