Careers Guidance

During their time at Unified Academy, students learn through an enriched curriculum which develops the skills and attitudes required to enable students to become successful and independent within adulthood. Students are guided throughout their curriculum with personalised targets to ensure that each learning experience is meaningful and helps every individual achieve their full potential.

Unified Academy supports careers development through high quality and personalised work experience opportunities, internal enterprise projects as well as bespoke planning and preparation of student career pathways.

We are committed to working in partnership with the local community and surrounding areas. If you are an employer or company that think you could help inspire our students within their career decisions, please contact Louise Kidger lkidger@unifiedacademy.org or by telephone on 01737 215488.

Careers Programme

Through every stage at Unified academy, learning is focussed on developing student’s future pathways. Our Careers Programme lists some of the elements of careers information, advice and guidance that a student will encounter during their time with us.

Click here to view our Careers Programme

Click here to view a list of useful career information websites

Click here for a guide to Apprenticeships

Parents’ Guide to Careers

Careers Leader

The Careers Leader for our school is Louise Kidger. She can be contacted via email: Louise Kidger lkidger@unifiedacademy.org or by telephone on 01737 215488.

Provider Access Policy

Unified Academy is committed to providing high quality careers guidance and advice. Click here to view our Provider Access Policy, which gives details of how training providers can visit the school to offer eligible students information and advice about career pathways.

The Gatsby Benchmarks – what are they?

The Gatsby Benchmarks are a key measure of the effectiveness of career advice. They are also a very important part of the Government’s career strategy. In order to ensure our students enjoy high quality careers guidance and experiences, we will be working to embed the below eight Gatsby Benchmarks throughout our Careers Programme by the end of 2020 in line with DfE expectations.

  • A Stable Careers Programme
  • Learning from Career and Labour Market Information
  • Addressing the Needs of Each Pupil
  • Linking Curriculum Learning to Careers
  • Encounters with Employers and Employees
  • Experiences of Workplaces
  • Encounters With Further Education
  • Personal Guidance

Click here for more information on the Gatsby benchmarks. 

How2Become.com is an educational information and development website.  It provides useful guides and practical advice on how to write a CV, how to complete an application form and how to pass job interviews.

My son joined Unified Academy in September 2020 and it is the best educational setting for him.  As a parent, I was apprehensive about my son attending a new place, but the experience for him has been fantastic. Having had a tough time in previous schools, his attitude to attending school has been difficult. Unified Academy has changed his attitude towards school and that is thanks to the positivity of all the staff.  My son finally feels accepted and that is a great weight off my shoulders!

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