Central to planning for Student Futures is our fantastic Careers Education programme.
The HASU Careers Programme is designed around the Gatsby Good Careers Guidance Benchmarks to provide outstanding personalised provision and guidance for every student.
Our Careers Motto is: Aspire. Acquire. Achieve.
Should there be a relevant link to careers in the curriculum, the HASU Careers logo will be visible in lessons. During the academic year, students will also have dedicated time to Careers in their Citizenship lessons which will feature this logo.
Our Careers Team
Ms A Haughton-Nicholls, Assistant Principal
020 3962 4500
Ms K Baldwin, Careers Adviser
Our Vision & Programme
Every year group has a careers focus which is embedded through a variety of strategies and in collaboration with a wide range of external stakeholders. We are motivated to ensure students are able to make informed decisions at key transition points; to foster their passion for their favourite subjects and increase their awareness of the career pathways it can lead to as well as educating students on the variety of further learning pathways and supporting them to select the most appropriate to their needs.
Careers education, information, advice and guidance at HASU
We teach careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) through a variety of methods at the Academy for example:
Delivering drop down days solely focusing on careers through the IID Day Programme
Delivering careers focused assemblies
Explicitly teaching about careers in the Citizenship strand of our Personal Development Curriculum
Linking careers to our Enrichment Programme for example, the Medical society explore a wide range of careers within the NHS
By making explicit links, which includes Labour Market Information, between the content being taught in the different subject areas of the curriculum to careers
Including links to careers in our Educational Visits for example all of Year 7 go to the theatre to watch a Pantomime and study stage craft in the summer term, exploring different careers in the theatre
Ensuring students have encounters with employers
Organising encounters for students with other educational institutions
Ensuring Year 10 students explore the world of work through Work Experience in the summer term
Ensuring students have focused and meaningful meetings with the Careers Adviser
Setting students assignments to engage with Unifrog to ensure they remain engaged with careers information
Unifrog is a careers platform that is used at the academy. All pupils have their own account to record a host of careers related activities for example:
- Encounters with employers
- Meetings with the Careers Adviser
- Recording their skills
- Visits to other education providers
- Recording work experience placement
Unifrog can be found here.
Once the Citizenship lessons on Careers have been completed in the spring term, students are set a quiz via Satchel One to test their knowledge and understanding. This allows us to have confidence in students' understanding. We also use data from Unifrog and Compass Plus to review our Careers Programme to ensure we provide our students with brilliant CEIAG.
Working towards the Quality in Careers Standard
We are proud to be working towards the Quality in Careers Standard which is a national accreditation awarded for the quality of:
- Careers education
- Careers information
- Careers advice
- Careers guidance
These components are aligned with a set of eight criteria referred to as the Gatsby Benchmarks; that are a gold standard for CEIAG in secondary schools. We aim to have achieved this prestigious Award by the end of the 2022-23 academic year.
Labour Market Information
We encourage all students to regularly access the most up to date information about careers and pathways. Below, students can find a brilliant tool from 'LMI For All' that helps them to investigate information about a wide range of careers.
The Skillsometer has been designed for those who are not sure what jobs they may be interested in. Thinking about skills, interests and the ways these can link to jobs can be a helpful first step in identifying possible future jobs. The widget below allows students to take this quiz whenever they might wish.
Working with visitors, external agencies and our community
As an academy at the heart of its community we endeavour to have everyone on board with this journey, from staff, students, parents/carers, enterprise coordinator, local employers to further and higher education providers.
In line with the latest update in September 2022, in the Careers guidance and access for education and training providers published by the Department of Education and the Gatsby Benchmarks we welcome external organisations, employers, employees, Further Education providers, Higher Education providers and training providers to contribute towards our Careers Programme. Please contact the Academy’s Careers Leader, Mrs Alysia Haughton-Nicholls, Associate Assistant Principal, via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (020 3962 4500).
Requests will be considered in line with our safeguarding policy.
Our Careers & Provider Access Policies
The most recent versions of our Careers Education Policy and our Provider Access policy can be found in the Teaching & Learning section of the Policies area of our website, here.
Further information & useful links
- Careermap provide a free and very informative magazine called Careermag which is aimed at parents that provides a wealth of information about the labour market, prospective salaries and career pathways.
- The Harris Careers Education website is free for all Harris students to access.