As well as the importance to the UK economy – we place a value on CEAIG (Careers Education, Advice, Information & Guidance) to help deliver social mobility and to open doors for all young people. The government has recently endorsed the fact that “great careers guidance provides the first rung on the ladder of opportunity, helping everyone to achieve their full potential”. (DfE, 2017, p.3).
Alongside our careers education, information, advice and guidance; our industry focused media curriculum means students are more creative, more intellectually curious and (critically) more likely to demonstrate the skill set required to impress universities and top creative industry employers. Regular reflection across the course of study allows students to quantify their experience, learning and understanding to help prepare them for the industry.
We work closely with our industry partners, Global and the wider media community to ensure our practical and vocational education reflects both the practical and soft skills required for long lasting employment. This is delivered through the practical media curriculum across all levels of the school within Digital, Audio, Visual and Enterprise Pathways. Alongside the media curriculum, further preparation for a career in the media industry is installed within our learners through a varied and customised programme of workshops, electives, guest speakers, enrichment and work experience.
We want to ensure that all students are well prepared for whatever they decide to do after their time at the Academy whether this be further education, employment or further training. Our policy ensures that learners are exposed to experiences to help shape their journey after the Academy. In short, during their Global Academy journey, we can ensure our students are given the insight, skills and resources to get them to the top of their game within a media and creative industry career.