The Careers Education, Information and Guidance programme at The Phoenix Academy aims to make a major contribution to preparing young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. It aims to help students develop the knowledge and skills to make successful and informed decisions, and manage transitions as both learners and workers.

The careers programme includes:

• Formal lessons for years 7 to 11 • Individual careers interviews with an independent advisor • Assistance in completing college application forms and writing CVs • Visits to all designated colleges • Speakers from the world of work

• Visits to careers events

• Self development lessons, looking at strengths, weaknesses, skills and qualities

• Career exploration to help young people identify, investigate and weigh up opportunities in learning and work.


The careers library is located within the main school library and is accessible every break time and is used during careers lessons. Students will find a range of information and guidance in here and will be able to read it in a quiet and comfortable environment.

Work related learning

At KS4 students are offered the opportunity to attend a work experience placement for a block period of 5 days, or a visit of 1 day a week over the course of term. Employers are very flexible and understanding to the individual needs of our students. Work experience placements play a valuable role in helping our students prepare for the world of work; developing their social skills and giving them a sense of responsibility.

Raising the Participation Age (RPA)

The Government introduced RPA in the summer of 2013.

What does that mean?

· Students who have just started Years 10 and 11 will have to continue in education or training until the end of the academic year in which they turn 17 years old.

· Students who have just started Years 9 or below will be required to continue until their 18th birthday.

Do I have to stay at school?

No, you can stay at school or go to college. You could get an apprenticeship, a job with training, go self-employed or do voluntary work.

Where can I find out more about RPA?

Visit the website: Apprenticeship Vacancies: Volunteering Opportunities:

Links to useful websites for students

Apprenticeship website

Help and information

Different types of careers

Jobs and courses