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SM Primary CRL Programme _ Policy

Co-op Academy Smithies Moor CRL programme & policy

2022-23

Approved by: AGC

Date             : November 2022

Last reviewed on: N/A

Next review due by: October 2023

Careers Leader :   Emma Sykes

1.0 Rationale and Vision

The Co-op Academy Trust  is committed to ensuring all our students have access to high quality  career related learning (CRL) opportunities throughout each stage of their development. Our CRL programmes will inspire, raise aspirations and give our students an optimistic outlook on life.

At Co-op Academy Smithies Moor the vision for the development of CRL is to provide the very best opportunities to enable  our pupils to broaden their  horizons and raise aspirations.  We want our children to see a clear link and purpose between their learning experiences and their future. Our programme promotes equality of opportunity, gives exposure to the world of work, celebrates diversity and challenges stereotypes.

1.1 We are always  guided by our Coop values:

Do what matters most

What matters most is ensuring that our students achieve the best possible outcomes.

Be yourself, always

We bring our best self to work, so that we each contribute a bit of our own unique Co-op difference, and respect others for doing the same.

Show you care

We care about our Co-op, our colleagues, our members, our students, their parents and communities, now and for the future.

Succeed together

Co-operating is what makes us different; we’re better and stronger when we work together.

2.0 Intent

Our CRL program is both  bespoke  and unique to our academy  and is reviewed on an annual basis to meet our children's needs based on internal monitoring and evaluation processes.   We are committed to providing a  coherently planned and sequenced  programme  that reflects our academy’s context and core values. Our programme is designed  to entitle all children to develop their  knowledge, skills, understanding and cultural capital to support them to go  on to positive destinations that meet their aspirations and interests.  With this in mind we aim:-

  • To broaden children’s horizons and raise aspiration with the ultimate aim of improving social mobility
  • To support the raising of standards of achievement and attainment for all children, especially by increasing motivation, attitude to learning and attendance
  • To reinforce the importance of numeracy and literacy in later life
  • To support inclusion, challenge stereotyping and promote equality of opportunity
  • To excite and motivate children about their curriculum learning by ensuring there are strong links between education and the world of work.
  • To develop enterprise and essential life skills
  • To help children to learn about, and develop,  their skills and qualities to instil greater self confidence
  • To  tailor CRL learning / events to meet the needs of all our children through appropriate differentiation
  • To involve parents and carers whenever appropriate
  • To use  current labour market information (LMI) to enable children, staff and parents  to  engage actively with  local and national CRL information  so that they can increase their knowledge and understanding about the world of work.
  • To use all  feedback to reflect on our current provision to develop our future CRL program
  • To provide additional support to specific vulnerable groups such as SEND and pupil premium
  • To monitor and evaluate current provision in order to ensure our program  is quality assured in line with other curriculum areas  
  • To share best practice with other Co-op academies at network events to ensure reflection and development of own program 
  • To ensure each key stage get a least 1 employer encounter
  • To achieve / work towards a Quality in Careers award in recognition of all that our academy offers 

2.1 Learner entitlement

All children are entitled to consistent and whole school delivery of CRL to ensure they understand who they may become and develop a healthy sense of self to enable them to reach their full potential. This will include real life experiences of the workplace, physically in KS2 and virtually in EY / KS1

2.2 Planning & curriculum

Planning for CRL is included in the long term PSHE planning. Teachers are encouraged to explore links to careers through the core and non-core curriculum when possible both implicitly and explicitly. It is recognised that opportunities are often spontaneous, following the children’s learning, experiences and ideas.

2.3 Approaches to teaching and learning

The curriculum is approached in a variety of ways, using a range of teaching and learning styles. In CRL we place emphasis in active learning including the pupils in circle times, role play, research and enterprise activities. Visits, and visitors, will also form part of our CRL curriculum. Through the curriculum we will aim to give children real life, authentic experiences of the world of work.

2.4 Visitors and visits 

It is recognised that visits and visitors will form part of CRL. Our CRL leader will actively seek relevant and meaningful encounters from a wide range of sectors and providers. Please also see the Trust Health and Safety Policy regarding risk assessment for visits and our Safeguarding Policy for visitors on site.

2.5 Assembly programme

The assembly programme  for CRL is devised by our CRL lead and will support teaching in class through a range of different approaches. Our CRL lead will deliver a range of  assemblies on job opportunities within different  subjects to link learning to life.  Teachers will also deliver assemblies on different careers which will reflect the results of our aspirations survey in KS1/2. Aspirational visitors will also be included in the assembly programme. The CRL assembly programme is to be devised by the Careers Learning Lead and members of the Senior Leadership Team.

2.6 Parental Engagement

Parental engagement in CRL is based around raising parents’ awareness of the nature of their supportive role in their child’s future. Engaging parents is a key driver when delivering career development activities and CRL should raise aspirations for the parents and their children. We will also look for parent / extended family CRL opportunities to complement  our CRL program.

 

3.0 Implementation

Our program is taught via bespoke activities and events, subject curriculum and extracurricular activities, and a wide range of enrichment activities.

CRL is delivered by a range of providers such as  teachers and support staff,  FE Colleges, Universities, visiting speakers, employers and employees.  This delivery includes bespoke workshops, assemblies, project / challenge / enterprise days and  via subject curriculum.  Our staff  receive regular CPD to support them in embedding essential skills into their subject areas.  Our parents can access our academy's website which provides clear links to a range of CRL related events and information about local market information (LMI) . The CRL events / activities outlined below are all planned to take place over the year in addition to CRL in the curriculum.

Autumn Term

Key stage

Activity / event / curriculum (linked to BM)

Intended learning outcome

EYFS

  • Visit from people in our community that help us (Fire Service, Police Officers/Community Policy, Medical Professional)
  • Visit from Salvation Army
  • Trip to Dewsbury Minister

Raising aspirations and opening up the world of work.

Exploring pathways that lead children to a wide variety of careers and sectors.

Opportunities to meet with sector professionals.

Exposure to the world of work.

Developing the children’s understanding of the skills required to be successful in different careers.

Breaking down gender stereotypes within the world of work.

KS1

  • Year 2 - Great Fire of London visitor

KS2

  • Year 3 - Stone Age visitor
  • Year 4 - Ancient Egyptian visitor
  • Year 5 - Safety Rangers
  • Year 6 - Skype A Scientist, WW2 Visitor

Additional Provision

  • Termly Skills Builder Baseline
  • Trip planner in place
  • Trip policy being written with key points to share with visitors and external providers
  • Science Curriculum promotes CRL.
  • If you were an engineer. What would you do? STEM Competition.

Staff

  • Skills Builder CPD session (1)                
  • Skills Builder introduction to children (assembly)
  • Skills Builder introduction of first skills (speaking)
  • Skills Lead Training Day 1                
  • Skills Lead and Headteacher Strategy Meeting 1

Developing exposure of CRL and Skills Builder.

Implementing Skills Builder into our CRL offer and curriculum.

Skills Builder being visible around the school building.

Spring Term

Key stage

Activity / event / curriculum

Intended learning outcome

EYFS

  • Chinese New Year visitor (or parent visitor)

Raising aspirations and opening up the world of work.

Exploring pathways that lead children to a wide variety of careers and sectors.

Opportunities to meet with sector professionals.

Exposure to the world of work.

Developing the children’s understanding of the skills required to be successful in different careers.

Breaking down gender stereotypes within the world of work.

KS1

  • Year 1  - Abbey House Toy Museum

KS2

  • Year 3 - Sikh Temple Visit
  • Year 4 - Murton Park trip
  • Year 5  - Bradford Media Museum Visit, Anglo Saxon Visitor        
  • Year 6 - Robinwood Residential, Bikeability

Additional Provision

  • Introduction to the next Skills Builder Skill (Spring 1 - Listening, Spring 2 - Problem Solving)
  • Science Curriculum promotes CRL. Science Lead is developing MTPs to make this more explicit.
  • Science Week (each class to take part in Skype A Scientist, other workshops/visitors TBC)

Staff

  • CPD introduction to CRL
  • Skills Lead Training Day 2
  • Skills Lead and Headteacher Strategy Meeting 2
  • Skills Builder CPD 2

Developing exposure of CRL and Skills Builder.

Implementing Skills Builder into our CRL offer and curriculum.

Skills Builder and CRL becoming more verbally spoken about within school.

Summer Term

Key stage

Activity / event / curriculum

Intended learning outcome

EYFS

  • Cannon Hall Farm trip
  • Chicks and Ducks into school (The Happy Chick Company)
  • Visit from Midshire Catering - Links to Healthy Eating

Raising aspirations and opening up the world of work.

Exploring pathways that lead children to a wide variety of careers and sectors.

Opportunities to meet with sector professionals.

Exposure to the world of work.

Developing the children’s understanding of the skills required to be successful in different careers.

Breaking down gender stereotypes within the world of work.

KS1

  • Year 1 - BBC Radio Leeds visitor, local care home visit as part of the Co-op Curriculum
  • Year 2 - Gardener Visitor, Thwaite Mill School Visit, local library/Co-op premises trip as part of the Co-op Curriculum

KS2

  • Year 3 - Bradford Media Museum, visit from local Co-op manager as part of the Co-op Curriculum
  • Year 4 - Trip to the local church, visit from the local Mayor as part of the Co-op Curriculum
  • Year 5 - Rochdale Pioneers trip, Cliffe House residential
  • Year 6 - York Castle Museum and Prison, Lesson 6 of Co-op Curriculum (developing a business plan)

Additional Provision

  • Health Week (5th - 9th of June)
  • Careers Fair (30th June)
  • Co-op Curriculum taught in Summer 2 (trips to facilitate CRL identified above)
  • Introduction to the next Skills Builder Skill (Summer 1- Creativity, Summer 2 - Teamwork)

Staff

Possible events

  • Visits to Universities   (BM1,7)
  • Visits to FE College   (BM1,7)
  • Visits / trips  (BM1,2,3,5,6)
  • Co-op core offer (BM1,2,3,4,5,6)
  • Jigsaw PHSCE SoL (BM1,2,3,4,5,7)
  • Career sector insight assemblies (BM1,2,3,5,7)
  • Challenge / enrichment days or  week (BM1,2,3,4,5,6,7)
  • Aspiration audit  (BM1,3,8)
  • External providers such as Primary Frutures  i.e Enterprise activities / assemblies  (BM1,2,3,4,5)
  • Workplace visits (BM1,2,3,4,5,6) 
  • Curriculum links to employers (BM1,2,3,4,5,6,)
  • STEM activities (BM1,2,3,4,5,6)
  • Staff LMI  CPD (BM1,2,3,4,8)
  • Curriculum mapping (BM1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8)
  • Skills builder resources / development (BM1,3,4,8)

Staff

  • Annual update on LMI (BM1,3)
  • Directed time to develop CRL in the curriculum (BM1,4,8) 
  • PSHE curriculum review (BM1,4,8)
  • External CRL CPD ie visiting a local subject related business (BM1,2,4,5,6)

4.0 Impact

Measuring the impact of our  CRL programme  supports us  to develop  it on a termly /  annual basis and to know that we are making a positive and empowering difference. We value  quantitative and qualitative feedback from all stakeholders and ensure our evaluations lead to change / amendments in our future planning. We undertake internal and external quality assurance to ensure our intent and implementation  is in-line with our expectations. Our CRL program aims to demonstrate the following impact:

  • Raise in aspirations (aspiration data)
  • Increased understanding of stereotypical jobs (google forms)
  • Feedback and evaluation for all events, both quantitative and qualitative
  • Increase in attendance / reduction in PA over time
  • Reduction in behaviour incidents including Ftex / Pex over time
  • Increase in progress  / attainment over time
  • Progress and achievement data over time with reference to vulnerable groups i.e SEND
  • Development of employability skills after key events
  • Range of employer engagement increasing

5.0 Useful websites

5.1 For staff

https://www.firstcareers.co.uk/

Offers guidance to primary and secondary school students in making decisions about future careers and professions).

https://primary-careers.careersandenterprise.co.uk/

Special section dedicated to primary resources / best practice

https://www.stem.org.uk/system/files/elibrary-resources/2017/04/STEM%20PRIMARY%2006%20WEBRES%20%28online%20version%29.pdf

Information on STEM related careers for primary age students

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resources/ks2-pshe/living-in-the-wider-world-pshce-subjects-key-stage-2/ks2-the-world-of-work

The world of work resources and activities for KS2

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/pshe-ks1-ks2-what-is-my-job/zrdkt39

PSHE KS1 / KS2: What's my job?

https://www.pshe-association.org.uk/curriculum-and-resources/resources/loud-network-ks2-lessons-%E2%80%98job-skills-influencesLOUD! Network KS2 lessons: ‘Job skills, influences and goals’

https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/features/article/eyfs-activities-essential-experiences-learning-about-jobs

EYFS Activities: Essential experiences… Learning about jobs

https://primaryfutures.org/career-related-primary/ 

Resources for primary staff to deliver engaging career-related learning for their pupils, with tools, information and resources available including a self-assessment quiz for schools and examples of innovative practice

https://www.myworldofwork.co.uk/partner-resources

Career resources that work in the classroom. These are designed to support young people at different stages, from primary five through secondary and beyond.

https://www.skillsbuilder.org/homelearning

Everyone needs eight essential skills to succeed - whatever their path in life. Skills builder provides a range of resources for building these skills in a home setting - all underpinned by the Skills Builder Framework. Resources are available for learners aged 4 to 20+.

5.2 Research

https://www.educationandemployers.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/DrawingTheFuture.pdf

Exploring the career aspirations of primary school children from around the world

https://www.careersandenterprise.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploaded/1145_what_works_primary_v7_digital.pdf

What works? Career-related learning in primary schools

https://www.thecdi.net/New-Career-Development-Framework 

Framework for implementing CRL

5.3 Careers Games

 https://panjango.com/pages/panjango-online  (KS2)

 https://icould.com/buzz-quiz/    (KS2)

Which Animal Are You? In under five minutes, discover:  your strengths and what makes you tick  / what you're like as a boyfriend or girlfriend /  which celebrities share your personality type. There are 16 possible results, each connected to an animal

5.4 Labour Market Information (LMI)

https://www.lmiforall.org.uk/

Leeds

https://www.the-lep.com/research-and-publications/research-publications-archive/leeds-city-region-labour-market-information-report-20182019/

Futuregoals.co.uk

Provide career inspiration to help you make that important next step to reach your FutureGoals. Creative Industries, Digital, Manufacturing and Engineering, Construction, Professional services and Health and Social Care are all key sectors for Leeds City Region. https://futuregoals.co.uk/careerstarters/ Our way of living has changed quite a lot recently. Now, more than ever, it’s really important to keep our brains active and challenged. Without the daily structures that we’re used to, self-motivation is a really vital skill that we need to nurture and develop.

www.futuregoals.co.uk/remote

FutureGoals Remote tests your communication and planning skills, it develops your creative thinking and challenges you to think outside of the box. You will tackle activities that help you to problem solve, become innovative and step into a range of different career sectors. These resources have been designed to help you learn skills that local employers are looking for such as; communication, planning and research, problem solving, creativity, organisation and self-reflection FutureGoals Remote resources - “Create it!” -

Manchester

https://bridgegm.co.uk/labour-market-information

Stoke

https://lhs.ttlt.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2019/07/Stoke-on-Trent-and-StaffordshireApril-2019-LMI-Report.pdf 

5.5 Parents

https://targetcareers.co.uk/parents-and-teachers

https://careerready.org.uk/parents

https://www.careeralchemy.co.uk/choosing-career-paths.html