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All students from years 7 to 13 at George Dixon Academy are entitled to a full programme of Careers Education. This is delivered through weekly form time activity along with a range of activities targeted at specific year groups and students, for instance employer engagement days for year 9, a week of work experience for year 10, careers interviews for every year 11 student, close support and work with families for vulnerable students progressing beyond year 11, business engagement exercises for year 12, UCAS guidance and support for years 12 and 13.
The Academy has a full time Careers Leader, Mrs Buckingham. Through Mrs Buckingham many activities are organised, regular 'drop-in' careers advice sessions take place several times a week and she operates an 'open door' policy so that students can seek her advice at almost any time. Mrs Buckingham can be contacted by students and families through the usual Academy routes or directly by email. Our nominated link governor for careers is Sir Robert Dowling.

There is a Careers Hub which is well stocked with resource materials for students to access careers information, and all information is shared to give the best possible Impartial Advice and Guidance for every student. This is supplemented with materials available to students via the Academy computer network and carefully chosen website guidance.
The Academy has built partnerships with a range of employers, for example Deloitte, KPMG, Binding Site, NHS, West Midlands Police, and with the Department of Work and Pensions to provide employer engagement and work related experiences to set our students’ learning in context, to foster ambition and to support forward planning.
The Academy works with a range of universities from across the country to ensure that our students have the best access to guidance towards higher education. We have a partnership with the University of Exeter which has enabled many students to attend residentials, experience university life and to have personal mentoring to support their ambitions to study at Russell Group universities.

CEIAG timeline 2018/19


Key CEIAG activities

Year 13

Year 13 UCAS application support including tutoring, mentoring, references and progress chasing;  UCAS Academy Event; networking careers support at parents evening; targeted UCAS tutoring by subject specialists and postgraduates; information and support on university schemes eg A2B

Year 12

Deloitte Business Exercise; Exeter Residential; work experience; IAG sessions; UCAS Fair NEC; UCAS Academy Event; Careers Fair NEC; university outreach input to IAG; networking careers support at parents evening; personal careers interviews  and guidance; Social Mobility Foundation; summer schools

Year 11

Year 11 guidance and personal interview; year 11 Next Steps and tracking applications; careers drop in sessions; assemblies; careers support at parents evening; UCAS Academy Event; targeted post 16 transition support; family liaison; results day interviews for year 11 leavers; September follow up for year 11 leavers; form time Careers Development Programme

Year 10

Work experience including preparation and evaluation; Exeter residential (including Careers Advisor residential support);  parental application support for Exeter;  Next Steps programme introduced in year 10; careers support at parents evening; UCAS Academy event; Skills Show visit; CV development; START profile development; form time Careers Development Programme

Year 9

Careers Event – employer engagement workshop and personal impact workshop with Barclays Lifeskills; workshop with Work Pays on apprenticeships and different routes post 16; planning for year 10 work experience; careers support at parents evening; START profile development; form time Careers Development Programme

Year 8

Careers awareness; assemblies about careers; employer engagement; form time Careers Development Programme; parents evening Careers Advisor support ; START profile development; Aspire to Aston programme

Year 7

Careers awareness; assemblies about careers; employer engagement; form time Careers Development Programme; parents evening Careers Advisor support ; START registration and introduction; Aspire to Aston programme

Useful Websites

Work Experience

  •  vInspired - Volunteering Opportunities
  • Prospects Placements - Work experience, search all placements on this site
  • Do It - General volunteering opportunities
  • BDO Summer School - Work experience in Career Zones: Accountancy, Banking & Finance, Consultancy for year 12
  • Barclays Life Skills - Work experience and post 16 advice and guidance: the Academy books this for you
  • NHS Work Experience Heart of England NHS work experience, volunteering and jobs for Year 12 
  • NHS Work Experience - Work Experience in Sandwell and West Midlands Hospitals
  • NHS Work Experience - Work Experience at University Hospital
  • NHS Work Experience - Shadowing, volunteering and work experience at the Children's Hospital University Hospital
  • Medic Mentor - Link to Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary and Psychology webinars, volunteer and conferences and School Leadership Ambassador programme

Business Links


University pathways

  • UOB- University of Birmingham
 Careers Policy Sep 2018 - PDF.pdfDownload
 CEIAG Development Plan.pdfDownload
 Meleeha Case Study.pdfDownload
 Next Steps Guide for year 11 students.pdfDownload
 Samina Case Study.pdfDownload
 Year 10 Career Development Programme.pdfDownload
 Year 11 Career Development Programme.pdfDownload
 Year 12 Career Development Programme.pdfDownload
 Year 13 Career Development Programme.pdfDownload
 Year 7 Career Development Programme.pdfDownload
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CEIAG News July 2018


Year 12 and 13 CEIAG

The Academy has built strong relationships with many universities which help to support our students in their choices for future careers.  The University of Birmingham, Coventry University and Northampton University have worked with year 12 students on developing aspirations, guiding them towards course choices and preparing for UCAS applications.  Students report that the engagement with universities since the start of year 12 has given them a deeper understanding  of courses and led them to thorough research including attending open days.   All year 12 students attended a UCAS Exhibition at the NEC where they were able to meet representatives and discuss courses and opportunities in detail.

Work experience

Students have been identifying, applying for and participating in work experience opportunities to develop their work skills, focus their ambitions and strengthen their applications for UCAS or post 18 employment.   Sixteen students have already completed a work experience placement at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital or at solicitors or legal practices through the Pathways to Law scheme.

Deloitte Business Engagement

Three teams of four year 12 students took part in the Deloitte ‘Business in the Classroom’ exercise.  They developed solutions to business problems and presented them at the Deloitte offices in the city to a panel including Deloitte Partners.  Competition was tough and but the winning team presented a clear idea for resource management in schools.

The network built with Deloitte has supported one of our students in securing a Higher Apprenticeship in Tax Consulting with Deloitte from September.


Post 16 planning

Year 11 students have all been interviewed and have confirmed that they have secured appropriate conditional places for September.   Mrs Buckingham has direct contact with local colleges and with families and is able to provide full guidance, arrange interviews and support students so that each and every young person has a place on the right course for them. 

Year 10 students have begun the ‘Next Steps’ process, identifying levels of courses, clarifying their own expected grades and ambitions and matching the two to develop clear pathways post 16.

University of Exeter

The relationship built in the past two years with the University of Exeter and the direct actions of Mrs Buckingham enabled fifteen year 10 students to compete with students from across the country to attend a four day residential experience at Exeter during the Easter break.  The experience was a great success, developing insights into study, university life and mentoring for those students over the next four years to help them into places at Russell Group universities.

Year 10 HMRC ‘Engaging Our Schools’ programme

Two sets of fourteen year 10 students have successfully completed a programme working with HMRC (the tax office), managed by Mrs Reid.  The programme engages students with work and work situations, developing insight and work skills with HMRC employees providing mentoring at HMRC and at the Academy.


Work experience

Work has begun on preparing current year 9 students for the work experience programme in December.  Many students have already found placements and we expect more will use the summer break to hunt for an opportunity in a workplace which reflects their own ambitions.  We urge families to support students in seeking places this summer.

Year 9 Careers development

Year 9 students met with employers from a variety of sectors and backgrounds to discuss pathways into employment, different types of careers and the choices and support that they have in realising their ambitions.  The personal contact with employers makes choices much more accessible and ‘real’ to students.  Apprenticeships are growing rapidly as a pathway for young people at age 16, 18 and beyond; we invited Project ASK into the Academy to make sure that year 9 students have a clear understanding of this route and were able to discuss and ask questions.

Aston University ‘Aspire to Aston’ Project

Aston University is working with the Academy to provide a programme of opportunities focused across Key Stage 3 beginning in July.   It will engage children and families with university at an early age, stimulating ambition, giving insight and establishing communication so that Academy students can explore university and future pathways, research skills for the future and are able to access courses at the highest level in the future.

Careers Hub

Mrs Buckingham has further developed the Careers Hub with a greater range of materials for students, either for targeted research or browsing.  This lively facility is regularly used by a wide range of students from all years.  Resources are also available in the LRC for fully open access. 

Careers Support on the Academy Website

Families can access materials to support students through the Academy website – look under the ‘Students’ tab.  You will find a description of the Careers Entitlement that your son or daughter will experience and news on our latest activities.  There are carefully chosen links to take you websites and other resources that we know that you will find very valuable in helping young people make the best choices in their career journeys.