Careers Programme

At Morton Academy our aim is for all our students to fulfil their potential. As such, we recognise the importance of effective Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) for young people and we expect all our students to develop high aspirations and consider a broad and ambitious range of careers. We aim to inspire every student through more real-life contacts with the world of work to help them understand where different choices can take them in the future. We also seek to ensure that our students are not restricted by circumstances or location from becoming self-confident, well-educated and enterprising individuals.

We set high expectations, including for the most vulnerable and those with special educational needs and disabilities, so that every student is stretched and acquires the attributes that employers value. This will help every young person to realise their potential and so increase economic competitiveness and support social mobility. We work closely with the Local Enterprise Partnership Enterprise Adviser network, Inspira, Cumbria Collaborative Outreach Programme, Carlisle College, The University of Cumbria, higher education institutions and private training providers and employers such as the NHS, Nestle, Direct Rail and Pirelli to ensure our students get the most current information on opportunities available to them and the support to make the most of them.

We measure our success by our students’ destinations and this is reflected in higher numbers progressing to apprenticeships, universities – including selective universities, traineeships, and other positive destinations such as employment or a further education college. This will help to close the gap in destinations between young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and others.

Further details of the careers programme can be found in the Richard Rose Morton Academy  CEIAG policy.

Students can speak to their tutors, pastoral staff or Heads of Year in the first instance. They will be taught about CEIAG during PSHCE lessons. You can also use Kudos to explore your career options and plan for the future (https://kudos.cascaid.co.uk). You will be shown how to use this during the first half term, if you don’t already know. You can also compare job salaries and availability side by side using the Careerometer www.lmiforall.org.uk/cm2/index.html.

Learning more about post-16 options, career pathways and the job market is not just for students – Mrs Robinson, the schools Careers Leader, will be available at parents’ evenings over the course of the year to speak with parents about their child’s career interests and aspirations and she is also contactable on the following email address Rachel.robinson@rrma.org.uk or by phoning the school.

If you are a parent and would like to find out more about the careers-related support and activities available for you then please follow the link below for lots of useful information, advice and guidance from the Parental Guidance website http://www.parentalguidance.org.uk/

As a school, we have a statutory commitment to uphold the Education Act 1997 and the recent Technical and Further Education Act 2017, which involves adhering to the Baker Clause that came into force on 2nd January 2018 (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/technical-education-and-apprenticeships-raising-awareness)

The policy statement from the school explains how providers of technical education, such as alternative 14-16 providers, Further Education colleges and apprenticeship providers can apply for access to speak with our students in Years 8-11 about the various education and training options available to them at 14-16 and post-16, including details of suitable access points within our school calendar and the lead contact at the school who can help to facilitate this. If you have an interest in working with or coming in to speak with our students about any of the opportunities you may be able to provide to them in the future, details of who to contact can be found in our provider access policy. Please do get in touch.

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