Careers

Here at Tudor Grange Academy we provide our students with a full Careers Information and Advice programme on Careers Education to ensure they are prepared for the future and have received the skills, information and opportunities to help them make informative choices for future study or work. Our students will be independent and flexible and able to adapt to the challenging world ahead of them, whether that be Higher Education or employment. Tudor Grange Academy Solihull (TGAS) is committed to providing a planned programme of CEIAG for all students in Years 7-13, in partnership with outside agencies. There is a heavy emphasis on careers support in Years 10 and beyond where students are supported with their research and preparation for applications for post 16 education or training. The programme includes career sessions and 1:1 career guidance activities, information through talks in assemblies, work-related learning and other outside agency intervention. We are also working on building our alumni network so students can be invited back to discuss their routes and experiences.

Careers Team

Mr Pole – Senior Lead for Careers

Miss Lowry – Careers Coordinator

Email: elowry@solihull.tgacademy.org.uk   
Phone: 01217055100

Julian Buttery – Tudor Grange Academy Governor

Lucy Lewis – Employment and Skill Project Officer & Enterprise Coordinator

Dan Gerrard (JLR) – Enterprise Adviser

Helen Cunningham – Careers Advisor

Careers Programme

Tudor Grange Academy Solihull is part of Life Ready Solihull and an active member of the Solihull Careers Hub.

For more information on Life Ready Solihull, please visit: https://www.solihullforsuccess.com/Life-Ready-Home

For more information on the Solihull Careers Hub, please visit: https://www.solihullforsuccess.com/Careers-Hub

Our careers programme is based on evidence from the Gatsby Foundation. The Gatsby Benchmarks originated in a research report (Good Career Guidance) from the Gatsby Foundation in 2013, and the research provides a comprehensive study of career development exploring key elements of good career education. The eight benchmarks are outlined below:

  1. A stable careers programme with a careers leader
  2. Learning from careers and labour market information
  3. Addressing the needs of each student
  4. Linking curriculum learning with careers
  5. Encounters with employers and employees
  6. Experience of work places
  7. Encounters with HE and further education
  8. Personal guidance

Our aim is for all students to receive quality careers education and advice at every stage in their education and our careers programme focuses on a particular area for every year group from Year 7 through to Year 13. See the ‘Careers Programme at TGAS’ page for more information.

Unifrog

Unifrog is our chosen online careers platform. They “bring all the available information into one single, impartial, user-friendly platform that helps students to make the best choices, and submit the strongest applications.” All students are encouraged to use their Unifrog account when completing independent careers research. Students from Year 7 through to Year 11 are expected to use Unifrog during the careers section of the PSHE programme, and students in Year 12 and 13 are required to use Unifrog when making applications for Post-18.

For more information, including a guide on how to log-in for the first time, please see the ‘Information for Parents’ or the ‘Information for Students’ page.

Alumni Network

We are currently looking at developing our alumni network. If you are an ex-student of Tudor Grange Academy and would like to join our alumni network, please contact our Careers Coordinator, Miss Lowry, using the contact details given above.

Baker Clause Policy Statement

This policy statement sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to students at the school for the purpose of giving them information about the provider’s educations or training offer. This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.

Tudor Grange Academy uses the Gatsby Benchmarks as a guide to plan our careers programme. As part of our commitment to informing students of the full range of employment, learning and training pathways on offer to them, we are happy to receive requests from training, apprenticeships, employers and vocational educational providers to speak to our students. A number of events, integrated into the school careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to our students, please refer to the school calendar for these events.

All pupils in Years 7 – 13 are entitled:

  • to find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point;
  • to hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options events, assemblies and group discussions and taster events;
  • to understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.

Any provider wishing to request access should contact Miss E Lowry, Careers Coordinator:

Phone: 01217055100

Email: elowry@solihull.tgacademy.org.uk

DOWNLOAD: Provider Access Policy

Monitoring and Evaluation

Tudor Grange Academy welcomes feedback from parents, students, employers and staff on their careers programme. If you would like to get in touch please contact Miss E Lowry on the above contact details.

Tudor Grange Academy Solihull assesses the impact of its career programme on students in many ways on a regular basis:

  1. We take into account the views of students, staff and parents/carers; who are given the opportunity to provide feedback following all careers events.
  2. We use destination data and RSHE lesson observations to further evaluate our careers provision.
  3. The careers ‘Department Improvement Plan’ is reviewed on a half termly basis by the Careers Coordinator and the Senior Lead for Careers.
  4. We complete a Compass+ evaluation every term with our Enterprise Coordinator.
  5. The careers programme is reviewed by Governors on an annual basis.
  6. Personal development is on the ‘School Improvement Plan’ which is reviewed on an annual basis.

Date of Review

The information provided on Tudor Grange Academy Solihull’s careers programme will be reviewed on an annual basis. The date of the next review is September 2022.