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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. Our nominated link governor for careers is Sir Robert Dowling.
Phone: 0121-566-6565

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.
Careers Information is reviewed termly

CEIAG timeline 2019/20


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

Part Time Jobs

 190610 Sixth Form Careers Timeline 2019-20.docxDownload
 Careers Policy Sep 2018 - PDF.pdfDownload
 MN Case Study.pdfDownload
 Year 10 Career Development Programme.pdfDownload
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 Year 7 Career Development Programme.pdfDownload
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CEIAG News April 2019

National Quality in Careers Standard Gold Award

George Dixon Academy has been accredited with the Gold Standard Quality Award for its Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance programme. 

The Gold Award is given for outstanding, innovative and embedded provision.  It recognises the work of the Careers team and all our staff in providing clear guidance and support.  This results in students leaving at the end of year 11 or year 13 with clear career pathways and secure places in college, sixth form, apprenticeships, universities or jobs with training.  The programme builds throughout students’ time with us from year 7 onwards.  Details can be seen on the Academy website, along with support and website links which families can access at any time to help and advise their children.  Our Careers Leader Mrs Buckingham can be contacted at the Academy for further advice.

National Careers Week Monday 4th to Friday 8th March 2019

Students attended assemblies for the week on careers, exploring courses and jobs of the future. Newman University supported National Careers Week by delivering sessions to students on university courses and explaining the qualifications and skills required.  Tania Flasck of Turner & Townsend visited to speak to year 9 students, giving clear messages about opportunities for all in STEM industries and particularly for girls and women to aspire and succeed in roles in this sector.

Aspire to Aston University Key Stage 3 Partnership

The partnership programme established with Aston University aims to raise aspirations and normalise the idea of going to higher education, encourage students to start thinking about future goals, help students build up skills such as communication, teamwork and leadership and to support them in their school work and beyond.

The partnership has delivered workshops for all Year 7 students on ‘Introduction to University’, 40 students in year 8 on ‘Skills for the Future’ and 40 students in year 9 on ‘Future Pathways.  This is a rolling programme which will be open to students year by year and from part of a clear progression pathway towards Higher Education.

George Dixon Academy Exeter University Partnership – Third Year

Twelve students in Year 10 have successfully secured a place on the Exeter University Scholars Programme during the Easter break – a residential experience at the university from Monday 15th to Thursday 18th April. The programme is now in its third year and the Academy is one of the most successful schools continuing to build relationships with the University, enabling students to gain an insight into the life of a university student. Students that have attended say it’s made a significant difference to their understanding of being an independent student, the demands and rewards of Higher Education, how to manage their time and remove the concerns of leaving home.

Eight students who attended in Year 10 are now in year 12 at GDA6 and will automatically be offered a second residential during summer 2019, followed by a course offer from the university. 

GDA6 Careers

Pathways to the Professions

Twenty three students in Year 12 have successfully secured places on Pathways to the Professions courses provided by University of Birmingham and Aston University in Medicine, finance, engineering, law, health care, STEM and even for those who are not yet sure of their direction. The aims are to ensure students gain an insight into university life and a greater understanding of the courses they are interested in. They attend lectures and seminars and have a mentor who has been nominated to support them. The university mentor supports them with questions relating the university including guidance on UCAS applications.

Pathways to the Professions student quotes:

Bezawit says “the medicine pathway at University of Birmingham has given me a deeper insight into university life and experience in medical careers”.  Aisha says that “Pathways to Health Care at Aston University has started to prepare me for the skills required to seek work experience and an in-depth awareness of university life”.   Masa said “work experience through Pathways to Medicine will provide me with 3 days shadowing a doctor over the summer holidays and students shadowing at the university has provided awareness of lectures and seminars”.  

Social Mobility

Eight students secured a place on the Social Mobility Programme.  Students receive university application advice, professional mentoring, skills sessions and an internship at a highly established company such as J.P Morgan, KPMG, Herbert Smith Freehills, Clifford Chance, NHS and CH2M. 

Omer, Masa and Bezawit said “the Social Mobility Induction day was a huge success as we are now being supported to engage with high quality work placements and supported beyond our A Levels”. 


Mayors Mentors       

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street is leading on the search to find 1,000 Mayor’s Mentors to help guide young people into worthwhile careers. 

Three professionals from Business Accounting, IT and the Transport Infrastructure have attended George Dixon Academy to start a partnership to mentor Year 12 students.  The aim of the programme is to bring people who have been successful in their careers across a range of industries to mentor young people and to help them with independent advice and direction.

Deloitte Business Partnership Programme.

Year 12 students successfully gained a place on the twelve week Deloitte Employability programme 2018/2019. This is George Dixon Academy’s third year of engaging with Deloitte Birmingham. The partnership prepares the students for life after GDA with a focus on transferable employability skills.

The groups prepare a cost saving and income generation proposal for the Academy to a board of professionals. Students must show team working, communication and presentation skills as they compete to have the best proposal. The competition is tough; the students are expected to deliver their ideas in a business environment and are asked challenging questions about the viability of their projects.

Careers Sessions – University Workshops

All year 12 attend CEIAG with Mrs Buckingham. Students research university open days, work experience, volunteering, and courses to study. This is proving successful, with every student engaged in an experience.