Careers Information for Parents

Careers education and guidance at OBA

OBA has a range of resources for both parents and students at our dedicated careers website, www.oba-careers.co.uk and further careers information can be found on the OAT Futures website.

Our careers programme

OBA is committed to meeting the eight Gatsby Benchmarks which are the national standard for what makes an effective programme of careers education and guidance. These benchmarks are:

  1. A stable careers programme
  2. Learning from career and labour market information
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
  5. Encounters with employers and employees
  6. Experiences of workplaces
  7. Encounters with further and higher education
  8. Personal guidance

Each year group will receive a minimum entitlement of careers education and guidance each year (outlined below) but OBA endeavours to provide as many additional activities and experiences as possible. Many opportunities become available during the year and teachers will also make clear links between their subjects and careers throughout the year, so it is not possible to list absolutely everything here. However, each student can expect:

Year 7

  • At least one meaningful encounter with an employer
  • Visiting speakers in assemblies

Year 8

  • At least one meaningful encounter with an employer
  • “Me and my future” project, delivered as part of the Lessons for Life curriculum.
  • Visiting speakers in assemblies

Year 9

  • At least one meaningful encounter with an employer
  • “Me and my future” project, delivered as part of the Lessons for Life curriculum.
  • Access to careers and labour market information through the Unifrog online service
  • Visiting speakers in assemblies
  • Extended off-timetable careers activity day (this has previously been delivered by Young Enterprise)
  • Careers advisor present at options evening

Year 10

  • At least one meaningful encounter with an employer
  • Work experience
  • Access to careers and labour market information through the Unifrog online service
  • Visiting speakers in assemblies
  • Annual careers convention, featuring visitors from local and national employers, training and apprenticeship providers, and a range of further education and higher education providers
  • Careers content delivered through the Lessons for Life curriculum
  • Careers advisor present at progress evening

Year 11

  • At least one meaningful encounter with an employer
  • One-to-one careers advice with an independent qualified careers advisor
  • Access to careers and labour market information through the Unifrog online service
  • Visiting speakers in assemblies
  • Annual careers convention, featuring visitors from local and national employers, training and apprenticeship providers, and a range of further education and higher education providers
  • Careers advisor present at progress evening

Year 12

  • At least one meaningful encounter with an employer
  • Work experience
  • One-to-one careers advice with an independent qualified careers advisor
  • Access to careers and labour market information through the Unifrog online service
  • Visiting speakers in assemblies
  • Annual careers convention, featuring visitors from local and national employers, training and apprenticeship providers, and a range of further education and higher education providers
  • Careers advisor present at progress evening
  • Careers sessions delivered as part of the Lessons for Life curriculum
  • Attendance at the UCAS and Apprenticeships Convention at which takes place at a university campus
  • The opportunity to visit at least one more university campus, for those considering applying to university
  • Support through the UCAS process, for those applying to university

Year 13

  • At least one meaningful encounter with an employer
  • Access to careers and labour market information through the Unifrog online service
  • Visiting speakers in assemblies
  • Annual careers convention, featuring visitors from local and national employers, training and apprenticeship providers, and a range of further education and higher education providers
  • Careers advisor present at progress evening
  • Careers sessions delivered as part of the Lessons for Life curriculum
  • Support through the UCAS process, for those applying to university

All careers encounters will be logged on the online service Unifrog, which students can access to track their experiences and progress. If your son/daughter cannot log onto Unifrog, please contact Mr Oakes.

Assessing the impact of careers education at OBA

The impact of our careers provision will be assessed in a number of ways, including student, staff and parent surveys and through an assessment for the Quality in Careers Standard. OBA was awarded this prestigious quality mark in July 2021 and this is due to be re-assessed in summer 2023.

This information was last updated December 2021 and will be reviewed again no later than December 2022.