Independent Advice and Guidance
All pupils can request to speak to a careers advisor. We employ Kim Dickson, an independent careers advisor one day per week via Career Connect. Kim is able to offer you impartial advice on a range of career pathways and providers. She can offer advice and guidance as well as support for sixth form, university or college applications.
All pupils across the academy have access to up to date advice via the Morrisby programme. Pupils can log in and explore a vast range of careers, all with up to date labour market information. Pupils can tailor what they see to their current subject and aspirations, and are able to alter these preferences at any time. Please click here to access Morrisby https://newapp.morrisby.com/login
You also have the option to send questions to a fully qualified Careers Advisor via Morrisby, who will aim to reply as soon as possible. This is completely confidential, and you can use this service as often as you need to, including during school holidays.
Other sources of information include:
Career Pilot www.careerpilot.org.uk/
National Careers Service https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/
UCAS – search for university or college courses www.ucas.com/
Apprenticeship Finder https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship
National Careers Service helpline for students
Callers to the helpline will have direct access to experienced careers advisers who can advise on all the different options available to them, including A levels, GCSEs, BTECs, apprenticeships and other vocational options. Other support will be available on topics such as clearing, university, gap years, moving away from home and re-sits. National Careers Service free helpline – 0800 100 900 - is open from 8am to 10pm every day.
Students looking for help with clearing or their UCAS application should contact UCAS at ucas.com/contact-us
How we measure and assesses the careers programme’s impact on pupils
The Belvedere Academy works closely with the Careers and Enterprise Company. This is an external organisation that supports schools to ensure they are following the DFEs newly devised Careers Strategy. The following information is an extract taken from this guidance.
“The careers strategy sets out that every school and academy providing secondary education should use the Gatsby Charitable Foundation’s Benchmarks to develop and improve their careers provision. This statutory guidance has been restructured around the Benchmarks with information on what schools need to do to meet each one. The Gatsby Benchmarks are not a statutory framework but by adopting them, schools can be confident that they are fulfilling their legal duties: the existing duties to secure independent careers guidance and provide opportunities to a range of providers to inform pupils about technical education qualifications or apprenticeships and the new duty to publish information about the careers programme on the school website.”
The effectiveness of our provision is inspected and audited by the Careers and Enterprise Company using the Compass Careers Benchmark Tool. This tool is used by schools and colleges in England to support the analysis and evaluation of careers activity against the eight benchmarks of best practice (known as the Gatsby Benchmarks). The Careers and Enterprise Company coordinate the Audit deadlines. This ensures the development of our career strategy is ongoing to ensure best practice. Belvedere Academy is a member of the Liverpool City Region Careers Hub, in partnership with Growth Platform, connecting education and business to inspire our future workforce together.
Below is the list of published deadlines from the Careers and Enterprise Company for the completion of audits until the end of 2024.
Compass audit deadlines for 2023-2024
- Friday 31tst March 2023
- Friday 27th October 2023
- Friday 2nd February 2024
- Friday 3rd May 2024
- Friday 5th July 2024
In line with the recommendations set out in Gatsby Benchmark 1, we as a school plan to review the published information on an annual basis, inviting feedback from key audiences. This includes both parental and student voice feedback from our wide-ranging initiatives throughout the year, such as year group work shadowing, guest presentations and career meeting interviews.
This information was reviewed in September 2023. Next date for review is September 2024