Philosophy and Practice

Here at the King Fahad Academy we aim to cater and support career interest, provide independent advice and work towards fulfilling the Gatsby Foundation’s eight benchmarks of good careers guidance and in line with CEIAG expectations.

Our focus is to achieve all of the eight Gatsby benchmarks and go even further with reference to our good practice and the provision of:

  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

We are now able to support our students fully from grade 6 through to the Sixth Form Diploma level by providing directed careers guidance with input from Indigo software. Through utilising numerous services provided by Indigo, careers trips/excursions, careers advice from external guests as well as visiting firms we aim to inspire, inform, support and guide our students to enable them to take independent action towards their career pathways.

Any external visitors including institutions and organisations are required to contact our Acting Careers Leader (Mr Mohammed Baba) using the details provided here, and are subject to meeting the requirements of our KFA Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy.

Grade 6 to IBDP

Careers leader, IB Diploma Coordinator, MYP Coordinator and upper school counsellor provide support with regards to careers guidance to all students from G6 to the IB Diploma Sixth Form. This includes individual guidance (by appointment/drop-in sessions), planned lessons on careers and school assemblies.

Students’ login access to Indigo brings so much awareness to what is out there in terms of careers and job and related opportunities. Indigo allows students to access the following services: –

Grade 9 to IBDP

In addition to the above, grade 9 students onwards and MYP alumni have access to the following: –

The proposed plan to offer the IB Career-related programme in September 2020 is a profound statement of our intent to provide a balanced education to cater for the interests of all students at the King Fahad Academy, London.

Careers Guidance

Subject teachers endeavour to link curriculum to careers to allow our pupils to understand the implications of what they are learning to the ‘real world’.  We also offer a Careers and Self-development Programme to students, which includes workshops to help inform students about the opportunities available after MYP/DP, assistance with their applications, writing CVs, cover letters or personal statements. Self-development workshops address IB ATL skills including communication and self-management sessions.

At IBDP level, students are encouraged and supported to gain work experience both internally and externally to allow them to gain first-hand experience with employers and employees. Such experiences also contribute to their CAS hours, help improve their ATL self-management, social and communication skills, build their CV portfolio and can go towards their university application profile. Students are duly encouraged and supported to attend open days at further and higher education institutions.

KFA Careers Lesson Planner G6 to IBDP

Grade Lesson Title
6 What is Careers Education?
6 What am I good at? (1): Skills and personal qualities
6 Finding out about jobs around us and what they involve [Lesson Plan: Inviting a visiting speaker to talk about their job (1): The invitation]
7 Job families; how and why jobs are categorised
7 Using careers information (2): Resources/websites
7 What influences me? (2): Shaping the future
8 Stereotyping (1): Impact on planning
8 Knowing my KS4 options (1): Making informed choices
8 Finding good careers information and advice
9 Careers research
9 Aspiration in practice
9 Employability; what skills and qualities do employers look for?
9 Competition for jobs
10 Post-16 options (1): What do I want to know?
10 Writing a CV (3): Creating the CV from a template
10 Interview skills
IBDP 1 Options and timeline & Making decisions (1): Planning with confidence
IBDP 1 River (1): Managing challenges & River (2): Understanding the changing labour market
IBDP 1 Knowing yourself (1): Strategies for self-reflection
IBDP 1 Applying to HE (2): What makes a good personal statement?
IBDP 2 Making decisions (3): Personal priorities
IBDP 2 What might this lead on to?
IBDP 2 Knowing yourself (2): Self-reflection in practice

 

Students can arrange appointments to speak with the Acting Careers Leader (Mr Mohammed Baba) to discuss their subject and career interests. Guidance is offered on a personal and individual level to help pupils make appropriate and informed career choices.
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If you have any queries or would like to arrange an appointment please contact:

 

Acting Careers Leader: Mr Mohammed Baba

Direct line: 020 8723 4067

Email: Mohammed.baba@thekfa.org.uk

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