Vision

As a member of the Milestone Academy community, you are at the forefront of helping our students prepare for their future. Each one of us has a major role to play in helping our students to unlock their potential, and lead fulfilling lives as independently as possible.

On this page, you will learn about our vision, our aims and objectives, and how we meet them. You will have access to a variety of useful resources and websites, and you will learn how to seek help if you need it.

Careers Education may be mandatory for Phases 3 and 4, but learning all about the wider world starts at the very beginning of a young person’s life – and never stops!

We have an obligation to teach our students about themselves, about the choices that they can (and must) make as they grow, and that they can be working hard to achieve their ambitions.

I’d like you to think of “careers” not as “what job do you want when you are older?” but rather “how will you connect with the world when you are an adult?” For us, careers might mean:

  • Where you will work one day
  • Where you will continue your education
  • Where you will live and the support you might have

It also means:

  • How you spend your leisure time and whether you choose a hobby
  • Whether you complete any volunteer work
  • How you will take care of yourself and pay your bills
  • How you will help your family

At Milestone Academy we recognise that a ‘Careers Education’ for our young people is inextricably entwined with their core curriculum. We also respect that elements of careers education must be taught in discrete and designated lessons and learning activities.

Along with the Careers and Enterprise Company, Milestone Academy sees Careers Education as:

Any activity which furthers knowledge, understanding, skills or experience with the purpose of leading to a life enhancing outcome including improving the possibility and probability of working in a range of settings.”

And a Careers Lesson as:

“(facilitating) any activity which uses a skill for the purpose of achieving an outcome which brings reward”

We want to prepare all of our young people for life beyond school and college.

At Milestone Academy, we are proud of the fact that we prepare the students for their adult life and the transition from full time education into the world beyond the Academy.

Structured careers education provides students with focused opportunities for personal and social development which supports transition into the adult world.

Ofsted have recently investigated the importance of young people gaining good quality Impartial and Independent Career Education, Information and Guidance throughout their education. It is well known that young people who have focused career ideas will achieve more through their adult life.

An effective curriculum is at the heart of the wide offer provided across the school. Staff have an unwavering moral commitment to prepare pupils fully to lead a rich, successful and happy life. A thread permeates throughout the curriculum to prepare pupils for ambitious life goals. 

One pupil stated excitedly, ‘I want to live in my own home, have a job and be happy.’ Pupils from key stage 4 have opportunities to engage in work placements. This has led to employment for pupils in a range of occupations, such as working in a local garage and in the superstore nearby. 

The curriculum goes well beyond the academic, as it develops the whole child. 

Pupils enjoy regular community visits, always with an educational purpose, such as trips to the garden centre and visits to a local superstore. Pupils develop confidence in managing risks, money management, travel and speaking to strangers in shops. Pupils enjoy the wide range of extra-curricular activities, including Scouts and trust-wide sports and enrichment opportunities.

Ofsted Inspection Report (2019), Ofsted

If you have any questions, comments or queries about Careers Education at Milestone Academy, speak to your Phase Leader, Satellite Director, or Assistant Principal. They will all be very happy to help.

Thank you for the outstanding work you do for our students every day.

Kyle Marsh
Assistant Principal | Careers Lead

Useful Websites for Careers Education

Aims

  • Students will have access to a wide variety of appropriate careers information
  • Students develop knowledge of the different options that are open to them after year 11 and year 14
  • Students and families have the relevant support and guidance so that they feel fully informed about the opportunities open to their young person
  • Students develop an awareness and understanding of different roles in the workplace
  • Students will be informed of the differences between school, college and work
  • Students will begin to have an understanding of the concept of equal opportunities in relation to gender, ethnicity, socio-economic group, ability/disability and occupational choice
  • Students will develop an understanding of differences between work and leisure and how to present themselves differently depending on the circumstances
  • Students will be supported and prepared to make choices and discuss the importance of a back-up plan just in case their first choice proves prohibitive
  • Students will develop the skills and confidence to help them make realistic and informed choices about their future in consultation with others.
  • Students will be supported to complete an application form and prepare a Curriculum Vitae as required
  • Students will be given the opportunity to develop their full potential at school
  • Students will be given the opportunity to decide on post-16 options along with others
  • Students in 6th Form take part in work experience both in school and with external providers
  • Adult support is provided by the Academy if appropriate to support students on external work placements
  • Students will be given the opportunity to broaden their knowledge of the world of work within the careers education programme
  • Students are given the opportunity to complete ASDAN units developing their skills for the world of work, delivered as part of the curriculum
  • Students will be supported to be aware of their abilities, skills, qualities, needs and values and explore how these may relate to different job areas
  • Students will be supported to develop a positive self-image and have the ability to feel positive about their own future prospects
  • Students will be prepared by increasing their level of self-confidence about the world of work and the role of employers
  • Students may be given the opportunity to access a supported internship if appropriate

Annual Careers Convention

Each April Milestone Academy holds an annual Careers Convention. We encourage students in secondary and their families to attend.

We invite local and national employers to meet our students and their families, ask each-other questions, and find out as much as they possibly can about the world of work.

It is also an opportunity for students and families to speak to external educators including:

  • local FE providers
  • independent specialist colleges
  • residential care providers
  • support agencies and service providers

We would like our students and families to find out as much as they can about the different provisions that may be available to them after they leave Milestone Academy.

In addition, some of our Year 10 students attend the Leigh Academies Trust’s Annual Year 10 Careers Convention, which usually takes place in June.

Careers Education

Students receive a comprehensive careers education programme which is within the curriculum and which follows the Gatsby Benchmarks. Our students have the opportunity to access individual and group careers guidance from an independent specialist.

Our students have access to accurate, up-to-date and comprehensive careers information at appropriate levels and through a wide variety of media.

We aim to offer a bespoke curriculum so that all students can access the different vocational courses if there is a specific interest. This may lead to vocational qualifications. Students have opportunities to listen to external speakers who will come into the Academy and talk to students positively about the opportunities that are available to them after year 14.

Careers Education is delivered at Milestone in Phases 3 & 4. How this is delivered is differentiated by pathway and department. We identify effective Careers education as supporting students to develop their

  • Self-Awareness
  • Self-Determination
  • Self-Improvement as a learner

How we support our students to develop in these areas is cross-curricular, and where appropriate will go beyond discrete Careers Lessons, forming an integral part of that young person’s curriculum. Students work towards a variety of qualifications, including accreditations in Work-Related Learning, and BTEC units in Preparation for Work.

Some of our students in Year 14 may also access Supported Internships or Apprenticeships.

If you would like any more information about any aspect of our careers offer, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kyle Marsh
Assistant Principal | Careers Lead

Transition to Adult Life useful websites

Entitlement and Timescales

During your time at Milestone Academy you are entitled to:

  • A careers education programme: lessons, workshops, external speakers, work-related learning or taster days
  • Regular feedback on your academic progress and how to improve so that you can achieve your goals
  • Support to develop better self-awareness so that you can recognise your own strengths, areas for development, skills, motivations, and abilities
  • Assistance when accessing and understanding information on open day, jobs, colleges, and apprenticeships
  • Independent information, advice and guidance on your future career when you leave Milestone Academy
  • An understanding of the opportunities that are available and how to access them, so you can make positive decisions for your future
  • Access to Independent and Impartial Guidance so that you can make choices and plans that are best for you
  • A transition plan so you can plan your future with our help
  • Access to comprehensive, user-friendly web-based information to help you when making decisions
  • Support with letters of application, filling in forms etc
  • Help with choices in years 9, 11 and 14

Who can help?

  • Class Teachers
  • Phase Leaders and Assistant Principals
  • Trust Careers Adviser: Ruth Evans
  • Careers Lead (Interim): Kyle Marsh
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