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Careers Programme

Sacriston Academy recognises the important role that is played by primary schools in enabling children to have high aspirations about their future through independent and impartial careers advice.

Sacriston Academy are taking part in a pilot project ‘Start small, dream big’ project. We are part of the first cohort on an exciting journey to improve careers provision in primary schools across the North East whilst also demonstrating its importance on a national level. This will facilitate us to deliver great careers-related learning in school through a 2-year whole-school strategy for careers-related learning.

As a school we endeavour to provide children with a range of meaningful experiences, visits and visitors to that teach them about the world of work and provide information about future careers.

Our aims are to:

  • To aspire children to think of the future, increasing aspiration for all
  • To develop and encourage a sense of ambition toward a future career
  • To understand the basic skills and attitudes needed to be successful in the world of work and provide experiences of meaningful interaction with the world of work.
  • To provide high-quality information from a wide variety of sources –curriculum lessons, growth mindset/learning power sessions, Jigsaw PHSE lessons, specific career sessions and visitors from a variety of careers
  • To challenge all forms of stereotypes (by background, gender or diversity groups) and preconceptions.
  • To develop self-evaluation skills and make plans for the future
  • To increase knowledge of post 11 and post 16
  • To understand employment-related vocabulary
  • Learning about what jobs are available, and thinking about what jobs they would possibly want themselves
  • Thinking about how jobs in the future will be different from now, learning how to make a positive contribution, and exploring how relationships work within the workplace
  • Understanding that we all have jobs at home and work, and that we need to carefully balance how much time we spend working, and how much time we spend relaxing.
  • Understanding how to use money in real life, including the idea of spending, saving and budgeting.