Careers & Prospects
The Ebbsfleet Academy recognises the importance of careers education, information and guidance (CEIAG) to prepare students for the opportunities, challenges and responsibilities of life, during which they must be able to respond to the changing demands of a technological age, adapt to differing modes of employment, develop life-long learning resources, and balance work and leisure.
In order to provide quality, tailored support and guidance to our students we have created ‘EA Prospects’ – a department dedicated to supporting our students to pursue their natural curiosity about the working world.
EA Prospects is committed to enabling students to understand the working environment in which they will eventually take their part. We recognise that it is important for students to identify their own strengths and aptitudes. Working with students, parents and school staff we aim to raise student aspirations to ensure they plan to achieve, and attain, full learning and career potential. Independent, impartial careers education guidance will be delivered in-school and coordinated by a dedicated member of The Ebbsfleet Academy staff, Ms O’Keeffe.
Students receive unbiased careers information, impartial guidance and a curriculum relevant to the world of work. In addition, the academy encourages and supports appropriate work experience opportunities and placements in KS4, as well as providing information and support to students making applications for employment and further and higher education. Ms O’Keeffe is available to students during term time, Tuesday to Thursday from 3.00pm until 4.30pm. Appointments can be made via email and parents are welcome to also attend these.
Our careers programme builds from year to year as students move through the school. Examples of the activities carried out with students include:
- Year 7 – guest speakers from local businesses and popular industries to create student dialogue about their own aspirations, an insight into the importance of STEM careers
- Year 8 - team building, decision making and skills evaluation and a KS4 Curriculum Information Evening with a subject fair
- Year 9 – internal enterprise competition, insight into the practicalities of applying for colleges and jobs and a ‘Meet the Professionals’ Q&A opportunity
- Year 10 – preparation for work experience and the opportunity to complete the KUDOS career compatibility survey
- Year 11 - support with UCAS progress and Kent Choices for applications to colleges and sixth-forms, support in researching and applying for apprenticeships
- Year 12 – EA Prospects induction for new entrants, Higher Education institution visit, Higher Education Event, NCS participation, personal statement support and impartial guidance for post-18
- Year 13 –tailored tutorial programme to support applications to university and job applications, UCAS application support, tracking and decision-making advice, CV writing skills support, Business Mentors Scheme
The impact of this department will be measured through annual student and staff evaluations, and by achieving the ‘Quality In Careers’ award at the end of academic year 2019/20. Student destination data will be analysed at the end of each academic year to ensure meaningful progression to higher and further education.
Our CEIAG programme and related information is reviewed annually, however information may be revised throughout the year to reflect new regulations. The date of the next review is September 2019.
We value input from parent/carers, businesses or former students so if you are willing to contribute to our careers programme please email the school administration team
Ms K O’Keeffe
TEL: 01322 623100