Parent Hub

This section will provide you with a range of information and resources to support your child in having discussions and thinking about their future.  It is vital that they are prepared for life in modern Britain by having the knowledge, understanding, confidence and skills that they need to make informed choices and plans for their future learning and career.

Year 11 – Student Post 16 Bridging Booklet

Parents Guide to Post 16 pathways Jan 2021

Student Privacy Notice Opportunities NE

Biddick Academy Careers Programme

All of our students from Years 7-11 have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of career related activities during their time at the Academy. These activities include workplace visits, Industrial Cadets, STEM activities, guest speakers at assemblies, mock interviews, visits to University and Further Education establishments plus many more.  Should you wish to comment on our careers provision or are interested in supporting the programme in any way, please contact Mrs Kate Roberts on 0191 5111600.

The Careers Team at Biddick Academy

Mrs K Roberts Careers Lead – Contact email roberts.k@biddickacademy.com or telephone 0191 5111600

Mrs Roberts works with students from across the Academy to support their understanding of future opportunities open to them; their progression through the school and into university or training; and to widen understanding of the career options available to them. She has developed and resourced the careers programme alongside the IAG team and leads and supports other staff members to provide students with good quality career related activities as part of the tutorial programme and within our academic curriculum.

Mrs Roberts is also a Qualified Careers Adviser and undertakes personal guidance interviews in Year 11 and works with staff to develop their knowledge and understanding of local labour market information and opportunities. She offers students additional opportunities from Years 7-11 to have a personal careers guidance interview when requested. Parents’ are able to speak with her at Parents’ evenings and can request to be present at their child’s careers guidance appointment. All our students receive an action plan summarising their plans and identifying next steps following their guidance interview.

Mrs S Scott Associate Assistant Headteacher –Contact email scott.s@biddickacademy.com or telephone 0191 5111600

Mrs Scott oversees the careers education, information advice and guidance programme in the Academy.

Mark Rowlands, Together for Children Careers Adviser

Mr Rowlands will work with students with additional needs and he is contracted from the Local Authority. He is attached to the school and will normally be invited to annual reviews when students requiring and Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) reach Year 10. Students who have an EHCP or are in Local Authority Care will also receive additional Careers Guidance appointments with Mr Rowlands and Mrs Roberts

Mr L Todd, Link Member

Mr Todd is a Member of our Trust Board and liaises with Mrs Roberts, Mr Brown and other members of the Trust Board. Mr Todd is a Managing Director of a successful Engineering company in Washington.

Form Tutors

All form tutors take a key role in supporting our students with their future career choices and developing positive young people through the high quality delivery of the careers and IAG programme at Biddick Academy.

Character Award

Biddick Academy provides a range of support and guidance to help develop our young people beyond the classroom, ensuring they develop their character and become aspirational, motivated young people.  This is supported by Skills Builder.

https://www.skillsbuilder.org/

Careermap

For parents/carers connects students and their parents to the latest career and qualification routes available.  When your teenager asks ‘what should I do next?’  It can be a daunting question for any parent/carer. Careermag is here to help you understand teenagers’ options as well as dispelling industry myths and misconceptions along the way.

https://careermap.co.uk/

https://careermap.co.uk/careermag-parents/

The following websites offer a great wealth of up to date information and resources to support your child, for all stages of their schooling.

https://www.parentalguidance.org.uk/

https://www.parentalguidance.org.uk/useful-websites

https://www.youthemployment.org.uk/careers-advice-for-parents/

https://www.youthemployment.org.uk/careers-advice-for-parents/

School Leavers: Post 16

Young people now have to continue in some form of education or training until they are 18.  At the Academy your son/daughter will undertake a range of activities that will support them with this decision (see careers programme).  However this is often a big challenge and your child might need your support to help them choose well. Click on the links to find advice on how you can support them.

If you would like to speak to someone about your child’s future or get advice about how to support their career choices, please do not hesitate to contact out Careers Lead or Careers Lead at any time.

Mrs K Roberts Careers Lead – Contact email roberts.k@biddickacademy.com or telephone 0191 5111600

https://www.ucas.com/further-education/post-16-finance-and-support/parents-and-carers/how-you-can-help