Pool Academy is committed to providing high quality Careers, Education, Information, Advice and Guidance to help inspire students and to enable them to make rational informed career decisions. Pool Academy aims to meet all eight Benchmarks identified by the Gatsby Foundation.
The following video reflects on the idea that careers education is the responsibility of everyone:
At Pool Academy we would like all subject areas to do the following:
link subject learning and skill development to different careers
develop links with businesses and organisations
to invite alumni and other external speakers to come into school (virtually where an actual visit is not feasible)
where appropriate to organise external visits by students to local businesses/organisations
record careers learning opportunities for students in schemes of learning
take part in whole school ‘Careers Days’ where all teachers start their lesson with a careers focus, such as talking about their career pathway or showing a short film where people in a range of job roles explain the relevance of skills developed in a particular subject area to their role.
explore the possibility of developing real projects/challenges for students with a local business or organisation e.g. a local company setting IT students the task of designing/updating their website
consider the needs and interests of all students and ensure that information challenges stereotyping including gender and disability
Subject teachers will be supported to develop and integrate careers learning opportunities into their schemes of learning through INSET sessions. This will include the opportunity at least once a year, to meet representatives of local businesses and organisations on the school site.
There are a range of resources on the market that suggest ways of incorporating careers learning into different subject areas. The ‘linking curriculum learning to careers’ section of the Good Career Guidance website has a wide range of useful resources and ideas for subject areas.
With regards to local opportunities, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly is leading the way in a number of exciting developments with a range of sectors including space, geothermal engineering, mining and IT. For more information about the business landscape within the county, the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership has created this ‘10 Opportunities’ booklet.
They have also created a booklet highlighting key labour market information statistics around the county.