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Careers Advice & Guidance

The Careers Information Advice Guidance (IAG) Lead at Attleborough Academy Norfolk is Mr Chris Stott (Progress Director of Upper School)

Careers Programme at AAN

Year 7
Steps for Success
Enterprise Co-ordinator seminars

Year 8
Steps for Success
Year 8 GCSE Options Evening (where future progression routes are discussed with students)
Enterprise Coordinator seminars

Year 9
Careers Fair and workshops
Norfolk Skills Festival
Steps for Success
Enterprise Coordinator seminars

Year 10
Careers Fair and workshops
Norfolk Skills Festival
Work Experience
Steps for Success
1:1 Careers guidance meetings
Enterprise Coordinator seminars

Year 11
1:1 Careers guidance meetings
Collaboration with Norfolk County Council as well as training and education providers to monitor students intended destinations post-Year 11
Parents' Evenings (where planned progression routes are discussed with students and their parents/carers
Steps for Success

Steps for Success
Students have one lesson per fortnight on their curriculum and cover topics such as Careers Guidance, various industries and professions, pathways into industries, banking, leadership, diversity and many more linking to British Values. Students use to research and log their individual interests and career related experiences. This can be shared and linked with parents and carers.

AAN Careers Fair and Workshops
External employers, industry professionals and further educational establishments offer first hand advice and interactive workshops.

Norfolk Skills Festival
Norfolk County Council and City College lead initiative with local, national and international industries, employers and educational establishments offering realistic and often hands-on advice, experience and demonstrations.

Work Experience
Students in Year 10 spend a week in June at a work placement that they have approached and organised with the support of the Academy IAG and Placement Co-ordinator.

Enterprise Co-ordinator
Established links with Careers Enterprise Company (CEC) and New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership provides opportunities for the Academy to work with local companies. During the academic year 2019/20, AAN will be working closely with Aecom ( who will be offering opportunities for students gain further knowledge of pathways into various professions and a greater insight into what employers are looking for from young people in the modern world of work.

One to one Careers guidance meetings - careers advisor available for meetings each week.
Tutor responsible for overseeing support and guidance throughout the students' time in the Sixth Form.
1:1 guidance and support relating to future and opportunities from members of the Sixth Form Team.

Post-16 meaningful encounters with Universities:

  • Assembly speakers from Lincoln / NUA / UEA / Essex / Gonville & Cauis - topics including:
    - Medical degrees
    - Student life
    - Student finance
    - Applying to University
    - Choosing a University
    - Actuarial Science
    - User Experience Design and Design degrees
  • Visit to UEA Higher Education Fair
  • Visit to the UEA Sixth Form Conference
  • Making decisions/applying to University workshops at Anglia Ruskin-Cambridge
  • Visit to Gonville and Cauis College Cambridge-Russell Group/Top 25/Oxbridge experience
  • Student finance guidance (University of Suffolk visiting speakers)
  • UEA Student Ambassador workshop (UEA visiting speakers)
  • Arts/Design Degree experience visit (Norwich University of the Arts)

Post-16 meaningful interactions with employers:

All students:

  • Assembly speakers from local businesses with speakers and topics including:

    -    Price Bailey Accountants (Accounting careers)
    -    Morgan Sindall (Construction/Advanced Apprenticeships)
    -    R G Carter (Construction/Apprenticeships)
    -    Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (Medical careers/Advanced Apprenticeships)

  • Visits to local employers including R G Carter
  • Teambuilding/problem-solving workshop led by degree apprentices from R G Carter

Students on Level 3 programmes:

  • One week work experience placement and tutorial led reflection
  • Volunteering programme (one hour/week in the community/educating settings)

Students on Level 2 programmes:

  • Extended work experience placement (two days per week over 36 week
  • Tutorial led guided reflection programme relating to work experience placement)

Series of workshops run by a combination of staff/external speakers covering:

  • Decision making/futures/HE information
  • Apprenticeships (visiting speaker from Breckland Council outreach)
  • UCAS applications
  • CV/Personal statement writing
  • Research/skills for HE

Individual support with applications for:

  • UCAS/University/Conservatoires
  • Apprenticeships (all levels)
  • Traineeships
  • Employment
  • Personal statement and CV writing


Further Education Colleges and Sixth Forms

Access Creative College


Higher Education

  • UCAS – for details of all Higher Education Institutions, courses available, the application process plus much more

Student Finance