Provider Access Policy

Provider Access Policy
Careers and FE/HE Education
This policy statement sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to pupils at the school for the purpose of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.
Within the academy we strive to create a learning environment, curriculum, experiences and relationships in which all individuals can find expression, be nourished and developed.

The academy commits itself to creating an environment for everyone that is characterised by our core values of Truth, Justice, Forgiveness, Generosity and Respect.  These values have been used to determine this policy.

Pupil entitlement
All pupils in years 8-13 are entitled:
  • to find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point;
  • to hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options events, assemblies and group discussions and taster events;
  • to understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.


Management of provider access requests
A provider wishing to request access should contact Nancy Newlands-Melvin, Senior Leader for Employability and Leadership, Telephone: 01724 842447; Email:


Opportunities for access
Careers education is delivered through various strands including: raising aspirations days (RAD), tutor time, information evenings, independent careers guidance, assemblies, trips, visiting speakers, participation in national careers/ FE/ HE events, work experience, volunteering and through collaboration with local employers. The school website also contains information and links to information about careers, apprenticeship, FE & HE. There is also a careers library in school. From Year 7 the PiXL Edge employability skills programme is used, and from Year 8 the online START resource is used. Within subject specific curriculum time, links are made to potential careers. There are many student leadership opportunities in school which encourage them to develop employability skills and confidence. Further information about the current careers aspects of the RADs is given below. The exact content of the Raising Aspirations Days may vary.








Year 7

PiXL Edge launch

Employability skills and the LORIC attributes (leadership, organisation, resilience, initiative, communication).

Your School Your Business

Business structures, design and presentation of a business plan.

Job Opportunities in the NHS

Students learn about the wide variety of careers available in the NHS.

Year 8

START Launch

Introduction to this online resource and finding out about a variety of careers.

Different Employment opportunities

Careers Fair & opportunities to meet real employers.

The World of Finance

Managing personal finance, and working in the finance industry

Year 9 (Spirituality RAD: Trip to Lincoln Cathedral)


(PSHCE RAD) Careers in the Police/Forces
Year 10

Exploring and preparing for future employment

North Lincs. Careers Fair, and preparation for work experience.

Post 16 Options

Visits to FE and HE establishments.

Work Experience
Year 11 Exploring and preparing for Post 16

North Lincs. Careers Fair, and motivational talks.

Post 16 Applications

Application forms, interview skills, CV writing, PUSH aspire to engage post 18, Barclays Life Skills. For a few students there is an alternative trip to Oxford University or HYMS medical school.

(No longer in school)


Premises and facilities
The school will make the main hall, classrooms or private meeting rooms available for discussions between the provider and students, as appropriate to the activity. The school will also make available AV and other specialist equipment to support provider presentations. This will all be discussed and agreed in advance of the visit with the Careers Leader or a member of their team.
Providers are welcome to leave a copy of their prospectus or other relevant course literature at the Careers Resource Centre, which is managed by the school librarian. The Resource Centre is available to all students at lunch and break times.


Approval and review
Approved on the 7th February 2018 by Trustees at the Behaviour and Inclusion Committee
Next review: February 2019
            Mike Adnitt      Principal


Further information
Useful resources and external organisations
Gatsby Good Career Guidance  A report on improving career guidance in secondary schools which includes the Gatsby Benchmarks.
Gatsby Good Practice  A website which shares good practice from the North East pilot of the Gatsby Benchmarks, and other information and support for schools.
Compass A self-evaluation tool to help schools to evaluate their careers and enterprise provision and benchmark against the Gatsby Benchmarks and compare it with other schools.
State of the Nation 2017 A report on the careers and enterprise provision in secondary schools in England in 2016/17. It examines how schools are performing in relation to the Gatsby Benchmarks, based on data from responses to the Compass too.
Careers & Enterprise Company The Careers & Enterprise Company brokers links between employers, schools and colleges in order to ensure that young people aged 12-18 get the inspiration and guidance they need for success in working life.
Careers & Enterprise Company: Schools and Colleges Connects schools to businesses volunteers and careers activity programmes.
National Careers Service The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help people make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. The service offers confidential and impartial advice. This is supported by qualified careers advisers.
Amazing Apprenticeships A website to make it easy for teachers and careers advisers to access the latest information about apprenticeships.
Apprenticeships Support and Knowledge for Schools (ASK). A network of teachers, careers advisers and ambassadors who will promote apprenticeships and traineeships in positive ways to year 10-13 pupils in the North, Midlands, London and the South.
Baker Dearing Educational Trust Information on University Technical Colleges.
Career Development Institute The Career Development Institute is the single UKwide professional body for everyone working in the fields of careers education, career information, advice and guidance, career coaching, career consultancy and career management. It offers affiliate and individual membership to schools which includes free CPD webinars, regular digital newsletters, a quarterly magazine, online networking groups and training at a preferential rate.
A framework of learning outcomes to support the planning, delivery and evaluation of careers, employability and enterprise education for children and young people.
UK Register of Career Development Professionals The single national point of reference for ensuring and promoting the professional status of career practitioners.
Quality in Careers Standard The Quality in Careers Standard in the national quality award for careers education, information, advice and guidance.
Find an Apprenticeship Search and apply for an apprenticeship in England.
LMI for All An online data portal, which connects and standardises existing sources of high quality, reliable labour market information (LMI) with the aim of informing careers decisions. This data is made freely available via an Application Programming Interface (API) for use in websites and applications.
STEM Ambassadors A nationwide network of over 30,000 volunteers from a wide range of employers, who engage with young people to provide stimulating and inspirational informal learning activities in both school and non-school settings
Studio Schools Trust  The organisation that unites all Studio Schools, acting as a linking point between Studio Schools, enabling the sharing of best practice as well as providing advice and curriculum support.
Unistats The official website for comparing UK higher education undergraduate course data. The site includes information on university and college courses, Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) ratings, student satisfaction scores from the National Student Survey, employment outcomes and salaries after study and other key information for prospective students.
Your Daughter’s Future A careers toolkit for parents.
Your Life app. Informs and inspires young people by giving them the opportunity to discover hundreds of varied career options.


Other relevant departmental advice and statutory guidance
Governance Handbook Guidance outlining the roles and duties of school governors and academy trusts.
Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice: 0 to 25 years . A statutory code which explains the duties of local authorities, health bodies, schools and colleges to provide for those with special educational needs under Part 3 of the Children and Families Act 2014.
Participation of young people:education, employment or training Statutory guidance for local authorities on their duties relating to the participation of young people in education, employment or training.


Other departmental resources
Careers strategy: making the most of everyone’s skills and talents Government’s plan for raising the quality of careers provision in England.
Post-16 Technical Education Reforms: T level action plan Government’s progress on the reforms to technical education set out in ‘Post-16 skills plan’, confirms next steps and opportunities for engagement by interested parties.